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Interview: Kenneth Cobonpue’s Fan Coral …


Kenneth Cobonpue, his namesake furniture brand and its accessories sidekick Hive [design by hive] have made their presence on the international stage by utilising vernacular materials from their native Philippines to expertly craft their wares, more often than not inspired in form by the strong cultural roots in their Southeast Asian country.

Continuing with their mantra is Kenneth’s latest release Fan Coral, a resourceful art piece. The oceans surrounding the Philippines are a breeding ground for the Gorgonian, collectively known as sea fans or sea whips and thus seems the inspiration for this wonderful piece.


KENNETH COBONPUE FAN CORAL SCREEN1 The beauty of Fan Coral is two fold: its material composition is comprised of off-cuts and leftover materials from other projects (steel, GI wire and steel plate) and only two were made (of differing sizes, H1438xW1500 & H1835xW1138): thus ensuring its sustainability credentials and individualism are continued important factors.

We had the pleasure of obtaining the following information about Fan Coral from Kenneth Cobonpue, the man himself:

KE-ZU: What was the inspiration for Fan Coral?

KC: Natural life has always inspired me.  I find beauty in the graceful motion of fan corals and in every lacy detail of its fans. 

KE-ZU: What materials were used?  We understand that they were salvaged from waste from other product? 

KC: Steel, GI wire, Steel plate.

KE-ZU: What is the manufacture process? 

KC: Making the Coral Fan is like making a one-of-a-kind art sculpture in the tradition of bending steel.  I had to engineer the way the extremely thin hand-coiled steel strips hold up on the frame of the fans.  The steel plate and metal frames were formed out of the jig.

KE-ZU: What other uses for waste/leftover materials does KC employ?

KC: In design, the Retaso is one of the collections I made out of discarded wood pieces. The design consciously eludes waste and shuns excess.  Constructed of small pieces of wood fastened with dowels, the finished pieces in this collection are at once lightweight and sturdy

KE-ZU: Many of KC’s furniture pieces could be considered art pieces, why this move into sculpture?

KC: The Fan Coral actually isn’t really a sculpture in the strict sense of being purely aesthetic. It’s actually a screen that is sculptural in its design and appeal, which is something that I do put into many of my pieces.

Will there be more art pieces to follow? 

KC: Yes, in fact I made a circus-themed display featuring stools that resemble audiences of varying characters, brightly painted accent tables with legs in whimsical shapes, miniature cages that serve as accent pieces, even a classic spring-style cannon made out of wire mesh. 

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Installed: Smart Chair …


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.


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.


Smart is in stock now at KE-ZU!


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m114: Standing Ovation …


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 …


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 …

Alberto Lievore

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 …


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.



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!


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!


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 …


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.



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 …


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.

Poppy Table LampPoppy Hanging Lamp large

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.



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 …


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.




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.


Pezzetina is available now from KE-ZU.

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