Tag: Design

Step into the sun …

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Stefan Diez turns Yard into a complete sun loving family for Emu.

Think of “la dolce vita” and the American lifestyle. Sun, sand and sea breezes or the pool and a Mojito on the patio close by.

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In the design of “Yard”, Stefan Diez has achieved a type of cultural synthesis for the leading Italian outdoor furniture manufacturer, Emu. Yard chairs and tables are as suitable outside an Italian gelataria as on the patio at home or a Miami hotel terrace. The sun lounger and side tables you invariably imagine by a rooftop hotel pool in LA. The Yard bar stool could fit any beach bar from Spain to the Caribbean.

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In short: Here, the Italian “dolce vita” and the American lifestyle leisurely bond with Stefan Diez’s Bavarian thoroughness and perfection. Of course all Yard models are made of an ultra-light, powder-coated aluminium frame with the seats traversed with broad elastic bands, rendering cushions quite unnecessary. Naturally all models come in marvellously flowing lines and those unique Miami colours.

iSaloni Milano in April 2015 saw the addition of sun loungers, extension tables, a bar table and bar stools to the Yard collection.

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The Yard seating is made from an ultra lightweight powder coated aluminium frame, with a seat and back made from elastic straps, guaranteeing extraordinary comfort and abandoning the need of additional cushions. These straps are inserted into the tubular frame using a technical solution developed and patented together with Emu, which allows the seat to form a natural unit with the frame.

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The Yard collection is completed by several fixed and extendable tables producing a furnishing system that satisfies the requirements of indoor as well as outdoor use in residential and contract applications.

Yard is now in stock and on the KE-ZU showroom floor. Stop by and experience the comfort of Yard for yourself.

Images © Robert Fischer

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MILAN PRE-FAIR …

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The KE-ZU team have arrived in Milan and our resident (iPhone only) photographer has been busy snapping all the pre-Fair action.

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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 | Inside the LZF workshop

Lzf loaded its first handmade movie onto Youtube in September 2009. Since then it has received over half a million views and has been used on many blogs around the world as an example of an artesanal design process. The LZF workshop has grown considerably since 2009 and their artisans have developed new models and techniques – this new video takes you into the current LZF workshop, providing a glimpse into their creative process as they endeavour to give life to wood through light.

All LZF fixtures are handmade in Valencia, Spain, using their own Timberlite® wooden veneers meaning every fixture is unique and special.

 

 

 

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Stand or Sit? Why not both …

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Image Courtesy Treehugger CC BY 2.0 Lloyd Alter/ photo aging by Brad Hanna

In a recent post on Treehugger, managing editor Lloyd Alter gave us a glimpse of the MNN.com offices in Atlanta where staff (tired of sitting down all day) had taken it upon themselves to create standing desks reminiscent (especially when aged in Photoshop) of the Herman Miller action office of the 1960s.

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Whilst these makeshift designs resolve the issue of sitting down all day they raise a new set of issues for existing office system catered to a seated workforce as people are left standing up, in each others faces, as little as five feet apart.

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Atler calls on “Herman Miller and the other manufacturers to make the standing desk part of their integrated office systems like it was 50 years ago” and this writer (currently sitting and desperate to stand) couldn’t agree more.

Image Courtesy of Treehugger © Herman Miller

Image Courtesy of Treehugger © Herman Miller

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Spotlight | Mitt

You’ll find this incredibly fun, multi-functional chair is perfect for a multitude of applications. With its hidden, weight-activated, locking casters and integrated handle, this chair is easy to move around making it perfect for collaborative areas in everything from corporate and healthcare to libraries and education.

From comfort to function, you’ll find it fits your project, well – like a glove! Harry met Claudia in 2001, while they were both earning degrees in interior design at the University of Applied Arts in San Salvador. They founded their design studio DUE in October 2004, motivated by the shared desire to create atypical furniture pieces suited to modern spaces.

 

Check out the video below and see just how adaptable Mitt is! Better yet pop by the KE-ZU showroom and see for yourself!

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Furniture For Thought | Bernhardt Design

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John M. Bernhardt takes any notion you may have about what a lumberjack should be and turns it completely on its head. He wasn’t beefy and brawny with bulging biceps and dodgy tattoos. He didn’t wear a beanie. Heck, he didn’t even own a red flannelette shirt.

But what he lacked in stereotypes, he more than made up for as the founder of one of the world’s great furniture companies.

Orphaned at 13, Bernhardt jumped a box-car to Oregon hoping to become a government surveyor. It took him three years to realise that ‘government’ and ‘surveyor’ should never be used in the same sentence, and so he pursued a career as a lumberjack instead.

Having bigger ambitions than spending a life cutting down trees and growing a hipster beard, he purchased a sawmill. It was here he saw the opportunity to use timber to make solid oak bedroom furniture. Pretty soon folks in Chicago and New York City started buying this furniture for their homes.

And so in 1889 the Bernhardt Furniture Company was born in North Carolina. Bernhardt’s skill was in leveraging the area’s plentiful supply of beautiful timbers, and local woodworking skills. Never one to do things by halves, he opened his factory with 25 employees.

Over the ensuing decades Bernhardt expanded into all aspects of furniture for the home and office, building a stellar reputation for quality and integrity and becoming one of the premier furniture companies of the 20th century.

In 1980 Bernhardt introduced a contemporary furniture brand, Bernhardt Design and began collaborating with some of the world’s great designers – Arik Levy, Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Ross Lovegrove, Yves Behar, Suzanne Trocme, and Jaime Hayon.

KE-ZU showcases a diverse range of Bernhardt Design products including CP (Charles Pollock), Mirador (Lievore Altherr Molina), Bardot (Hayon) and Loft (Shelly). All represent the pinnacle of 21st century furniture making and design.

Bernhardt Design is a global furniture company renowned throughout the design and architectural community for the craftsmanship of its products and its environmental credentials. And although it has grown beyond even John M. Bernhardt’s towering ambitions, it remains a proud 4th generation family business celebrating its 125th anniversary.

John M. Bernhardt, we salute you.

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Furniture Free Friday | ActiWait

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Amelie Künzler and Sandro Engel are ushering in new generation of traffic light buttons, with their design ActiWait, which allows pedestrians to play virtual ping pong as they wait for the light to turn green.

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Recently installed in the city of Hildesheim, Germany, ActiWait transforms boring waiting times into positive experiences. Through a touch screen which is installed in the upper shell of the button, people can interact with each other across the street.

These Traffic Lights Let You Play Pong With Random Strangers

Want ActiWait in your city?  Support the idea here.

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Latest from Eden Design …

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Eden Design’s latest lighting products made their debut recently at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium and the KE-ZU showroom has been abuzz ever since. In case you missed it, we have put together your complete guide here!

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Diabolo Color Lamp

Designed by Bart Lens, Diabolo evokes images of a solar eclipse, a chesterfield chair or a diabolo toy, this LED light rotates 190° / 360° on its axis and is available as table-lamp, wall lamp or ceiling lamp and in several colours.

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Continues lines of light, without limits. Each led module can be cut every 8 cm, this gives architects and lighting designers a lot of flexibility. Designed with a high tech opal diffusor, Led Line is optimised to allow as much light through as possible.

Led line can be installed surface mounted, recessed or as a pendant and offers a lot of control possibilities: DALI, 1-10V and DMX.  Led Line is available in anodized aluminum, black or white finish.

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In the past OLED has mainly been used for decorative and ambient lighting. The acronym stands for organic light-emitting diode, which produces a natural glare-free effect.

This innovative OLED luminaire has a lumen output of 300lm from a single 144cm², making it the brightest commercially available OLED in the world and makes it perfectly suitable for functional lighting and contemporary designs. Using this technology to its full potential, Bart Lens has crafted a sleek 4.5mm-thick panel of aluminum and glass called ‘oh!led’ for Eden Design.

The minimalist square panel, which houses a Philips brite lumiblade, can rotate 180 degrees while its single axis is capable of twisting in a full circle. This provides the luxury of creating different settings within the home. Oh!Led is available in satin black or satin white with 3000K or 4000K.

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Pinocchio

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Inspired by the growing nose of the wooden puppet that was brought alive, designer Bart Lens invented a light line which grows or dims in length. A wooden fixture which is realized by a real carpenter, the story of Pinocchio. Pinocchio can be used as a floor lamp, wall lamp or hanging lamp.

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