Yíng, Steve Leung’s debut collection for Lualdi

Lualdi introduces the new door collection designed by Hong Kong based architect, interior and product designer Steve Leung, confirming 2020 as a dynamically productive year.

“Yíng collection celebrates the Italian welcoming culture through a contemporary design that blends traditional Chinese woodcraft technique with exquisite Italian craftmanship”

Steve Leung

Milan, November the 30th, 2020 – The Chinese ideogram is pronounced Yíng and literally means “welcome”. It is the name that Steve Leung has chosen for his door collection designed for Lualdi, as a subtle tribute towards the Italian welcoming culture of greeting and hosting guests.

The upper part of the door emphasizes the flexibility of the design and its ability to adapt to different interior contexts, thanks to a wide range of colours and finishes. Steve Leung takes inspiration from the rich symbolism of colours found in the traditional Chinese culture: he chooses a palette of red, the colour of happiness and good fortune, a brighter shade that is almost yellow, a symbol of imperial virtue, and black, for a more understated appeal.  For Leung, the coloured door represents the cultural heritage of profound traditions, where the colour of the entrance symbolized the social recognition of ancient Chinese households. Lualdi here presents a complete range, characterized by leather finishes, lacquered models and versions in wood, for a versatile and timeless product.

The lower part of the door is instead the result of an elaborate woodworking process that is inspired by the ancient traditional Chinese technique known as sǔn mǎo  ( 榫 卯 ). Characterized by a geometrically sculpted surface, the base of the door is always in mocha oak and enhances the two sidepieces, which have a canaletto walnut finish for the wood or lacquered doors and a bronze-coloured metallic finish for the leather models.

Yíng beautifully combines world-renowned Italian know- how with a flawless aesthetic inspired by the time- honoured Chinese legacy, revealing a continuum between tradition and modernity, handcrafting techniques and industrial solutions, design and timeless elegance.

Lualdi is an historic Italian design company operating in the field of interior doors, bespoke furniture and contract, founded in 1859 as an artisan joinery and currently managed by the fourth generation of the family. The move to industrial production began in the sixties thanks to the close symbiosis that had been established with the architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni. Today, the company works with the world’s most important architects, has showrooms in Milan, New York and Miami, and its leadership is recognized the world over. The quality of the product and the production processes are long-held values of the company, a manufacturing operation requiring specialized knowledge that combines the quality of traditional craftsmanship with the most advanced industrial production methods. Corporate social responsibility is one of the cornerstones of its philosophy and its daily commitment to environmental protection. The socially and ecologically sustainable use of materials and resources has allowed the company to become FSC® certified. – www.lualdi.com

Steve Leung Design Group was founded in 1997 by Mr Steve Leung, a globally acclaimed architect, interior and product designer. The dual headquarters are located in Hong Kong and Shanghai, with branch offices in Beijing and Guangzhou. With over 500 devoted designers and professionals, the Group is one of the largest interior design practice in Asia. In 2018, the creative powerhouse was also listed on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK: 2262). Recognized as the World’s No.1 Residential Design Firm in Interior Design Top 100 Giants for four times in 2016-2020, the Group is currently ranked as Top 20 in the overall global ranking. Its top-notch designs are delivered in over 100 cities worldwide and have been credited with more than 210 international design and corporate awards. – www.sldgroup.com

Lualdi Porte Spa, via Kennedy, 20010 Marcallo con Casone, Milano - Iscrizione Ufficio Registro Imprese di Milano con nr MI - 1321204. Capitale sociale € 740.000 i.v. – C.F. e P.IVA IT09824900154