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Step into the sun …

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Stefan Diez turns Yard into a complete sun loving family for Emu.

Think of “la dolce vita” and the American lifestyle. Sun, sand and sea breezes or the pool and a Mojito on the patio close by.

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In the design of “Yard”, Stefan Diez has achieved a type of cultural synthesis for the leading Italian outdoor furniture manufacturer, Emu. Yard chairs and tables are as suitable outside an Italian gelataria as on the patio at home or a Miami hotel terrace. The sun lounger and side tables you invariably imagine by a rooftop hotel pool in LA. The Yard bar stool could fit any beach bar from Spain to the Caribbean.

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In short: Here, the Italian “dolce vita” and the American lifestyle leisurely bond with Stefan Diez’s Bavarian thoroughness and perfection. Of course all Yard models are made of an ultra-light, powder-coated aluminium frame with the seats traversed with broad elastic bands, rendering cushions quite unnecessary. Naturally all models come in marvellously flowing lines and those unique Miami colours.

iSaloni Milano in April 2015 saw the addition of sun loungers, extension tables, a bar table and bar stools to the Yard collection.

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The Yard seating is made from an ultra lightweight powder coated aluminium frame, with a seat and back made from elastic straps, guaranteeing extraordinary comfort and abandoning the need of additional cushions. These straps are inserted into the tubular frame using a technical solution developed and patented together with Emu, which allows the seat to form a natural unit with the frame.

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The Yard collection is completed by several fixed and extendable tables producing a furnishing system that satisfies the requirements of indoor as well as outdoor use in residential and contract applications.

Yard is now in stock and on the KE-ZU showroom floor. Stop by and experience the comfort of Yard for yourself.

Images © Robert Fischer

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Endless options with REW …

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Rew Modular Sofa designed by Rafa Garcia for Sancal.

This new creation by Rafa García is tremendously versatile, and can be used for a variety of diverse projects that require pieces for resting, eating or working.

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Rest. An entire family of chairs, sofas and modules, as light as they are comfortable, can be used with two different types of arm: one is high and thin like the back and the other is low and soft, like the base of the design.

Eat. The “nutritious” part corresponds to an ample number of benches which can be used with a dining table. The benches can be used alone, or together with upholstered wall pieces. The benches are available in two depths (57 and 72cm). The least deep is the archetypal dining bench, providing a firm, upright sitting position. Moreover, the finish of the arms in a corner permits compositions with angles to be made. The deeper version is ideal to fill with scatter cushions and create an informal environment, perfect for long postprandial conversations. Rafa’s piece provides two back heights, 95 and 115cm. The low back creates a light design, while the higher back provides some privacy.

Work. The productivity at work is directly related to our concentration and feeling of wellbeing. These versions of the sofas, modules, and chairs enable a certain degree of privacy in an office setting, or the hall of a hotel. Rafa has also designed a bench and a couple of cushions to complete the programme.

The feet are available in steel lacquered black, or ash, which can be stained to any of the colours in the Sancal collection.

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News | Wallpaper* Best New Brand

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Each year Wallpaper* magazine’s Design Awards single out the people, places, pieces and phenomena that have raised our pulses and this year KE-ZU supplier Parachilna was named Best New Brand!

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Inspired by the timeless landscape of a small town on the edge of the Australia desert, Parachilna is forging a philosophy built around honesty in design, an appreciation of the value of precious materials and a respect for handcrafted manufacturing methods. Having already produced designs from Jaime Hayon, Stephen Burks and Jordi Veciana, they are set to release a new design from Neri&Hu shortly. Watch this space!

 

 

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News | Ettore Sottsas’s Limited Edition Gold Shiva Vase

The Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass was one of the first to collaborate with BD back in the 70’s, 10 years before he became famous on a worldwide scale with the mythic Memphis group. That’s when Sottsass travelled regularly to Barcelona and produced various designs for the Catalan editor. The first one was a table baptised with the name ‘Mettsass’ in 1972. He followed with an ash tray called “Manhattan” in ceramic and a glass vase called “Element of Architecture”, a lamp “Knossos” and another ceramic vase in pink, baptised with the name “Shiva”. It was in 1973 when BD had just been inaugurated and he symbolised it with a modern piece of fertility. The master’s genius and committed character were imprinted on the original catalogue for this iconic piece, which BD continues to produce even today. In 2005, two years before Sottsass’ death, a gold prototype was made and was an award for an international competition for students of design. This is the very same one that Sottsass holds in his portrait. This piece has also been produced as a limited edition with a total of only 50 units.

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News | Artifort In the Eyes/Nights Only popup hotel

During the Biennale Interieur (International Biennial for creative interior design) in Kortrijk this year, our supplier Artifort had a space in Kortrijk City, at Eyes/Nights Only at the Broel school – an exciting concept by DIFT, as it is both a pop-up hotel and gallery. Each room, was transformed by brands and designers into an artistic installation that reflected their vision of the hotel room. During the day, Biennale visitors were able to visit these rooms, at night they became regular hotel rooms, where guests could enjoy a pleasant night’s sleep.

In a mint-green room, Artifort treasured the intimate family moments just before bedtime. Cuddling up close on the sofa, reading from storybooks with delightful pictures. Watching your children fall asleep to lullabies as you doze off yourself in the rocking chair. The Bras by Khodi Feiz, Rocking Chair by Geoffrey Harcourt, and Moulin by Pierre Paulin fitted in perfectly with this theme, as did the Bonnet Brights by Casalis. Almost like a fairy tale…

 

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Latest from Eden Design …

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Eden Design’s latest lighting products made their debut recently at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium and the KE-ZU showroom has been abuzz ever since. In case you missed it, we have put together your complete guide here!

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Designed by Bart Lens, Diabolo evokes images of a solar eclipse, a chesterfield chair or a diabolo toy, this LED light rotates 190° / 360° on its axis and is available as table-lamp, wall lamp or ceiling lamp and in several colours.

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Continues lines of light, without limits. Each led module can be cut every 8 cm, this gives architects and lighting designers a lot of flexibility. Designed with a high tech opal diffusor, Led Line is optimised to allow as much light through as possible.

Led line can be installed surface mounted, recessed or as a pendant and offers a lot of control possibilities: DALI, 1-10V and DMX.  Led Line is available in anodized aluminum, black or white finish.

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In the past OLED has mainly been used for decorative and ambient lighting. The acronym stands for organic light-emitting diode, which produces a natural glare-free effect.

This innovative OLED luminaire has a lumen output of 300lm from a single 144cm², making it the brightest commercially available OLED in the world and makes it perfectly suitable for functional lighting and contemporary designs. Using this technology to its full potential, Bart Lens has crafted a sleek 4.5mm-thick panel of aluminum and glass called ‘oh!led’ for Eden Design.

The minimalist square panel, which houses a Philips brite lumiblade, can rotate 180 degrees while its single axis is capable of twisting in a full circle. This provides the luxury of creating different settings within the home. Oh!Led is available in satin black or satin white with 3000K or 4000K.

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Inspired by the growing nose of the wooden puppet that was brought alive, designer Bart Lens invented a light line which grows or dims in length. A wooden fixture which is realized by a real carpenter, the story of Pinocchio. Pinocchio can be used as a floor lamp, wall lamp or hanging lamp.

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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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Fontal: Delta Design Award Finalist

The Fontal dining chair designed by Oscar Tusquets Blanca for Expormim, has been announced as a finalist in the Delta Design Awards!

To celebrate Expormim have created the below video.

The Fontal Dining Chair and Armchair are both on display at the KE-ZU showroom now!

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