Salone Milano Day 3: Vondom …

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Vondom have released a tonne of new seating, tables and accessories.

Famous for their use of glamour models in promotional imagery it came as no surprise to find these beauties roaming around the Vondom stand. In stark contrast to Sancal, their neighbours in Hall 10, Vondom shone with brilliant white surfaces, mirrored and reflective plastic plinths and in perhaps homage to Times Square, the largest screen we saw at Salone Milano.

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At first count, Vondom exhibited over 15 new collections from established partnerships with Karim Rashid, Ramon Esteve, Fabio Novembre, Ora Ito, A-Cero and new relationships with well known designers such as Jorge Pensi, Estudi{h}ac, Gabrielle + Oscar Buratti, all bearing the Vondom trademark of roto-moulded plastic.

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We’re still recovering from the sensory overload that was Vondom Milano 2014, so we’ll save a rundown of the new product for our Post-Guide, and leave you with these images.

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A Conversation with Jasper Morrison …

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Andreu World’s Jesus Linares & Jasper Morrison

Part of the new Andreu World catalogue is the On chair family by Jasper Morrison.  Morrison is a highly-acclaimed international designer who presented his first design for Andreu World to the KE-ZU team abroad.

An intriguing story: the On collection spent over a year in the design phase, beginning with a singular chair and growing into a full range with armchair, stacking and upholstery options.

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Andreu World sought out Morrison, confident that he would understand the chair that Andreu World were looking for to round out their 2014 catalogue.  Meanwhile, Jasper was so impressed with Andreu World’s capabilities and manufacturing techniques that it seemed from early on, a match made in heaven.

Whilst analyzing the Andreu World product, Morrison saw things he never before thought possible: an exciting venture for a designer who told KE-ZU how joyous a process it was working with a company of such craftsmen.

If you put bad designers with bad companies you’ll get bad product

… Jasper noted, stating what now appears to be the modest designer’s way of celebrating this new working relationship.  A major strength of Andreu World is recognizing collaboration opportunities where both parties bring their best qualities to the table (no pun intended) in order to achieve superior product; that formula applied here is testament to the extraordinary On collection.

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Salone Milano 2014 Day 2: Kenneth Cobonpue

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Taking part in a collective stall “Made in Philippines” Kenneth Cobonpue and Hive presented their 2014 collection as a family affair in what is a diverse and exciting year ahead for Kenneth Cobonpue and Hive.

Kenneth Cobonpue brought along the fam, together with the latest product. Seeing new collections for the first time gave KE-ZU an opportunity to understand the size, form and material components of the newest product from our regional friends.

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Calyx Collection

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Nauticus by Luisa Robinson

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The Nautilus Lamp, designed by Luisa Robinson captured all our attention. The shade is made of rattan moulded into the shape of oceanic mollusks with a hint of vintage Hollywood glamour.

Trame, Poppy & Fan Coral

Trame, Poppy & Fan Coral

The furniture fair veteran Chiquita provided serious comfort (really, you must try it) as we took in the fresh collections Calyx, Trame, Whisk and Fan Coral – an art piece designed by Kenneth Cobonpue himself. Fan Coral which is made of handwoven steel and Filipino wood that was left over from previous projects, gracefully spread its wings against the light of the Made in Philippines’ Salone Milano stand.

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Salone Milano Day 2: bd Barcelona

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Weaving and dodging tripods, cameras, microphones and excited visitors only added to the excitement at bd Barcelona. Their mantra Design Meets Art was proudly displayed on the wall at their Salone Milano stand. ‘Camp bd’ was the place to be with celebrity designers Oscar Tusquets and Jaime Hayón bringing with them all the excitement that their new designs hold.

Jaime, in his trademark upbeat fashion, presented his Gardenias collection, an indoor translation of 2013’s outdoor collection. The indoor version materializes the whimsically romantic essence of the outdoor version, the powder coated aluminum frame adopting velvet in deep and warm colours.

Hayon's indoor Gardenias

Hayon’s indoor Gardenias

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Tusquets’ Xai

On his way to an interview with Archiproducts, Óscar Tusquets carefully examined Xai, the now famous bedside table he designed and developed in collaboration with Deyrolles, inspired from a 1942 painting by Salvador Dali.  He seemed pleased, as was the roundabout of visitors who lined up to snap photographs as little Xai stared on.

Shanty in one of the two available colour combinations

Shanty in one of the two available colour combinations

An exciting new collection for bd Barcelona is Shanty by Nipa Doshi and Johnathan Levien (who we met at the Nanimarquina stall). It seems that each year a star emerges as Salone Milano and this year it appears to be Doshi Levien. The new cabinet, currently in prototype stage, is inspired by the shanty style of living in developing countries. The collection is completed with a complimentary mirror.

Constructed of MDF with a glass top, Shanty is available in solid colours of green, blue, black, white with two multi-coloured versions and along with Hayón’s Showtime credenza (in new materials and colours), they join the fanciful collection of casegoods from bd Barcelona.

 

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Salone Milano 2014 Day 1: Artifort …

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Artifort’s 2014 Salone Milano stand (see the “funny little chairs” peeking out)

The smiles cemented on the faces at the Artifort stand were infectious. We were told it was because of Artifort’s new “funny little chair” parked next to us, but we doubt it can rely solely on that.

Artifort’s 2014 campaign is a holistic blend of new designs and licensed reintroduction, the two are almost seamless in what is set to be a strong year for our Dutch friends.

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Mood by Rene Holten

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Gemini by UNStudio – Ben van Berkel & Nest by Pierre Paulin: original design 1962 reintroduced 2014 (there are those funny little chairs again!)

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Bras by Khodi Feiz

Juxtaposing their stand of white and black geometry, the 2014 Artifort collection is a family of product which harmonizes the classic with the contemporary. Artifort’s Steven Vercruysse explained that rather than follow trend, they release furniture when they feel “the time is right”. Forbidding themselves to look at the works of others, Artifort turns to their instinct and emotions when pulling together a collection, and it works.  We listened, impressed, as the surrounding collection corroborated his story.

That funny little chair, it should be told was Halo, a new design by Richard Hutten. Already described as an alien, Mickey Mouse and a frog – Halo will no doubt bring a smile to your dial.

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Salone Milano 2014 Day 1: Andreu World …

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Andreu World’s huge stand of brightly lit wood was stop numero uno.  The AW team have been hard at work developing new product and updating their existing catalogue with new materials, dimensions and components.

Andreu World is a must see at Salone Milano, and early on visitors knew so.  The huge exhibition booth presented new models including On by Jasper Morrison (our conversation with Morrison will hit the blog later today).

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The new Raglan collection by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga

In conversation with Andreu World, we solidified what we always knew about the Spanish manufacturer: they’re pure perfectionists.  AW have grown collections with new models (the Nub collection by Patricia Urquiola sees a slimmer dining chair added to the family, a wider model Lineal Corporate and more) and perfecting existing product with modifications, for example Nub’s addition of aluminum legs on swivel models, removing screws for occasional tables adding stability, new technological advances in their swivel and gas lifts etc).

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The “now complete” Nub collection by Patricia Urquiola

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Lineal Comfort collection

If that wasn’t exciting enough, the chatter from the AW team is that there may be a whole new collection from Patricia Urquiola in the wings – we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the if and when as soon as we hear anything further.

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Salone Milano 2014: The KE-ZU Coverage …

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In the blink of an eye another year has flown and the European sun has risen on the first day of Salone Internazionale del Mobile. Milan, a changing and adapting city which so beautifully merges history and commerce again plays host to the extraordinary annual fair, the stalwart event of the global design calendar.

Now in its 53rd year, Salone Milano is the moment each member of design gathers together to celebrate and sustain the furniture market; the all-encompassing propellant of our industry. With 300,000 expected visitors, 2014 continues Salone Milano’s dominant position as the epitome of industry congregates.

Milan comes alive during Milan Design Week 2014 and the KE-ZU contingent in Italy is hitting the ground running… and you’re coming with us! With Caron, Moraima and Simon navigating Milan Design Week at an incomprehensible (albeit perhaps unsustainable) pace with a full itinerary of meetings, press-calls, talent scouting and parties – right here is where you’ll keep up with the action!

The excitement in the air at Rho Feria Milano (where Salone Milano is held) is immense.  Armed with the KE-ZU Milan Preview and Guide (available here), join us as we take the first step in what is set to be a marathon event!

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Design Competition …

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Be inspired by our 25 brands, 300 designers and 5000 products to design the graphics for our new delivery van.

We are open to any ideas, however it must include the KE-ZU logo in red.

How to enter: 

  1. Download the line drawing + the KE-ZU logo.
  2. Create your design
  3. Fill in the entry form & upload your image as a jpeg

Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy before entering the competition.

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iSaloni 2014 Preview & Guide

The worlds largest and most coveted furniture fair kicks off in the magical Milano next Tuesday.  Here is our official Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2014 guide here.

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Caron, Moraima and Simon are off to Milan so stay tuned for our daily round ups throughout the fair and our post-Milan report in early May.

 

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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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