Italian designer Luca Nichetto has created a collection of furniture for Portuguese brand De La Espada.
The Stella chair is one of the five pieces by the Stockholm-based designer to be revealed at the event, which is set to take place at Chinese studio Neri&Hu’s Design Republic Commune store and gallery.
Nichetto’s furniture collection will be placed across the store in rooms designed to enhance his creations, showcasing his studio’s research into colour. The Stella chair features a hardwood frame and is available in various finishes.
A moulded fibreglass seat slots into the structure, and can be ordered in gloss or matte, and black or white. To juxtapose the 1950s-style material, the inside of the seat can be lined with different fabrics.
The four other pieces launching at the event include the Marlon Rectangular Table, which has a solid hardwood frame combined with marble legs and top. The Steve Pouf, Nino Ottoman and the solid wood Kim nest-ing tables will also be presented in Shanghai.
The inaugural Festival of Design is titled Commune as a reference to its focus on collaborative projects and communal engagement.
Its setting is a former colonial police station in Shanghai’s Jingan district, which was transformed by Neri&Hu in 2012.
“The concept for the Design Commune is to bring designers from around the city to hopefully have a place where they can have a discourse in architecture, in product design, in interior design,” Lyndon Neri told Dezeen in 2012.
De La Espada is a Portugal-based manufacturer that focuses on woodworking craft and providing quality production resources for selected designers.
Its products include a Neri&Hu-designed furniture collection with pieces modelled on simple Shaker designs.
Nichetto has previously collaborated with De La Espada for his 50/50 collection, designing the Laurel Coffee and Side Table with a cylindrical base and an inverted cone that appears to perch precariously on top.