Category: Fairs

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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iSaloni 2014 and You …

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How time flies when you’re having fun!  Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 is less than two weeks away!

Without a doubt colleagues and like-minded peers are beginning their journey to the furniture Mecca where over 1,200 exhibitors showcase their catalogue to 285,000 visitors.

We are at the minute hurriedly information gathering and our guide to the fair will be available soon.  Released annually just prior to iSaloni, the guide will provide helpful information for anybody visiting the Fair, will outline where to find KE-ZU suppliers and a social calendar for the Italian city that surrenders itself to design for the week!

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We will have three representatives in Milan in and around iSaloni 2014: if you’re also making the journey stay on the lookout for Caron, Moraima and Simon!

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Maison&Objet Asia! …

Maison&Objet Asia

Following the wildly successful Parisian Maison & Objet, 2014 sees the inaugural Maison&Objet Asia!

Kicking off today for four days in Singapore, M&O Asia houses a selection of exhibitions with a strong focus on design in the region.

Three KE-ZU suppliers are showing at the fair, bd Barcelona, Nanimarquina and Kenneth Cobonpue; the latter to be named the inaugural M&O Asia Designer of the Year and will serve as an ambassador for the fair.  If you are at the fair, make sure you get to his keynote address tomorrow!

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Rojo Show in Barcelona …

KEZU_RED_Image Courtesy of Rojo Show

Image courtesy of rojoshow.com

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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Off to Paris with ya! …

A new year invariably heralds the beginning of the international furniture trade fair circuit.  These events are held in some of the world’s most fashionable cities. The fairs dictate to the industry the current and future trend for proceeding years of style, innovation, and application.

First cab off the rank in 2014 is Maison & Objet held 24 – 28 January 2014 in Paris. Maison & Objet is one of the larger trade fairs and showcases a huge collection of cutting edge ideas and talent across the design industry.   Naturally, many KE-ZU suppliers will offer their latest collections to the media, industry and public at Maison & Objet.  bd Barcelona have let the world know they’ll be attending and their stand details with their fun promotional poster (above).

If you’re in Europe, Maison & Objet is a must-see event for any design-conscious individual!

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Yummy: Tapas – Spanish Design for Food …

The first stop for Spain’s new international traveling exhibition is the design-conscious Miami, where Tapas – Spanish Design for Food makes its premiere this month in Miami’s Design District.

Fitting that Florida sees the debut as the exhibition honors the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival in Florida (Ponce de León led the first European expedition to Florida).  Fast forward and today, the Tapas exhibition is curated by designer and architect Juli Capella and works to promote Spanish culture and heritage.

Image courtesy of Sancal.

Image courtesy of Sancal: Part of the tapas Exhibition (from bottom left) Sancal Tea chair, Andreu World Nub chair, bd Barcelona’s Gaulino chair & Showtime lounge chair and Gaulino table; all available at KE-ZU

The show encompasses more than 200 exhibits from Spanish creatives including Spanish chefs, designers, architects, vineyards and restaurants celebrating the rise of Spanish design over the past 25 years; these include many Spanish designers and manufacturers which form part of the of KE-ZU catalogue, supplying Spanish design to the Australian market and assisting awareness of the burgeoning design scene coming from the European nation.    Click each of the photos below to see the suppliers’ entire catalogue available at KE-ZU.

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Design is synonymous with progress. As our different cultures engage in more permanent contact and we are all influenced by each other, the distinctive features of geographical design by countries or by regions are melting away in our inter-connected world.

Says curator Juli Capella.

This rings true in the defining difference of the exhibition – incorporating the Spanish dining experience with broader design – with the Spanish tapas tradition defining Spain’s social nature; a group of friends and family coming together to taste portions of widely varying flavors, it’s more than just a way to enjoy food, it’s also a great way to share an experience and the same can be said of its design.

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Sydney Opens Up …

When one says ‘Sydney’ sometimes the mind just baffles.  There’s the obvious associations which come to mind; the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, KE-ZU’s showroom… but what about the not-so-obvious or not-allowed-in gems that Sydney has to offer?

This is where we welcome Sydney Open 2012 – kicking off on 2 November through to 4 November.  Run again through the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, Sydney Open is a one-weekend only biennial show which explores architectural icons, heritage buildings and contemporary designs in Sydney not normally open to the public.   Close to 70 buildings become available with tours and talks over the course of the weekend – and for the most part, Sydney Open is the only way to access these buildings without leaving in handcuffs.

See the promotional video here.

We understand from our friends over at Sydney Open that tickets are selling fast, you can get more information and buy tickets online here.

See you there!

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Charles Pollock: “Somebody for the Centuries”…

30 years out of the spotlight and before that a distinguished career designing what would become modern classics for some of the most iconic brands in 20th century design, the icon himself: Charles Pollock, is back.

At 81 year old Pollock is probably best known for The Pollock Executive Chair, a design that played a defining part in changing the face of not only office furniture but helped forge a new path in both residential and corporate styling – a testament to its appeal is the fact that it is still, to this day, produced and sold by Knoll – the model will next year turn 50.

Beyond this, his work for George Nelson and Herman Miller was also extremely significant and today his imprint on the 20th Century Design is still highly regarded by Architects, Interior and Industrial Designers alike.

With Pollock’s legacy still strong and his designs very much relevant, the curiosity of Bernhardt Design’s President, Jerry Helling got the better of him so he went in search of the man… with a proposition.

After a year of design and development Pollock’s CP collection (two lounge chair models) were born and only this week were launched in New York at the annual ICFF.

What is most captivating about the octogenarian’s latest release is its timelessness.

CP1 and CP2 are studies in the attention given to the finest of detail… a demonstration of exemplary form and leather working and in their contemporary frames: an expression of Pollock’s Pratt Institute design training alongside his experience on the automotive assembly line for Chrylser from the age of 15.

A self-confessed workaholic, Pollock shows no sign of slowing.  The recent years spent sculpting and painting, away from the world of furniture and interiors hasn’t served to dull his acute sense of the sophisticated and refined, if anything the release of CP1 and CP2 illustrates his relevance today and his importance in the annals of design history.

CP1 and CP2 and the full Bernhardt Design collections will be formally launched in Australia by KE-ZU in July 2012.

For more on this story head over to:

The New York Times

Finding Charles Pollock: The CP Story

Centurion Magazine

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LZF Lights Up Las Vegas…

Vegas: The Golden Mile.

In a city famed for its love of light, it’s no mean feat that Spanish lighting gurus LZF lamps have taken the city’s huge Hospitality and Design trade-show by storm, winning both the Best Stand Award and Excellence in Lighting Award for the second year running!

Showcasing for the first time, their new collections SPIRO and RAINDROP, Sandro and Marivi of LZF have once again demonstrated that the successful production of award winning lighting is to marry an in-depth, artisanal appreciation for your core material with a boundless, artistic motivation.

Working with Remedios Simon to design Spiro and Javier Herrero Studio to produce Raindrop, the outcome is a collection of new timber luminaires that are at once sculptural, engaging and entirely practical.

Spiro was given a sneak peek unveiling in Sydney last year when LZF held an exclusive workshop at the KE-ZU showroom, the concept is now in production and available in an array of amazing colours.

Raindrop is a family of suspension pendants ranging small to extremely large – this light has huge potential in atriums, voids and works wonderfully in clustered installations.

Adding to the excitement of these new releases as well as the recognition in Las Vegas is the news that LZF is also now fully FSC certified – 100% sustainable timbers are used in all their lights.  Great news that only reinforces the ‘looks good / feels good’ LZF ethos.

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MILANO:2012 | ENEA…

The Spaniards are well and truly out in force at this years Salone Mobile, with ENEA presenting the full extent of the Lievore, Altherr & Molina designed Lottus program.  Arguably the most chameleonic system of tables and chairs on the contract market, ENEA have managed to produce the definitive collection offering upholstery, timber, polyprop and metal finishes in what is a cohesive and visually refined product.

Well suited to sophisticated hospitality applications as it is to the sleek corporate world, the ability to customise the colour and features upon the basic Lottus frame lend this collection just as readily to the softer, more relaxed residential market.

Originally introduced as a basic table and seating collection, the Lottus program has evolved and improved to become an exciting and boundless offering that boasts the most competitive pricing, thanks in part to its modularity.

Click here to register interest in ENEA’s LOTTUS program.

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