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This molded bench continues the dialogue between classical Asian furniture forms and mid-century aesthetics inherent in the Mandarin collection by Neri & Hu. The Stellar Works design directors employ revered symbols as their guiding motif—"the sphere which symbolises the temple of Heaven versus the square form represented by the temple of Earth,” says Lyndon Neri. What emerges from that synthesis is a contemporary piece that is at home in almost any setting, the bench's seat in molded fiberglass with a rich leather covering. The solid-wood frame in ash or walnut is traced with fine brass-plated detail.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.