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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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At Home with Table B …

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Straight from the horses mouth!  In this case the horse is our Director Mark.

Living the KE-ZU dream and filling his dining room with staff favourite Table B by Konstantin Grcic for Spanish manufacturer bd Barcelona, it also becomes apparent that he’s a bit of a stylist-come-photographer!

Each day taking photos of his flowers blooming against the extruded aluminum of Table B, we thought them too great to keep just for us staff.

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Winning favours and taking top honours at the 2011 Red Dot awards, the Table B top is made of extruded aluminum in silver or matt black.  From one side appearing to float seamlessly and from the other, dipping to expose its hollow length. Offering three options of bases; natural timber, concrete and stainless steel, Table B becomes a marriage of materials, all of which striking and bearing different visually weights, the latter two having the ability to live outdoors.

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Table B – Timber Base

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Table B – Steel Base

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Table B – Concrete Base

Table B with timber base forms part of the KE-ZU stock program and is available for immediate dispatch, doing away with lead times entirely!

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Rojo Show in Barcelona …

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The Rojo Exhibition has arrived at the Disseny Hub Building in Barcelona and will be on display until the 19 March.

The exhibition showcases a diverse range of furniture, lighting and accessories which have been designed and produced in Spain. The products, all of which are finished in a hue of Rojo (Red) are displayed on a modular platform designed by Architecture-G.

Look out for the Rojo version of the Sail Chair from Andreu World,  Metssas Table from bd BarcelonaLottus Stool from EneaChou Lamp from Lzf, the Flod Stool and Om Chair from M114Roses Rug from nanimarquinaTalo Armchair from Sancal and the Peacock Planter from Vondom.

These items are all available from KE-ZU!

For more information about the Rojo Exhibition click here.

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Salvador Dali’s Sheep – a fresh reproduction …

The name and works of prolific surrealist painter Salvador Dali are set to be remembered throughout time. A pioneer of surrealism, larger than life Dali often depicted items of furniture within his paintings.

Holding the exclusive license to recreate said pieces is Spanish manufacturer and KE-ZU supplier bd Barcelona and we are pleased to introduce Xai, the latest addition to the Dali collection.

Forming part of the painting Interpretive Project for a Stable-Library of 1942, is a sheep-come-bedside table which now, with the approval of the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation, has been reproduced as a limited edition collection. Only 20 white and 1 black are available.

As with Dali’s other works for bd Barcelona, Xai was created with the help of  Oscar Tusquets and Parisian taxidermist Deyrolle’s, a 170-year old establishment on rue du Bac (now famously featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris) and perhaps not so coincidentally, the same place where Dali produced his sculpture work.

We don’t want to start counting sheep and start nodding off, however  Xai  are selling rather quickly, and with only 20 white and 1 black available, you wouldn’t want to sleep on it.

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Show Off … Showtime!

Jaime Hayon’s Showtime Credenza for bd Barcelona has been a favourite of ours for many years.  Falling into the fun collection by the prolific Spaniard, this mulit-leg credenza is fun and functional and is now available in a yellow lacquered or walnut wood finish!

The walnut version is on its way to the KE-ZU showroom.

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The Low Lounger – New from Jaime Hayon! …

Introducing the newest member of the Bd Barcelona Showtime family: the Low Lounger. Like the name suggests, this new lounge chair is the younger sibling of the Showtime Lounger!

Designed by Jaime Hayon and launched at Maison & Objet Paris this month, the Low Lounger was designed with both the residential and contract market in mind and its material components reflect the same; available in either aluminum matte lacquer or walnut.

A sample has set sail and is on its way to our showroom (yes!).  We’ll let you know as soon as it arrives!

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Exciting Going Ons …

Clockwise from top left: Andreu World Manfred, Andreu World Sail, Hive Waf, Andreu World Agora, Sancal Menu, bd Barcelona Side Table B

It’s delivery time at the Zu!

The showroom was alive this week with new product being unloaded by our warehouse lads and unpacked by staff under the careful eye of Lidia our showroom manager (who, it must be said, was a gun on coffee duty).

The entire staff pool get so excited when new furniture arrives at the showroom.  These are pieces we’ve spoken about, seen photos of, learnt about and we finally get a chance to experience them, understand their scale and dimensions and see their materiality composition close up.   We debate their features as we welcome them to our daily lives.   These pieces from our trusted suppliers form a fresh KE-ZU catalogue and will shortly tour the country visiting the showrooms which comprise our national distribution network.

Check out some new products below.

Andreu World – Manfred by Lievore, Altherr & Molina

The Lievore, Altherr & Molina studio for AW is back with their new design Manfred, a modular sofa program comprising individual lounge chair, two and three seater sofas, all with the same super comfortable rounded profile.  Available with or without arms (timber arms born from reforestation and complying with FSC guidelines).   Meeting the highest grade endurance tests, Manfred is well-suited for any application.

Andreu World - Sail Wood by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga

We’re expecting big things from this adaptation.  Andreu World have expanded on the Red Dot Design Award winning Sail collection designed by Piergiorgio Cazzaniga.  Now in stock with an oak model of the same design, this stacking chair is available in different finishes – the perfect way to show off Sail’s angular aesthetic appeal.  Sail is destined for greatness in hospitality applications and dining rooms the country over.  A beautifully ‘green’ chair, Sail wood is made out from 100% recyclable wood from reforested areas, bears FSC certification and meets the chain of custody from the source of the material to the final product.

bd Barcelona – Side Table B by Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic expanded on his Extrusions Collection for bd Barcelona.  Side Table B is made of one piece of architectural concrete to aesthetically match the outdoor version of Table B (see images here).  Side Table B works with a light visual weight comparable to its appearance – rounding out a holistic collection.

hive (design by hive) – Waf by Asan Weinbroom

The Waf table lamp is geniusly simple – two sheets of veneer fastened together with a button.    Born from a fascination with movement from mechanical objects, Waf utilizes functionality with aesthetics, the top portion is adjustable to change levels of illumination changing the lighting effects throughout a room.

Sancal – Menu bench by Rafa Garcia

Another modular sofa collection arriving at the Zu is Rafa Garcia for Sancal’s Menu.  Available in six different modules, Menu is a fabulously scaled collection with various options for specification, perfect for both the home or contact applications.

Useful in small spaces as banquette seating, navigating corners in larger spaces, positioned back to back, the Menu system affords you the freedom to create the layout that best fits your space and your style.   Available as clean upholstery or pressed studs, the legs are specifiable between materials also.

Andreu World – Agora by Lievore, Altherr & Molina

Released at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013 by Andreu World.  The Agora collection is a new fully upholstered lounge chair that features solid wood and aluminium bases.  A chair that commands attention, Agora also provides the opposite, the perfect place for solitude, reflection and relaxation.  With specifiable leg and seat material options, Agora is suited to any space which requires a chair with a lot to offer.

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Happy Halloween! …

Yooohooo!  All Hallows Eve is upon us!

We’re spending the evening in the Gaulino chair by bd Barcelona – it’s so good it’ll ward off any evil spirits!  Where are you spending yours?

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Setting a new Benchmark …

A somewhat favourite amongst (the female) KE-ZU staff and given his numerous awards and standing amongst the wider design industry a favourite elsewhere also, Konstantin Grcic again collaborated with bd Barcelona, this time to present Bench B – an addition to the wider ‘Extrusions’ Collection.   Bench B has just arrived in the country and is available for viewing in the KE-ZU Showroom!

Available in two sizes; as single bench or a 6 metre longer bench, Bench B is perfect for the contract market, conceived for public and hospitality spaces.  It is perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications and comes in many a different form by way of colour specification of its aluminum structure and upholstery and arm options.  “I think we have created a kit of parts which can be turned into very different typologies or uses of this bench”. Grcic says.

Visible references and a nod to the great Mies van der Rohe came from the initial cross-shaped leg of cast aluminium, not dissimilar to that of the famous Barcelona Chair of 1929.   Konstantin says of this reference:

What is interesting in this bench is that it makes a reference to a very famous piece of furniture, which is called the Barcelona Chair.  I think it’s interesting to make these references in design, design is not about inventing new things all the time design is an evolution of things.   So this famous chair designed by Mies van der Rohe, we pick it up so many years later and make it in a completely different way, in terms of technology but turning it into a more systematic product.

The differences come in the ergonomics of the framed structure and utilisation of aluminium extrusions, formed by a sum of its parts as noted above, Bench B comprises many pieces of the vogue metal to form the modern extruded adaptation – hence its part in the aptly named collection which incorporates a table and a side table.

Side Table B is however made of one piece of architectural concrete to aesthetically match the outdoor version of Table B.  Side Table B works with a visual weight which compliments the long strokes of Bench B, weighting the two together for an encompassing collection of furniture.

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The KE-ZU Wishlist – Week 3 …

Three weeks can be a long time, it can also be a short time.   It’s about perspective I guess.  But, it flies by when you’re ticking off pieces from The KE-ZU Wishlist.  Here is the collection from Week 3 of TKWL.

bd Barcelona – Olvidada

Outstanding as a stand-alone piece and beautifully grouped, the geometric explosion of the Olvidada Lamp holds its own in any setting.  Perfect for both residential and contract, the lamp comprises three incandescent strips, copper plated iron ceiling mount and a bulb-holder in chromed brass.  Olvidada is available as a floor lamp or suspension – both showing design brilliance with expert manufacture.

LZF Lamps – Candelabro

Marivi Calvo has been mighty busy compiling a lighting installation which blends mixture of forms from the LZF Lamps catalogue.  Carefully piecing together a cocktail of the greatest hits of LZF Lamps, their twisted manipulated forms sit together harmoniously, surrounded by intrigued hummingbirds allowing Candelabro it to be received in any space, creating not only an art form in itself but a joyous party of dancing pieces.

Chorus Furniture – Theo Bench

Lightweight, strong and durable; Theo is an elegant multipurpose wood framed high density collection of veneered plywood, available as a sled based stacking chair, stool, bench or table.   The chair is offered with or without arms and holds exciting range of through specification and finish: available in natural Oak or Beech stains or solid colours with an optional upholstered seat pad.

Fluvia – Slim Suspension

KE-ZU has recently welcomed Fluvia to the band of Spanish manufacturers we supply to the Australian market. Fluvia was established with the aim of creating different kinds of spaces by manipulating the way light works. The Slim Collection is a powerful family of fixtures which cast a powerful light and comprise an array of lighting devices which hold strong presence for being not only expertly manufactured, but also technologically cutting-edge.

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