The multiple-award winning architect and design duo Neri&Hu have just unveiled a new collection of lights designed for Parachilna, the Spanish lighting manufacturer whose collections already include new designs from Stephen Burks, Jaime Hayon, and Jordi Veciana.
Now available across Canada at LightForm, Neri&Hu’s new BAI family is a modern update to the traditional Chinese lantern. Fusing tradition, function, and memory, the BAI family reflects a rich millenarian culture and will appeal to homeowners as well as design professionals who value good design and quality craftsmanship.
New BAI BA BA designed by Neri&Hu for Parachilna
BAI is a family of three hanging lamps of different shapes and sizes. The smallest size can be combined to make various chandelier configurations. In this updated Chinese lantern, paper becomes blown glass, wires become solid metalwork finished in aged bronze, and the candle becomes an LED engine. Therein are the elements of Parachilna’s DNA: rich, quality materials, craftsmanship, and contemporary design.
New BAI MA MA designed by Neri&Hu for Parachilna
Design notes: while traditional Chinese lanterns hide what is inside, Neri&Hu strip away the façade to unveil the light’s inner workings, making public BAI’s inner glass tubes. BAI’s uncommonly large glass diffusers presented a significant challenge, so Parachilna called on master glass blower Jan Rabell, who, working from his factory in Czech Republic, has brought the designs to life. The final result is a journey to the past of a millenarian culture by the hand of 21st century technology.
New BAI Chandelier II designed by Neri&Hu for Parachilna
Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the Founding Partners of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China, with an additional office in London, UK. Neri&Hu are named Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015 and Wallpaper Designer of The Year 2014. In 2013, they were inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame.
New BAI Chandelier III designed by Neri&Hu for Parachilna
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Photos courtesy Parachilna.