Category: Design News

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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LZF Lamps’ New Newsletter! …

Eminent members of the lighting design community and super popular KE-ZU supplier LZF Lamps have released their Newsletter No. 17.  Always full of interesting morsels of info, this one doesn’t disappoint.

With material on their London Design Junction (and a great video), the Spanish Rojo Exhibition at Sala Vinçon (pictured), the making of their exhibition stand and an interview with  Luca Fois – No. 17 is a great way to start the day!

Find the newsletter here.

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Design Week Mexico – Hola! Let’s Go! …

Design Week Mexico, 9 days of design, 103 events and more than 1,000 participants and kicks off this week!

Celebrating its fifth year, DWM was launched in 2009 by a group of professionals with a simple, but very touch aim; to position Mexico among the design capitals of the world, and support and nurture up and coming Mexican designers.

So far they’ve set quite the high standard and reputation throughout the design community and 2013 looks set to improve that standing even further.   Learning and growing from the past, DWM achieves growth each year, not only achieving their primary aims vernacularly, but adding more international partners annually.

Teaser Design Week México 2013 from Design Week Mexico on Vimeo.

Taking Mexico’s design culture and community and projecting it to an international spotlight, DWM 2013 is jam packed full of goodies and personalities, no doubt continuing to spark the interest of the larger design community.  With speakers such as Nanimarquina, Rossana Hu, Tatiana Bilbao, Bethan Wood, guest country Brazil, Design House 2013, the annual design race and so much more (remember there’s 103 events!).

We are particularly looking forward to seeing Neri&Hu’s inspirational collaboration with the godfather of Mexican design, Luis Barragan. Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, is an inter-disciplinary award-winning architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. Founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the emphatic designers behind many collections available at KE-ZU.    DWM’s press release states:

“In the Luis Barragan+Neri&Hu exhibit at the Mexican Museum of Modern Art, visitors will make their way down a dark corridor lined with pigeon holes, through which they will peek to see sketches, models and other displays that recreate living spaces. As visitors walk through the corridor, they will unveil the secrets behind the wall. Revaluing the wall to create an introspective and intimate atmosphere was one of Barragan’s most important contributions to architecture. One of his most famous premises was:   “Before inhabiting space, man has to inhabit himself.” Under that principle, the body becomes a screen to understand the world as owning the space remains a constant concern. Lyndon Neri & Rossan Hu have questioned the foundations of the house typology and have transcended these to the public space, creating massive but controlled scenarios.  The room was always an impression of life. A print that could take many forms, but always leave traces, signals, vestiges and always remain unfinished.  Inhabiting a space requires exploration in order to discover its secrets.

The value of this exhibit relies on how it places Luis Barragan in an international context and presents his influence on a foreigner’s vision.”

An exciting and inspirational exhibit no doubt.  Continuing on their mission to accompany DWM to greater heights, Neri&Hu have opened the doors to their factory for acclaimed filmmaker Juriaan Booij to masterfully craft the video below.  A stunning piece set to whet any appetite.

De La Espada Factory from De La Espada on Vimeo.

DWM is making a Mexican getaway even more appealing – but for those in the United States or the sophisticated Northern Americas it’s a not to be missed event!

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Kenneth Cobonpue’s Manila Showroom! …

We’re pleased to share the news and fabulous visuals of KE-ZU supplier and friend Kenneth Cobonpue’s new showroom opening in Manila, Philippines.

The original showroom was located in Cebu, a historical southern Island of the archipelago to the bustling Capital, landing a very fitting prized address at the Residences at Greenbelt in Makati, one of the sixteen cities which comprise metro Manila.

The exciting new space provides a muted backdrop, the perfect canvas to paint the picture of the Kenneth Cobonpue brand.   The stunning new venue showcases the versatility of Kenneth Cobonpue furniture and hive [design by hive] lighting, with each piece standing strong in the beautifully styled space.

Hagia daybed & Hagia occasional tables

Ziggy chair and Ziggy end table

La Luna lounge chair | Ziggy collection

Kenneth Cobonpue product is manufactured in the Philippines, more often using vernacular production methods and materials to create the unique yet instantly recognizable pieces.   Although Kenneth Cobonpue product is available worldwide, should you be planning a trip, or already are in the Philippines (lucky you), the luxury of having a large collection of Kenneth Cobonpue furniture in one place is incredibly rewarding and not to be missed.  A fabulous way to help understand the history of the country and see it continuing in such a respectful and creative way, all part of the Kenneth Cobonpue mantra.

A huge KE-ZU congratulations to the Kenneth Cobonpue team!

Cabaret lounge chair

Hive’s Poppy suspension

Hive Carousel & Papermate suspensions, KC Tropez sofa, & Kaja table

Hive Cloud & Poppy suspension

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Norwegian Wood – The Oslo Chair …

Some believe in fate, others believe in creating your own destiny, and others simple luck.  Whether these are separate entities or inextricably linked to one other is perhaps better left for the philosophers among us to battle out, but it’s an interesting topic for debate nonetheless.   What is the relevance here? You may be asking yourself.  It’s a question which came to mind and started dancing around my mind while researching Bernhardt Design’s latest adventure, the Oslo Chair designed by Norwegian design collective Angell Wyller Aarseth.

The transparency of how this latest creation was born is a connect-the-dots of interesting moments culminating from hard work, study and perhaps some serendipity which now assists us to understand the design and manufacture thought process, its meaning and allows us to celebrate another beautiful design I’ve since nicknamed “Norwegian Wood” (there’s that The Beatles reference I’ve been dying to make!).

So here are the facts; as design students in Europe, the founding members of Angell Wyller Aarseth (Christoffer Angell, Øyvind Wyller and Simen Aarseth) discovered that they shared common interests and philosophies when it came to design.  They formed a loose collective and as a trio, found themselves at the 2010 London Design Festival.

During the Festival, of course now just over three years ago, a chance meeting between Jerry Helling, the president of and global talent scout for North Carolinian manufacturer Bernhardt Design set the wheels in motion.  Ambassador Bjarne Lindstrom organized a meet-and-greet cocktail event, its purpose to connect designers of Norway with influential figures on the international design circuit and as students at the time, the chance for Angell Wyller Aarseth to meet Helling was an opportunity many young designers no doubt could only dream of.

Helling is an avid supporter of fostering fresh talent and has a keen eye for ability in a fickle design market.   Immediately recognizing the potential of the fresh Norwegian students:

You could sense a light burning in them

he recalled, and dutifully surrendered his business card.  After seeing their portfolio, Helling suggested the three apply for the ICFF Studio Program at International Contemporary Furniture Fair in NYC the following year– which in turn is another of those fate/destiny moments – the designs released by Angell Wyller Aarseth, cookware titled “Handle Me” was a critical success, winning an award for best accessories.

That was the moment that Helling asked them to collaborate with Benhardt Design.

Enter the Oslo chair, the first product to be launched commercially under the name AWAA (as the collective now goes by).  And what a debut.   The brief to create something which blends European aesthetic and functionality with American history and tradition at first glance could appear a cinch.  Naturally such is not the case.

A deep experiment into form was undertaken; understanding the space a chair can hold and stripping back from there.   Introducing angular notions give the chair a lighter feel while its rounded skeleton shoots downwards, visually grounding the chair.  Its composition of solid walnut, an American furniture tradition and darling of Bernhardt Design is a strong move away from the European hardwoods so often used by designers of the area.  Comfort plays an integral part in the design, with a textured sling draping itself over the structure, providing mixed material assisting Oslo to bear a softness while acknowledging predecessors now known as classics.

Be it fate, destiny or luck, Oslo’s debut at the 2013 London Design Festival ensures Helling maintains his title as a genius explorer of talent and marks the beginning of a new relationship between these exciting designers and furniture manufacture.

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