News | Wallpaper* Best New Brand

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Each year Wallpaper* magazine’s Design Awards single out the people, places, pieces and phenomena that have raised our pulses and this year KE-ZU supplier Parachilna was named Best New Brand!

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Inspired by the timeless landscape of a small town on the edge of the Australia desert, Parachilna is forging a philosophy built around honesty in design, an appreciation of the value of precious materials and a respect for handcrafted manufacturing methods. Having already produced designs from Jaime Hayon, Stephen Burks and Jordi Veciana, they are set to release a new design from Neri&Hu shortly. Watch this space!

 

 

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Installations | Ma Khin Café

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Ma Khin Café in Valencia has recently opened its doors and Laura Alandes has created an interior that is warm, open and intimate, featuring a range of designs from leading Spanish manufacturer Andreu World.

The Reverse and Quattro Tables are combined with the Flex, Brandy, Unos and Nub Chairs from Andreu World.

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News | Fast Company’s Most Innovative Brands

Incredible news!  Be Original Americas has landed on Fast Company’s coveted list of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design.

Founded by some of the biggest names in the furniture business,  Bernhardt Design, Herman Miller, Alessi, Emeco, Flor and Vitra, Be Original Americas is an association of businesses, consumers, educators and institutions, dedicated to “informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future”.

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Fast Company has applauded Be Original Americas for “reframing the discussion of what to do about knockoffs” through its series of lectures, workshops, and round tables which look at establishing a set of industry standards, and its blog which alerts readers to the hidden hazards of knockoff design, such as the high levels of mercury and lead in a popular “replica” design of the Tolux chair in Australia

To learn more about Be Original Americas click here.

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News | Closed Australia Day

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At KE-ZU, we religiously observe the Australia Day holiday. Accordingly, our annual sale will commence 7:30am Tuesday 27th January.

 

 

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News | KE-ZU Sale

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Sale starts Tuesday 27th January at 7.30am

Save on a huge range of designer indoor + outdoor furniture, lighting + accessories for the home, office + public spaces from international brands – Andreu World + Bernhardt Design + EMU + BD Barcelona + HIVE + Kenneth Cobonpue + Expormim + Lzf + M114 + Indecasa + Enea + Sancal

Visit us at the KE-ZU Pop-Up Store Monday to Friday 7.30am – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm – Suite 31, Level 1, 69 O’Riordan St Alexandria 2015

For any enquiries please contact us at sales@kezu.com.au or 1300 724 174

 

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Spotlight | Mitt

You’ll find this incredibly fun, multi-functional chair is perfect for a multitude of applications. With its hidden, weight-activated, locking casters and integrated handle, this chair is easy to move around making it perfect for collaborative areas in everything from corporate and healthcare to libraries and education.

From comfort to function, you’ll find it fits your project, well – like a glove! Harry met Claudia in 2001, while they were both earning degrees in interior design at the University of Applied Arts in San Salvador. They founded their design studio DUE in October 2004, motivated by the shared desire to create atypical furniture pieces suited to modern spaces.

 

Check out the video below and see just how adaptable Mitt is! Better yet pop by the KE-ZU showroom and see for yourself!

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Oh, What a Night …

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If you have ever stopped by the KE-ZU showroom at lunch time, you know that we don’t need an excuse to eat or spend time together. So that’s exactly what we did last Friday night.

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The KE-ZU team headed (in Tokyo Neon get up) to Waterloo St, Surry Hills and crowded into Izakaya Fujiama, where we ate and drank up a sake storm to celebrate an incredible year.

Wow, what knockout of a night. Sayonara 2014.

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Furniture For Thought | Bernhardt Design

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John M. Bernhardt takes any notion you may have about what a lumberjack should be and turns it completely on its head. He wasn’t beefy and brawny with bulging biceps and dodgy tattoos. He didn’t wear a beanie. Heck, he didn’t even own a red flannelette shirt.

But what he lacked in stereotypes, he more than made up for as the founder of one of the world’s great furniture companies.

Orphaned at 13, Bernhardt jumped a box-car to Oregon hoping to become a government surveyor. It took him three years to realise that ‘government’ and ‘surveyor’ should never be used in the same sentence, and so he pursued a career as a lumberjack instead.

Having bigger ambitions than spending a life cutting down trees and growing a hipster beard, he purchased a sawmill. It was here he saw the opportunity to use timber to make solid oak bedroom furniture. Pretty soon folks in Chicago and New York City started buying this furniture for their homes.

And so in 1889 the Bernhardt Furniture Company was born in North Carolina. Bernhardt’s skill was in leveraging the area’s plentiful supply of beautiful timbers, and local woodworking skills. Never one to do things by halves, he opened his factory with 25 employees.

Over the ensuing decades Bernhardt expanded into all aspects of furniture for the home and office, building a stellar reputation for quality and integrity and becoming one of the premier furniture companies of the 20th century.

In 1980 Bernhardt introduced a contemporary furniture brand, Bernhardt Design and began collaborating with some of the world’s great designers – Arik Levy, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove, Yves Behar, Suzanne Trocme, and Jaime Hayon.

KE-ZU showcases a diverse range of Bernhardt Design products including CP (Charles Pollock), Mirador (Lievore Altherr Molina), Bardot (Hayon) and Loft (Shelly). All represent the pinnacle of 21st century furniture making and design.

Bernhardt Design is a global furniture company renowned throughout the design and architectural community for the craftsmanship of its products and its environmental credentials. And although it has grown beyond even John M. Bernhardt’s towering ambitions, it remains a proud 4th generation family business celebrating its 125th anniversary.

John M. Bernhardt, we salute you.

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Furniture Free Friday | ActiWait

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Amelie Künzler and Sandro Engel are ushering in new generation of traffic light buttons, with their design ActiWait, which allows pedestrians to play virtual ping pong as they wait for the light to turn green.

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Recently installed in the city of Hildesheim, Germany, ActiWait transforms boring waiting times into positive experiences. Through a touch screen which is installed in the upper shell of the button, people can interact with each other across the street.

These Traffic Lights Let You Play Pong With Random Strangers

Want ActiWait in your city?  Support the idea here.

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Designer Pick | Neri & Hu

Why I choose… Neri & Hu.

With all of the products out there to source, how do I choose which pieces for what project?  And why does Neri & Hu so often fit the bill? Here’s a checklist that I employ.

Style – If there is one era of furniture style I’m wild about it’s mid 20th Century.  I can’t get enough of the clean lines, material choices and elegance.  With neri&hu this style has been adopted but adapted to today with throwbacks to classic Scandinavian and Bentwood themes.  They have designed pieces that don’t replace the classics but offer a wonderful modern style alternative.  The curves and soft edges are just calling out to be touched.

Adaptability – Gone are the days of large furniture pieces filling vast spaces.  Nowadays we are choosing smaller living spaces closer to lifestyle factors, and as such we require smaller, more functional furniture.  neri&hu have created pieces such as the Opium sofa, which provide comfort whilst incorporating side tables and shelves in the arms and back.  Their pieces hold a small visual mass, which does not impede sightlines.

A Global Product – Globalisation is a major buzzword these days.  Courses are run on it in schools and universities, the papers rave about, and we’re becoming more conscious of how interconnected we are across the globe through companies, manufacturing and products.  Furniture has long been a part of this story and no more so than in the Neri & Hu range from De La Espada – designed by Chinese designers, made with American timber, manufactured in Portugal and sold worldwide.  It is truly a global product for a global audience.

Appeal – Not only is its make up global, it holds global appeal.  Solid natural timber, solid manufacturing, solid investment.  These styles never date; they stand alone as one piece, as many or incorporated with a variety or aesthetics.

It’s a delight to have a product range that can go across many different projects – commercial and residential.  If you are looking for one beautiful piece or a setting of a number of pieces, Neri & Hu tick the boxes.

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About Chevonne

An ex Ke-zu member who has returned to the fold as a contributor to our blog, Chevone worked for many years in the Sydney furniture and design market before heading to London, where she worked with one of the city’s largest and most established dealers of designer furniture, the Aram Store.  After having a couple of children and returning to Sydney,  she managed one of the Coco Republic showrooms.  Now she has now taken the bold step to establish her own interior design practice – Chevonne Jackson Interiors.

Chevonne is passionate about all things design and has considerable industry experience and knowledge.

We welcome her as a regular contributor to the Ke-zu blog.

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