Shanghai 2019 – After the first launch of new furniture collections at Design Shanghai, Stellar Works continues its journey to Milan for the world’s most influential design week. Here, the Chinese design brand will take over the former theatre Galleria Manzoni together with leading Italian furniture company Agape Casa. The two brands will create installations referencing their own dramatic interpretations of theatre and will share a central ‘entrance foyer’.
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Shanghai and Milan are two very close and important cities for Stellar Works. The first one – a rising design capital – is the the home town of the brand while the Italian city welcomed the company’s international debut and success.
At Galleria Manzoni, creative directors Neri&Hu create The Montage installation showcasing new furniture and lighting designs by Space Copenhagen, Yabu Pushelberg, OEO Studio, Tom Fereday and Neri&Hu as well. On show also re-issues by the Mid-century masters Vilhelm Wohlert and Jens Risom.
A collage of multiple small ‘theatres’ is arranged in a sequential journey along the Galleria to reference “the theatre as a place to ‘see and be seen’ and where the roles of the spectator and performer can often be blurred,” say at Stellar Works to Archipanic.
Each ‘theatre’ features its own orientation and colour palette, with stepped levels acting as ‘stages’ displaying the new collections. Visitors will also find themselves in the spotlight, with framed openings offering multiple views and also allowing glimpses of the installations from outside.
The Crawford Collection by Tom Fereday and Lane Crawford comprises a sofa, bed, tables and a dining chair. Developed on the principle of honest design that celebrates Asian sensibilities, the collection represents a fusion of cultures that celebrates the growing design movement in the Asia Pacific region.
Copenhagen-based OEO Studio has created Lucent, its first lighting collection. The lighting design available as pendant, floor and table lamp comes with a subtle bent metal arm an iconic sculptural base and the simple mechanical joint between the arm and base.
In Milan, long-term Stellar Works collaborator Space Copenhagen will be debuting a number of new collections merging Japanese and Scandinavian design traditions. On show the Freja sculptural stools and a bench, the mountain-inspired Yama conical pendant lamps – Yama means mountain in Japanese – and Haro, a floating glass opal with matte powder coated metal fittings.
Finally, Dawn is a modern take on the classic bed with a headboard. A cushioned, upholstered headboard is suspended within the walnut wooden frame. Available in two versions, the bed can offer storage hidden seamlessly in the base.
Modernity reigns in the Taylor Collection by Yabu Pushelberg. Beginning with a sleekly profiled wood frame that cradles sporty upholstery on the seat and back, this chameleon-like chair effortlessly evolves into sofas and tables to round out the collection.
On show also Neri&Hu‘s furniture which has just debuted at Design Shanghai. Discipline sofa by is formed from a horizontal wooden plane that acts as a base for four variations of soft cushion above. Names after the iconic Shanghai district, the Bund table comes with a marble base and a brass top.
All photos of Stellar Work’s 2019 collections: courtesy of Stella Works.