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Neri&Hu: Elle Deco’s Designers of the Year

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The annual Milan Design Week (Salone del Mobile) in April is undeniably the event of the year. Although it was a place where we first launched Parachilna back in 2014, we are not a fan of Milan Design Week and all kind of shows like this (we have already said that before). Milan is a fantastic city but during this event it becomes impossible even to walk the streets or to be properly served in restaurants. The mass of people creates an unimaginable chaos everywhere mostly in Salone itself whose enormous dimensions does not make it easier. The biggest highlight was the ELLE DECO International Design Awards (EDIDA) ceremony, where we were pleased to see Neri&Hu Design and Research Office take home the Designers of the Year award. 

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It was a well-deserved win for Shanghai-based creatives Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. For over a decade, the partners have focused their energies on projects that blend function and innovation. They deserved it also because their the most victorious ability is their humanity. We rarely meet in our lives , even in our private circles such a nice, honest, humble, caring and smiling people. It is a pity that there is no award for the truest and the best person of the year because if there was one they would be the winners!

 Neri&Hu’s speciality is giving old-fashioned spaces and concepts a modern yet minimalistic revamp. For example, the design of their Bai lights for Parachilna was based on the traditional Chinese lantern.

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“We always try to find meaning and purpose in the pieces we do,” says Neri. “We tried to make sure the idea of the lantern was still there, but it also needed to be abstracted in order to be relevant.”

In the update, paper was replaced with blown glass, wire was traded for high-quality metalwork finished in aged bronze and candlelight was swapped for an LED. They even incorporated their heritage into the name of the collection, Bai, which is a common surname in China. The end result: a family of hanging lamps consisting of a mother, father and a son – a clever reflection of China’s one-child policy.

The two architects have been on a winning streak in recent years. They were named Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015 and Wallpaper* Designer of The Year 2014. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame.

With Jaime Hayón winning ELLE DECO’s Designer of the Year Award in 2016, we’re happy to see two more of our collaborators receive the accolade. The ceremony was marked with excitement, along with a touching acceptance speech from the duo to cap off the evening. 

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“Lyndon and I are deeply, deeply honoured and profoundly humbled by this award,” said Hu before passing the microphone to Neri, who left the audience with a thoughtful remark: “Design is important in the world today and design can make a difference.”

 

Congratulations, Neri&Hu!

 

 

 

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Bateel International

Parachilna’s Aballs designed by Jaime Hayón and Anwar by Stephen Burks triumph also in The Middle East and take part of the renowned and luxurious chain of cafés, chocolateries, boutiques and bakeries.

Bateel International LLC produces and markets chocolates, dates, pastries, and gourmet foods. In addition, it operates cafés that provide gourmet foods, desserts, coffee, and other beverages in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The first Café Bateel opened in 2007 in the UAE. Since then, it has expanded into other countries and can be found in the most prestigious locations. In 2015, two new concepts were born: a combined café and bakery in the Arabian Ranches, Dubai and the first flagship store housing the boutique, bakery and café all under one roof at JBR The Walk, Dubai.

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Aballs

http://www.parachilna.eu/es/catalogo/coleccion/aballs

Anwar

http://www.parachilna.eu/es/catalogo/coleccion/anwar

 

 

M 11 Studio in Auckland

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Aballs

The contemporary, elegant M11 Studio by Hare Interiors has taken the top prize at the 2016 Interior Awards evening. Presented by Interior magazine at an exciting industry event in Auckland on 23 June.

M11 overcomes all your expectations on what a refined salon environment should be. It was realized thanks to Young + Richards architects and interior designer Lauren Hare who chose Parachilna’s Aballs, designed by Jaime Hayón, as a part of an illumination.

http://www.parachilna.eu/es/catalogo/coleccion/aballs

This space is a luxury retail that “relies on minimalist, linear and sculptural forms”, plays with the concept of illusion with controlled palette of black, smoked and mirrored surfaces that offer translucency and transparency. Also due to play of materials, finishes and well-researched vintage pieces, the originality and tension is kept.

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Scenography “Oïphorique”

 

Learn more about Neri&Hu

 

6 Light-filled Interiors by Neri&Hu

 

The art of contrast is at the core of Neri&Hu’s practice. While the world of Chinese design is famous for its ostentatious display of colour and bling, the Shanghai-based husband-and-wife team favour a more rigorous, pared-down approach. Their distinct interiors, products and architectural projects have made Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu one of the most sought after design duos in the world. We were pleased to commission them to design Parachilna’s BAI collection, an elevated take on the traditional Chinese lantern. 

The secret to their success is rooted in their unique dichotomy. While Hu is extremely rational, Neri describes himself as emotional with a “Spanish-like vibrancy”. Moreover, he tends to conceptualize by drawing, whereas Hu prefers to process ideas through writing. Their juxtaposing qualities are often reflected in their sophisticated spaces that feature a strategic use of light and noble materials. Hot off being named Elle Deco’s Designers of the Year 2017, we highlight a few of our favourite Neri&Hu interiors.

 Comme Moi Flagship

(Shanghai)

Leave it to Neri&Hu to convert a raw concrete shell into a hipster boutique outfitted with fixtures in brass and metal mesh. Their work is self-described as a celebration of the mundane and it definitely shows in this industrial-style space. Housed in the art deco Donghu Hotel in Shanghai, the flagship store for Chinese fashion brand Comme Moi is understated yet incredibly elegant. The focus is on the quality of the materials including smooth grey terrazzo and oak flooring, BAI lights from Parachilna and select furnishings by Jean Prouvé and ClassiCon.

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Chi-Q Restaurant

(Shanghai)

For lovers of light, dining under a canopy of luminaires is a heavenly experience. This is likely what Neri&Hu had in mind when they transformed the under-used atrium of Shanghai’s Chi-Q restaurant into a brilliant atrium. The central space of the Korean restaurant is filled with a long communal table surrounded by wooden dining chairs. The most notable feature is the series of large glass bulbs suspended at intervals from the ceiling, adding airiness to an eatery otherwise dominated by wood and metal.

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Das Haus Installation

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Every year, IMM Cologne in Germany invites a designer to simulate a 240-square-metre residence for its main installation, Das Haus. For the 2015 edition of the annual furniture fair, Neri&Hu unveiled ‘Memory Lane’, a space filled with nostalgic references to Shanghai’s 1930s lane houses. The multi-room space featured lighting from Parachilna, Gandia Blasco’s Jian aluminum sofa and custom pieces designed by Neri&Hu.

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 Logan’s Punch Bar                                           

(Shanghai)

A night on the town in Shanghai isn’t complete without a visit to Logan’s Punch in the Jing’an district. As its name might suggest, the bar exclusively serves punch, but the real treat is soaking up its cool interiors. For the project, Neri&Hu drew inspiration from the city’s alleyways, traditional timber houses and bamboo cladding. The wood-filled space is livened up with pops of colour including glass lampshades in bottle green that hang from the ceilings.

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 New Shanghai Theatre

(Shanghai)

When Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu were tasked with revamping a 1930 theatre, one word came to mind: drama. Taking a cue from the performing arts, they conceptualized the space as a series of theatrical acts. As visitors enter, they’re greeted by a cavernous lightwell carved out of the stone overhead. Inside, the space features several skylights and supplemental evening lamps that dynamically cast light and shadows on the bronze and stone-clad surfaces.

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Bloomberg’s Hong Kong Office

(Hong Kong)

In most offices, a staircase is strictly practical. But Bloomberg Hong Kong isn’t most offices. Neri&Hu used the project as an opportunity to elevate everyday elements – this time, with a “Stair of Encounters”. The client’s brief was to design a single staircase to encourage employee interaction between floors. The result was a sculptural stairway enclosed in light ashwood and complemented by recessed lighting to mimic ceiling skylights. Meanwhile, conference rooms and workspaces illuminated by Parachilna BAI lights, surround the centrepiece.

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 Learn more about Neri&Hu’s lighting collections for Parachilna.

http://www.parachilna.eu/catalog/collection/bai

 

 

Neri&Hu: EDIDA ceremony

Stockholm Design Fair

Parachilna’s success in Stockholm

This February, from the 7 – 11, Parachilna’s collections were presented side-by-side with Roam in Scandinavia’s largest and most renowned furniture and design fair. With more than 70.000 m² of the exposition, the Stockholm Design Fair reunited more than 7000 expositors of 32 nationalities. The Stockholm Design Week is a true source of fabulous Scandinavian design.

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Guest of Honour of the Stockholm Design Fair 2017

Jaime Hayón

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Among many invited you could find also Spanish designer Jaime Hayón. The designer who has won many prestigious awards, including ‘Best Designer‘ 2016 at the ELLE Deco International Awards, ‘Best Installation’ by Icon Magazine and ‘Designer of the year’ for AD Russia 2009. He has been listed as one of the 100 most influential creators by Time Magazine and Wallpaper. He currently has offices in Italy, Spain and Japan.

Hayón was the 14th Guest of Honor for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair.

Animal-inspired design was well represented at this year’s Stockholm Design Fair. The designer is known for an animal imagery, particularly monkeys, which he has featured in his furniture. Everyone was invited to his DNA Gallery designed especially for Stockholm Design Fair. The structure whose installation is characterized by a mixture of fantasy and extravagancy. The DNA Hayón’s Gallery conduces a visitor to his past and present work. Every kind of art could be found in his Gallery, from sculptures to daily products dividing space into four different zones:

  • The Game of Fantasy
  • Folk Culture
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Craft Heritage

 

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“The pavilion is an experimental way of looking at architecture,” he continued. “It’s a mixture of folklore together with some influences that I have from my travels – little elements and glimpse of things put together in an experimental box.”

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“When you enter the space, you get a momentary sense of what’s in my brain,” Hayón told Dezeen. “I thought you had to be in a shell to feel a little bit of my vibe.”

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Parachilna at Salone del Mobile

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Salone del Mobile in Milan is the most well-renowned furniture trade fair in the world. It attracts millions of visitors every year and here in such a remarkable place from 4-9 April 2017, you could see the Workshop of Wittmann Hayon collection with installation of two Parachilna’s collections of lamps the Aballs and the Chinoz. They were designed for Parachilna company by spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayón, the winner of Designer of the Year Award by Elle Decoration in 2016.

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This collection was born from pure passion“ Jaime Hayón Studio

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Jaime Hayon’s House was inspiring for architectural, artistic and design world. It was an exciting mixture of Mediterranean-baroque style where he creatively used colours and materials.

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