Month: July, 2010

Little People – Giant Impact

It’s not that we’re over-eaters or that we have a fixation on Italian foods but again, the KE-ZU Blog seems to have come full circle and we find ourselves talking about Pizza.

Is that so bad?

The difference this time is that we are firing out a big thumbs up to one of the coolest places in Sydney to sit and eat the dough based wonder food: we urge you to pop into Bondi Pizza.  Situated on the 6th floor of the recently refurbished Westfield Bondi Junction, this eatery is not your average take-away or food court fare.  This is a full blown Italian restaurant that has some of the coolest light fittings in Sydney… we should know they’re some of ours!

Designed by Kenneth Cobonpue for HIVE, the Little People Pendants (used here in a gold finish, in two sizes) make one hell of an impact in the huge atrium, complimented by day with sweeping views across Sydney Harbour.  The gang over at Giant Design are responsible for this project and we reckon they’ve managed to make these Little People anything but wall flowers.  Quite a statement!

With almost half a dozen immense shopping centres opening or undergoing extensive refurbishments in Inner Sydney in the next 18 months, we are in for some exciting retail and hospitality design unveilings.

Over-eaters we’re not, however shoppers we most definitely are!  So we’ll be keeping you up to speed with the best and the rest as they pop up. (We insist!)

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Bright Ideas: IDEA Awards 2010

The Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) showcase the best of Australian design. First held in 2001, the prestigious awards program receives hundreds of submissions from across Australia each year and is recognised by the design community as the country’s pre-eminent design awards program.

Whilst the award winners are actually announced in November at a gala event, for now, the shortlisted projects have been made public and what a collection!

We dont mind telling you that the “Best Event Design” category excites us no end as our very own showroom installation for Saturday InDesign by Sheargold, David Caon, Good Manors and Group GSA is nominated, as well as the King’s Vault pop up bar designed by Luchetti Krelle which features our classic Pigalle Chair from EMU.

Head over to the IDEA 10 website to peruse the projects in the running!  It’s been a big year for interiors and spatial projects so we eagerly await the announcement of the winners!

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Spotlight on Sydney: Design Week 2010

70 events over 16 days at 25 venues – that’s quite a program!

Sydney Design Week 2010 takes off this Saturday the 31st and will run in all it’s forms, across the city, for over two weeks.

Excitingly, Workshopped is back for the 10th year: “A Design Decade”  Started in 2000 as a showcase for emerging product, lighting and furniture designers 2010 marks it’s milestone birthday.

Hosted by Chifley Plaza and co-presented by the Powerhouse Museum, Workshopped 10 features emerging Australian designers who are showing their products for the first time on home ground… NOT to be missed and best of all: it’s free!

August 5-14 / 8.30am – 6.30 pm each day.

Again: this is only the tip of the iceberg! Head over to the Design Week Website and check out the program for yourself.  There is so much to see and do, including a handy PDF event and exhibition calendar you can download.

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YOU-ZU: Rachel Luchetti

LUCHETTI KRELLE WERE AWARDED THE: “2010 EMERGING DESIGN PRACTICE OF THE YEAR” AT THE INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS! TO SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT SWING BY: WWW.LUCHETTIKRELLE.COM

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Nothing Boring About This Cardboard…

Blog Brag Alert!  So the KE-ZU Blog is on holiday and seeing as we’re working over the break we’ve come over all self indulgent and thought we’d BLOG BRAG:

We’re blogging today from the small UNESCO heritage listed island of Patmos in Greece: a sunbaked emerald of an isle with an uber significant past that boasts a bustling, contemporary heartbeat.  Refreshingly, it retains it’s traditional Greek charm in an era where the influences of the European Union and huge increases in Sumer tourism have caused great change on many other islands dotting the Agean. Authentic foods, crafts and practices thrive alongside a booming arts and fashion scene which sees the inaugural International Film Festival of Patmos kick off next week.  A selection of English language and “foreign” films, doco’s and lectures populate the program.

If you love film and wish to mingle with a multicultural film crowd while enjoying the charm of the island of the Apocalypse, the IFFP is the place to be!

Sold on the idea?  It’s not too late to book your flights! Head to Athens and hop on the ferry to Skala in Patmos… go on, you won’t be disapointed!

…and with all these sunny skies, crystal blue waters and DELICIOUS foods at our disposal, we thought we’d share the love by highlighting an inspired and delectable project closer to home.  The kids over at Doughboy have done big things with cardbard.  A bit of an inner Sydney institution with outlets in the east and inner west, Doughboy offers Pizza unlike any others to their insatiable and loyal fanbase. Art in a Box is a recent competition inviting customers to convert the humble cardboard pizza box into a work of art.  Pop over to the Doughboy facebook page to sample the immense diversity in submissions.  We LOVE it.

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YOU-ZU: David Caon

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Drive In, Gallop Out…

Been a while since you went to the movies?  Fancy a flutter on the horses?  Ever considered both at once?

Bolting out of the gates tonight for the first time is the inaugural Racecourse Drive-In Cinema, at  Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse.

Whilst we are assured there will be no horse play after dark, you can certainly steer your sedan onto the middle of the course and relive the  fun of drive-in as it was it in it’s hey day.  The temporary cinema will be in place until September so book online today to secure your… turf.

Unfortunately trucks and vans are not permitted so you won’t be seeing the KE-ZU truck down there with the back rolled open….. this time.

Giddy Up!

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YOU-ZU: Kirsten Stanisich

DIRECTOR OF INTERIOR DESIGN AT SJB AND NSW COUNCILLOR OF THE DIA, KIRSTEN HEADS A BRILLIANTLY TALENTED TEAM AT THE CENTRE OF A MULTI AWARD WINNING MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PRACTICE.  HEAD OVER TO SJB TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE SCOPE AND QUALITY OF THE WORKS THEIR PORTFOLIO BOASTS.

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Take a Seat…

Student’s of the College of Fine Arts, Applied Object stream unveiled their sustainable seating designs this week in Paddington in an exhibition titled: New Typologies.

Some crazy, some inspired, some looking downright awkward… but across the board the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the students was really very inspiring so we thought we’d share a couple of the shots taken at the show.

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Sitting Pretty In Spain…

One of the coolest websites around: COOL HUNTING recently featured an article on the “Spanish Seating Renaissance”. We were chuffed (but not surprised) to note that accounting for over half the examples of good Spanish seating design are KE-ZU products…  Sitting pretty indeed!

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