Hutongs are the traditional living quarters in Beijing lined within narrow alleys. The term hutong reminds us of a city where bicycles were abundant and industrialisation was sparse. In recent years, due to the rapid modernization of China, the number of hutongs has decreased dramatically.
The HUTONG recalls these charming but chaotic structures during the first few years the firm’s founders spent expanding their design consortium. This design was born with a sense of romantic nostalgia. The 3D-printed metal matrix structure, researched by a small manufacturer in Italy, is based on the masterplan of the San Miao Jie Hutong, one of the oldest remaining hutongs in Beijing. The crystals represent individual hutong dwellings and together the unique spatial planning within the city grid formation. The design is entirely customizable, as crystals of varying heights and colors can be arranged in different configurations. Different arrangements also alter the reflectivity and illumination quality of HUTONG.
As technology advances and lifestyles change, cities will continue to modernize, displacing and sometimes transforming old architecture. Thus, HUTONG is a metaphor for the changes happening to our urban landscapes. Only 50 units of HUTONG will ever be produced globally and each one is custom made to order and handcrafted for the discerning individual with a 4-month waiting list.
Dimensions: L50 x W26 x H28 cm
|Place of Origin||Greater China|
|Primary Material||Stainless steel|
|Dimensions||L50 x W26 x H28 cm|
|Bulb Type||Custom LED Strip|
|Certifications||PSE, CE, RoHS, CCC, FCC|