Architects and industrial designers, Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, have managed, ever so quietly (in a field not known for its diffidence), to provide us with a fascinating new slant on design’s speaking to questions of innovative cogency. Having been educated and having launched careers in the U.S., they quite recently (9 years ago) decamped back to the Orient, settling in that most historically glamorous and mysterious of Chinese cities, Shanghai.
The factor they decided they could not live without was Shanghai’s legacy of dark, narrow streets and corridors. From a North American standpoint that would seem to be an odd attraction, given the premium here upon expansive, uncluttered configuration. In the photo above, the heaviness of the stairways drags down the lightness of the room’s context. What could they be thinking of?