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An interview with Neri & Hu [part 2]

An interview with Neri & Hu [part 2]

…continuing from Part 1 “From a spoon to a city” What really impressed me, and it’s significant during the whole conversation, is the consistency of their design-thinking, which merges together their private lifestyle with their design process and their corporate communication. All is one. And is my belief that this is the reason of their success. To use their own words, the key of their success is “being true to yourself and have a passion for what you do”. And their passion really reaches in every corner of the design world: from graphic design, furniture design, product design, interior design,...
An interview with Neri & Hu [part 1]

An interview with Neri & Hu [part 1]

[A short version of this interview was featured in the April issue of Interni China 设计时代] On December 26 instead of lying on the sofa waiting to digest my Christmas lunch, I was sent by Interni China 设计时代, the Chinese version of the famous Italian design magazine, to Shanghai to have a conversation with Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. Founding partners of the Shanghai based design and architecture practice Neri&Hu, a cross-disciplinary practice, that defines itself an architectural practice, with many projects also verging towards interior and product design. They established themselves, among very few others, as the most internationally famous designers...
How to market furniture in China

How to market furniture in China

Changes within the market and the need for flexibility Recently I have been involved in the re-planning of a large luxury distributor of foreign furniture in China. For obvious reasons I won’t reveal its name, let’s say they are one of the main players in the luxury furniture market in Asia, and they went trough a huge scandal a few years ago… That scandal severely damaged their credibility in the eyes of occasional and potential customers affecting their brand and market shares up until now. Today, they believe, the damages of those years are almost gone, but as Chinese growth slowed down...
The Greening of Chinese Office Spaces

The Greening of Chinese Office Spaces

In the last few years there has been a huge movement to make working environments more “green”. You can barely get on line without coming across a story about an office that has just installed a vertical garden to create an enhanced working environment. There are endless reasons behind this growing green trend. Some want to create a space more conducive to creativity or reap the benefits of a healthier working environment. Others, like Anken in Shanghai, have created a whole green philosophy around their newly designed business space. But for most companies following these trends means setting themselves apart by...
Why a flexible approach is crucial to waterfront design in China

Why a flexible approach is crucial to waterfront design in China

  According to a research done by National Geographic, If All The Ice Melted, There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5,000 years to melt it all. If we continue adding carbon to the atmosphere, we’ll very likely create an ice-free planet, with an average temperature of perhaps 80 degrees Fahrenheit instead of the current 58 raising the sea level 216 feet and creating new shorelines for our continents and inland seas. Rising ocean water would flood China’s most economically developed region of more than one...
[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

[infographic] The issues of the seven seas?

I hope you enjoy this infographic we did for the 66m Under installation. You can click on the image to enlarge, sadly it’s mostly in Chinese. All the information and numbers included in this graphic come from the research we did [I know, I know, I forgot to write down the sources…]. Feel free to Please share it! Now, I think it’s time to tell the truth about what really happened during the 2012 BJDW to our installation. What was intended to improve people’s awareness on environmental issues, actually enlightened us on how impossible hard it is to achieve such a goal. During the whole design...