Month: December, 2010

Tuesday Tunes…

Whilst we may well be knee deep in saw dust, four to a table and making merry amongst the madness, our new showroom is step-by-step closer to completion!

This week we’re turning to Mr Phil Spector and his wall of sound to drown out the cocophany of builders, electricians, painters and cabinet makers.

KE-ZU will close for Christmas from December 23rd 2010 and throw the doors open again on our gleaming new showroom on January 10 in 2011!

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Very Gehry: Crinkly Wrinkly & Fascination With The Fold…

Only one year on from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) announcing Frank Gehry as it’s architect charged with refurbishment of their Ultimo based Business Faculty: the design has been unveiled.

Today in Sydney the “Crinkly, Wrinkly” faculty building with a glass and brick facade was unveiled with Gehry conceding controversy as an inevitable hurdle in Sydney-siders eventually coming to love the building.

junk is built in cities around the world and nobody really complains… This is a small building in the context of Sydney I don’t think it is going to destroy the town, I promise.

With admission that the building was very much designed from the inside – out, Mr Gehry has via lengthy consultation with student and staff bodies, avoided construction of a monolith unable to serve it’s primary internal purposes, effectively, whilst promoting interactivity.  It’s function as a mini-city within the fabric of it’s community was at the fore of the design process.

Externally the wrinkle and fold in one facade is attributed to the challenge of making a large scale architectural development of any kind; humane.  On the Harris Street frontage, the jutting angles of multi-stroey glass sheets juxtaposes wonderfully.

The 81 year old Gehry concluded by saying that once built he was confident the buildings would be embraced by the community.  The $150M project is due for completion in 2014.

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KE-ZU Is On The Move…

After many happy years in Surry Hills we are extremely excited to announce that this week we are packing up the truck and relocating to our brand new, state-of-the-art showroom in Alexandria, Sydney – designed by the multi-award winning team at Luchetti Krelle.

Marrying the sleek glass-clad modernity of Alexandria’s new Platinum Complex with all the famed KE-ZU brands you know and love, Rachel and Stuart are creating for us a bold new customised exhibition space.

Working closely with Haron Robson to bring you cutting-edge visual displays and unrivaled, hi-tech lighting presentation tools, the light filled showroom with its 6m ceilings and contract furniture designated mezzanine, will boast stunning glass finishes from Axolotl Group as well as sleek flooring throughout from Bolon.

Our new details effective MONDAY 20th of DECEMBER 2010 (including new phone number and fax):

Level 1, 69 O’Riordan Street
Alexandria NSW 2015 Australia

Mailing address
PO Box 7120
Alexandria NSW 2015 Australia

Telephone: +61 2 9669 1788
Facsimile: +61 2 9669 1977

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Gaga Over Zuzunaga…

For what is fundamentally a minimising of detail and breaking down of matter into it’s basic visual components, annunciating “The Digit Collection from nanimarquina and Cristian Zuzunaga“, is one hell of a mouthful!

Spanish by birth but now based permanently in London (after completing his studies at The Royal College of Art), Zuzunaga comes to textiles and flooring from a background in graphic and communication design.

Vibrancy is key in his designs and the intricacy and science behind the patterning is quite inspired, himself citing the works as oddly embodying “randomness and repetition” – all at once. Drawing the patterns from extremely “zoomed-in” images of cityscapes, Zuzunaga extracts the primary geometric shapes and unique colour combinations that make up our cities and urban environments.  An intriguing exploration into the interrelation of pattern, shape and colour and their omnipresence within our broader built surroundings.

Zuzunaga’s client base is a varied as his pattern work, fielding commissions from The Tate Gallery, Wallpaper* Magazine, Ligne Roset, Moroso (see the Patricia Urquiola designed “Springfield Sofa” above), upholstered in a special edition of Kvadrat‘s “Pixellated” collection.

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It’s Monday (again)…

… so we thought Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings (and a dose of original Soul Train footage) might help get you through the first tedious day of the week.

If you were lucky enough to catch Sharon and co in Sydney last week you’ll know what a powerhouse she is, if you’re in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia you can still grab a show before she heads off to New Zealand en route to her beloved NY!

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The Hyde Life…

The Hyde: Sydney’s most significant high-rise residential development since Harry Seidler’s ‘Horizon’, was officially opened this morning by Lord Mayor and Member for Sydney: Clover Moore, bringing a close to 6 years of design, development and construction.

At a breakfast function set in the building’s light-filled lobby, surrounded by bubbling water gardens, guests heard Professor Jennifer Taylor (of the initial design competition advisory panel) speak on the process in securing Singaporean WOHA group to design the prime Liverpool Street site.  A company whose philosophy is

to explore the intersections of culture, context, history, nature, climate, sustainability and social behaviour to inform innovative design.

The resulting design from WOHA was cited by Taylor as a delicate and respectful response to it’s immediate city/park surrounds, the shifting cultural phenomenon of cosmopolitan CBD living and lifestyle as well as sustainable construction and maintenance consideration.  In completion the building now boasts the title of greenest high-rise residence in NSW thanks in part to details such as pool heating being recycled from the buildings energy waste.

Clover Moore too spoke of 157 Liverpool Street’s re-birth as an energy efficient, luxury complex offering a “5th Avenue Lifestyle” with pet allowance, 24 hour concierge, library and recreation facilities topped-off of course by it’s sweeping views and location.  In a packed lobby guests luxuriated on Artifort and Geoffrey Harcourt‘s 1964 designed F511 leather lounge chairs, beneath a beautiful Janet Laurence commissioned two-storey installation: “In Your Verdant View“, reflective of the Hyde Park greenery beyond the lobby doors.

This landmark development will soon be followed by the completion of The Residences a neighbouring development also fronting onto Hyde Park South.  The two projects see the inner-city developers capitalising on a cultural shift from commercially dominated real estate occupation to a broader mix of recreational, residential and business – very much in line with Sydney City Councils push toward a “Living City”.

Congratulations must go to John Taylor (Stockland National Design Manager for apartments), June and the team on locally managing an immensely successful project.

With the multi-level Archer + Wright detailed penthouse now earmarked for a sale in excess of $22 million AUD, this is truly a world class development!

Want to know more? Download an overview of THE HYDE here.

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Digital Death: Buy Life…

A post with a difference today – An intriguing, “using viral to fight viral”, macabre concept in the name of a brilliant cause.

December 1st as many would be aware is World Aids Day, a date nominated for reflection, improving awareness of and the raising of funds in the ongoing battle against HIV and AIDS across the Globe.

U2’s Bono (currently touring Australia) on Monday lit the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge in a wash of red lights in line with other landmarks around the World as a sign of respect for all who have lost their lives to the disease.

Today, being the 1st of December in the US, an intriguing campaign was launched headed by musician Alicia Keys and her Keep a Child Alive foundation called “Digital Death: Buy A Life“.  Click the image above to watch the video clip.

Pulling onboard a swag of celebrity mates from Actor Elijah Wood, Photographer David LaChapelle to Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and tennis star Serena Williams; Keys has, in the name of fundraising, convinced them all to go without their “digital life” (twitter, facebook updates) indefinitely from 1.12.2010 until $1,000,000 is pledged in the fight to save children’s lives affected by HIV in Africa and India.

A monumental undertaking that in the first 24 hours sees over $100,000 already donated!

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Evolve Awards 2010: Two To Tango…

Last night at Sun Studios, Sydney; the Inaugural EVOLVE AWARDS competition run by Designer Rugs for creative professionals to design a signature rug collection, was wrapped up and the winner of a trip to Milan was announced.

After months and months of workshops across Australia and New Zealand the final entry count was a staggering 850 individual designs!

Not surprisingly the judging panel (consisting of Designers Matthew Sheargold, Stephen Ormandy, Shareen  Joel and Sibella Court) couldn’t come to a clear conclusion on one winner so… two first prizes were awarded!

Congratulations goes firstly to Lachlan Allen a 2009 graduate of Interior Architecture at UNSW and currently working for Group GSA for his design “Dusk” and no less deserving of tied first place was Gavin Harris of Futurespace, for  his creation titled “Squiggle It”.

All top 6 finalists who include Louise McGregor and Edward Wong, will also have their rugs manufactured and marketed through Designer Rugs‘ new I.D. Collection.

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