In partnership with Flattered Apartments, De La Espada created a rentable holiday home in Porto’s Foz do Douro neighbourhood right next to the sea. The Flattered founders, Miguel Mateus, Catarina Silva, and Catarina Alves, worked with architect José Carlos Cruz to design the interior architecture, reflecting an empathy for locale and the building’s past: local materials and original features serve as the framework for a space that is contemporary yet rooted in history. Flooring is made from wide boards of local pine heated from below, windows overlooking the city are framed by original granite, and the washroom is clad in Carrara marble with beautiful sky views through the large window.

The split-level apartment includes a dining room on a raised platform, a living room with a hidden pullout bed, and on a mezzanine level, a private bedroom with a pitched roof and skylight. Furniture made just an hour’s drive away at the De La Espada factory in Mira features throughout: Capo Dining Chair, Shaker Round Table, and Lianou Stool by Neri&Hu; Stool, Bench, Companions Writing Desk, and Companions Bed by Studioilse; Mira Lounge Chair, I-Beam Side Table, and Coniston Rectangular Mirror by Matthew Hilton; Ladder Bookcase by Autoban; and Stanley 3-Seater Sofa, Kim Bench, and Kim Side Table by Luca Nichetto. The home harnesses the thoughtful hospitality of Flattered and combines it with exclusively De La Espada furniture and styling.

Photo credit: Carlos Teixeira

In partnership with Flattered Apartments, De La Espada created a rentable holiday home in Porto’s Foz do Douro neighbourhood with panoramic views of the sea. The Flattered founders, Miguel Mateus, Catarina Silva, and Catarina Alves, worked with architect José Carlos Cruz to design the interior architecture, reflecting an empathy for locale and the building’s past: local materials and original features serve as the framework for a space that is contemporary yet rooted in history. Flooring is made from wide boards of local pine heated from below, windows are framed by original granite, and the washroom is clad in Carrara marble with beautiful sky views through the large window.

The split-level apartment includes a dining room on a raised platform, a living room with a hidden pullout bed, and on a mezzanine level, a private bedroom with a pitched roof and skylight. Furniture made just an hour’s drive away at the De La Espada factory in Mira features throughout: Duet Chair, Shaker Round Table, Trio Console Table, Trio Round Coffee Table, Trio Side Table, Frame Sofa, Solo Bench, Extend Mirror, Capo Lounge Armchair, Capo Bed, Commune Stool, and Lianou Stool all designed by Neri&Hu; and Ladder Bookcase designed by Autoban. The home harnesses the thoughtful hospitality of Flattered and combines it with exclusively De La Espada furniture and styling.

Photo credit: Carlos Teixeira

Wyers Bar & Restaurant is located within the Kimpton De Witt Hotel in central Amsterdam. Designed by Studio Modijefsky, the interior was inspired by the history of the location, where, prior to the erection of the hotel building in the 1980s, the Dutch fabric firm, Firma Wyers, had their headquarters.

Design details throughout reflect the history of the site from the banquettes that resemble fabric rolls in various colours and finishes, to the bar and show kitchen designed as volumes modelled after large weaving machines, to the dark wooden floor laid with a weaving pattern. Located on a busy intersection, the restaurant’s design filters the surroundings, a subtle transition in materials from hard to soft creating a calm atmosphere within. Steel and glass in the entrance lead to marble, wood, leather, and textile finishes. A rich colour palette complements the materials: olive green, elephant grey, clay brown and warm ochre.

Whether seated at the bar, or in front of the show kitchen, guests can enjoy the comfort of Solo Bar Stool designed by Neri&Hu and crafted by De La Espada in walnut and leather.

Photography by Maarten Willemstein, courtesy of Studio Modijefsky

Scandic Continental is a 392-room hotel located in the heart of Stockholm. Designed by Koncept Stockholm, the hotel interior has a calm, subdued and warm feeling, harmonizing with and standing in contrast to the linear, solid form of the building. Guests can enjoy a sundeck on the 11th floor for outdoor workouts and events, a lobby bar and coffee shop, the Market flagship restaurant, and a stunning rooftop bar and terrace.

Capital, the rooftop bar, has a relaxed and personal atmosphere with spectacular views over the city and Riddarfjarden. A curved wooden ceiling frames the bar which combines copper, tinted mirrors, a dark green palette, and modern furniture for an international feeling with a Scandinavian touch. Cocktails can be enjoyed from the comfort of Solo Bar Stool designed by Neri&Hu and crafted by De La Espada.

The ground floor of Four Seasons Hotel Houston was designed by New York-based firm, Meyer Davis to enhance the arrival experience for guests. Arabescato marble, smoky onyx and warm saddle leathers are used throughout the lobby, creating a comfortable gathering spot punctuated by a dramatic floating staircase. Fourth floor skylight windows flood the space with natural light. Located in the heart of the city, the space has been named “Houston’s Living Room.”

Bayou & Bottle, which spills out into the lobby, is the first Texas venture for Richard Sandoval Restaurants. This lively bar destination is a chic bourbon concept, serving over 125 varieties of bourbons and whiskeys. Guests can enjoy a drink, or a meal inspired by Houston's melting pot of cultures, from the comfort of Solo Bar Stool designed by Neri&Hu and crafted by De La Espada.

Photography courtesy of Four Seasons

Amastan Paris, which opened in the summer of 2016 in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, is the first flagship of the urban hotel brand, Amastan. Inspired by the classic codes of Parisian apartment architecture, design studio NOCC carefully considered each aspect of the hotel’s interiors and atmosphere in a way that is at once quietly eclectic, comfortable and gently understated.

A striking petrol-blue herringbone parquet is a signature throughout the hotel, playfully applied to the walls on the ground floor, and to the walls and flooring in the 24 guest rooms. This bold design feature provides a subtle contrast to the otherwise restrained and pared down aesthetic.

The rooms, spread over six floors, include bespoke furniture in juxtaposing textures and materials including ash, lacquered oak, copper and brass, which play against the airy white accents seen in the bathrooms’ marble tiling. Guest rooms facing the back of the hotel benefit from beautiful garden views.

The bar Anouk welcomes an international and local clientele through its own separate entrance. Expertly crafted cocktails and rare spirits are served alongside a healthy menu of light snacks. In the timeless style of a classic Parisian home, Anouk opens out through a set of large bay windows onto a lush internal garden. Solo Bar Stool, designed by Neri&Hu and crafted by De La Espada, provides comfortable seating at the unique ombré marble high table overlooking the garden.

Photo credit: Adrien Dirand

Moments Champagne Bar is located within the luxury department store, Engelhorn, in Mannheim, Germany. The store interweaves shopping and enjoyment, with restaurants, cafés and bars situated throughout. The design floor, part of the 2014 renovation and expansion by Blocher Blocher Partners, offers luxury and designer fashion, accessories, shoes and jewellery. Moments is optimally positioned on this floor to offer shoppers a space to relax and recharge. Exclusive champagnes selected by sommelier Marko Frommberger, are served alongside fine canapés and oysters. The elegantly simple design of the space reflects the aesthetics of champagne in a palette of brass, white, beige, and grey. The refreshments can be enjoyed from the comfort of Solo Wide Bar Stool by Neri&Hu.

Photo credit: Nikolaus Koliusis

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Situated within the prestigious Three on the Bund in Shanghai, Chi-Q is an upscale Korean restaurant by renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Neri&Hu’s interior design creates an abstracted landscape. Cladded in charcoal wood slats and concrete floors, the entrance of the restaurant is reminiscent of the discrete and private entrances found in traditional Korean houses. Upon crossing the threshold of a wooden gate, guests are led into the long bar along the window, where they may relax with a drink and enjoy an open view onto the raised garden with its massive stone block backdrop.

Diners experience their meal in half-sunken seating banquettes leading up to the communal table situated under the large void of the atrium. With its unique composition of light, shadows and reflective patterns that evoke the canopy of a forest, the warm-toned metal ceiling is the defining feature that runs throughout the entire dining space. With a deep understanding of materiality, the striking atmosphere inside the main dining space recalls the richness of Korean cuisine—both space and food representing a balance between the delicate, the raw, and the vibrant.

Solo Bar Stool designed by Neri&Hu and made by De La Espada is included in the bar area.

Photo credit: Dirk Weiblen

Located on the historic Bund of Shanghai, Capo is a modern Italian restaurant in the attic of a building dating back to 1911. Designed by Neri&Hu, the intent was to embody the spirit of the Basilica, an architectural typology of a bygone era which was a bustling public space serving a multitude of functions.

Neri&Hu chose to divide the restaurant into a series of distinct rooms, capturing spaces as vignettes, whilst maintaining a consistent vision through materiality and spatial sequencing. The central spine of the restaurant is a long and linear main dining hall with tables and chairs aligned in a pew-like formation, with the Crudo Bar and pizza oven as bookends to the space. Wood and bronze accents bring hints of warmth and refinement to the rustic grey brick backdrop, while hand-blown glass lights and leather strap details on the chairs suggest craft and intimacy. Above head, relief moulded plaster ceiling tiles, evoking traditional ceiling frescos, brighten the space and guide the eye upwards.

Through the colonnade on either side of the main hall, a series of smaller chapel-like spaces branch off, containing the reception, wine and cigar lounge, kitchen, outdoor deck and private dining rooms. Passing through dark and heavy thresholds, one discovers these unique rooms, each featuring original reinterpretations of classic Renaissance paintings on the walls, from Caravaggio to Titian. The chiaroscuro of the painted brushstroke finds resonance in the contrast of spatial experiences, from a narrow hallway clad only in brick to a high-domed niche smoothed with white plaster. The drama of the spatial journey is rivalled only by the spectacle of the chefs preparing the food itself, as glimpsed through various framed views of the show kitchen.

Capo Dining Armchair, originally designed for this restaurant, features throughout.

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

Located in London’s Clerkenwell district, Sosharu is an upscale Japanese izakaya restaurant by chef Jason Atherton. Inspired by traditional Japanese minka houses from the Edo era, Neri&Hu designed the restaurant with a timber structure in the centre. Sheltered within the domestic warmth of the timber ‘house’ is the main dining area, where guests can enjoy an intimate meal, while still participating in the social aspect of dining through the layering of lightweight kōshi timber screens and mirrored reflections along the outer walls.

Surrounding the ‘house’ are classic idealised Japanese landscape elements: the ‘earthen terrace’ corridor, the cold bar and dispense bar as feature ‘rocks’, the private dining tsubo-niwa ‘garden’ and the deep azure ‘sky’ above. The chef’s table, Kisetsu, meaning ‘seasons,’ occupies a discreet corner of the landscape, curtained off with Japanese indigo-dyed noren curtains printed with the Sosharu emblem. Guests are installed at a U-shaped counter reminiscent of those intimate neighbourhood izakaya where the chef greets you by name, prepares your food before your eyes and serves it to you directly.

Neri&Hu furniture made by De La Espada features in the main dining area including Shaker Chair, Shaker Bench, and Shaker Round Table. Capo Bar Stool is used at the bar.

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

The Vince showroom in New York City reflects the pared down, modern luxury of the brand’s garments. Thoughtfully designed by A+I, the store features a palette of white, grey and black combined with natural wood accents. The open plan space is divided by clothing rails, accessory shelving, and screens, maintaining a sense of spaciousness, while simultaneously providing the comfort of individual “rooms”. Several tables of various heights are used throughout the showroom accompanied by the iconic Solo Series by Neri&Hu: Solo Lounge Chair, Solo Bar Stool, and Solo Dining Chair provide comfortable seating at meeting points for shoppers.

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21st Street Residence, a Scandinavian-style apartment in the Mission District of San Francisco, is home to a successful bachelor who loves to entertain. His casual lifestyle paired with the exposed wood beams and bright openness of the space inspired the relaxed design concept by Geremia Design. With furniture versatility as a priority, Geremia selected a modular sectional, vintage bar cart and stacking dining chairs to support various gathering arrangements. The combination of vintage and modern pieces reinforces the contrast inherent in the building’s original wood structure and modern whitewash finishes. The design team curated a fresh and striking art collection by artists Noemie Goudal, Tauba Auerbach and Josef Hoflehner as a bold opposition to the subdued palette of the space. Masculine details and clean lines contribute to a casual aesthetic that complements the building’s architecture. Solo Dining Table by Neri&Hu features in the dining room.

Photo credit: Aubrie Pick

Located at the top of the W Hotel Amsterdam in a former telephone exchange building, Mr Porter is a modern steakhouse, lounge and bar created by hospitality entrepreneur and owner of The Entourage Group, Yossi Eliyahoo. The rooftop restaurant offers a dynamic, fine dining experience with an open plan design, a central lounge, DJ station, indoor fire pit, and a balcony with 360-degree views of Dam Square and the city lights. Designed by award-winning architects Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz of BK Architecture, Mr Porter explores the duality of the personal versus public, of intimate versus open. The choice of materials —natural wood, stone, leather, and brass— is classically smart and socially enhancing. Solo Dining Chair by Neri&Hu features throughout the dining room.

Photo credit: Rinze Vegelien

The Comme Moi flagship store is located within the Art Deco Donghu Hotel in Shanghai, China. Built in 1925, the building underwent multiple renovations and changes in use over many decades. When designing the interior, Neri&Hu deliberately chose to keep these remnants of the past intact, while introducing new design elements to embody the Comme Moi brand: young, sophisticated, and exquisite.

Four sequential chambers are united by a continuous rail that threads through them, also serving as the armature for custom-designed hanging cabinets. Sheathed in an elegant metal mesh, these showcase cabinets stand out within the historic architectural surroundings to present the fashion pieces in a striking new light. A new terrazzo floor also unifies the space and occasionally extrudes up to form functional areas including the reception counter and seating with wooden inserts as an accent.

Guided by the metal rails and continuous flooring, shoppers can meander freely through the various rooms and end their journey in the lounge space. White linen changing rooms give way to a runway catwalk experience set against a scalloped glass feature wall.

Neri&Hu was awarded The American Architecture Prize (AAP) in 2017 for their design of Comme Moi Flagship Store.

The project includes Solo Bench designed by Neri&Hu and manufactured by De La Espada craftspeople.

Photo credit: Dirk Weiblen

Luxury retailer, Harvey Nichols opened a new design concept store in Birmingham in the summer of 2015. Designed in collaboration with the retail design specialist Virgile + Partners, the Birmingham store was created as the blueprint for all future Harvey Nichols stores, with a focus on a curated selection of product in an innovative and evolutionary environment. Set across 45,000 square feet, the store is organised as an ‘all in one floor’ retail layout combining women’s and men’s fashion, beauty and hospitality on the ground level and a mezzanine for the beauty treatment rooms. Offering the ultimate experience in food, wine and hospitality, the store is a destination in which to spend and enjoy time after shopping or in the evening with friends.

The highly sophisticated and stylish restaurant includes a tapas bar, a private space for parties and a foodmarket. It also integrates a special wine area that combines wine retailing and a wine tasting bar, which includes Solo Breakfast Bar Stool designed by Neri&Hu and manufactured by De La Espada.

Photo credit: Ed Reeve

Housed in Chicago’s iconic Aqua Tower, designed by internationally acclaimed, environmentally-conscious architect Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel was built to be sustainable, and has achieved LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The hotel features 334 fashion-inspired guestrooms; meeting and event spaces; a recreation deck and green roof with native plants; state-of-the-art fitness centre; and an on-site restaurant and bar. The Blu Bar's cosy lounge area in robust natural materials including wood, stone, brick and metal, features Solo Lounge Chair and Solo Ottoman, designed by Neri&Hu and manufactured by De La Espada craftspeople.

Little Collins St Kitchen is the signature restaurant at Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, desirably located at the Paris end of Little Collins Street. Designed by Hecker Guthrie, the 90 seat restaurant pays homage to the grand European architecture and high-end retail outlets of neighbouring Collins Street while maintaining a comfortable, welcoming feeling. American oak furniture is complemented with brass detailing, white handmade tiles, Italian marble and dove grey accents. The space includes Solo Lounge Chair and Solo Dining Chair designed by Neri&Hu and manufactured by De La Espada.

Photo credit: Kristin Wursthorn

Le Meridien hotel in Zhengzhou it is the most extensive and largest scale inter-disciplinary design project Neri&Hu has undertaken, including: a re-design of the architecture from its previous concrete shell, full interior design from guest rooms to public spaces and restaurants, custom furniture design, signage design, landscape concept, and a few of the art installations. Through exploring different scales, textures, materials, and spaces, Neri&Hu created a showcase of archives by various ways of framing. Working closely with the client and the contextual references, Neri&Hu has curated a not only a spatial journey but a narrative sequence to serve the traveler and their experience of the city.

Externally the archives are expressed as cantilevered stacked boxes, each carefully composed with subtle ins and outs to break down the bulky proportions of the original structure, while offering a dynamic visual counterpoint to the neighbouring buildings. Two floating canopies supported by a cluster of bronze poles leads the visitor to the main entrance.

The 25-storey building consists of a 5-storey podium of public functions and a tower of 350 private guestrooms.

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

Gestalten Pavilion is a concept store located on the roof terrace of Bikini Berlin. The 530 square metre design store is an ideal spot for experi­encing the world of creative culture that Gestalten explores in their publications. It sells a meticulously curated range of products including home accessories, jewellery, culinaria, stationery, books, magazines, and exclusive collaborations with designers and brands, and all of the selections are made with the same insight and flair that defines Gestalten publications. The spirit of Gestalten can also be experienced in the pavilion’s cafe, which offers modern, seasonal fare that is simple, yet original, and which can be enjoyed from the comfort of Solo Bar Stool designed by Neri&Hu and manufactured by De La Espada craftspeople.

Great Court Restaurant, which opened at the British Museum in January 2014 is part of the award-winning Benugo family of restaurants. Located on a mezzanine floor above the world-famous Reading Room, the restaurant sits directly beneath the curved steel and glass roof of the Norman Foster-designed Great Court.

The thoughtful redesign by Softroom creates a welcoming space that is ideal for light bites and informal dining as well as appealing to the finer dining clientele. Design updates include an entrance in the centre of the restaurant, additional communal dining tables, an open kitchen and a central charcuterie table, as well as two re-vamped wings for private dining on either side of the restaurant. The restaurant celebrates high quality, locally sourced food with a fresh focus on traditional European dishes. Diners enjoy the comfort of Solo Bar Stool and Solo Dining Chair designed by Neri&Hu, and manufactured by De La Espada craftsmen.

Neri &Hu was commissioned to reconstruct a dilapidated lane house left with almost nothing except its glorious shell in the historic and artistic Tianzifang area in Shanghai, and the mission was to transform it into three separate apartment units.  Neri&Hu’s strategy was to rethink the typology of the lane house--keeping the split level formation, a typical trait to lane houses in this city, and add spatial interest through new insertions and skylights to accentuate the architectural integrity of such a typology, contemporizing it for today’s lifestyle.  The blurring of both the private and the public acts as the central concept that binds the split level together, and at the same time, bring life to the middle and darkest portion of the lane house. 

Read more about this project on the Neri&Hu website

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

Situated within the prestigious Three on the Bund, Mercato is the first of renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Shanghai restaurants to serve an upscale yet rustic Italian fare. Neri&Hu’s design for the 1,000 square meter restaurant draws not only from the chef’s culinary vision but also from the rich historical context of its locale, harkening to early 1900s Shanghai, when the Bund was a bustling industrial hub.

Stripping back the strata of finishes that have built up after years of renovations, the design concept celebrates the beauty of the bare structural elements. Three on the Bund was the first building in Shanghai to be built out of steel, and the architects’ decision to reveal the original steel columns pays homage to this extraordinary feat. Against the textured backdrop of the existing brickwork, concrete, plaster and mouldings, new insertions are clearly demarcated. Constantly playing the new against the old, Neri&Hu’s design is a reflection of the complex identity of not only the historical Bund, but of Shanghai at large. Duet Chair and Solo Bar Stool by Neri&Hu are used throughout. 

Photo credit: Pedro Pegenaute

Located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, the Waterhouse is a four-story, 19-room boutique hotel built into an existing three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930’s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and looks across at the gleaming Pudong skyline. The architectural concept behind Neri&Hu’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new. The original concrete building has been restored while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel, reflecting the industrial past of this working dock by the Huangpu River. Neri&Hu’s structural addition, on the fourth floor, resonates with the industrial nature of the ships which pass through the river, providing an analogous contextual link to both history and local culture.

Neri&Hu was also responsible for the design of the hotel’s interior, which is expressed through both a blurring and inversion of the interior and exterior, as well as between the public and private realms, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for the hotel guest who longs for an unique five-star hospitality experience. The public spaces allow one to peek into private rooms while the private spaces invite one to look out at the public arenas, such as the large vertical room window above the reception desk and the corridor windows overlooking the dining room. These visual connections of unexpected spaces not only bring an element of surprise, but also force the hotel guests to confront the local Shanghai urban condition where visual corridors and adjacencies in tight nong-tang’s define the unique spatial flavor of the city.

Solo Dining Chair and Extend Mirrors by neri&hu are used throughout.