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Spotlight | Vis-A-Vis

Vis-à-vis de Gala | BD Barcelona Design

During the thirties in Paris, Salvador Dali surrounded himself with a circle of friends involved in the application of art to varied disciplines, above and beyond the study of pure pictorial art. Jean-Michel Frank, a furniture maker and decorator of recognized prestige in the Paris of those years, was on very good terms with Dalí and together they worked on several ideas. In the 1990s a group of experts, led by Oscar Tusquets, set themselves the task of turning the furniture Dalí had drawn for Jean-Michel Frank into reality.

Amongst these items was Vis-A-Vis, a two sided seat in shocking parma violet hue.

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Set in a serpentine arrangement, Vis-A-Vis was initially intended for intimate conversation, with the meandering, partitioning back allowing for individual privacy. The graceful shape is accentuated by the opulent natural silk upholstery, tufted back and seat. The wooden base is lined with polished lacquered brass plate, whilst polished and varnished cast brass travels across the backrest like an outstretched arm, resting its hand upon the luxurious fabric.

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More art than furniture this iconic design is now offered in a limited release ‘black’ model to mark the 20th Anniversary of the “Maestro’s” death.

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Furniture For Thought | BD Barcelona

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A giant in the world of design, BD Barcelona combines Spanish flair with an artistic sensibility.

Barcelona is one of our favourite places to hang out. Why? Lots of reasons; for a start it was founded as a Roman city in the Middle Ages and merged with the Kingdom of Aragon, which we think sounds kind of like something from Game of Thrones.

We also love the fact that the city is home to so many of Gaudi’s bizarre ‘melting’ buildings. His greatest of all is the Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction since 1882. Obviously Gaudi wasn’t a bloke who liked to hurry things along. As a child he once took three weeks to make a Plasticine snake.

In 1929 Barcelona became the home to Mies Van der Rohe’s German Pavilion for the International Exposition. The pavilion featured one of the most iconic – not to mention hellishly uncomfortable – chairs in the history of furniture: The Barcelona Chair (we suspect Mies was moonlighting as a chiropractor).

Barcelona was finally recognised for its amazing built environment in 1999, winning the RIBA Gold Medal. This is the first and only time the award has gone to a city and not an individual architect.

But what we love most of all about Barcelona is the little company started there in 1972 by five quirky architects: Pep Bonet, Lluis Cloteet, Cristian Cirici, Mireia Riera and Oscar Tusquets. Their design philosophy was summed up by the juxtaposition of the Catalan traits of rauxa (unconventionality) with seny (common sense).

BD Barcelona’s first shop attracted media attention through its wacky window displays and products that were unlike anything the world had ever seen. Accompanied with artisanal processes instead of mass production, the new products (often in limited editions) were closer to art than industrial design.

This appreciation of art was further emphasised when the company edited Gaudi’s furniture for his buildings in the early 80s, and a decade later introduced a series of furniture and lamps designed by Dali. More recently BD has collaborated with the likes of Ross Lovegrove, Jaime Hayon and Doshi Levien.

“BD = ART = BD,” says KE-ZU’s Caron Grunschlag. “The company has represented the great Spanish artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. “You need to look at the objects from BD as functional sculptures. They are investments, and just as you would invest in a painting of Salvador Dali, so you would invest in one of his pieces of furniture.”

Next time you pop into the KE-ZU showroom, check out BD’s new Shanty Credenza by Doshi Levien. It’s a patchwork of corrugated surfaces that references improvised dwellings from Cape Town to Alice Springs. One look at it and you’ll see why we think BD is one of the world’s most exciting manufacturers.

“It is company owned and run by architects; they are truly the forward thinkers and trend setters for the market,” Caron says. “You know that if BD starts to work with someone new, that person is about to become the next big thing.”

 

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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.

Copy courtesy of Book Depository

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Spotlight: Kes from Vondom …

Kes designed by Gabriele & Oscar Buratti for Vondom is an outdoor modular sofa that provides endless compositions and basic forms.

The Kes collection is made up of sofas of varying sizes, armchairs, chaises and lineal and angualr poufs that can form individual elements or large islands as a result of the union of several parts.

What defines the Kes collection is the visible cut on the outer edge of each module. Functional as well as decorative, the cut allows for the addition of backrests, armrests and tables.

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Moto GP …

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Photo courtesy of Claudio Jofré Larenas

KE-ZU supplier Vondom has been a long time sponsor of the Aspar Moto GP Team so when they came to Phillip Island, our very own racing enthusiast Carlos and clients from WMK  and Siren Design headed down to Melbourne to cheer on the team.

The group got to take in all the racing action from the team box and to the great excitement of Emily from WMK got to mingle with the likes of world champions Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, as well as Aspar riders Hiroshi Aoyama and Nicky Hayden.

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Behind the scenes with the Aspar Team

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Emily and Loretta from WMK

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Carlos with Aspar Rider Hiroshi Aoyama

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For more information please contact the KE-ZU showroom, 1300 724 174

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Installed | Poncelet Cheese Bar Barcelona

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EstudiHac has designed the new Poncelet Cheese Bar Barcelona, located inside the Hotel Meliá Sarriá.

Furniture, rugs and tiles by several Spanish companies grace the restaurant — Sancal’s Tea and Casta chairs, Talo armchairs and Pion and Veladora tables; Andreu World´s Ronda chairs and Vondom´s Marquis rug collection and planters.

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Photos courtesy of German Cabo
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MID14: Wrap Up

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We had a blast bringing you the latest designs from Jaime Hayon and Oscar Tusquets Blanca from bd Barcelona, Bernhardt Design, Expormim, and Parachilna.

If you didn’t have a chance to see our installation at the Tongue N Groove showroom during Melbourne InDesign you will find some of the bd Barcelona pieces on display at the Living Edge showroom in Melbourne, but for the full collection you will have to come and visit KE-ZU in Sydney.

Until then…

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Introducing a New Lighting Collection by Parachilna

This brand is forging a philosophy built around honesty in design, an appreciation of the value of precious materials, and a respect for handcrafted manufacturing methods.

Designers Jaime Hayon and Stephen Burks presented the first collection of Parachilna at the last edition of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. Not surprisingly, it was a resounding success.

        

        

        

For more information please contact us: sales@kezu.com.au or 1300 724 174

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New Flex …

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The Flex Chair designed by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga for Andreu World is now available in sustainable solid wood!

Functional, versatile and multi-purpose. The extensive Flex chair collection is enriched with a set of new features to highlight its great versatility. These new features include a new four wooden leg base, that merges thermo-polymer and upholstered shells with the warmth of wood. Which would you choose?

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More details here.

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Instagram winner announced!

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A big thank you to all who entered the #KEZUMID14 Instagram competition during Melbourne In Design.

After much deliberation we are pleased to announce the chosen entry. Congratulations @adrianahanna. We loved your shot of Oscar Tusquets Fontal Chair.

Please contact KE-ZU on (02) 9669 1788 to claim your Jaime Hayon Gardenias Vase!

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#kezumid14 winning entry. Image Courtesy of @adrianahanna

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