Bai Lu at “The Unfolding Village” by Neri&Hu
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
With its stylistic elegance, Bai Lu chair by Neri&Hu is amongst the protagonists of The Unfolding Village, the installation by the Chinese duo for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair capturing the essence of the traditional Chinese village.
Guests of Honour for 2019, Neri&Hu look investigate the issue of disappearing villages, a social trend in China that greatly impacts cultural roots and the traditional notion of community and family.
Therefore, center stage of their project is the value of the past and its nostalgia, important themes for the two architects who often draw inspiration from local traditions for their projects, as they did for Bai Lu, a chair standing out for its shapes that recalls the typical Asian seats.
Inspired by the alleyways and street life of clan-based villages, the exhibition layout is that of a sinuous or continuous alleyway that folds and unfolds to create lanes and layers of spaces slowly revealing themselves to visitors. The profile and form takes on the reading of an abstracted pitch roof which symbolizes the home, which when repeated in connected rows forms a “village”.