Never banal, never repetitive, the Lualdi team never speaks in the past tense, but always offers a key of interpretation for the future. The collaboration with Steve Leung is a change of gear, an acceleration towards tomorrow: Ying is a door that delivers one aspect of Chinese history, the inspiration of sǔn mǎo (the ancient Chinese manual technique to create refined, durable finishes), bringing gentle vigor to the lower quarter of the door, combined with a frame that – of course – comes in a range of different colors.
These hues are far from random and far from usual: here again, China comes to the fore with its symbolism and rituals, where colors were a distinctive feature to indicate social connotations in ancient times. From red lacquer to signify happiness and good luck, to yellow to indicate the imperial virtues, or the discretion of black, all the way to the sheen of glass.
Lualdi and Steve Leung meet for the first time on the crowded stage of products for interiors, and the result – apart from the beauty of the door, which remains a subjective factor – comes from the credo Lualdi has always held in relation to China and its cultures, and the ability of Steve Leung to apply his extensive experience in the design of residences, hotels and offices to the needs of the product.
In Chinese, Ying means welcome: what better name for a door?