Category: Design News

iSaloni 2014 Preview & Guide

The worlds largest and most coveted furniture fair kicks off in the magical Milano next Tuesday.  Here is our official Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 guide here.

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Caron, Moraima and Simon are off to Milan so stay tuned for our daily round ups throughout the fair and our post-Milan report in early May.

 

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LZF Lamps’ Killer Communication …

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Their 2013 campaign to accompany the release of their High Fidelity collection broke the mould of design branding, and earned them a well-deserved Red Dot Design Award for Communication in Design.

LZF Lamps’ branding collection included an animated film, graphically branded posters for each piece of the collection, together with an accompanying song that epitomized the concept and nature of each piece from L.A. based Rithma Sounds.

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Now, LZF Lamps have expanded that campaign with Stereovision, an extension of the original concept idea that paid homage to the influential Mid Century movement in culture, design, music and architecture.  Stereovision runs parallel to their, yet to be released 2014 collection of timber veneer lighting solutions.

Introducing heavier themes of colour and rhythm, Stereovision pays tribute to the film and music of the Mid Century period which is also representative of the work of LZF Lamps: pushing forward and paving new ways into technical possibilities both in terms of colour, light and their medium of plywood.   Like High Fidelity, a new EP has been launched titled “Stereovsion Relit” with remixed songs by Rithma.  Each piece has been reexamined and is partnered with re-worked graphics and music, each tailored to encapsulate its associated product.

We’ll bring you more info and images from LZF Lamps and their communication partners as soon it is to hand.

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Rojo Show in Barcelona …

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The Rojo Exhibition has arrived at the Disseny Hub Building in Barcelona and will be on display until the 19 March.

The exhibition showcases a diverse range of furniture, lighting and accessories which have been designed and produced in Spain. The products, all of which are finished in a hue of Rojo (Red) are displayed on a modular platform designed by Architecture-G.

Look out for the Rojo version of the Sail Chair from Andreu World,  Metssas Table from bd BarcelonaLottus Stool from EneaChou Lamp from Lzf, the Flod Stool and Om Chair from M114Roses Rug from nanimarquinaTalo Armchair from Sancal and the Peacock Planter from Vondom.

These items are all available from KE-ZU!

For more information about the Rojo Exhibition click here.

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Video: Urquiola’s Casa Bottega …

You’ll often find Patricia Urquiola has poured a portion of herself into any project she has undertaken.  Reading and watching interviews with the Spanish product designer about any of her projects reveals many anecdotes and memories that have provided inspiration for the incredible work her studio produces.

A wonderful insight into Urquiola’s methods and personal life is captured in this film by Matthew Donaldson.  Urquiola speaks from her home and studio in Milan about her career, gender roles in design, her mentor Italian designer Achille Castiglioni (February 26, 1918 – December 2, 2002) and her home life.

Urquiola resides in her “casa bottega” (translating from Italian to ‘home shop’), and the video takes the viewer through the studio and residence, full of beautiful designs bearing her own name, including EMU‘s Re-Trouve chair, available at KE-ZU.

A master of the field, the video is available on Nowness and is a must-see!

In Residence: Patricia Urquiola on Nowness.com

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The Art Player – Enter Mariscal’s World …

The wildly charismatic Spanish designer and artist Javier Mariscal, designer of many pieces available at KE-ZU has undertaken a new project, The Art Player at the Hangaram Museum in Seoul, Korea.  The exhibition is currently showing until 22 March.

The exhibition leads its visitors through the designer’s creative process, dissecting it to reveal three clear spaces:

SKETCHES ROOM: This first space of the exhibition separates itself from the balance of the exhibition by suspending black and white sketches drawn by Mariscal. In a Being John Malkovich-esque way, we understand this space is like entering Mariscal’s mind and shows how the artist visualizes his ideas.

Vondom's Moma stool and Mora light - designed by Mariscal & available at KE-ZU

Vondom's Moma collection - designed by Mariscal & available at KE-ZU

Vondom's Sabinas sofa and Mora light - designed by Mariscal & available at KE-ZU

M114's Green Chair - designed by Mariscal & available at KE-ZU

COLLAGE LANDSCAPE:  This space shows Mariscal’s illustration style come to life, utilising sketches as furniture coverings while animated screens highlight his drawing style.  Showcasing his artistic versatility, this exhibition space is where many of the furniture pieces Mariscal has designed for KE-ZU suppliers Vondom and Mobles114 are displayed (all Mariscal’s products for these two suppliers are available at KE-ZU). 

COLOURS PARADE: The final stage of the exhibition introduces you to the many characters of the Marsical family, his illustrated friends in his unmistakable style all coming together.

The Art Player is a fabulous exhibition. It is so exciting to see each facet of Mariscal’s work artfully pieced together under one roof!  Our images were taken from Mariscal’s website, where the video below is available!

Mariscal The Art Player – Exhibition Walkthrough from estudiomariscal on Vimeo.

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Neri & Hu get the Wallpaper* nod! …

Congratulations to Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri & Hu Design and Research Office – Wallpaper* Magazine’s joint Designer of the Year 2014!  A great achievement for two insanely gifted people and no doubt a fabulous way to kick off 2014 – surely a busier year than ever for the duo.

The Neri & Hu range for De La Espada is available at KE-ZU – read more about the collection here, and browse the collection here.

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A Round of Applause …

A huge KE-ZU congratulations to KE-ZU supplier Chorus Furniture for designer Simon Pengelly’s Theo collection recently winning a prestigious 2013 Wood Award for the production made furniture category!  This follows Theo receiving a Designers Guild Mark, both accolades rewarding high-quality design and production in The United Kingdom.  The judges described Theo as

A successful piece of engineering in wood, in which the detailing was very well resolved

Again, congratulations to Chorus Furniture and Simon Pengelly!  What a great Chrissy pressie!

KE-ZU recently started supplying Chorus Furniture to the Australian market and the showroom currently proudly displays both Theo and MIR, a smart and attractive (the ideal combo) continuous public area seating system, designed by Mark Gabbertas, MIR is both modular and “molecular”!  Check out MIR here.

Theo is a lightweight, strong and durable collection of wood framed high density veneered plywood, available as a sled based stacking chair, stool, bench or table.   The chair is offered with or without arms and holds exciting range of through specification and finish: available in natural Oak or Beech stains or solid colours with an optional upholstered seat pad.   An interesting alternative to standard conference chairs, with chair linking available and mobile stacking trolleys accommodating up to 30 chairs high.

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Very Arty Happy Birthday Sancal! …

For 40 years, Spanish manufacturer Sancal has been assisting spaces around the world to reach their full potential of style and comfort by providing high-quality, well-designed furniture pieces and after forty years they’ve set their sights on themselves – redesigning the factory to include small showroom areas and commissioning large scale murals by various artists, designing dining rooms and new “spots” throughout the space!

Opening the factory in Yecla, Spain to artist Agostino Iacurci, the manufacturer commissioned the muralist who’s main goal was two fold; portraying how important design is to Sancal, and to

focus attention on the little actions and objects that enable large things to be made.

The result is an inspirational tour for customers and collaborators, “destined to surprise.” says Sancal, further:

Three incredible murals, fun signs and four micro-showrooms have been dreamt up to brighten our worker’s spaces and communicate just how central design is to our philosophy.

The incredible mural of Agostino Iacurci represents the dignity and knowhow of the artisan, while presenting traditional European industries as heritage to be conserved. The circus-like figures of Ricardo Cavolo remind us that we are large family worth celebrating. The forty masks of Zosen show the passage of time, the face of success and failure, happiness and the problems that we face on a daily basis.

A previously dark corridor was transformed by London based Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo, brightening and restyling the dining room entrance and upholstery section of the building.  The energetic work providing a new and interesting space to discover the premise of the Sancal brand, they say:

The circus touch applied to the mural characters perfectly fits in Sancal’s every day. A company, with 70 workers and who regularly deals with a greater number of people, may be closer to a circus: Design magicians, accountants on trapezes, hefty brawny sales representatives, tamer workers or managers with two heads…

A grey brick wall, traditionally used as glass support and warehouse, is now a stunning colourful wall which celebrates the passage of time while brightening up the lacquering and assembling employees’ every day by Zosen.  A passionate heart, a cash register, some little devils, an ice-cream cone, an igloo, a hamburguer, some pyramids and vegetables are only some objects created by Zosen and which express the various stages and moods experienced by the company along its history.

Not only do we wish Sancal a very happy birthday, and many happy returns; we also celebrate their new space!  Well done Sancal!

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And the nomineees are….LZF Lamps & Escape! …

It’s happening again! KE-ZU supplier and purveyor of incredible lamps of plywood LZF Lamps are nominated for another award stemming form their ever-successful High Fidelity collection.

The collection has already won two Red Dot Design Awards, and now one of its stars, the Escape suspension designed by Ray Power is nominated in the Pendant Light category at the Interior Design Best of the Year Awards 2013.

Escape uses a domino effect to provide a chain of self supporting squares which fall into a ring of light. The innovative design using LZF’s go-to material of naturally veneered ply sits in a constant gravity defying state and emits a remarkable patterning from its inner source.

Escape formed part of our window display for Sydney Indesign 2013 and were an immensely popular piece among design enthusiasts – and now duly recognized by the Interior Design Best of the Year Awards.   The award ceremony takes place on 5 December in none other than New York City, with winners announced the day before so keep some crossed fingers for LZF and Ray Power – congratulations from us here at KE-ZU!

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Congratulations Yellowtrace! …

We are ever so proud to announce that our super good mates over at Yellowtrace have won Best Online Design Publication at the 2013 Sydney Design Awards!

Recognizing work throughout the design community, The Sydney Design Awards celebrates excellence, diversity and culture in Sydney’s design industry and the awards night last week saw Yellowtrace distinguished with top honours!

Congratulations Mama & Papa Yellowtrace!

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