Interview: Kenneth Cobonpue’s Fan Coral …


Kenneth Cobonpue, his namesake furniture brand and its accessories sidekick Hive [design by hive] have made their presence on the international stage by utilising vernacular materials from their native Philippines to expertly craft their wares, more often than not inspired in form by the strong cultural roots in their Southeast Asian country.

Continuing with their mantra is Kenneth’s latest release Fan Coral, a resourceful art piece. The oceans surrounding the Philippines are a breeding ground for the Gorgonian, collectively known as sea fans or sea whips and thus seems the inspiration for this wonderful piece.


KENNETH COBONPUE FAN CORAL SCREEN1 The beauty of Fan Coral is two fold: its material composition is comprised of off-cuts and leftover materials from other projects (steel, GI wire and steel plate) and only two were made (of differing sizes, H1438xW1500 & H1835xW1138): thus ensuring its sustainability credentials and individualism are continued important factors.

We had the pleasure of obtaining the following information about Fan Coral from Kenneth Cobonpue, the man himself:

KE-ZU: What was the inspiration for Fan Coral?

KC: Natural life has always inspired me.  I find beauty in the graceful motion of fan corals and in every lacy detail of its fans. 

KE-ZU: What materials were used?  We understand that they were salvaged from waste from other product? 

KC: Steel, GI wire, Steel plate.

KE-ZU: What is the manufacture process? 

KC: Making the Coral Fan is like making a one-of-a-kind art sculpture in the tradition of bending steel.  I had to engineer the way the extremely thin hand-coiled steel strips hold up on the frame of the fans.  The steel plate and metal frames were formed out of the jig.

KE-ZU: What other uses for waste/leftover materials does KC employ?

KC: In design, the Retaso is one of the collections I made out of discarded wood pieces. The design consciously eludes waste and shuns excess.  Constructed of small pieces of wood fastened with dowels, the finished pieces in this collection are at once lightweight and sturdy

KE-ZU: Many of KC’s furniture pieces could be considered art pieces, why this move into sculpture?

KC: The Fan Coral actually isn’t really a sculpture in the strict sense of being purely aesthetic. It’s actually a screen that is sculptural in its design and appeal, which is something that I do put into many of my pieces.

Will there be more art pieces to follow? 

KC: Yes, in fact I made a circus-themed display featuring stools that resemble audiences of varying characters, brightly painted accent tables with legs in whimsical shapes, miniature cages that serve as accent pieces, even a classic spring-style cannon made out of wire mesh. 

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MMM – Brushy One-String …

Brushy One-String

Have you ever felt like the odds were stacked against you?   We reckon Brushy One-String has. His little mate is a guitar with just one string!

Luciano Blotta, a Jamaican filmmaker discovered our newest friend Brushy while filming his documentary Rise Up.

Born Andrew Chin, Brushy is the product of a musical family who possesses the enviable ability to inspire and move his audience, which thanks to the internet is now almost 6 million strong.

Brushy has told the world that the one-string effect came to him in a dream, taking on the sub-consciously set challenge and showing us all how it’s done.

Take a look at “Chicken in the Corn” performed by Brushy with his uni-string below!


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ABALLS Suspension Light designed by Jaime Hayon for Parachilna.

“Jaime, we are looking for a lamp, straightforward but imbued with the spirit of PARACHILNA: rich materials, traditional skills blended with artisanal craftsmanship and impeccable finishes. Design- wise…you take care of it.” So began the creation of ABALLS, a collection that combines the world class craftsmanship skills of Bosa with the traditional artistry of hand blown glass.

Ceramics and blown glass are linked by a polished brass ring. The dimmer’s control lever is also made of polished brass. The ABALLS collection includes a chandelier, hanging lamps available in three different sizes and table lamps available in two sizes.

Now available at KE-ZU!

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Leda …



Leda Armchair designed by Salvador Dali for BD Barcelona.

“A chair can even be used for sitting on, but with just one condition: that we be uncomfortably seated” Salvador Dali

During the 1930’s in Paris, Jean-Michel Frank, a furniture maker and decorator of great repute, was on very good terms with Dali and together they worked on several ideas. In the 1990’s a group of experts led by Oscar Tusquets set themselves the task of of turning the furniture that Dali had drawn for Jean-Michel Franke into a reality.

More art than furniture this iconic design is now offered in a limited release ‘black’ model to mark the 20th Anniversary of the “Maestro’s” death.

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Casa Gran …



The Casa Gran Armchair and Sofa designed by Studio Expormim for Expormim.

Casa Gran was the best seller sofa of Expormim during the 80’s. Its winding parallel rattan enfolds all its generous upholstery, creating a soft and comfortable sofa.

Now available from KE-ZU!

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Nido …



The Nido Armchair designed by Rafa Garcia for Sancal.

Nido, Spanish for nest, means home to a number of species and inspired Rafa García to create this small armchair. The seat or “nest” is supported by a steel or hand-crafted ash wood frame. The upper part provides “branches” into which a comfortable seat is fixed.

Now available at KE-ZU!


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Chinoz …



Chinoz Lamp designed by Jaime Hayon for Parachilna.

Now available at KE-ZU!

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Frames …





Frames Room Divider designed by Jaime Hayon for Expormim.

Room divider made of natural, peeled and tinted rattan.

Now available at KE-ZU!

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Adesso …


The Adesso Armchair designed by Federica Capitani for Kenneth Cobonpue.

The clean lines of the geometric weave on the Adesso framework evokes organic elements like a skyscape of stars or a field of flowers. Coupled with the boldly colored frame, the exuberant interplay of lines and colors result in a carefree piece that will compliment any decor.

Now available at KE-ZU!

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Flexa …




Flexa is the latest collaboration between Andreu World and Piergiorgio & Michele Cazzaniga.

Moulded from thermo-polymer reinforced with fiber glass, the collection is offered in various colors or fully upholstered.

Now available from KE-ZU!

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