Category: FFF – Furniture Free Friday

FFF – Happy Halloween Part 2

Modern Scandinavian furniture is the perfect backdrop for mystery and horror in Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstor: A Novel

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Bracken glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofabeds-clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-til-dawn shift-and they encounter horrors that defy imagination.

Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new 21st century economy. A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of contemporary fears), Horrorstor comes conveniently packaged in thform of a retail catalogue, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories.

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FFF – Happy Halloween Part 1

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Here at KE-ZU we love any excuse to dress up and embrace an alter ego (or at least this blogger does!)

So when Halloween comes around costumes are planned well ahead of time, usually before a party invite is received.

In case you forgot or are yet to find a Halloween costume, we present to you Katherine Wisniewski‘s Ultimate Guide to Dressing Like an Architect for Halloween.

Wisniewski provides tips on dressing up as Le Corbusier to Zaha Hadid,Daniel Libeskind, Charles Renfro, Denise Scott Brown and many more. You can see the complete guide here.

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Costume inspiration: Denise Scott Brown, principal at Venturi Scott Brown. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

“Whichever of these genius’ costumes you use, remember to keep your tone quixotic, your facial expression thoughtful, and, when your friends admit they don’t know who you even are, your demeanor aghast. Note: to make it more spooky, feel free to add the word “dead” in front of the costume, but, be forewarned, it gets less funny if they actually are dead,” says Wisniewski.

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Costume inspiration: Charles Renfro, principle at Diller, Scofidio, Renfro. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Adolf Loos, who wrote Ornament and Crime. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Daniel Libeskind, designer of Berlin’s Holocaust Museum. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Le Corbusier, legendary French modernist. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

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Costume inspiration: Zaha Hadid, Pritzker prize winner. Photo courtesy of curbed.com

So, which will you choose?

 

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FFF – To The Milk Bar! …

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The classic corner-milk bar is ingrained into Australia’s rich history. You’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t remember a malt milkshake, a big serving of hot chips and a mixed-grill menu, available cheap as chips (pun intended) and offered just around the corner under a racy Chiko Roll poster.

Some of these institutions still exist, yet often they’re simply mere traces of warm memories in the form of architectural relics in suburban and rural areas. Another Aussie institution, the ABC, recently highlighted a new traveling exhibition titled Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Cafes which highlights the contribution Greek immigrants have made to our society through the introduction of the milk bar.

Hear the excerpt from ABC National Radio and see a small collection of the exhibition below.

Capital Milk Bar in Wagga Wagga (X. Stathis, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives)

Capital Milk Bar in Wagga Wagga (X. Stathis, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives)

The Star Milk Bar in Darwin, NT, 1948 (Photo courtesy Papadonakis family, National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

The Star Milk Bar in Darwin, NT, 1948 (Photo courtesy Papadonakis family, National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

California Cafe, Nyngan, NSW in the mid-late 1930s (Photo by Frank Hurley, courtesy J. Varvaressos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

California Cafe, Nyngan, NSW in the mid-late 1930s (Photo by Frank Hurley, courtesy J. Varvaressos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives, Macquarie University)

Astoria Cafe in Hunter St, Newcastle, circa late 1940s (Photo courtesy N. Raftos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives.)

Astoria Cafe in Hunter St, Newcastle, circa late 1940s (Photo courtesy N. Raftos, from the ‘In Their Own Image: Greek-Australians’ National Project Archives.)

The Zantiotis brothers at the Busy Bee Café, 1940s. (Gunnedah and District Historical Society)

The Zantiotis brothers at the Busy Bee Café, 1940s. (Gunnedah and District Historical Society)

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FFF – Seeing The Unseen …

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Lara Zankoul celebrates thought by exposing feelings that the naked eye may not be able to see in her latest collection The Unseen. 

The idea behind The Unseen (colloquially known as “under/over water”) is to reveal through these images the hidden aspects of feelings which affect people on a personal level, exposing a duality between our feelings and what we allow others to see; sentiments which we may hold such as paranoia, shallowness, patience, jealousy etc.

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy larazankoul.com

Image courtesy larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Image courtesy http://larazankoul.com

Through these beautifully crafted images, Zankoul helps us reason with our struggles and ourselves and evidence a need for empathy and understanding. The entire collection can be seen here and the video below is a ‘making of’ the shoot.

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FFF – Zoom! Air Driving! …

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

We loved the images in our post about Jacob Munkhammer’s flying Citroën cars so much we had to widen the field and show the French artist Renaud Marion’s superb series titled Air Drive.

Marion snaps the perfect blend of architecture + automobile, carefully extracting the wheels from the classics to make them appear airborne. Touted as “retro-futuristic” (which we love!) these vintage hovercrafts seem so carefree!  Well, perhaps aside from the Mercedes below, the owner of which may have to attempt to rid themselves of a questionable parking ticket.

The challenge for you here is, can you name all of the cars?

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

Image courtesy Renaud Marion

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FFF – Now You See It …

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

… Now you don’t…

Each year the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City hosts a competition that welcomes proposals for large-scale installation works exploring  “contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly”.

New York design company stpmj created the aptly titled entry Invisible Barn. The structure almost seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, giving the illusion of transparency.  Its construction ​​of wood and tarpaulin with mirror film allows its facets to reflect the natural surroundings.

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

They say the project is

a visual illusion that blurs the perceptual boundary between the folly and the site, allows the folly to be disappeared and invisible in nature, reconstructing the landscape of the site.

A quote almost as beautiful as the architectural feat itself.

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Image courtesy stpmj

Voids cut within the façade of the structure enable visitors to physically interact with the barn and witness the change between what is reflected and what is projected. A truly beautiful idea, we’re sure philosophers could have a field day with this one.

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FFF – Wheel Free Friday …

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Art theorists may disagree, but we think to appreciate art sometimes you needn’t understand it. This super fun series by Swedish artist Jacob Munkhammer is relatively self-explanatory, we just don’t quite understand it; but that needn’t matter either.

This series of images focuses on vintage Citroën cars manipulated to appear as flying vehicles. In a side step from high budget futuristic Hollywood film, these images conjure some very sweet nostalgia, almost as if the Citroën were designed to be without wheels. What a beautiful world we don’t live in!

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

Image courtesy Jacob Munkhammar Studio & Garage

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FFF – SkyArt – Yep, Art in the Sky …

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Evidently French artist Thomas Lamadieu has his head in the clouds, either that or he’s a terrible pedestrian. He’s constantly looking upward to find a new canvas for his work…in the sky.

Thomas utilizes negative space created by neighbouring buildings by photographing them, and overlaying his eccentric drawings to create this unique series simply titled, SkyArt.

A visit to his website will show that it’s not the first time this imaginative visionary has used the sky in his work, another series title “Sky Vision” is a photographic exploration into image merging, creating a new way to well, look at the sky.

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

Image courtesy Thomas Lamadieu

 

 

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FFF – Crocheted Playground …

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

In what could be described as a playful blend of Gaudi’s architecture and 80’s cult film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, these colourful works by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam rethink the status quo of play spaces for both children and adults alike.

The entire concept began as an accident after MacAdam was showing a crocheted art piece she created at an gallery. Two children with an active imagination inquired as to whether they could play on her art (the nerve!). At the time, little did anybody know that the inquisitive and playful nature of children would have such an effect.

In an interview with Archdaily, MacAdam spoke about this moment

One day I was exhibiting a 3-dimensional open-work textile sculpture I had created in collaboration with a friend. Some children came to the gallery and climbed into it. Suddenly the piece came to life. My eyes were opened. I realized I wanted just such a connection between my work and people alive at this moment in time (not a hundred years from now). I realized I was in fact making works for children. It was an exciting moment for me.

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

Image courtesy Colossal

The inspiration was born. MacAdam shifted the laborious process of hand-crocheting synthetic yarn from gallery piece into large-scale interactive and useable models.

To see these pliable structures that MacAdam creates being must be marvelous.  From what we’ve read, they warp, bend and almost come alive responding to the touch and enjoyment of their user, something so wonderful yet is rarely seen in either art or architecture.

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FFF – Creativity with John Cleese

Watch, listen and take notes. John Cleese imparts his knowledge, providing the “5 factors that you can arrange to make your lives more creative.”

1.  Space – “You have to create some space for yourself away from your everyday demands.”
2. Time – “It’s not enough to create space.  You have to create your space for yourself for a specific period of time.  Think of it as play time.”
3  Time – “Give your mind as long as possible to come up with something original.”
4. Confidence – “Nothing will stop you from coming up with a creative solution as much as the fear of making a mistake.”
5. Humour – “Humour gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.  Humour makes us playful and brings relaxation.”

 

Now follow these steps, get creative, and enter our Van Design Competition. You could win $1000 cash or up to $2500 worth of KE-ZU product (ex. Sydney Warehouse).

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