Neri & Hu: a journey of innovation and collaboration.

_architects: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
_location: Milan Design Week 2024, Italy

Neri&Hu is an architectural firm that has carved its niche in multidisciplinary design, exploring intersections between architecture, art, music, and more. During an interview at Milan Design Week, the founders, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, shed light on their journey and philosophy.

Their story begins with a lack of creative infrastructure in China nearly two decades ago. Faced with a scarcity of museums, restaurants, and design discourse, they found themselves compelled to fill the void. Drawing from their diverse interests in architecture, music, painting, and beyond, they embarked on a journey of exploration and innovation.

Their entry into furniture design was driven by practical necessity. Unable to find suitable pieces in the market, they took matters into their own hands, designing furniture for their interior projects. Their early collaborations with brands paved the way for their evolution into product design.

The shift from designing for specific clients to collaborating with brands was natural. Their pieces, always conceived within the context of their spatial constructs, attracted attention for their integration into environments rather than standing out as isolated objects. Their approach emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between furniture and space, echoing sentiments shared by renowned designers like Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Gray.

Their latest collection presented at Milan Design Week reflects their ongoing exploration of form, function, and materiality. From the extension of their iconic Utility collection to the introduction of new pieces like the lyrical hanger and communal sofa, their designs aim to solve problems while embodying the spirit of the times.

Neri&Hu see design as a means of solving problems in a beautiful way, a feeling that reflects throughout their practice. Their work not only reflects the needs and aspirations of society but also serves as a testament to the power of multidisciplinary collaboration and thoughtful design.


_article written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Architecture Hunter
_image scroll courtesy of Neri & Hu

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