Furniture For Thought …

KE-ZU Furniture for Thought Intro

We were intending to launch our new KE-ZU blog series Furniture for Thought at Blogsphere 2014 – the World Blogging Festival in Cannes this year. To our disappointment when we turned up at the venue, we were shocked to find it was a small shop on the boardwalk, selling You Cannes Touch This T-shirts to desperate Japanese tourists. The owner of the shop, Pierre La Bloom, ensured us that he’d never heard of Blogosphere 2014, but it would be a great idea for a T-shirt.

A few enquiries to the local tourism authority confirmed our worst fears. Blogosphere 2014 Cannes does not exist. Not in any way shape or form. We had been scammed out of our $5,000 entry fee by a shonky Nigerian named Mr Adebayo who (perhaps not surprisingly) refused to return our frantic calls.

So, jetlagged, $5,000-out-of-pocket, and back in sunny Sydney with nothing to show for our disastrous trip but a You Cannes Touch This T-shirt (Caron’s idea not mine) we are left with little choice but to launch Furniture for Thought right here, right now in less salubrious circumstances. No red carpets, no rude French waiters, no cocktails tricked up with miniature umbrellas… just a laptop on a desk at KE-ZU headquarters, a cold espresso and a half-eaten mulberry macaroon.

So, without further ado, welcome to Furniture for Thought; our new weekly look at the brands that help to make KE-ZU the uber-cool destination it is. In each edition we’ll be exploring one manufacturer, seeking to find out what it is that makes them tick. We’ll look at the history, the people, and the philosophy behind the names.

Furniture for Thought will be your go-to destination for information about some of the biggest, most dynamic furniture and lighting brands on the planet. Brands such as BD Barcelona, LZF, Andreu World, Expormim, Parachilna, Forestier, Vondom and Sancal.

Enjoy.

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FFF – Happy Halloween Part 2

Modern Scandinavian furniture is the perfect backdrop for mystery and horror in Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstor: A Novel

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Bracken glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofabeds-clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-til-dawn shift-and they encounter horrors that defy imagination.

Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st century economy. A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of contemporary fears), Horrorstor comes conveniently packaged in thform of a retail catalogue, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories.

Copy courtesy of Book Depository

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FFF – Happy Halloween Part 1

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Here at KE-ZU we love any excuse to dress up and embrace an alter ego (or at least this blogger does!)

So when Halloween comes around costumes are planned well ahead of time, usually before a party invite is received.

In case you forgot or are yet to find a Halloween costume, we present to you Katherine Wisniewski‘s Ultimate Guide to Dressing Like an Architect for Halloween.

Wisniewski provides tips on dressing up as Le Corbusier to Zaha Hadid,Daniel Libeskind, Charles Renfro, Denise Scott Brown and many more. You can see the complete guide here.

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Costume inspiration: Denise Scott Brown, principal at Venturi Scott Brown. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

“Whichever of these genius’ costumes you use, remember to keep your tone quixotic, your facial expression thoughtful, and, when your friends admit they don’t know who you even are, your demeanor aghast. Note: to make it more spooky, feel free to add the word “dead” in front of the costume, but, be forewarned, it gets less funny if they actually are dead,” says Wisniewski.

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Costume inspiration: Charles Renfro, principle at Diller, Scofidio, Renfro. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Adolf Loos, who wrote Ornament and Crime. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Daniel Libeskind, designer of Berlin’s Holocaust Museum. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Le Corbusier, legendary French modernist. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Zaha Hadid, Pritzker prize winner. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

So, which will you choose?

 

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Spotlight: Kes from Vondom …

Kes designed by Gabriele & Oscar Buratti for Vondom is an outdoor modular sofa that provides endless compositions and basic forms.

The Kes collection is made up of sofas of varying sizes, armchairs, chaises and lineal and angualr poufs that can form individual elements or large islands as a result of the union of several parts.

What defines the Kes collection is the visible cut on the outer edge of each module. Functional as well as decorative, the cut allows for the addition of backrests, armrests and tables.

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Moto GP …

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Photo courtesy of Claudio Jofré Larenas

KE-ZU supplier Vondom has been a long time sponsor of the Aspar Moto GP Team so when they came to Phillip Island, our very own racing enthusiast Carlos and clients from WMK  and Siren Design headed down to Melbourne to cheer on the team.

The group got to take in all the racing action from the team box and to the great excitement of Emily from WMK got to mingle with the likes of world champions Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, as well as Aspar riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Nicky Hayden.

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Behind the scenes with the Aspar Team

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Emily and Loretta from WMK

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Carlos with Aspar Rider Hiroshi Aoyama

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Orgatec 2014 …

Every year leading international designers and manufacturers come to Orgatec in Cologne to launch new concepts, designs and technologies for modern working enviornments and this year is no different.

The fair, which kicked off on the 21st October and runs until the 25th, has more than 600 exhibitors from over 40 countries presenting new innovations in areas of furnishing, flooring, acoustics, lighting and media technology.

KE-ZU suppliers Andreu World, Enea, Axona Aichi and Mobles 114 are exhibiting and are launching are range of exciting new products over the next few days and we will be sharing it all here with you. Stay tuned!

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Nautica at the W Hotel Barcelona …

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LZF’s Garden Soirée…

The gardens at the Lzf factory in Valencia were recently transformed into an enchanting oasis with the Agatha and Escape lamps suspended from trees and the Chou lanterns scattered around the lawn.

Scroll through to see the full installation.

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Jaime Hayon’s Room 506 …

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Jaime Hayon has revealed his design for Room 506 at Copenhagen’s iconic SAS Royal Hotel (now the Radisson Blu Hotel) which includes his latest lighting designs for Parachilna, the Aballs Suspension Light and the Chinoz Table Light.

Commissioned by Fritz Hansen, Hayon has transformed room 506 in an ode to Arne Jacobsen’s original design. The interiors feature furniture, works of art, bedspreads and lamps by the award winning Spanish artist and designer.

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Speaking about the design, Hayon said “the idea for this room is to create a luminous space that brings joy and genuine comfort through the Fritz Hansen designs along with some of my own designs and art. Together with Fritz Hansen, I have created bespoke designs just for this room, always in reflection of our shared principles of working with the best materials and aiming for simplicity and maximum comfort.”

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NEW Gráfica Collection from Sancal …

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Launched at the Milan Furniture earlier this year, this collections features sofas, lounge chairs, dining tables and chairs, benches, barstools and even an acoustic dome designed to bring privacy to open spaces. See the full Sancal collection here or better yet pop by the KE-ZU showroom where many of these new pieces are now on display!

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