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Furniture For Thought …

KE-ZU Furniture for Thought Intro

We were intending to launch our new KE-ZU blog series Furniture for Thought at Blogsphere 2014 – the World Blogging Festival in Cannes this year. To our disappointment when we turned up at the venue, we were shocked to find it was a small shop on the boardwalk, selling You Cannes Touch This T-shirts to desperate Japanese tourists. The owner of the shop, Pierre La Bloom, ensured us that he’d never heard of Blogosphere 2014, but it would be a great idea for a T-shirt.

A few enquiries to the local tourism authority confirmed our worst fears. Blogosphere 2014 Cannes does not exist. Not in any way shape or form. We had been scammed out of our $5,000 entry fee by a shonky Nigerian named Mr Adebayo who (perhaps not surprisingly) refused to return our frantic calls.

So, jetlagged, $5,000-out-of-pocket, and back in sunny Sydney with nothing to show for our disastrous trip but a You Cannes Touch This T-shirt (Caron’s idea not mine) we are left with little choice but to launch Furniture for Thought right here, right now in less salubrious circumstances. No red carpets, no rude French waiters, no cocktails tricked up with miniature umbrellas… just a laptop on a desk at KE-ZU headquarters, a cold espresso and a half-eaten mulberry macaroon.

So, without further ado, welcome to Furniture for Thought; our new weekly look at the brands that help to make KE-ZU the uber-cool destination it is. In each edition we’ll be exploring one manufacturer, seeking to find out what it is that makes them tick. We’ll look at the history, the people, and the philosophy behind the names.

Furniture for Thought will be your go-to destination for information about some of the biggest, most dynamic furniture and lighting brands on the planet. Brands such as BD Barcelona, LZF, Andreu World, Expormim, Parachilna, Forestier, Vondom and Sancal.

Enjoy.

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LZF Lamps’ Fabulous 50’s! …

Escape by LZF Lamps

Domo by LZF Lamps

Cheeky devils!

Our mates over at LZF Lamps have been busy daydreaming and transporting their products back in time to the fabulous 50’s!

In the spirit of current television and cinema trend, LZF have chosen the interior visual presentation technique of 1950’s interior design to prove that they are committed to timeless design – an interesting idea, taking current product and reversing the clock to test the theory. It’s a job well done with their suspension lamps seamlessly blending into the era. Have a look for yourself and remember, all the products are available at KE-ZU!

Which is your favourite?

Pod by LZF Lamps

Pod by LZF Lamps

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Escape by LZF Lamps

Gea by LZF Lamps

Gea by LZF Lamps

Poppy by LZF Lamps

Poppy by LZF Lamps

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KE-ZU at designEX 2014

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Connect with KE-ZU at Stands 234/238 & The Connection.

KE-ZU premieres at designEX collaborating with the legendary Dana Tomic Hughes of Yellowtrace fame creating an exhibition of unparalleled awesomeness.

KE-ZU will be launching the latest lighting designs by Arik Levy from French manufacturer Forestier and featuring our new range of Sancal furniture now manufactured under license in Australia to GECA standards. This is an ever expanding range available in as little as 2 weeks. See what’s new from Andreu World, Bernhardt Design, Lzf and Vondom. Trade and Retail distribution inquiries welcome.

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Nub Chairs designed by Patricia Urquiola for Andreu World

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Chou Lamps designed by Yonoh Studio for Lzf

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In & Out Lamps designed by Arik Levy for Forestier

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Tea Chairs designed by JM Ferrero for Sancal

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Adan Stools and Planters designed by Teresa Sapey for Vondom

designEX runs from 28th – 30th May at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Glebe Island and attendance is free. Register now.

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Rojo Show in Barcelona …

KEZU_RED_Image Courtesy of Rojo Show

Image courtesy of rojoshow.com

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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INSTALLED: Red Red Rock – Red Red Hot …

UXC Red Rock Consulting recently moved their Sydney outfit to new premises in Clarence Street in the City, taking up residence in a very funky office.

The company is a mover and shaker in the consulting and managed services sector of Australia and New Zealand and obviously requires an office to match!  With high ceilings, wooden floors and obvious colour references to the red of their name, KE-ZU worked with Red Rock to provide furniture which was going to become part of the RR family.

The office is buzzing with fun.  The space is largely open plan, provides a pool table and many smaller glass-walled conference rooms which are somewhat planted in the centre of the office with names such as “The WTF Room”, “The Vault” and other creative tags all seemingly testament to the uber-cool employees which grace the halls.

Installing Little People, a Hive [design by hive] suspension light in copper overhead of the reception area (and the Mon-Fri day-home of my new friend Karlie) starts the Red Rock experience with a bang and you know you’re in for a treat!

Red Artifort Nina Chairs were installed into the boardroom which flank Konstantin Grcic and BD Barcelona’s successful aluminum extrusion piece Table B, which makes for exciting meetings looking over the Sydney CBD.

Soaring overhead in their colourful playful way over the breakout area is LZF’s X-Club suspension lamps – encouraging a bit of fun in the social nook.

If it weren’t for the amount of amazing pieces I work around every day here in the KE-ZU Showroom, with an office like this I’d be putting in a CV at Red Rock toot sweet!

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Raindrop(‘s aren’t falling on our heads) …

It’s no secret where the inspiration for LZF Lamps’ latest lighting feature ‘Raindrop’ has come from.  Javier Herrero Studio designed Raindrop to fall from the ceiling into a delicately handcrafted drop shape, plied from fine wood veneer, through which light emanating from a centralised glass sphere flows into its space.

Raindrop falls into the larger LZF Lamps catalogue of finely tuned wood products, embodying their mantras “wood touched by light” and “light and nature”.

The entire LZF Lamps catalogue is available at KE-ZU, with models LINKNUTAIR and ANFORA available for viewing now at the KE-ZU showroom.

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Caron get’s a start …

KE-ZU’s co-owner and resident style guru Caron was recently featured on KE-ZU supplier LZF Lamps’ blog together with her executed LZF Telegram Interview – you can find the interview here, and below a copy Caron’s entertaining Telegram!

Info on some of LZF Lamps’ new pieces will be coming to the KE-ZU Blog shortly…

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Air and Power…

Air and Power.  We know them well, not like this however.  Welcome to LZF’s lighting adventure, Air.

Designed by Ray Power for LZF (pictured above), Air is made of a single Polywood sheet, bent to its exciting and engaging shape and held in its graceful profile.  Falling into the LZF family of experimentation with form, Air is packed with fluidity and light as a feather.

Perfectly slotting into residential or commercial spaces as a table lamp or a wall-mounted lamp, Air is a quiet little achiever made of 100% sustainable FSC certified materials.  You’ll find Air available in eight different wood veneer finishes, all of which radiating a welcoming glow.

LZF, being the progressive design gurus that they are haven’t forgotten the graphic styling to accompany the Air family – check out these cool illustrations.

Not to be forgotten are the handy LZF desktop calendars.  Each month LZF release a calendar and September is another stellar offering!  The calendars are available from LZF’s Facebook site here.

For more information click here.

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LZF Lights Up Las Vegas…

Vegas: The Golden Mile.

In a city famed for its love of light, it’s no mean feat that Spanish lighting gurus LZF lamps have taken the city’s huge Hospitality and Design trade-show by storm, winning both the Best Stand Award and Excellence in Lighting Award for the second year running!

Showcasing for the first time, their new collections SPIRO and RAINDROP, Sandro and Marivi of LZF have once again demonstrated that the successful production of award winning lighting is to marry an in-depth, artisanal appreciation for your core material with a boundless, artistic motivation.

Working with Remedios Simon to design Spiro and Javier Herrero Studio to produce Raindrop, the outcome is a collection of new timber luminaires that are at once sculptural, engaging and entirely practical.

Spiro was given a sneak peek unveiling in Sydney last year when LZF held an exclusive workshop at the KE-ZU showroom, the concept is now in production and available in an array of amazing colours.

Raindrop is a family of suspension pendants ranging small to extremely large – this light has huge potential in atriums, voids and works wonderfully in clustered installations.

Adding to the excitement of these new releases as well as the recognition in Las Vegas is the news that LZF is also now fully FSC certified – 100% sustainable timbers are used in all their lights.  Great news that only reinforces the ‘looks good / feels good’ LZF ethos.

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QUBIQUE: Sky High Design…

On October 26th, Berlin’s decommissioned and wonderfully atmospheric Tempelhof Airport, will for the first time, become Europe’s new Mecca for furniture professionals and design enthusiasts.  Qubique is promising to be a Next Generation Tradeshow.

Concerts, exhibitions and presentations act as an interface between the areas of design, art, architecture, and music, increasing the value for both exhibitors and the visitors in the process.

Taking the fair out of the endless exhibition halls and soulless convention centres, Qubique frames the latest in design with a venue that imbues the tradeshow circus with a whole new sense of character.  Inspiring as it is breathtaking the expansive hangars, baggage halls and airfields become a pop-up city teaming with creativity, repurposing the historically rich location.

Qubique boasts an exhibitors list that rivals some of the biggest shows on the calendar, with everyone from Lzf Lamps, nanimarquina, Established & Sons, Sellex, Artifort, Sancal, Thonet to Arper, Vitra and Bolon –  this is one big event that is sure to take off.

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