Passed from one generation to the next at the moment of marriage, the dowry object is imbued with sentiment and history, embodying the potent nostalgia and symbolic value of a family heirloom.
Neri&Hu’s modern, clean-lined collection of cabinets is rooted in the tradition of the dowry, drawn from both Chinese culture and that of many others worldwide. Passed from one generation to the next at the moment of marriage, the dowry object is imbued with sentiment and history, embodying the potent nostalgia and symbolic value of a family heirloom.
Crafted to include traditional detailing and joinery techniques, the wide metal base and wooden body of the cabinets and drawers can be customised in a wide variety of materials and finishes. This allows the collection to be tailor-made to suit any setting, or personalised so that any family can create their own heirloom furniture, to pass on through the generations to come.
Stellar Works’ creative direction is overseen by the Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. Founded in 2004, the design practice is based in Shanghai and London and led by architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. The company’s diverse, multicultural team strives to reinvent classic craft, adding a fresh, contemporary touch to their projects and collaborations all over the world.
Neri&Hu’s interdisciplinary approach to architecture and interior, graphic and product design is rooted in context, never formulaic or conventional, and built around a commitment to creating forms with meaning. The studio’s work has earned a host of awards internationally, including placement on Architectural Record’s ‘Design Vanguard’ in 2009, Architectural Review’s Award for Emerging Architecture in 2010, induction into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2013, and the title of Wallpaper* Designer of the Year 2014.