Tag: Design

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


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


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.


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 …


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!


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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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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The AW Design Contest …


Closing on 1 December 2014, the Andreu World International Design Contest is a hub of new design talent, a place where emerging and established designers meet on an even playing field for top international design honours.

It’s an annual, international affair and the judging panel consists of successful journalists, designers and architects in the industry and the winner have their work form part of the AW production catalogue for international distribution!  Basically, it’s a pretty big deal.  The ability for a leading international furniture manufacturer to promote and distribute your work is most certainly nothing to sneeze at!

More info can be found here, and watch the video below.  We want to see some Aussie submissions so get pens to paper!


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INSTALLED! The Generator …

Taking the most negative of clichés and generalizations about hostels and dropkicking them out of their Barcelonan window is the Generator Hostel.   Here’s how they describe themselves:

When is a hostel in Barcelona not a hostel? When it’s a hotel. I’m the best of both worlds. You see I’m a hotel and hostel. How is that possible I hear you say? Easy, it’s all about hospitality and that’s the game I’m in. I’m Generator Hostel in Barcelona, and I’m much, much, much more than a hostel, I’m a hotel too.

Um, good.

Utilising all facets of design to assist them in their plight, it’s their interior design and furniture design which stands out for us.   Bold colours, large graphic prints and wallpaper was used in the recent renovations to pump up the jam.

And pump up the jam they did.  The new design is the epitome of fun, with a large portion of furniture available at KE-ZU filling the space. Spanish manufacturers Sancal, Andreu World and LZF Lamps all feature in the design with Sancal’s Tab tables/stools, Chat stools and Tea lounge chairs, Andreu World’s Cloe chair, and LZF  Lamps’ Farolillo suspension lights all dropped into the common areas, maximizing the fun design; and the fun appears to be infectious!  Check out what we’re now calling “the Tea Party” – a promo video made by Generator Hostel showing just how much fun you can have with furniture, this is Sancal being utilized like we’ve never seen before!

If you happen upon Barcelona on you’re on a budget, or you’re keen to join the Tea Party, we suggest checking in – but perhaps only if you have a helmet, a wig, a cape or some other form of fancy dress, it appears to be mandatory…

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The Edge (of glory?) …

It’s Australia’s turn to host the Australian International Furniture Fair with Decoration + Design – the exhibition bringing together exciting furniture from Australia and around the world from 6 – 8 February 2013.

Excitingly, today, the opening day of the Fair plays host to “The Edge 2013” an event for new and emerging designers to showcase their work and contest four categories of Excellence in Design:

  1. Best new prototype for a tertiary student.
  2. Best new prototype/concept designed by a professional designer.
  3. Best new commercial release designed by a professional designer.
  4. Green award for best new sustainable product.

The pieces contending the awards are varied in their concept, but their outcome all share a common originality.  See some of the finalists from all categories below.  The awards are announced today so lookout for some serious talent, as here you’ll find Australia’s next-generation ground breaking designers.

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Grand Designs Australia…

Since 1999 the commanding, measured commentary of Britain’s Kevin McCloud has been synonymous with the voyeurism of following everyday Brits embarking on their own building projects.

Quite aside from the varied approaches to design and construction that are showcased, what has reinforced the Grand Design format’s overwhelming success both in the UK and here in Australia is that at the core of the subject are very human stories.

We’d challenge anyone to watch this show without becoming invested in the process on some level: straight-up poor taste, overwhelming lack of experience or a run of bad luck, we are only able to carve out our opinions and draw conclusion on the success or failure of the builds because of the unique window Grand Designs gives us into these often drawn out transformations.

Excitingly, this week, the first Season of Grand Designs Australia kicks off and is being heralded as a more than worthy spin-off.  Having filmed for over a year already, we are given a quintessentially Australian flavour right from the first episode:

…from rebuilding a labour of love in the Victorian bush after it was burnt to the ground in the Black Saturday bush fires; to transforming a tiny corner car park into five level home in the urban jungle; and a cyclone proof, tropical tree house that is windowless and based on the shape of a 50 cent piece…

Ably taking the reins locally is Melburnian Peter Maddison of Maddison Architects.  With over 25 years experience his own projects include a huge range of award-winning residential and commercial work, Peter’s understanding of Australian architecture, climate, culture and history give the commentary and interpretative analysis a strong and insightful context.

In an era where “overnight home renovation” shows and “handy hints segments” wax lyrical on the ease of  quick-fix residential “design” and bemoan the need to invest time and planning, it is buoying to see Australian content focussed on achieving quality and substance in realistic time-frames under realistic pressures.

You can’t miss this!

It all starts at 8.30pm this Thursday, October 21st exclusive to the Lifestyle Channel.

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When in Egypt…

June 2010 saw some of the best names in the European design community descend on Cairo for +20 Egypt.

Curated by Italian design queen: Paola Navone, the event was a showcase of selected products from the best Egyptian design companies, as well as international brands. The final result was

…a fascinating juxtaposition of tradition and innovation, local and international, classic and modernity; an emotional melting pot of different cultures, narrated through installations in different rooms of three historical Cairo house…

Click the photo above for more stunning images from the event.  KE-ZU‘s good friends LZF were proudly displaying the Air table lamp and the Link Floor Lights designed by Ray Power.

You may also recall some months back we posted a story on the New York ICFF Fair, which LZF Lamps took by storm with their awe inspiring butterfly installation assembled from a number of their luminaires.  Sandro Tothill and Marivi Calvo, the creative superheroes over at LZF have sent this video shot during the ICFF with music by Rithma and a real-time art installation unfolding on the stand, by the talented Inocuothesign.

See it to believe it.  Click here!

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Finders Keepers…Losers Weepers!

The Finders Keepers are design and art markets dedicated in supporting young emerging designers and bringing new contemporary design to the forefront in Australia.

They only happen twice a year so after these upcoming May dates they wont be back until December!  Don’t miss out…  Finders Keepers : Losers Weepers!

The next markets are:
Friday 7th May from 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 8th May from 10am – 6pm

The markets will be held at:
The inside foyer at CarriageWorks – 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW 2015.
The pedestrian entrance is at the corner of Codrington Street and Wilson Street.
Wheelchair ramp and level access at all entrances. Fully accessible toilets.

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