Category: A Little Light Relief

Killer KE-ZU Chrissy Party! …

Raw Bar @ Bondi - taken over by KE-ZU

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.

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Congratulations to Bernhardt Design & Jang Won Yoon! …

We have a winner! The Interior Design Best of Year 2013 Awards were announced recently in New York City and we’re super pleased to congratulate KE-ZU manufacturer Bernhardt Design for taking home the Seating: Contract/Lounge/Multiple category with Code by designer Jang Won Yoon.

Code’s triumph at the Awards comes from a quality heavy round of finalists; both Bernhardt Design’s Mirador and Andreu World’s Manfred were nominated in this category – both available at KE-ZU!

Well done Bernhardt Design and Jang Won Yoon!

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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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