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As part of its 2020 collection launches, Stellar Works unveils its first collaboration with globally renowned design studio Nendo on three distinctive collections: Blend, Frame and Kite.
The three collections reflect Nendo’s design-expertise and meticulous process together with Stellar Works’ expert craftsmanship to produce a characterful and functional collection of furniture and accessories.
Blend is a three-legged bar stool made from black metal frame and solid wood in walnut and oak. An upholstered seat is also available in leather and a selection of fabrics.
The main design feature of Blend is the formation of the legs, with one ‘melting-away’ in the middle – this slight structural change transforms the direction of force through the stool and how it is applied. Five variations of Blend are available, including short stools, a version where the legs form part of the backrest.
Kite is a compact armchair designed with commercial and hospitality spaces in mind, and in particular small spaces. There are numerous armchairs and sofas for lobbies and lounges, but well executed designs for narrow spaces such as corridors, elevator lobbies, and entrances are in short supply. Casting the backrest as the star to which the seat is adjoined results in a design that is less about sitting and more about leaning against a grand backrest.
The backrest and seat are independent parts, with shallow and deep seats and lower and taller backs available for use in combination, according to the size of the space and degree of privacy desired.
Frame is a simple L-shaped steel frame system that has been designed for a multitude of purposes. It can be hung on a wall as a towel rail, holding a mirror at two points and can be transformed into a shelf. It can be customised with small circular mirrors or longer elliptical mirrors to use in combination with shelves and towel bars. The floor mirrors which allow frame to be used as a free-standing mirror with garment racks.
Commenting on the collaboration, Nendo said: ‘I feel that one of the strongest characteristics of Stellar Works is the design and functionality of their pieces, which mean that they can be used in both home and hospitality/contract environments. Therefore, we started our design thinking by taking a similar approach to these collections for the brand.’
Founded by CEO Yuichiro Hori, Stellar Works is the first leading global contemporary furniture design brand from Asia. Established in 2012 as a partnership between Hori and luxury French manufacturers Laval, Stellar Works is based in Shanghai with a global distribution network, offices worldwide, and collaborations with the world’s most respected designers. The Stellar Works’ factory incorporates a specialised furniture design atelier where traditional craft techniques are preserved within the manufacturing process.
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