Month: August, 2010

Horm: Hot Off The Press…

Horm have unleashed their ‘Zero Gravity‘ 2010 catalogue… and the contents?  Breathtaking.

Having explored cutting edge timber-bending, thrown a nostalgic eye over the works of Ray and Charles Eames, married light with load bearing and fluidity with functionality… this collection is about to turn heads.  Italian design and manufacturing at it’s best.

Horm have brought together Deigo Vencato, Orlandini Design, Salvatore Indriolo and many more to revisit how we interact with timber, it’s tactile properties, it’s inherent visual beauty and it’s functionality.

Download the catalogue here or flip through just some of the images we’ve selected.

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Greg’s Got Belle Covered…

The October/November issue of Belle Magazine goes out today with a cracking cover shot and some brilliant content…

Gracing the cover is Greg Natale’s “Tierney Watson Residence” featuring our ‘miami cool’ Veranda Chair collection from EMU, Italy.  Suitably paired with the sleek extending Piano Table (also from EMU), the whole scene is beautifully shot by the master of light and lens: Anson Smart, the vibrancy of the living space virtually leaping off the page at you.

Between the covers we are also excited to see Anne-Maree Sargeant, BELLE‘s new design editor-at-large, has compiled a number of pages bumper to bumper with the coolest from here and abroad.

Hits newsstands nationally, today!

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YOU-ZU: Stacey Kouros

BEAMED LIVE INTO THE LIVING ROOMS OF THE NATION AS A CONTESTANT ON CHANNEL 9′S HOMEMADE IN 2009, STACEY KOUROS SOON EARNED HERSELF A LOYAL FOLLOWING FOR HER DISTINCT PUNCHY, OFTEN THEATRICAL APPROACH TO HER INTERIORS.  HAVING STUDIED AT THE UNSW AND HONED HER OWN SKILLS WHILST WORKING WITH ESTEEMED DESIGNER GREG NATALE, STACEY DECIDED TO GO IT ALONE AND IS TURNING HEADS WITH SOME OF HER OWN PROJECTS BEING ROLLED OUT ACROSS SYDNEY AS WE SPEAK.
HEAD OVER TO STACEY’S DOTCOM FOR MORE!
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Out With The Old… In With The Older

1965, The Netherlands, and Frenchman Pierre Paulin introduces us to one of his most acclaimed collections.  Designed for a traditional Dutch furniture manufacturer redefining itself in an era of change under the guidance of Kho Lieng Ie and the new moniker: ‘Artifort‘.  Paulin presents us with Tulip and Little Tulip … and the world falls in love.

What drives my work are technological breakthroughs… I do not start with the idea of a form. I try to solve problems with the most advanced methods available to me. The way my furniture looks is the result of a process during which I uncover the shapes my design will take…

Technologically innovative, instantly iconic and very much products of their era, the bold yet visually balanced and well proportioned Tulip Lounge Chair, Little Tulip Armchair and ottoman drew their influence from the petals of the collection’s namesake and cemented themselves a place in the annals of modern design.  Out went the commonly used straw, horsehair, kapok and iron springing and in darted a frenzied exploration of foams, steel wire and stretch fabrics.  The future of furniture was looking bright, bigger and bolder.

Over the years many would attempt to emulate the unique aesthetic Paulin was spearheading with Artifort but few, if any, could measure up to the successes Paulin had in marrying superior comfort with cutting edge, iconic form.  The world too was taking note and in 1969 the Museum of Modern Art in New York started adding Paulin’s pieces to its collection.

When in the business of producing classic designs under license, it can become necessary at times to re-view/re-model or make adjustments to an existing collection.  A number of contributing factors instigate this ongoing evolution of a design and that can be simply due to changes in trend that see a certain feature or nuance no longer in favour with the marketplace, or more commonly; technological advancements in manufacturing and assembly methods.  This, when coupled with the invention of new materials, can see a design take on some pretty drastic changes…

One such ‘makeover’ that applies to Paulin‘s designs is the recent re-issuing of the whole Tulip collection with its original, polished, cross base.  Having fallen out of favour gradually over the past twenty years, it was eventually discontinued and in it’s place a round disc-base with a swivel mechanism was introduced (with Paulin’s approval) to keep the collection commercially relevant and viable.  In 2010, we welcome back the original sleek, subtle footing and think it couldnt have arrived at a better time.

With current trends leaning toward refined lines, the wonders of woven metal, simplicity and a consistent call for visual lightness with interior products, the elegance of the original Tulip and Little Tulip is as relevant now more than ever.  Artifort, with its wealth of classics in production and retired also saw fit this year to bring back the classic C 070 from 1964 by Kho Liang Ie, an equally as impressive and iconic design that is promised a new lease on life in the current climate where all that was once new is newer… again.

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YOU-ZU: Rowen Wagner

As an emerging designer, there is nothing more frustrating than persistently being branded an “up and comer” or “the next big thing”… so we wont, suffice to say this is a name you can expect to hear plenty more of in coming years!  Rowen Wagner, was a recent exhibitor in both Workshopped 10 in Sydney and LaunchPad 2010 in Melbourne.  We took an instant liking to his inspired Grandson Clock (pictured above), especially the leather clock face and bronze pendulum of the model on display in Sydney…

RowenWagner.com for more…

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Fake It Till You Break It…

The ADA have announced this months winners in their ingenious ‘Beauty Ruined‘ competition.  Check them out here.

In supporting the push for greater IP protection for designers and their original designs, the Authentic Design Alliance encourage you to submit your unhappy snaps of fake or ‘replica’ design pieces that you may encounter out and about.

This naming and shaming process highlights the abundant and alarming use of copy-cat pieces in the public domain.

The key ultimately, is to educate and inform the professional market and consumers that the promotion of ‘inferior design’ results in sub-standard products, produced without license nor concern for the all important nuances that elevate and differentiate original designs in the first place.

On a broader scale, their prevalence and the general push towards social acceptance for “pirated designs” plays toward diminishing the inherent value and originality of the primary, innovative design and the intellectual property of it’s creator.

Last week also saw the official Melbourne launch of the ADA at the Living Edge showroom.  Like Sydney’s earlier launch, there was a great turn out to hear Paul Hecker, Ross Didier, Nicholas Weston and Daniel Stellini lead discussion on a topic clearly close to the hearts of many.

To keep in touch with the ADA and be up to date with future events head over the their website and register your interest.

We’re right behind the work of the ADA, and we’d urge you to get on board too.

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When in Egypt…

June 2010 saw some of the best names in the European design community descend on Cairo for +20 Egypt.

Curated by Italian design queen: Paola Navone, the event was a showcase of selected products from the best Egyptian design companies, as well as international brands. The final result was

…a fascinating juxtaposition of tradition and innovation, local and international, classic and modernity; an emotional melting pot of different cultures, narrated through installations in different rooms of three historical Cairo house…

Click the photo above for more stunning images from the event.  KE-ZU‘s good friends LZF were proudly displaying the Air table lamp and the Link Floor Lights designed by Ray Power.

You may also recall some months back we posted a story on the New York ICFF Fair, which LZF Lamps took by storm with their awe inspiring butterfly installation assembled from a number of their luminaires.  Sandro Tothill and Marivi Calvo, the creative superheroes over at LZF have sent this video shot during the ICFF with music by Rithma and a real-time art installation unfolding on the stand, by the talented Inocuothesign.

See it to believe it.  Click here!

http://www.kezu.com.au/index.cfm?page=products&DesignerID=5029
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YOU-ZU: Anson Smart

ANSON SMART IS A GENIUS.

THE CREATIVE EYE BEHIND SOME OF THE MOST EVOCATIVE EDITORIAL, PORTRAIT AND ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY GLOBALLY.  AN EXPERT AT TRAINING HIS LENS ON EVERYONE FROM CATE BLANCHETT TO ELLE MCPHERSON, HE WAS COMMISSIONED TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF AUSTRALIA FOR THE AUSTRALIAN TOURISM COMMISSION, CONVEY THE ATMOSPHERE OF COUNTLESS INTERIOR AND ARCHITECTURE SHOOTS FOR BELLE, VOGUE LIVING, ELLE, INSIDE OUT  AND FAMED FOR EVOKING THE FLAVOURS IN NUMEROUS COOK BOOKS FOR THE LIKES OF CHRISTINE MANFIELD AND GREG DOYLE… SO WE’VE SWUNG THINGS AROUND A BIT AND HAVE PUT THE MAN HIMSELF IN FRAME.

DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR AND SPEND A DAY PERUSING HIS STUNNING WORK AT WWW.ANSONSMART.COM

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Saturday Indesign 2010

As the dust settles on another Saturday Indesign, we all hurriedly flock back to the office and flick  through our photos and thumb through notes gathered over a frenetic two day gallop around inner Melbourne.

Networking, over working, over indulging… whatever your approach or game plan, it’s clear from doing the rounds that the Saturday Indesign format seems to go from strength to strength with each year.  Melbourne 2010 was a big undertaking, by those behind the scenes as well as those making the rounds… there was just so much to see.

The Project was again in full swing this year, teaming designers with suppliers, the collaborations complimented and elevated both the products and their showrooms.  Zenith and Woodhead are to be commended for their “Let It Be Seen” installation.  Launching the new “Be Chair” the Zenith and Woodhead team’s swept through the gleaming new showroom interpreting the Seven Deadly Sins in their product installations with a cascade of  B’s  in varied fonts and formats, tumbling through all three floors.  Celebrating the arrival of Enea‘s new Lievore designed Lottus collection;  the range of stacking seats, armchairs and collection of stools were given a bold presence alongside the sleek OH! family of lounge chairs.

The students at RMIT Interior Design were called to action by Stylecraft who made the most of their Flinder’s Lane atrium by suspending a “…play on texture, form and movement” in the form of hand folded paper geometric clouds.

Schiavello, (ever the fashionistas) brought together a mixed bag of industries to spend the day with.  Renowned fashion designer Akira Isogawa, the architectural team at Lava and the textile colour master Giulio Ridolfo.  Diversity expressed through personalisation was the order of the day, reflecting the range and versatility of Schiavello’s workstations.

As any stylist or merchandiser will attest: displaying decorative lighting well, in a busy showroom environment can be very-very difficult and a thankless task.  Euroluce and Tim Fleming of Flatland OK, however, managed to light up Exhibition St with a refined, inspiring, crisp display. “Ordinary things, beautifully lit…”  set the scene for a showroom where the unique paper decorative elements effortlessly supported the true subject: Euroluce’s stunning FLOS collection and gave the reissued and newly coloured luminaires from Jielde, the space to really sing.

Heading out from the CBD and Flinders Lane Quarter took us to Richmond to see some old friends and their new products.  Living Edge threw the doors open on their gigantic Bridge Road showroom where they share space with Cadry’s.  Hosting the Launch Pad young designer exhibition on their upper floor, they brought together the next generation of young Australian design alongside historical heavyweights like Charles and Ray Eames, the notorious Established & Sons as well as the highly regarded Andreu World collections as well as some bold new Artifort pieces such as Swamp.  As the afternoon wore on and the Chandon took full effect the RS Barcelona Foosball Table really came into it’s own and won over a legion of new fans!

Eco Outdoor‘s beautifully furnished Bollinger Bar was the cherry on the showroom cake as their vast space expertly brought the outdoors: in.  Full sized birch trees, fire pits and water features gave life to the furniture and fittings affording the Kenneth Cobonpue and Eco Outdoor collections the space to really be absorbed and celebrated.  Lighting too was expertly executed with Hive‘s Biba, Little People and Molly suspension lights adding to the atmosphere in each installation.

All in all, a busy but beneficial two days.  As always, there is never enough time to tick everything off the list and the prospect of another day on foot would probably be crippling.  Ultimately the coming together of the design community in this fashion serves each sector well.  The opportunity to meet, mingle and share in this way is fundamental in building on the strength of the regions design foundations.  Tired as we are, we eagerly await the opportunity to see how 2011 in Sydney will advance us even further upon this years achievements.

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Santorini State of Mind

So you tear yourself away from Thira and the immense views over the caldera, the crater rim dotted with cascading white terraces and the ocassional blue church dome.  You hop on your scooter and you head South, to seek out one of Santorini’s best kept secrets…

You turn off the main road, down a rather rough, unsealed “track” that resembles a moonscape and eventually you turn a corner and are rewarded with a breathtaking vista.

The bluest of blue waters of the Aegean stretched out before you, a pristine beach tumbles away to the sea shore, holiday makers dot the exclusive cove on a handful of ‘waiter attended’ sun beds and on the hill overlooking all this is perched Theros Wave Beach Bar.

Sounds all a bit too good to be true?  Then imagine discovering that it boasts some of Kenneth Cobonpue‘s iconic and ultra swish Lolah Day Beds and occasional tables!

An afternoon of cocktails, music, sun and fun with intermittent rest spells on a Lolah?  Don’t mind if we do!

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