Category: A Little Light Relief

Happy Halloween! …

Yooohooo!  All Hallows Eve is upon us!

We’re spending the evening in the Gaulino chair by bd Barcelona – it’s so good it’ll ward off any evil spirits!  Where are you spending yours?

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KE-ZU REACHES 500! …

Today we celebrate a milestone!  This marks the 500th post here on the KE-ZU Blog and we thank you for your support!

The KE-ZU online presence is growing every day, and another 500 more blog posts are coming your way so… whatever!

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LZF Lamps – We made the Blog! …

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!

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Children of Israel …

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.

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No pressure, high-pressure cleaning! …

Cleaning. What a drag. Mary Poppins had it right with a spoon full of sugar. Next to sweeten the deal of the cleaning process is Vondom and Mariscal Studio.

Utilising the recognisable visual style of artist, and designer of many Vondom pieces is Javier Mariscal, visually describing the methods of cleaning Vondom’s outdoor furniture in the film below. It’s so easy, what a treat!

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Nadadora – The Elephant ottoman in motion …

We’ve brought to you Sancal‘s latest products launched at Salone del Mobile Milano 2013.  One of the most exciting products coming from their Tierra collection is Elephant.  The colourful and whimsical ottoman/stool – the perfect accompaniment to the home sofa or public space.

Here, capturing the fun essence and versatility of Elephant in video form, Nadadora introduces her new piece…

Nadadora Elephant for Sancal from nadadora on Vimeo.

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Happy Birthday Saul! With love, KE-ZU & Google …

Film posters by Bass

Never before have we seen Google put in so much effort to their home page logo design.  We all know that they are tireless in working on new concepts and ideas, but today takes the cake.

Celebrating the career of the late American graphic designer and filmmaker Saul Bass, Google gives the artisan a worthy nod, coinciding with what would be 93rd birthday.  The 1:20 animated video in the signature style of Bass runs effortlessly across the banner of the search engine giant.

Bass was best known for his cinema title sequences and movie posters, working with such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick and Martin Scorsese. The video showcases some of his best work from a prolific Hollywood career which spanned five decades.  Bass designed the title sequences for Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960), and his work also included Spartacus (1960), West Side Story (1961), The Shining (1980), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991) and Casino (1995).

Onya Google!

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The eyes of Benjamin Jay Shand…

Understanding the creative eye behind a photographic shoot is a skill.  It must be analysed in such a way, taking into account factors that may not be available to us.  More so, photographic work can lead us down a path to visualise the sometimes unseen, or unacknowledged.

The new works of New York City based Australian expat photographer Benjamin Jay Shand understands this, but easily steers us to see just what its creator does.  Titled “Form Follows”, the collection captures form of the built word, paying homage to architecture and design.  Benjamin says of the works:

‘Form Follows’ doesn’t promote a style of ‘shooting’ – rather, this is a display of my way of seeing. By granting the built world an exclusive aesthetic license, paved geometries rise full-frame as magnetizing protagonists – and skies sit unified with their concrete tenants below.

Capturing the essence of form, space and colour, the works offer a glimpse into geometric unity and balance – presenting beauty in built environments and space in places we could perhaps glaze over.

His first solo exhibition, taking place at PIPS Art Space in the appropriately chic Williamsburg, NYC opens this Saturday.

Benjamin (and his creative eye) is one to look out for in the future!

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Look What We’ve Dug Up …

Recently a friend of the ‘ZU gave us the scoop on his new enterprise, Design Unplugged. Cool name huh?

We’re expecting big things from the new international online platform which reaches as far as Greenland.  Going by the name of “DUG”, the premise is pure design, unplugged.

DUG says of their new venture:

We’re not just a pretty face: interminable sites of winsome picture and sugary descriptions left us screaming in frustration. We wanted something less tacky than fairy floss.

Their style is raw, it’s relatable and it’s down right edgy.  DUG is only new, but we’re expecting big things!  In saying that though, we aren’t saying there isn’t anything wrong with fairy floss, that has its place too…

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A heavenly combo…

We were going to save this little gem for a Furniture Free Friday this week at the Blog but we just can’t wait. It’s too good.

The hypnotic Rita Hayworth – beautiful, flighty, rhythmic and engaging. The Bee Gees, brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice, blessed with voices of vibrato and falsetto forming tight harmonies pumping 1960’s dance floors the world over.

You may ask why we vocalised those two sentences. Well here you go. Our friends over at LZF Lamps happened to forward onto us this little gem someone presumably had a lot of fun putting together.

Cue video!

We’d never think of merging Hayworth and the Bee Gees but someone did, and my word are we glad that they did. The video should speak for itself. Enjoy!

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