Category: Product News

Installed: Smart Chair …

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The Smart Stacking Chair from Andreu World installed at The French Cafe in Auckland.

Smart is a program of timber stacking chairs for the hospitality and contract market. The beech chairs are offered in three timber stains with the option of either an oak seat, upholstered, or woven banded seat.

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Andreu World’s design division have developed this model as a direct result of consultation with the hospitality marketplace. The collection is an exercise in minimising cost, production and lead times through the deliberate streamlining of finishes. Developed as cafe seating, perfectly suited to restaurant use and at home for residential dining areas: these comfortable but hard-wearing, warm timber chairs are a dynamic alternative to fully upholstered seating with a humble nod to classical European cafe styling.

The stacking ability affords further versatility and storage potential.

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Smart is in stock now at KE-ZU!

 

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m114: Standing Ovation …

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m114’s collection of coat stands is expanding!

Already giving us proven exciting floor coat stands like Hulot, Mirac and Bambu, some incorporating umbrella stands (because who likes being caught in the rain?!).  With winter coming, m114 also provides the perfect coat hooks and hat hooks for wall hanging our weather protection like Ona.  The impressive collection for clothing and accessories is now to include a new model with ‘Taiga’ by celebrated Spanish designer Antoni Arola which looks set to be an exciting hall tree with umbrella storage.

Taiga is slated for a July release (prime coat season!), further details are yet to be released but we’ll let you know.

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Rabari on Film …

Stills from the Nanimarquina Rabari film

Stills from the Nanimarquina Rabari film

What luck!

After we spent some time recently understanding the influences of current “it” design pair Doshi Levien (read the post here) we uncovered this adorable video on Nanimarquina’s YouTube channel.

It’s a wonderful film which explains and shows the influences and manufacturing processes of the Rabari collection designed by Doshi Levien for rug manufacturer Nanimarquina – a versatile hand-made floor covering which we absolutely love! Learn more about the Rabari collection and let us know which one you’d most like to see in the KE-ZU showroom!

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Siesta time …

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Can you imagine a sofa that grows with your needs?

Imagine no more. The Siesta Modular Sofa designed by Lievore Altherr and Molina for Andreu World does just this.

Combining comfort and beautiful proportions, this modular sofa can be configured to suit any commercial or residential space.

KE-ZU_AW_SIESTA 2The Siesta Collection is available from KE-ZU now!

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Lievore Presents Agora …

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The Agora collection is an upholstered lounge chair that features either a solid wood or an aluminum base.  Designed by Lievore Altherr & Molina, this chair for Andreu World commands attention whilst simultaneously allowing for some well-needed time of solitude and privacy.

As described in the video below by Alberto Lievorre (pictured above at Salone Milano 2014 from the KE-ZU Instagram), Agora is a multipurpose chair designed to fit into both contract and residential spaces.

Agora is currently on display in the KE-ZU showroom. Stop by and take a seat!

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We Welcome Fruits and Flowers …

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Artifort is so highly regarded in the furniture industry it’s almost as if they are the foster parent of classic, original design.  They grow and maintain a database of reissued classics from great names such as Pierre Paulin, Geoffrey Harcourt, René Holten and Patrick Norguet.

Two key pieces from Pierre Paulin, the Orange Slice and Little Tulip  are now in stock at KE-ZU.

Should you not already know, Paulin is rated one of the most significant French designers of the 20th century and his works are now so reputable they appear in museums as highly regarded as MOMA.

 

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Designed in 1965, Orange Slice is one of the essential classics in the history of modern furniture. This recognizable chair consists of two identical pieces, fixed at angles to hold the body incredibly well, although initially it may not appear to be, Orange Slice is one of the most comfortable chairs ever made!

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Paulin’s Little Tulip chair is a powerful and protective yet elegant modern chair. Named obviously after the flower of the same name, Little Tulip spreads its simple, half-open petals around its occupant, enveloping them in its soft and inviting curves.

Still holding design relevance today, Little Tulip is popular in many interior schemes: classic, modern and contemporary and is a standout feature in residential applications, corporate environments and hotel lobbies and lounges. It is perfect as a side chair, dining chair or home office desk chair, it is also available as a barstool!

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We are holding a few of these incredible chairs in stock now so they’re ready to go whenever an order is placed with our Sales Staff – first in best dressed!

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LZF Lamps’ Custom Constellations …

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Forming part of their Stereovision campaign (see the blog post here), LZF Lamps have released a series of images called Custom Constellations.

Following the incredible Candelabro, a sort of ‘greatest hits’ of LZF Lamps products artfully structured by Marivi Calvo, Custom Constellations groups similar LZF Lamps products together to form a cluster – adding to the impact that these pieces create in isolation.

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Lighting pieces are fixed to a central point, eliminating the need for multiple fittings and are dimmable to avoid recreating Times Square in the home or office!  By definition alone, these are a custom piece and of course, we can assist you to create the perfect cluster for yourself!

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Planting the Poppy seed …

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We’re expecting big things for this one!

The Hive [design by hive] catalogue is full of pieces reminiscent of their original concept inspiration.  Poppy falls into this category, bearing a striking resemblance to its namesake flower only adding a whole new dimension.   Aptly described by Hive as

Simply alluring, lovely, and remarkable

…the Poppy collection embodies a soft femininity, a graceful and calm piece which quietly dominates with its beauty.

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Poppy takes it form from a series of meticulously hand-folded paper blossoms fixed together and then wired to a metal frame, the pieces becoming a round bouquet of paper flowers.  The light is available as both a suspension and floor lamp and when illuminated, Poppy glows from its inner source. providing a wonderful sense of warmth. Adding extra lamps will only enhance the feeling of a tranquil field of poppies.

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Designed by Christy Manguerra, the design manager for Hive, Christy graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of the Philippines, following a Masters degree in Design Management from the University of New South Wales; pretty great credentials.  On top of this (and bringing to us a fabulous new design) Christy manages design development for Hive from concepts to working prototypes and also teaches Industrial Design at the University of the Philippines!

Poppy is on the KE-ZU showroom floor now!

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Pezzetina – The Floral Collection from Vondom …

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Designers Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pocci first met at Florence’s prestigious Faculty of Architecture in the early 1980’s.   Following their time studying together, and a shared interest in drama and theatre, they founded Archirivolto Design in Colle Val D’Elsa.  For the past 15 years, working with major design brands including Bonaldo, Pedrali and Segis, this Tuscan design studio has heavily concentrated on the link between innovation in material and construction and the way in which a product can work for a consumer.

It is no coincidence then that the studio found itself hard at work with the innovators of outdoor furniture, Vondom.  Pezzetina, is their second collaboration with Vondom and follows their first collection Fiesta, potentially the worlds coolest illuminated bar.

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Presented at imm Cologne in January, Pezzetina is a collection inspired by nature in its form, celebrating the bloom and opening petals of a flower whilst utilizing innovation in material construction.  Archirivolto Design’s move away from geometric forms reimagines the relationship between human engagement with the natural environment, fostering a balance between technology and nature in the built environment.

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Pezzetina is available now from KE-ZU.

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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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