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REN collection by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau – All photos: courtesy of Poltrona Frau.

Milan 2016 Poltrona Frau presents new collections by Shanghai-based studio Neri&Hu that got inspired by Chinese ideograms and a linear and leather-crafted armchair by young designer Shi Chieh Lu who won an Italian-Taiwanese design competition.

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Ming’s Heart by Shi Chieh Lu for Poltrona Frau.

East and West. Shi Chieh Lu’s project goes straight to the core of two worlds, two visions, two philosophies of life and living” say at Poltrona Frau. Inspired by the historic Ming chair, the new Ming’s Heart armchair’s profile is made from tubular steel, the key material of Western rationalism and the industrial revolution. The upholstered minimal shell with visible hand-stitching is skillfully crafted by Italian leather masters.

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The new armchair stands out for purity of its lines merging Oriental spirituality with the no-frills geometric and cubic formality of Western style” explains Shi-Chieh Lu. The Taiwan based architect and designer translated different cultural apporaches into a seating that floats in space, almost like a futuristic swing or a conceptual sculpture.

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Shi-Chieh Lu won the prestigious Taiwan Design Contest promoted by Poltrona Frau and Euchain Ltd., a long-established Taiwanese dealer. This contest aims to encourage cultural exchange between East and West.

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REN valet stand and consle by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau.

Shanghai based office Neri&Hu presented Ren, a furnishing accessory collection for the home entryway. The a series comprises a free-standing mirror coat rack, a small table, a console table, a wall-mounted mirror coat rack and a valet stand. For the sides of each piece, Neri & Hu took inspiration from the shape of the Chinese ideogram ren, which means “person” or “human being”.

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REN mirror coat rack, detail, by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau.

The domestic throughway represents the border between the inside and the outside, the public dimension and the home privacy. Guests are welcomed in this space which offers them the first glimpse of the personal furnishing style” say at Poltrona Frau.


REN console by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau.


The supporting frames of the collection is in solid Canaletto walnut. The inside of the joins between the upper crosspiece and the sides are finished with elements in brass. All the flat surfaces are in birch plywood covered in Cuoio Saddle leather, with the sides finished in Canaletto walnut veneer.

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REN mirror coat rack by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau.

All photos: courtesy of Poltrona Frau.

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REN valet stand and consle by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau.

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REN console by Neri & Hu for Poltrona Frau.