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KE-ZU at designEX 2014

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Connect with KE-ZU at Stands 234/238 & The Connection.

KE-ZU premieres at designEX collaborating with the legendary Dana Tomic Hughes of Yellowtrace fame creating an exhibition of unparalleled awesomeness.

KE-ZU will be launching the latest lighting designs by Arik Levy from French manufacturer Forestier and featuring our new range of Sancal furniture now manufactured under license in Australia to GECA standards. This is an ever expanding range available in as little as 2 weeks. See what’s new from Andreu World, Bernhardt Design, Lzf and Vondom. Trade and Retail distribution inquiries welcome.

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Nub Chairs designed by Patricia Urquiola for Andreu World

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Chou Lamps designed by Yonoh Studio for Lzf

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In & Out Lamps designed by Arik Levy for Forestier

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Tea Chairs designed by JM Ferrero for Sancal

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Adan Stools and Planters designed by Teresa Sapey for Vondom

designEX runs from 28th – 30th May at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island and attendance is free. Register now.

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Neri&Hu: It’s here …

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Neri&Hu product in the KE-ZU showroom

Shanghai based architects Neri&Hu (Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu) are hot property. Named Wallpaper* Magazine’s Designers of the Year, their work is becoming recognizable as their style and influence soars. The duo is a careful blend of both a deep-rooted affection for Easterrn culture and sophisticated international experience

Whilst their passion and unique flair for architecture continues, the talented pair have expanded into product design, producing an exclusive collection with De La Espada.

The partnership of Neri&Hu and De La Espada is perfection with the high aesthetic values of the former being met by the latter’s skillful craftsmanship. The collection, which was first launched at New York Design Week 2013, includes seating, tables, lighting and accessories, and features the skilled woodwork that De La Espada is renowned for.

The Neri&Hu for De La Espada range was introdouced into KE-ZU’s family of international designers and manufacturers late last year and is now on the KE-ZU showroom floor!

Solo table

Solo table

The oval Solo tabletop sits on two sets of three legs, each arranged in a triangle and is available (as with most of the collection) in American black walnut finished with a Danish oil, American white oak finished with a Danish oil or a white oil, or brown stained European ash.

Solo chair & stool

Solo chair & stool

Solo lounge chair

Solo lounge chair

Inspired by a classic, the Solo updates the Eames Shell Chair, transforming it from its industrial roots to a comfortable upholstered alternative.  Optioned as a dining chair, lounge chair and barstool – this sophisticated chair is perfectly situated both domestic and commercial settings. The piece is titled “Solo” due to the isolation one can obtain from reclining in the lounge chair.

Duet chair

Duet chair

Keeping its namesake close, two pieces of wood work together as a duet, creating the overall shape of the above chair.  Duet is available in American black walnut, American white oak, or European ash.  Originally slated as a variation of the classic Bentwood, the Duet Chair takes a methodical and almost organic shape that is sure to win favours in the contract and hospitality markets.

Opium Sofa

Opium Sofa

Inspired by the opium beds which have been in China since the Tang Dynasty, the Opium is a contemporary sofa with a strikingly simple profile, featuring deeps arms, which can double as a shelf or side table.

Trio tables

Trio tables

The Trio series comprises various models, all with a three-leg construction that provides an interesting focal point.  Crafted from American black walnut, American white oak or European stained ash, the Trio series is available as a console table, coffee table, oval coffee table and a side table.

Tray Desk

Tray Desk

Drawing on their experience with the Narcissist dressing table for KE-ZU supplier bd Barcelona, the Tray Desk and dressing table responds to a modern lifestyle with its lightweight craftsmanship and multi-functionality. Tray  holds a fabric-lined drawer, which when closed, provides access to a concealed compartment from the desktop.  A fully adjustable mirror folds out to three different angle combinations, providing versatility so yearned for in our fast-paced environment.

Extend mirrors

Extend mirrors

Offered in three different sizes, inspiration for the Extend Mirror series comes from the bamboo ladders so prevalent in Chinese country homes.  Using this as a model for design, the Extend Mirrors are floor standing and sit against a wall in a relaxed manner and is available in walnut, oak or ash.

 

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New at the Zu: Neri&Hu!

The KE-ZU showroom transforms for the new product

The KE-ZU showroom transforms for the new product

Fun is the best word to describe what we’ve been up to over the past few days.

It’s just like Christmas (without the time off!) when we unpack furniture we haven’t had the opportunity to experience yet.  One of the biggest deliveries KE-ZU has seen for a long time is the Neri&Hu collection, manufactured by De La Espada – you may have seen some images on our Instagram.  For the very first time on Australian shores, the collection represents the highest achievements in design and manufacturing process and the entire KE-ZU staff has been viewing, touching, assessing and understanding the brand new pieces with excited adulation!

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So.much.amazing.stuff! Swoon!

Important information about the new product - a mission, should we choose to accept it!

Important information about the new product – a mission, should we choose to accept it!

Slowly the new pieces are revealing themselves!

Slowly the new pieces are revealing themselves!

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More details to come this week about the collection but for the moment – take a sneak peek at the showroom transformation and the exciting pieces soon to be unveiled!

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The Carousel has arrived …

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A flurry of vibrant cotton ropes twirled around hoops, the Carousel evokes the wonder and whimsy of the world’s grandest carnivals. Naturally dyed ropes are hand-knitted into minimalist silhouettes creating a set of contemporary lighthing pieces with a touch of pop exuberance. Collapsible and packed flat, the Carousel lights are an easily charming choice for the modern home.

The Carousel light designed by Kenneth Cobonpue for Hive is now on display at our showroom in Alexandria.

 

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Flying Carpets! Nanimarquina’s 2 Week Rugs …

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Nanimarquina rugs now fly with the global courier FedEx reducing lead times on most rugs to less than 2 weeks….door to door in metropolitan areas.

Below is a small selection of the Nanimarquina collection, to see the entire catalogue please click here.

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Cement Wood Lamp – The Perfect Balance …

 

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The Cement Wood Lamp provides the perfect balance between the coarse cold texture of concrete and the warmth and softness of wood by effortlessly combining the two contrasting materials.

This is the first design by Decha Archjananun available through KE-ZU.  This flourishing Thai designer delivers the Cement Wood Lamp under the Thinkk Studio brand for French label Spécimen Éditions.

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Archjananun, who won the Elle Deco Thailand ‘Young Designer of the Year‘ 2012-2013 award, utilises the beautifully brutal material of concrete, and softens its bulk and weight by introducing the warmth of ash wood in a perfectly harmonized relationship.

The exciting suspension light holds true to the philosophy of Spécimen Éditions

 

 The story of each piece of furniture begins by a love for the world from which it comes, its grace, and its materials which arouse wonderful feeling

… Cement Wood expertly combines two manufacturing techniques, wood lathing and thin walled concrete casting to arrive at the suggestive shape it holds. These techniques allow both materials to be manipulated for the top and bottom materials to be inverted.

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The cement portion of the Cement Wood lamp is available in both a natural colour and red. It is suspended by slim textile cables in both red and black that are easily adjusted for height. Cement Wood is perfect for both the residential and contract markets and is neutral in any setting.

This uber-cool light arrives in the KE-ZU showroom next week, and will be added to our stock program in May!

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Milton Glaser for Nanimarquina! Shakespeare in Africa (and KE-ZU) …

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A collaboration between iconic graphic designer Milton Glaser and Spanish rug manufacturer Nanimarquina has resulted in the astounding Africa and Shakespeare in Africa collections.

84 year old Glaser is better known for founding New York Magazine and his prolific graphic design (the I ♥ NY and DC Comics bullet logos and posters for Bob Dylan and Sony). Glaser uses his signature style whilst uncovering the relationship between seemingly unconnected things in his first collaboration with KE-ZU supplier Nanimarquina.

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The Africa series comprises both Africa and Shakespeare in Africa.  In Shakespeare in Africa, Glaser overlays two hand-drawn illustrations; a portrait of Shakespeare and a modern interpretation of African tribal patterns to create a striking trompe l’oeil.  From a distance, the portrait plays against the pattern offering a commanding focal point of the worlds most famous playwright. Upon closer inspection, the tribal style pattern emerges as the star, engrossing viewers with varying lines and curves of aesthetic hierarchy.  This pattern features solely in Africa.

The rugs in the collection are made using a hand-knotting technique utilising 100% New Zealand wool and as such, Glaser’s print had to be simplified so it could be rendered using only four colours of wool. According to Marquina, it took two years and five prototypes to arrive at a design in which Shakespeare’s image would appear neither too prominently in the foreground nor be so subtle as to get lost in the background. The final product, which is made by a team of artisan workers in India (as shown in the video below) takes about three months to weave.

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The Africa collection is available exclusively from KE-ZU!

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LZF Lamps & InDesignLive

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Freelance writer Stephen Lacey recently authored a fabulous article about KE-ZU supplier LZF Lamps, their catalogue and their recent success at the Red Dot Design Awards.

The article, published at InDesignLive includes some incredible photography and interesting tidbits of information about both the company, its product and its founders, two people we’re proud to call friends: Sandro Tothill and Marivi Calvo.

See the entire article here and the LZF Lamps catalogue available at KE-ZU here.

 

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New from De La Espada | Neri&Hu! …

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The Neri&Hu collection for De La Esapda became available in Australia for the first time late last year.  Available exclusively in Australia through KE-ZU, this collection of furniture represents a new aesthetic that is born from a cultural provocation; with Neri&Hu seeking to expand the scope of Chinese design.  This is heavily based on a mantra of expert craftsmanship, with the product portfolio supported by De La Espada’s manufacturing expertise.

We’ve ordered many pieces from this incredible collection and they are due to land on our shores for their Australian debut early this month. The collection will be available for viewing in the KE-ZU Sydney showroom shortly thereafter!  We promise to keep you informed of the date closer to the time.

De La Espada chose Maison & Objet Paris to launch the latest additions to the Neri&Hu collection.   Following the successful first-release in New York last year, the flourishing designers have expanded on their collection adding a large amount of new product to complete their range for both residential and contract purposes such as a sofa, bedding, cabinetry, stools and lighting. See some of the new product below.

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The Solo Sofa

The Solo lounge chair and ottoman

The Solo lounge chair and ottoman

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The Solo Bench

The Solo Sofa is one of three new designs to join the Solo family along with the bench and ottoman (which accompanies both the Solo lounge and sofa). They’re a sophisticated design with an upholstered shell set upon solid American black walnut, white oak or European ash wood legs.

Trio Occasional Table

Trio Coffee Table

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Trio Side Table

The Trio series is a tectonic exploration where the composition of the table legs is the design focal point. The tables stand on three legs, with each leg attached to another leg with an intermediate horizontal substructure.

Allowing the collection to show its true diversity and propel it into a wider audience is the introduction of new materials; the tabletop is now available in a choice of marble (for the coffee table) and brass or copper (for the side table).

Trunk Low Cabinet

Trunk Low Cabinet

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Trunk Low Cabinet

Trunk Cabinet Tall

Trunk Tall Cabinet

Referencing luxurious travel of the past, the new Trunk family by Neri&Hu comprises two pieces, both a tall and a low cabinet. Trunk is a utilitarian design in stunning, luxurious materials comprisng a lacquer body, a brass frame and a hand-polished mirror that functionally opens via a concealed pull on the doors to reveal either three drawers (for the tall) or compartments (in the low) all manufactured in premium solid hardwood.

Three new families, each having just one signature piece were added to the Neri&Hu collection for De La Espada, see the Lianou Table, Zhuzi stool and Lattice Light below.

Lianou Table

Lianou Table

Lianou Table is an abstracted representation of a commonly found material in China; the lotus root (lian ou). Made of fiberglass with a white or black lacquer, Lianou is sized for versatility and can also be used as an occasional or end table.

Zhuzi Stool/Table

Zhuzi Stool/Table

Lianou & Zhuzi

Lianou & Zhuzi

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Zhuzi – Image courtesy TL Magazine

Much like the Lianou table, Zhuzi stool is based on the bamboo (zhu zi), another product utilized heavily in China. Constructed of fiberglass with a white or black lacquer, the Zhuzi stool blends both functionality and beauty.

Lattice Suspension Light

Lattice Suspension Light

A striking new addition to the Neri&Hu collection is Lattice, a pendant light created by the Neri&Hu studio. The dynamic suspension is created from brushed brass and blown glass (a bit of a mouthful, yes).   Full details of the light haven’t been released yet and it is slated for a Spring release. As more details are available we will be sure to let you know!

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