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A family of B’s …

Industrial design genius Konstantin Grcic has leant his hand to bd Barcelona and now offers Table B, the first piece to drop from the ‘Extrusions Collection’, a family of furniture synthesizing industrial aesthetics and manual processing.

Drawing obvious visual inspiration from bd Barcelona’s Hypóstila shelving unit, a signature piece from the Spanish manufacturers 1970’s catalogue, Table B seems to transcend time, adopting a striking visual of lineal sophistication.

Winning favours and taking top honours at the 2011 Red Dot awards, the Table top finds itself made of extruded aluminum with scotch anodised polish 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 legs; 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.

Adding a chair model to the collection, Grcic offers Chair B.  Complimenting the visual style of Table B and finding itself equally as attractively engineered, Chair B is a sleek, folding timber chair with a lightweight concealed aluminum under-seat structure available in different colours for some sneaky fun.  The fun doesn’t stop there however, with Chair B’s X-shaped legs having the ability to stack horizontally – a mean feat from the adaptable Grcic.

Bd Barcelona’s Table B with natural timber legs is currently available for viewing at the KE-ZU showroom.

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Milan 2011: FREE PORT : Martí Guixé for BD

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Bold and Beautiful….

Black is most definitely back!  You asked for it and you got it, the perennial favourite: CU-C-ME from HIVE is now available for the first time in black!

We got so excited we wanted to showcase some of the other sleek black editions now also offered from our suppliers: bd Ediciones, VONDOM, EMU and Artifort.

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Sitting Pretty In Spain…

One of the coolest websites around: COOL HUNTING recently featured an article on the “Spanish Seating Renaissance”. We were chuffed (but not surprised) to note that accounting for over half the examples of good Spanish seating design are KE-ZU products…  Sitting pretty indeed!

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YOU-ZU: Mr Jason Grant

JASON IS NOW A “DOT-COM” IN HIS OWN RIGHT!  CHECK OUT THE BLOG AND STYLE GALLERY OVER AT:  MR JASON GRANT.COM

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Happy Camper…

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost…

..and so the rhyme goes, a ramshackle chain of events that ultimately see a battle lost and a kingdom conquered.

Ok…. ok, so humour us for a moment: dismissing the tenuous shoe analogy and the context being that of a horse shoe, we can all concede (rather clumsily) that the fine folk over at Camper have had no such misfortune befall them in over a century.  Rather, the strength of their empire has been built on the back of their trendy footwear being sought after globally.  Adding weight to their image as luxury lifestyle brand, is the recent opening of their second designer hotel in central Berlin: Casa Camper.  It would seem these guys are not mere cobblers!

The hotel boasts 51 rooms, the eight storey building decked out in the finest Spanish furnishings from Sancal, bd Barcelona, Nanimarquina, Andreu World and Sellex, a line-up that could see the whole venture justifiably stand in as KE-ZU‘s Berlin showroom!

The project has been underway for four years helmed by architect Jordi Tió and interior designer Fernando Amat, a response to the runaway success of Camper first hotel in Barcelona which was unveiled in 2005. In Camper’s words:

Its design hinges on the idea of understated luxury as well as on sustainability, and aims to inspire its clients to share these positive values.

Having previously worked with man on the rise: Jaime Hayon and made extensive use of his showtime collection in their boutiques, the brand aligns itself closely with creativity and the design community wherever it finds itself trading, a deliberate move rationalised here:

Camper’s philosophy is that luxury can also be found in simplicity, discretion, authenticity and a healthy lifestyle.

Can’t argue with that and neither, it seems, can the consumers.  Afterall, if the shoe fits…

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SALON: Spanish Design Checks Into The Tribeca Grand

Design association RED in collaboration with ICEX, the Spanish Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Office in New York and Surface Magazine, is running an exhibition lounge in the Grand Hotel Tribeca, New York City, comprising entirely Spanish products

The event, which opened on the 13 May, coinciding with the ICFF fair, exhibits 16 Spanish companies:  including Bd BarcelonaLZF Lamps, Nanimarquina and  Sancal. The lounge will be in place for two years with the design of the space being led by the acclaimed designer Winka Dubbeldam.  Inspiration for the event was taken from the surrealist Spanish masters: Dali, Picasso and Caballero.

Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Ave of the Americas. New York, Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Worth a look… besides, it’s in place for two years, no excuses really!

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Swarovksi and BD present ‘Narcissist’

The Milan 2010 Triennali heralded the arrival of the new:  Swarovski Elements at Work program.  An initiative that celebrates leading industrial designers by teaming them with acclaimed manufacturers and suppliers to produce product lines that incorporate Swarovski Elements in exciting, previously unused ways.

The results are astounding.

We are most excited about the collaboration between Neri & Hu, bd Barcelona and Swarovski.  The result is  Narcissist.  A vanity like no other.

KE-ZU is proud to be representing this line in Australia in as soon as stock is available!  As this announcement is direct from bd we will keep you posted on details as they come to hand.

Already well established as retailers and designers, the Shanghai based Neri&Hu are a production powerhouse that we expect to hear a lot more from in coming years.  Already having designed for Mooi and collaborated with US postmodern design “demi-god” Michael Graves, this forward thinking couple have big things on the horizon!

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Jaime Hayon Designer of 2010

2010 looks also to be another big year  for one of our favourite Spanish designers: Jaime Hayón.  The self professed “designer artist” has been recognised “Designer of the Year of Scènes d’Intérieur”, which this year is celebrating its twentieth anniversary within the Maison&Objet fair in Paris.

Hayón worked for eight years at La Fabrica, the research centre founded by Oliverio Toscani, where he filled the post of director of the Academic Design department. His earliest works on his own date from the year 2005, with ceramics and furniture. He later expanded his field of action through the design of interiors and installations. Since then he has worked for large firms such as Camper, bd Barcelona, Lladró, Metalarte and Bisazza.

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bd is not a style

When we thought on a phrase that defines what is BD, we came upon many different, but ultimately the one we chose was “BD is not a style”. We can explain why, but it would be too obvious for anyone who knows us well.

07.Bd Newsletter

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