Month: May, 2011

Waking Up In Vegas…

For a loser, Vegas is the meanest town on earth.

~Hunter S. Thompson

So it’s a good thing LZF scooped the pool at Vegas’ Annual Hospitality Design Expo this month!

It’s no surprise to us that in Nevada’s city of lights the LZF team were awarded both the “Lighting” and “Best of Competition Award of Excellence” for 2011!

Well done to Marivi, Sandro and the team for a wildly successful US tour that also saw them the toast of New York at the ICFF.  We look forward to seeing them in Australia this August as their World Tour continues!

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INSTALLED: Linneys Jewellers by Cassidy + Associates…

The gradual unveiling of Westfield Sydney over the past few months has seen the bar raised in premier retail fit-outs and interior design innovation, on a scale not seen before in Australia.

Perth based Cassidy + Associates were engaged by one of Western Australia’s leading pearl, diamond and gold jewellers: Linneys, to create a flagship store that embodied the sophistication and individuality of the brand.

These bold yellow Bloom Lounges mark the entry to the boutique –  outrageoulsy vibrant, they inject the store with an unmistakable flair.

With Australian television ‘it-girl’: Jessica Marais playing ambassador for Linneys, the installation of Kenneth Cobonpue‘s award winning Bloom Chair has garnered much publicity in the press.

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VIVID 2011…

It’s BACK!  The annual Sydney Festival of creativity and ideas descends on KE-ZU’s hometown this coming Thursday and for eighteen days and nights across our foreshore, city streets, Opera House and surrounds the city will be awash with light, live music and inspiration.

Our favourite aspect of VIVID’s extensive events calander is undoubtedly Lights ON, the free light scuplture walk and 3D light projections onto and surrounding some of our most famous landmarks.

Two years ago Brian Eno innaugurated the role of guest curator a role that included the honour of designing projections that would wash the massive Sydney Opera House sails in a kaleidoscope of colour and light.

This year French design collaborative SUPERBIEN are stepping up to the plate.  Early signs indicate they are set to blow us away with creations that have been described as:

an immersive experience, seamlessly integrating every possible technique into new forms of multimedia expression.

Additionally, the return of the light-scuplture walk around the historical Rocks precinct is fantastic to see!

First taking part in 2009, RE-CYCLE by CLOUSTONassociates, was a crowd favourite.  The interactive installation harnessed the power of human energy to generate the illumination of oversized electric blue light rings that were dramatically suspended in and around a series of large fig trees.  Using bikes made of recycled parts and employing the components of disused washing machines, the installation embraces the core ideals that drive VIVID: creativity through great innovation.  VIVID organisers obviously agreed with the public feedback and have invited CLOUSTONassociates to re-exhibit this year!

We wonder if a re-naming of RE-RE-CYCLE, might now be more appropriate?

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Colour You Can Bank On…

Photos : Nacasa & Partners

Emmanuelle Moureaux may not be a household name in many parts of the world, though her projects are unmissable throughout Tokyo.  The Sugamo Shinkin Bank have developed a groundbreaking relationship with Moureaux who has completed a number of projects for the large Japanese Credit Union: the images above being from the recently unveiled Shimura Branch which has been rebuilt from scratch.  On this occasion Moureaux was invited to carry her vision throughout the interior finishes – characterised by light filled spaces bursting with colourful upholstery choices and dandelion motifs dotting the walls and ceiling.

Contemporary by day and even more vivid by night thanks to clever illumination, this is one bank where you can see your fees being put to good use!

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Here’s Lookin’ At You…

Looking good has never been easier with this assembly of mirrors.  Classic Gaudi designs through to the contemporary Swarovski Crystal embedded “Narcissist” collection from bd Barcelona alongside the playful versatility of Jaime Hayson’s acclaimed Showtime Mirror collection.  Do you see what we see?

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BELLE Interior Design Awards…

BELLE announced their Annual Design Award winners last night to a vast room full of design and media guests.  These prestigious, keenly-contested accolades acknowledge and reward excellence and creativity in the Australian interior design industry.  The winners across each category were:

·        Best residential interior: Matt Gibson for Mary Street Residential, Melbourne.

·        Best commercial interior: BKH for Dinosaur Designs, New York.

·        Best corporate interior: BKH for Financial and Energy Exhange Group, Sydney.

·        Best hospitality interior: Bates Smart for Crown Metropol, Melbourne.

·        Interior Designer of the Year: Greg Natale.

Belle editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker had this to say:

The calibre of entries this year is outstanding. It demonstrates that the quality of Australian interior design is truly world-class, and it’s exciting that through these awards we can celebrate such innovation and talent.

KE-ZU also wishes to extend a heartfelt congratulations to all winners and finalist for their exemplary work.

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Pauli Is A Cracker…

Pauli – by the boys at Nachacht Studio is a delightful addition to the SANCAL family.  Paying homage to the childhood building toys: Meccano, this coat rack responds to use by shifting and rotating to counteract the weight on whichever hook your coats and jackets are hung.  Simply playful – Pauli is available in two sizes and is wonderfully mechanic and organic –  all at once!

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Zuzunaga + Nani Marquina Talk New York…

As part of the upcoming ICFF in New York, Nani Marquina will hold a conference with renowned easy-on-the-eye designer Cristian Zuzunaga, creator of the easy-on-the-eye Digit collection.

The two design heavy-weights will be in discussion on 16th May at 10:30 am.

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

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BELLE takes us to Milan…

Last night BELLE Magazine gathered a flock of design loving faithfuls in Sydney to listen-in on four short trend analyses from this years Salone in Milan.

Among the five panellists discussing key trends were design journalist and blogger Anne-Maree Sargeant, Interior designer Angela Ferguson of Futurespace, young industrial designer Henry Pilcher, Richard Munao from Corporate Culture as well as Editor-In-Chief of BELLE: Neale Whitaker.

Assembled as a forum for five individuals from varying backgrounds to review what sang out as prominent trends, perhaps the most consistent commentary was the prevalence of sustainability in design; considered actively in manufacturing processes as well as product presentation, across almost all exhibitors at the fair.

To a packed room, Sargeant highlighted the enjoyment in seeing the exuberance and seemingly intense, personal investment of young start-up designers who were , in presentation and execution, displaying work that often rivalled the output of some of the bigger players.  Their “non-derivative” design processes showed clearly in the fact that many had chosen to throw away the rule book.

Euroluce, as a lighting specific sub-section within Salone, stood out for the part it played in the exhibition of emerging technologies.  OLED, LED and alternate light sources were being embraced to provide designers and their manufacturers with product that not only sat within the objectives of sustainability exploration, but also afforded more control of light dispersion, an over-all slimming of housing as well as aesthetics that still retained a sense of “fluidity”.

A common thread touched on by all speakers was the omnipresence of Patricia Urquiola, The Bouroullec Brothers, and Jaime Hayon.  The trends spearheaded by these prolific designers and their studios were very much in the vein of simplistic use of timbers and raw materials.  Reworking classics and an embracement of timber were recurring themes, and cushiony upholstery was used to convey  a sense of what Angela Ferguson described as

…fun, casual and comfortable.

Colour too rang through as a device used by many design houses to breathe life into classics or re-visit established designs.  Neale Whitaker and Henry Pilcher both isolated this bright, bold move away from subdued hues as a high-point in their travels.

An informative and  insightful evening from a diverse collective.  A “distilled” exploration of the event’s highlights is in the current BELLE Magazine, out now.

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Rubber Dub Dub…

GOMA is the brainchild of Barcelona’s Ainhoa Salgueiro.

Residing for some time in Hà Nội, Vietnam and seeing the sheer volume of worn-out rubber tyres from bicycles, scooters and motorbikes being disposed as landfill or burnt off with noxious side-effects; Ainhoa turned to fashion as a means of re-purposing what was considered all but waste matter.

Worn-in on the rocky roads of Vietnam and ready for their next life.

By melting down the rubber then re-moulding and stitching the material into contemporary, practical bags, purses and satchels GOMA has seen sustainability meet with clever craftsmanship and cutting-edge fashion in a product that has proven to bring Salgeuiro considerable International attention.

When it comes to clever, “sustainably stylish” design practice, GOMA has it in the bag.

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