Designer Shuwa Tei draws inspiration from the intersection of his native Japanese aesthetics and contemporary technology. His Donna Chair combines traditional handcraft and modern production techniques to create an intriguing hybrid of Western and Asian styes. Reaching across different times and places, his showstopping armchair in African sapelli wood can be seen as something unmistakably of the present but also fully cognizant of the past.
- 29" h x 22" w x 19.5" d (74x55.8x49.5cm)
- Seat height: 17.75" (45cm)
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Stellar Works since a couple of design enthusiasts from France and Japan launched the line in 2013. Operations benefit from Japanese management, while the craftsmanship draws on premium European furniture practices and technical proficiency that comes with the brand’s own state-of-the-art factory in Shanghai, China.
Because Stellar Works controls end to end, it takes great pride in abiding to Japan’s Four-Star standards—the most stringent in the industry worldwide—offering transparency regarding the sourcing of every material, be it leather, metal or fabric, along with ensuring that all woods come from FSC-certified forests.
The line’s urbane sense of materials, colorways and forms is a reflection of a global roster that includes New York designer-architect David Rockwell, Toronto’s Yabu Pushelberg, Copenhagen’s Space Copenhagen and Monaco-based Humbert & Poyet—along with an exacting Asian lens by appointing Chinese duo Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu—widely known as Neri&Hu—as creative directors for the brand.