Category: FFF – Furniture Free Friday

FFF – The Design & Violence Coin …

Dr Strangelove

As the saying goes, “There are two sides to every coin”. So true this proverb is when applied to violence in design.

In May 2013 the world was shocked when the exciting new venture of 3D printing, heralded as a giant step in the manufacturing sector, was put to work printing a gun. The material used to print the operational gun was of a substance that could be taken undetected on a plane, thus we all gasped and debate erupted.

The Liberator: The first 3D printed operational gun

The Liberator: The first 3D printed operational gun
Image courtesy MOMA

Design always had the capability to err on the wrong side of the tracks.  Usually when we think about design it is architecture, furniture and fashion rather than weaponry and destruction that spring to mind.  It has been a while since an advancement in our industry has had the ability to cause so much unrest.  On one side this advancement allows people with a 3D printing machine to design and manufacture their own goods, unleashing a new wave of creative energy and product both with endless opportunity for growth .  The other side of course, is the possibility for weaponry to be created without regulation.

And so it is of course that New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the platform Design and Violence is hosting a series of industry debates on how violence manifests in design.  Part 2 of the three-part series takes place on April 10 – more information can be found here.

It’s a stirring thought:  on which side does your coin land?

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FFF – Sand Art: A New Wave …

Santa Cruz Image courtesy Andres Amador

Santa Cruz
Image courtesy Andres Amador

If you’re lucky enough to live in California then you of course know all the obvious benefits: warm climate, beautiful landscape, a former Hollywood Governor and of course the artworks of Andres Amador.

If you don’t frequent the sunny Cali beaches too often, you’re now in for a treat.

Amador, with the help of a rake and sometimes a few volunteers carves these geometric and organic patterns into the sand; the result sometimes up to 90,000 square feet!   His medium is a harsh critic however, with these huge works existing often for just for only a few hours. As Amador creates these beautiful pieces at low tide, the beaches provide him with just enough time to capture images from vantage points, or aerially using a quadrocopter.

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Ocean Beach
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Santa Cruz
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Santa Cruz
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Santa Cruz
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

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Sutro Baths
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

Mexican Beach Image Courtesy Andres Amador

Mexican Beach
Image Courtesy Andres Amador

Amador says of his fleeting works:

For me it is more about the process and less about the result. I can be a stickler for getting something the way I think I want it- which is more goal-focused. But ultimately, when it is finished, I let it go. For me the energy and draw is around the act of creation.

His reason for doing it? “Its fun. I get to be at the beach”. We hear that.

The video below shows the work involved in each artwork.  Make sure you stay up to date via Amador’s website, he gives notifications of when he’ll be undertaking one his beautiful works and you can see them for yourself.
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FFF – The Artist of Oz …

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Artist Ian Strange, aka Kid Zoom’s latest installation art piece has dropped for the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.  Literally, dropped.

In what could be the closest thing to the Wizard of Oz in Adelaide, Strange takes hostage of the forecourt of the Art Gallery of South Australia, creating a stunning site-specific piece of art which seems like he dropped a home out of the sky.

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Looking as though it has fallen from a great height, the 1920’s suburban-style home appears embedded into the Earth, or as its name suggests, ‘landed’.  FYI the rubble that surrounds the ‘crash site’ omits any evidence of witches crushed underneath.  The Biennial says of Strange’s work

These are episodes of Neighbours directed by David Lynch and scripted by Stephen King with advice from Sigmund Freud

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Image courtesy DesignBoom

Landed follows his successful previous exhibition, Suburban: an exhibition of film, photography and installation based around seven site-specific works created with suburban houses along the east coast states of America.

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FFF – Exploding Icons …

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

As the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s biggest night is approaching us on Monday, we thought it time appropriate to dive into the pillars of yesteryear’s silver screen icons – albeit in a new light.

Globetrotting artist Lola Dupré’s latest work is something enviable of every scrapbook the world over.  Dupré produces “exploded” portraits of musicians, art works, pop culture figures and Hollywood icons through the painstaking medium of collage.  The talented artist begins with a source image, and reproduces it innumerable times.  Armed with a humble pair of scissors, Dupré begins.  She cuts portions of the image and reassembles it in a repetitive pattern, each piece radiating further from a centralized focal point.

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré
Image courtesy Lola Dupré
Image courtesy Lola Dupré
Image courtesy Lola Dupré

The result of this laborious process is almost a broken mirror, fragmenting a reflection of these well-known legends.  There are but three Academy Award winners in this post sharing in 5 Oscars – can you name them? See Dupré’s website for the entire collection.

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

Image courtesy Lola Dupré

 

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Nanimarquina in Stockholm! …

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Wonderfully artistic KE-ZU supplier Nanimarquina braved the snow to attend the Stockholm Furniture Fair recently.  Naturally, Nanimarquina took with them an impressive array of rugs and samples, helping visitors of the fair to understand the hand-manufactured techniques and diverse materials which comprise the entire Nanimarquina catalogue.

The video below shows some beautiful sights of the cold Swedish capital and the warm stand Nani created.  Beautiful (vacker!).

 

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FFF – Turning Heads …

Image Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

Li Hongbo is turning heads (literally) with his latest exhibition Tools of Study, which is currently on display at the Klein Sun Gallery in New York City.

Image Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

Image Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

Image Courtesy Klein Sun Gallery

Coming as a surprise to most, the exhibition comprises busts, which at first glance appear to be constructed of traditionally with  marble or stone. That is, until closer inspection when one grasps the wonderful realisation that they are in fact, labouriosly constructed from thousands of layers of paper.  Consisting of over 7,000 pieces of individual paper and weighing in at over 10kg, the pieces in the exhibition are not dissimilar to a slinky (if you’re a Jim Carrey fan cue the Slinky song from Ace Ventura).

Hongbo takes inspiration from traditional Chinese decorations known as paper gourds, Li Hongbo applies a honeycomb-like structure to form sculptures which can be stretched and contorted.

The video below from EuroNews outlines the method of construction and includes an interview with the artist himself. A fabulous interactive exhibition, Tools of Study is the last thing you’d want to throw down a flight of stairs.


Bendy Chinese paper art stuns New Yorkers by euronews-en

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FFF – Soul from the Sole …

Image Courtesy Ocean Sole

Personally, the wonderful thing about Ocean Sole is not only their adaptive reuse, but how they transform a product that I hold a general disdain for into a thing of aesthetic beauty.

Image Courtesy Ocean Sole

Ocean Sole began in 1997 when Kenyan born marine conservationist Julie Church was working on a project for the Kiunga Marine National Reserve in Northern Kenya.  Horrified by the waste which accrued on the shores of the remote island, particularly flip-flop waste (or the humble “thong”), Julie encouraged locals to participate in cleaning up their environment by creating decorations and trinkets from the rubber rubble. In doing so, they began ridding the island of its waste and providing skills and work for locals.

Image Courtesy Ocean Sole

Image Courtesy Ocean Sole

Image Courtesy Ocean Sole

As international interest in the project grew, so did Ocean Sole, whose production now boasts handmade animal toys, eye-popping curtains, intricate necklaces and even life-size sculptures such as elephants, giraffes, lions, rhinos, dolphins, sharks and turtles.  The products have made their way into Swedish museums, Paris runways and major US trade fairs.  The playful creations are sold locally, as well as in dozens of zoos, aquariums and stores in some 20 countries around the world, creating a trade-based solution to marine pollution and Kenyan poverty.

Ocean Sole and their fun products are perhaps something to think about next time you blow a plug in your double-pluggers and frisbee them into the trash!

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FFF – Happy Chinese New Year! …

It seems that luck is falling our way this week!  With Chinese New Year landing today, we transition from year of the water snake to year of the wooden horse.

It’s with luck then that we have our own horse en route to become our mascot for the proceeding year!  Our little mate Rosinante is coming to join the KE-ZU family, perhaps as our new mascot.  Rosinante is the rocking horse which forms part of the Vondom kids collection.  He gets his name from the fictional horse character belonging to Don Quixote – our Spanish-speaking employees inform us was a staple on their reading shelves as children.  All this horsing around reminds us of our post many moons ago about our favourite Brazilian Girl Sabina – who very excitingly is releasing her new album shortly!

So in our own little round-about way, we’re rocking out to Chinese New Year!   Wishing anybody celebrating Chinese New Year a great day, and an even better year.  Giddy up!

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FFF – Oldies but goodies! …

Photo courtesy international.contilia.de

We just came across this ingenious venture and had to share it!

To celebrate the New Year, the creative residents of the Contilla Retirement Group in Essen, Germany have produced quite possibly the cutest calendar ever!

Sure to be viral sensation, the calendar features the residents recreating iconic moments in film.

Our favourite is the lead image featuring 86 year old Marianne Brunsbach as Holly Golightly.  What’s yours?

Photo courtesy international.contilia.de

Photo courtesy international.contilia.de

Photo courtesy international.contilia.de

Photo courtesy international.contilia.de

Photo courtesy international.contilia.de

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FFF – Sketchy Furniture …

In a world where we so often dream and fantasise yet are swiftly forced to return to reality, it’s nice to find a middle ground where reality can almost be the dream.

This is where these two designers’ works shine.  Cutting out the middle ground between sketch and prototype, these furniture pieces are created from a sketch, and constructed using steel to look like a rough drawing or rendering.  Their magic lies in the assimilation between dream and reality – both of which are esquisse and beautiful.

Daigo Fukawa designed and built his collection “Rough Sketch Products” for his 2013 major project at Tokyo University of the Arts and utilizes different colours in softened saturation to represent a pen erratically pouring ideas for furniture onto a page.   The result is furniture which flies between dream and reality which leaves us pinching themselves!

South Korean designer Jinil Park has created “Drawing Series”, a collection of denser furniture and accessories which appear to be born from a steadier hand holding a determined felt-tip of strong black and red.  Drawing Series was exhibited from September to November at Gwangju Design Bienale South Korea.

Fully functional as sound furniture pieces, both collections are currently not available for sale; even though we’d love to get our hands on some!

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