Ren is a symbolic reference to the centrality of human beings in interior design. Armchair, sofa and a complete collection of furniture accessories inspired by the Chinese ideogram “ren”, which means “person”. The longer stroke sticks out slightly and is supported by the shorter stroke: a symbol, pure and simple, that transforms into an original design element characterising the profile of every object.
When designing the elements in this series, Neri & Hu sought to maximise their versatility and adaptability to different spaces, giving people the chance to create welcoming homes with the utmost freedom. In fact, they can be used in the entrance hall, living room, bedroom, bathroom and study, but are also perfect for non-domestic spaces such as meeting rooms or waiting areas. All of the objects are made of wood, brass and saddle-leather: fine materials that are showcased thanks to the simplicity of the design.
The Ren armchair and sofa have the distinctive traits of the collection: very modern lines, clean and simple, with compact but extremely comfortable volumes. The armchair is inspired by classic theatre foyer chairs with an enveloping backrest that also functions as an armrest. The seat is deliberately quite shallow and the lumbar cushion adds a touch of comfort and gives the backrest rhythm. The same enveloping simplicity is found in the sofa. Each piece consists of two “ren”, which make up the main structure and together support the secondary structures. The junctions between the supporting structure in solid Canaletto walnut and the shell of the backrest in curved beech are refined externally with brass rings. The Ren sofa and armchair can be upholstered entirely in Pelle Frau® leather or the leather upholstery for the seat can be combined with a fabric lumbar cushion.
Established in 2004 by partners Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, Neri & Hu Design and Research Office is a multi-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China, and works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services.