Month: March, 2012

Paperwork: Harry Allen, NY…

New York designer Harry Allen has designed Paperwork, the latest collection for Kenneth Cobonpue‘s lighting and accessories brand, HIVE.

Launched this month, full details will be released over coming weeks. Modelled using Kozo Paper the table lamp employs papier-mâché techniques and LED illumination to create a nostalgic luminaire that speaks of the past, present, and future.

The lamps fall into Harry Allen’s REALITY series, which consists of objects whose form is “sampled: from existing sources. Harry has never been attracted to overly-formal design. His design process emphasizes the inherent beauty of things – from beauty from concept, beauty from materials, and beauty from structure- REALITY takes his quest one step further and borrows forms from the world around us.

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Jephson Robb: A Many Of Many Hats…

Jephson Robb is a Scotsman of many talents.

Having graduated in Political Economics from Glasgow University, Robb’s journey took a rather creative tangent in 2003 that saw him complete a second degree – this time design, from The Royal College of Art in London.

With his first commission coming from Tord Boontje as part of “Eight Rooms” for the British Council, Robb’s career was off to a healthy start.  What resulted was the highly commended “Temple”, a piece that like many of Robb’s works call for active viewer  involvement and promote artwork/viewer interaction.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of Jephson Robbs portfolio is its sheer diversity.  As adept in realising monolithic scupltural installations, he has also proven himself an accomplished web designer, art director and furniture designer – with no sign of this breadth having any negative impact on the quality and importance of the individual explorations.

With his personal and very moving work “Cries & Whispers” now in the permanent collection of New York’s MoMA, his lounge chair design “Amri” sits alongside the works of Jaime Hayon, Suzanne Trocme, Ross Lovegrove, Arik Levy and more in the Bernhardt Design catalogue.

Prolific and proficient, the ever evolving story of Jephson Robb is set to keep us engaged as much as it will keep us guessing where he will spring up next.

(Mid 2012 KE-ZU will proudly be launching the Bernhardt Collection into the Australian market for the first time. Click here to register interest)

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SPOTLIGHT: Ito Kish

Note that name down.

After decades in the design industry as stylist, interior consultant and highly regarded design retailer – Ito Kish has scooped the pool at Manila FAME 2012 taking out a double win for Best Booth Design as well as Best Furniture Design for a piece from his debut solo collection: Art of the Archipelago.

Gregoria, named after Kish’s mother, is a wonderfully nostalgic collection that sees to imbue the humble turned-timber balustrade of traditional Philippine residences with a contemporary language that would speak to a new generation not as familair with the typology.

Complete with a radial paterned woven seat the craftsmanship alone is enought to warrant the Manila FAME 2012 commendation.

Manila FAME 2012 (for the first time an amalgamation of five leading South East Asian design fairs) wrapped up in Manila on the 17th and drew an impressive contingent of International guests with the likes of the Campana Brothers and Kenneth Cobonpue visiting.

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INSTALLED: Tilburg University, Netherlands

This custom sized Folk Rug from nanimarquina graces the sleek interior of this student club at the Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Surrounded by design classics, set in such beautifully finished grounds make this one of the swishest campuses we’ve ever clapped eyes on.

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Baby Come Back…

We love a little Monday surprise! Exciting news this morning with the planned reissuing of a design classic.

The F587, one of a suite of lounge chairs designed by Geoffrey Harcourt for Artifort across the 1960s and 70′s: is coming back!

Overnight, Artifort announced plans to re-release the retro-chic deep seater in a limited run of leather and cloth upholsteries for 2012.

Details and more production stills are forthcoming, to register your interest click here.

For further reading on the periodic reissuing of 20th Century design classics by the likes of Pierre Paulin and Kho Liang Ie , click here.

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CuldeSac Cool…

Meet Culdesac.

All of them.

This multidisciplinary collective out of Valenica, Spain are fast cementing their place on the global design scene.  Established in 2002 by Francisco Pons, Alberto Martinez, Pepe Garcia and Pilar Roger the CuldeSac concept is to simply embrace the diversity of creative pursuits and through collaboration create memorable experiences, produce definitive products and reinforce iconic brands.

The name CuldeSac means the end of the street of course, but in Valenciano, cul de sac is like the bottom of a woman´s handbag-a place you can find anything and everything mixed. This is what we love.

Their client roll call for the first decade of practice is nothing but impressive and serves as testament to the quality of their work.  Commissions for Swarovski, Aston Martin, Tiffany & Co, Lladró and H&M are just some of their highest profile projects.

KE-ZU is honoured to be unveiling Whisper and Atlantic, two impeccable collections the Spaniards have created for US manufacturer Bernhardt Design.  With the official launch of Bernhardt Design mid 2012, the impeccable craftsmanship of these two fine design houses will be presented in Australia for the first time.  Sitting in the Bernhardt stable alongside works by Arik Levy, Jaime Hayon, Ross Lovegrove and Suzanne Trocme – these pieces are afforded the esteem they are due.

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