Adopting Artemide’s guiding philosophy of “The Human Light,” where lighting is a means of improving quality of life, Neri&Hu’s design is a poetic interpretation of the concept. The charming image of birds resting on scaffolding or chirping within a woven bamboo cage—these are the delightful scenes of street life that one encounters daily in Shanghai. The collection, including pendant lamp, floor lamp, and table lamp, consists of black structures with brushed brass “yanzi,” or swallows, perched atop. Featuring two types of birds, an adjustable track system, as well as various extensions, there are endless possibilities to configure the light. With elegant lines and minimal shapes, Yanzi pays homage to both the urban and the natural, the rigid and the organic, while injecting a sense of playfulness into the design.
Founded in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak over 30 different languages. The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.