Product of the Week: 7/29/08

At this summer’s inaugural 100% Design Shanghai, local designers Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu launched an eponymous tabletop and furniture collection to be distributed by Design Republic, the husband-and-wife team’s two-year-old retail outpost in the Chinese metropolis. Each piece in the Neri & Hu collection is handmade and inspired by traditional Chinese artifacts: A series of mirrors based on the form of slim, bamboo household ladders; an ashtray inspired by a calligraphy brush rest; a lacquered bowl that interprets an ancient Qing dynasty relic. For their Extrude stools (above), Neri and Hu abstracted a segment of bamboo, exaggerating its scale; their People series (below) is similarly based on the human form. or

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