There are items that throughout time not only become iconic but also make history. Diane von Furstenberg’s signature wrap-dress is one of these.
The wrap dress was created in 1974, materializing and personifying a liberation movement for women. By 1976 von Furstenberg had sold over a million wrap dresses around the world and cemented herself as a leading figure in both fashion and feminism. Fast forward to 2014 and von Furstenberg and her illustrious wrap-dress still hold as much relevance as they did forty years ago.
DVF as depicted by Andy Warhol
The $1.2 billion DVF empire is undeniably stylish and classic, and her home in Connecticut (aptly named Cloudwalk) is testament to the same. Diane von Furstenberg’s home (as visually detailed in September 2010’s InStyle magazine) is filled with design classics and personal treasures the Belgian born former German princess has collected, including the Leda armchair by Salvador Dali, exclusively produced by KE-ZU supplier bd Barcelona.
Dali’s Leda armchair, reproduced by bd Barcelona and available at KE-ZU
Holding pride of place in the main residence on the property, the Leda armchair is a licensed reproduction of the one depicted in Dali’s 1935 painting “Femme à la Tête Rose”. The Leda chair brings the artist’s surrealist imaginings to life with the help of designer Oscar Tusquets and Spanish manufacturer bd Barcelona. Cast from solid brass and polished to a lustrous sheen, the surrealist piece almost takes human form, gracefully curving itself downward to its heeled feet.
Steeped with history and tradition, Leda and the Leda low table are available at KE-ZU.
Poly, 2014 (concept sketch) Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, 2014. Image courtesy Tomahawk // Archer Breakspear
Fugitive Structures is an annual architectural initiative aimed at emerging and mid-career architects run by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in association with BVN Donovan Hill. Open to a select group of entrants, the winner is given the opportunity to create a small temporary structure in the Gallery grounds in Paddington, Sydney; the result hopes to engage a wider audience into architectural consideration.
2014 sees the second offering in the Fugitive Structures initiative with Tomahawk Studios at the helm with their winning entry, Poly. This follows Andrew Burns Architects’ successful inaugural tender in 2013 with Crescent House.
Andrew Burns Architects – Crescent House – 2013 Fugitive Structures exhibition. Image courtesy Andrew Burns Architects
The exhibition will run from 21 March – 20 September 2014. For more information, see the SCAF website.
Opinion in the KE-ZU showroom is divided. This division isn’t terminal, it’s rather trivial: we don’t all keep up with the Kardashians (that is, until one is draped over the iconic 1967-designedTongue lounge chair by Pierre Paulin in the case of the above image).
Whether we love or hate the Kardashian clan, what binds us is our admiration for Dutch manufacturer Artifort. Artifort is globally renowned for its exclusive licenses to manufacture design classics from such icons as Pierre Paulin, Geoffrey Harcourt, René Holten and Patrick Norguet. Some of the pieces available feature in collections held by the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. Their perfectly worded mantra is this:
Artifort stands for art, comfort and timeless design. Design that endures. Design that is authoritative….In the Artifort collection, everyone who attaches importance to form and function will find a design that captures their heart.
It’s paaaaarty time! Silly season has well and truly kicked in and we’re getting the most out of this one! The majority of the showroom staff get together every day to share lunches and trade stories, we indulge in drinks at various local pubs after work but getting the entire crew together for a Christmas party is the one time a year we truly let our hair down – and Friday saw plenty of that!
The real question was where to go; the season was Summer, the theme was tropical and the night was Friday – it appeared that the answer was simple; it just had to be Raw Bar in Bondi. Should you not know it, Raw Bar is the chic Japanese eatery overlooking fabulous Bondi Beach. Established in 1995, Raw Bar is a dining institution on Sydney’s fickle Eastern Beaches dining scene, so popular that battling the crowds to a coveted Friday night table could perhaps be classified as a sport, hence convincing Raw Bar to allow KE-ZU to take over the joint was a particularly difficult task – one that Raw Bar had never previously allowed! (uno momento while we pat ourselves on the back and simultaneously send our apologies to anybody who wanted to dine at Raw Bar that evening).
Our in house nail artist Yael (Yi-Yi) fruited out some nails!
Moraima & Billi
Lidia & Toby
Who could forget Scott & Grace...
Yulia (amazing headpiece right?) and Tom
KE-ZU Directors & Raw Bar veterans - Caron & Mark
The award-winning delicious food by chef Shinatro Honda came a plenty, the incredible peach bellini’s, mojitos and sake (!) were well and truly flowing from the bar and the atmosphere and vibes delivered by Karl and his staff led us to a fabulous night with our awesome team celebrating KE-ZU’s incredible 2013 in style! Check out the entire Facebook album here.
Managed to swing by LZF Lamps’ Blog recently? The popular KE-ZU supplier and lighting design greats featured KE-ZU’s lab coats, our uniform for Sydney Indesign 2013 on their blog recently – check it out here!
Israel – home to a rich and diverse culture is also the spiritual home of many religions and its history is a full concoction of beauty and courage in the face of conflict.
Enter the photographic novel Children of Israel. The book focuses on Israeli children, landscapes and architecture. Its creators say “These powerful, emotive images will highlight the magic, diverse beauty and spirit of hope that is Israel”. Children of Israel follows the success of its earlier cousins, Children of China and Children of South Africa – South Africa Edition; all three books take the reader on a journey of diverse culture and beauty through the eyes of the title-defined country.
A beautiful aspect of all three books is that their creators, fashion stylist Alethea Gold and photographer Luca Zordan work on a pro-bono basis and provide all their profits to a selected charity from that country. Profits from Children of Israel will be donated to the Nurit Absorption Centre that work to enrich the lives of Ethiopian refugee children run by Keren-Hayesod.
We’re very much looking forward to seeing Children of Israel – further information can be found here, and you can order your copy now by following this link.