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Installations | Michel

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Marble slabs, green wall panelling and Andreu World’s Smart Chair take centre stage at Michel, a Helsinki restaurant by Finnish architect Joanna Laajisto.

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Photography Mikko Ryhänen.

 

 

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Fang …

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An extraordinary table by a creator out of the norm. Xavier Mañosa (Barcelona,1981) is in this order a potter, artist and designer. He inherited the artisanal tradition and family workshop and has found his place in contemporary ceramic art, designing pieces with his own characteristics. To demonstrate, this table has been modelled for BD Barcelona with his own hands. Each leg is uniquely different. They are made of porcelain stoneware at high temperatures to guarantee resistance and durability. It’s presented in two versions. One is where the legs are in a black enamel, brilliant finish and the oak table top tinted in black to match. The other has a raw finish with a natural oak top.

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A puzzle with more than one solution …

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Mosaico is a puzzle that can be used to solve a range of different spatial constraints. The bases are made of ash and are available in five measurements upon which marble or wooden tops can be fitted as well as upholstered seat cushions. The optional back enables the pieces to be transformed into mini-sofas.

The hexagonal piece enables, amongst other possibilities, the creation of compositions that make closed loops. The corner angle adds an element of sinuosity to the design with its curved side.

Designed by Yonoh for Sancal.

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Monkey …

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Jaime Hayon adds a side table to his Gardenias collection for bd. The Monkey side table is a useful sculpture made of solid architectural concrete suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

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Endless options with REW …

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Rew Modular Sofa designed by Rafa Garcia for Sancal.

This new creation by Rafa García is tremendously versatile, and can be used for a variety of diverse projects that require pieces for resting, eating or working.

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Rest. An entire family of chairs, sofas and modules, as light as they are comfortable, can be used with two different types of arm: one is high and thin like the back and the other is low and soft, like the base of the design.

Eat. The “nutritious” part corresponds to an ample number of benches which can be used with a dining table. The benches can be used alone, or together with upholstered wall pieces. The benches are available in two depths (57 and 72cm). The least deep is the archetypal dining bench, providing a firm, upright sitting position. Moreover, the finish of the arms in a corner permits compositions with angles to be made. The deeper version is ideal to fill with scatter cushions and create an informal environment, perfect for long postprandial conversations. Rafa’s piece provides two back heights, 95 and 115cm. The low back creates a light design, while the higher back provides some privacy.

Work. The productivity at work is directly related to our concentration and feeling of wellbeing. These versions of the sofas, modules, and chairs enable a certain degree of privacy in an office setting, or the hall of a hotel. Rafa has also designed a bench and a couple of cushions to complete the programme.

The feet are available in steel lacquered black, or ash, which can be stained to any of the colours in the Sancal collection.

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Expormim: in pursuit of beauty since 1960

They say an image is worth a thousand words. And so our supplier Expormim has let these beautiful frames do the talking and show who they are and how they work. The task was entrusted to Pensando en blanco™and its precious visual storytelling. The result is an accurate reflection of both Expormim’s philosophy and daily routine.

We hope you like it as much as we do.

Expormim: in pursuit of beauty since 1960.

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News | Fast Company’s Most Innovative Brands

Incredible news!  Be Original Americas has landed on Fast Company’s coveted list of The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Design.

Founded by some of the biggest names in the furniture business,  Bernhardt Design, Herman Miller, Alessi, Emeco, Flor and Vitra, Be Original Americas is an association of businesses, consumers, educators and institutions, dedicated to “informing, educating and influencing manufacturers, design professionals and individuals on the economic, ethical, and environmental value of authentic design while preserving and investing in its future”.

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Fast Company has applauded Be Original Americas for “reframing the discussion of what to do about knockoffs” through its series of lectures, workshops, and round tables which look at establishing a set of industry standards, and its blog which alerts readers to the hidden hazards of knockoff design, such as the high levels of mercury and lead in a popular “replica” design of the Tolux chair in Australia

To learn more about Be Original Americas click here.

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Designer Pick | Neri & Hu

Why I choose… Neri & Hu.

With all of the products out there to source, how do I choose which pieces for what project?  And why does Neri & Hu so often fit the bill? Here’s a checklist that I employ.

Style – If there is one era of furniture style I’m wild about it’s mid 20th Century.  I can’t get enough of the clean lines, material choices and elegance.  With neri&hu this style has been adopted but adapted to today with throwbacks to classic Scandinavian and Bentwood themes.  They have designed pieces that don’t replace the classics but offer a wonderful modern style alternative.  The curves and soft edges are just calling out to be touched.

Adaptability – Gone are the days of large furniture pieces filling vast spaces.  Nowadays we are choosing smaller living spaces closer to lifestyle factors, and as such we require smaller, more functional furniture.  neri&hu have created pieces such as the Opium sofa, which provide comfort whilst incorporating side tables and shelves in the arms and back.  Their pieces hold a small visual mass, which does not impede sightlines.

A Global Product – Globalisation is a major buzzword these days.  Courses are run on it in schools and universities, the papers rave about, and we’re becoming more conscious of how interconnected we are across the globe through companies, manufacturing and products.  Furniture has long been a part of this story and no more so than in the Neri & Hu range from De La Espada – designed by Chinese designers, made with American timber, manufactured in Portugal and sold worldwide.  It is truly a global product for a global audience.

Appeal – Not only is its make up global, it holds global appeal.  Solid natural timber, solid manufacturing, solid investment.  These styles never date; they stand alone as one piece, as many or incorporated with a variety or aesthetics.

It’s a delight to have a product range that can go across many different projects – commercial and residential.  If you are looking for one beautiful piece or a setting of a number of pieces, Neri & Hu tick the boxes.

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About Chevonne

An ex Ke-zu member who has returned to the fold as a contributor to our blog, Chevone worked for many years in the Sydney furniture and design market before heading to London, where she worked with one of the city’s largest and most established dealers of designer furniture, the Aram Store.  After having a couple of children and returning to Sydney,  she managed one of the Coco Republic showrooms.  Now she has now taken the bold step to establish her own interior design practice – Chevonne Jackson Interiors.

Chevonne is passionate about all things design and has considerable industry experience and knowledge.

We welcome her as a regular contributor to the Ke-zu blog.

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Spotlight | Flat

Flat collection by  Jorge Pensi Design Studio for Vondom is highly versatile and suitable for both outdoor and indoor use.

The collection features neutral lines and  beautifully formed aluminium legs which give the appearance that the pieces are floating mid air.

Another distinctive characteristic is the side table joined to the main unit, which at the same time is an armrest and a surface to lean on.

It’s build allows for making different combinations of pieces, to adapt them freely to any architectural space. With the corner unit able to fit easily into angular spaces.

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Spotlight | Vis-A-Vis

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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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