We all know how this little tune goes… so join with us and sing:
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Yellowtrace…
…you know the rest.
Our wonderful friends over at Yellowtrace are turning four. Can you believe it! We love to celebrate and to help Yellowtrace with their celebrations we’ve offered one of LZF Lamps’ fabulous small blue Chou table lamps designed by Yonoh Studio (pictured below in tall version) for Yellowtrace to include in their very sexy prize pool for the 2013 reader survey!
It’s happening again! KE-ZU supplier and purveyor of incredible lamps of plywood LZF Lamps are nominated for another award stemming form their ever-successful High Fidelity collection.
The collection has already won two Red Dot Design Awards, and now one of its stars, the Escape suspension designed by Ray Power is nominated in the Pendant Light category at the Interior Design Best of the Year Awards 2013.
Escape uses a domino effect to provide a chain of self supporting squares which fall into a ring of light. The innovative design using LZF’s go-to material of naturally veneered ply sits in a constant gravity defying state and emits a remarkable patterning from its inner source.
Escape formed part of our window display for Sydney Indesign 2013 and were an immensely popular piece among design enthusiasts – and now duly recognized by the Interior Design Best of the Year Awards. The award ceremony takes place on 5 December in none other than New York City, with winners announced the day before so keep some crossed fingers for LZF and Ray Power – congratulations from us here at KE-ZU!
The first stop for Spain’s new international traveling exhibition is the design-conscious Miami, where Tapas – Spanish Design for Food makes its premiere this month in Miami’s Design District.
Fitting that Florida sees the debut as the exhibition honors the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s arrival in Florida (Ponce de León led the first European expedition to Florida). Fast forward and today, the Tapas exhibition is curated by designer and architect Juli Capella and works to promote Spanish culture and heritage.
Image courtesy of Sancal.
Image courtesy of Sancal: Part of the tapas Exhibition (from bottom left) Sancal Tea chair, Andreu World Nub chair, bd Barcelona’s Gaulino chair & Showtime lounge chair and Gaulino table; all available at KE-ZU
The show encompasses more than 200 exhibits from Spanish creatives including Spanish chefs, designers, architects, vineyards and restaurants celebrating the rise of Spanish design over the past 25 years; these include many Spanish designers and manufacturers which form part of the of KE-ZU catalogue, supplying Spanish design to the Australian market and assisting awareness of the burgeoning design scene coming from the European nation. Click each of the photos below to see the suppliers’ entire catalogue available at KE-ZU.
Design is synonymous with progress. As our different cultures engage in more permanent contact and we are all influenced by each other, the distinctive features of geographical design by countries or by regions are melting away in our inter-connected world.
Says curator Juli Capella.
This rings true in the defining difference of the exhibition – incorporating the Spanish dining experience with broader design – with the Spanish tapas tradition defining Spain’s social nature; a group of friends and family coming together to taste portions of widely varying flavors, it’s more than just a way to enjoy food, it’s also a great way to share an experience and the same can be said of its design.
Eminent members of the lighting design community and super popular KE-ZU supplier LZF Lamps have released their Newsletter No. 17. Always full of interesting morsels of info, this one doesn’t disappoint.
With material on their London Design Junction (and a great video), the Spanish Rojo Exhibition at Sala Vinçon (pictured), the making of their exhibition stand and an interview with Luca Fois – No. 17 is a great way to start the day!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ahostel 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.
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…
The coveted Red Dot Design Award is one of the highest accolades awarded our industry and undeniably the darling of the design world. It comes as no surprise to us that the team at LZF Lamps have taken home two awards for their innovative High Fidelity campaign!
Taking a fresh approach to communication and branding in product design, High Fidelity looked closely at the relationship between light, sound, graphics and form and this year presented the strong collection with a cocktail of graphic design, film and musical composure – the result stunning, and now LZF Lamps’ achievement cemented by the Red Dot Design stamp.
Collecting awards in the categories of Branding and Sound – LZF sent out a special thank you to L.A. based Rithma Sounds and Lekuonastudios and The Own with whom they collaborated on sound, film and graphics respectively.
Assessing over 6,000 entries from 43 countries – LZF’s shiny new Red Dot Design Awards are testament to a strong innovative conceptual operation in realising a collection of lighting products destined for success.
KE-ZU has always been proud to present and supply LZF Lamps’ products to the Australian market, and are now pleased to congratulate our friends on their hard work in presenting the fresh High Fidelity campaign, and subsequent Red Dot Design Awards.
All of the pioneering products from High Fidelity are available now. You can view the collection here, the High Fidelity sounds can be found here and see our in-depth blog post on each product in the campaign here.
Carterwilliamson Architects recently took to an old cowshed in Glebe, Sydney. Transforming the simple brick building into a feat of design and creating a unique urban residence for their clients.
The Contemporist recently published a great piece on the design (available here), we were taken by the perfect installation of LZF Lamps’ Agatha Suspension over the dining table in the newly converted space!
Agatha is available at KE-ZU and forms part of LZF Lamps’ experimentation into bent plywood. Agatha is reminiscent of an oversized flower and available in LZF’s range of timber stains. A beautiful position for an equally beautiful piece.
For more information on Agatha contact us on (02) 9669 1788 or www.kezu.com.au.
We were going to save this little gem for a Furniture Free Friday this week at the Blog but we just can’t wait. It’s too good.
The hypnotic Rita Hayworth – beautiful, flighty, rhythmic and engaging. The Bee Gees, brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice, blessed with voices of vibrato and falsetto forming tight harmonies pumping 1960’s dance floors the world over.
You may ask why we vocalised those two sentences. Well here you go. Our friends over at LZF Lamps happened to forward onto us this little gem someone presumably had a lot of fun putting together.
We’d never think of merging Hayworth and the Bee Gees but someone did, and my word are we glad that they did. The video should speak for itself. Enjoy!
Alright, alright. We know it’s Furniture Free Friday here at the KE-ZU blog but we’re just a bit excited – so forgive us…
LZF Lamps specialize in the manipulation of plywood, producing lights and lamps of patterned, twisted form – finding themselves wholly remarkable as standalone pieces but holding the ability to group together harmoniously to extend the aesthetics of the singular piece.
LZF Lamps’ brand management is second to none – holding their own aesthetic and style at the top of their game.
Nothing has been spared in their Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano 2013 campaign “High Fidelity”.
We don’t want to give away too much too early (believe me, more is to come) – but if you want to get ahead of the game see the video below outlining their new collection for the forthcoming design calendar period.