The Narcissist by BD Barcelona

The Narcissist


Designer Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu
Launched in 2010
Architonic id 1139674

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The innovative Shanghai-based firm NERI&HU has offered a new take on a cross-cultural furniture typology known in Spanish as the Tocador and, in Mandarin, as the Shu Zhuang Tai. The lacquered Narcissist Tocador is a dressing table with a clean, simple storage chest that opens to three folding mirrors topped with crystal-set latticework, the atomic structure of crystals while recalling a popular traditional Chinese furniture motif. “It not only evokes the repeating pattern of crystal formation, but also articulates a brilliant configuration of light and shimmer for the person seeing his or her own image in the mirror,” says Rossana Hu.

Carcass/ body made of plywood covered with oak , exterior parts in MDF high gloss lacquered in black. Interior in solid varnished oak natural. Structure in iron and aluminium lacquer black micro-textured. Mirror with hidden Led lighting. Upper rack in plywood with Swarovski crystal pieces. Includes a lock for the door.
Stool: Structure in aluminium black micro-textured lacquered. Seat upholstered in black leather.

Alongside the Tocador, the Narcissist collection is accompanied by a round wall mirror and a jewelry case shaped like an historic Chinese dowry box. In the former, crystals set into the underside of the mirror’s rim form a galaxy of tiny stars, while the latter sees them incorporated in a pattern of stitches, visible only when the jewelry box is opened and the crystals are barely visible through the semi-transparent mirror of the inside cover. “For each design, we wanted to utilize a different application of crystals, finding new ways to emphasize and bring out their intrinsic, visual qualities,” says Lyndon Neri.

Designer: Neri & Hu

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