Tag: Oscar Tusquets

Fontal …


Fontal Armchair designed by Oscar Tusquets for Expormim.

Fontal’’s look reminds us of a traditional chair that has been given a new appearance, yet it maintains lightness, warmth and charm.

“Expormim have said “the project was born from the desire to take back rattan as a noble material, building on the rich tradition of craftsmanship in our country that supports its use.”” To that end, they tried to give the hundred-year-old technique a new look, which was achieved by substituting the traditional strutting and joint wrapping for a twinning technique to join one reed to the next. With this innovative option, the designers created a flexible yet resistant structure that is very lightweight. They define the chair as ““light, warm, charming and luxurious in the true meaning of the word“.”

Fontal and the entire Expormim collection are now available nationally through KE-ZU!


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Salone Milano Day 2: bd Barcelona


Weaving and dodging tripods, cameras, microphones and excited visitors only added to the excitement at bd Barcelona. Their mantra Design Meets Art was proudly displayed on the wall at their Salone Milano stand. ‘Camp bd’ was the place to be with celebrity designers Oscar Tusquets and Jaime Hayón bringing with them all the excitement that their new designs hold.

Jaime, in his trademark upbeat fashion, presented his Gardenias collection, an indoor translation of 2013’s outdoor collection. The indoor version materializes the whimsically romantic essence of the outdoor version, the powder coated aluminum frame adopting velvet in deep and warm colours.

Hayon's indoor Gardenias

Hayon’s indoor Gardenias



Tusquets’ Xai

On his way to an interview with Archiproducts, Óscar Tusquets carefully examined Xai, the now famous bedside table he designed and developed in collaboration with Deyrolles, inspired from a 1942 painting by Salvador Dali.  He seemed pleased, as was the roundabout of visitors who lined up to snap photographs as little Xai stared on.

Shanty in one of the two available colour combinations

Shanty in one of the two available colour combinations

An exciting new collection for bd Barcelona is Shanty by Nipa Doshi and Johnathan Levien (who we met at the Nanimarquina stall). It seems that each year a star emerges as Salone Milano and this year it appears to be Doshi Levien. The new cabinet, currently in prototype stage, is inspired by the shanty style of living in developing countries. The collection is completed with a complimentary mirror.

Constructed of MDF with a glass top, Shanty is available in solid colours of green, blue, black, white with two multi-coloured versions and along with Hayón’s Showtime credenza (in new materials and colours), they join the fanciful collection of casegoods from bd Barcelona.


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Salvador Dali’s Sheep – a fresh reproduction …

The name and works of prolific surrealist painter Salvador Dali are set to be remembered throughout time. A pioneer of surrealism, larger than life Dali often depicted items of furniture within his paintings.

Holding the exclusive license to recreate said pieces is Spanish manufacturer and KE-ZU supplier bd Barcelona and we are pleased to introduce Xai, the latest addition to the Dali collection.

Forming part of the painting Interpretive Project for a Stable-Library of 1942, is a sheep-come-bedside table which now, with the approval of the Gala Salvador Dalí Foundation, has been reproduced as a limited edition collection. Only 20 white and 1 black are available.

As with Dali’s other works for bd Barcelona, Xai was created with the help of  Oscar Tusquets and Parisian taxidermist Deyrolle’s, a 170-year old establishment on rue du Bac (now famously featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris) and perhaps not so coincidentally, the same place where Dali produced his sculpture work.

We don’t want to start counting sheep and start nodding off, however  Xai  are selling rather quickly, and with only 20 white and 1 black available, you wouldn’t want to sleep on it.

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Sittin’ on a Classic …

A piece that needs little introduction, the Gaulino Chair, designed Barcelona native Oscar Tusquets in 1987 has since become a modern Spanish classic and a point of reference in sculptural furniture design.

Recently relaunching the iconic chair is KE-ZU supplier bd Barcelona.  The sculpted chair was awarded the Industrial Design Prze in 1989 and the Adi-Fad in 1990.

We’ve shown you previously here on the Blog bd Barcelona’s work in maintaining the spirit of great Spaniards’ Gaudi and Dali’s work in their efforts to exclusively produce their furniture works and it’s these two very men and Carlo Mollino who influenced the design of the Gaulino – even so far as affecting its word-morphed title.

The chair, which is regularly included in retrospective shows of Spanish design also spawned a table of the same name and was Tusquets’ first foray into industrial works with machine work despite its appearance of hand craftsmanship.  Of its design, Tusquets says quite simply:

I learned and enjoyed it very much and I think it is one of my best works.  It was designed over 20 years ago and it remains an interesting design.  I think one of my best designs.

The femaleness that the Gaulino Chair exudes is unmissable, and showcased at the start of the video below featuring an interview with Tusquets, taken from ‘bd Barcelona Design Stories’, the Vimeo channel directed by the company.

GAULINO Chair by Oscar Tusquets from BD Barcelona Design on Vimeo.

The Gaulino Chair is a structure of solid Ash either natural, varnished or stained.  The seat with internal frame in Oak and upholstered in leather toned to complement frame and is available at KE-ZU and through its national distribution network.  Also available are Tusquets’ other designs – the Banco Catalano for bd Urban Transit, and Luna for the vernacular Spaniard rug manufacturer nanimarquina, we’ll upload a post about Luna shortly.

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The Story: Gaulino by Tusquets…

Click the image above to hear Spanish design icon Oscar Tusquets share with you the all important story behind the recently re-issued and multi-award winning Gaulino Chair.  He guides us through how his friend Salvador Dali is present in its design as well as the reason heavyweights Gaudi and Mollino came to be the namesakes of such a modern design classic.

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Salone Mobile 2011 kicks off in Milan in April and the buzz is already evident from all the way over here in Sydney.

We know many of you are going to be on the ground in Italy in coming weeks so we wanted to share some of the upcoming, not to be missed launches and installations.

As always manufacturers and suppliers are poised to wheel, deal and thrill their International guests throughout the frantic week in Northern Italy’s fashion and design mecca.

Mobles 114 have announced their launch of the Javier Mariscal designed 100% recycled and recyclable chair: “Green” as well as a brand new website and a sleek new re-branding.

BD Barcelona are make last minute preparations to unveil Alfredo Haberli‘s new piece: “Hyperbole”.  Working with Marti Guixe they will also present “Free Port”, Neri + Hu will display their “Narcissist” vanity that was developed directly with Swarovski and the multi-award winning designs “Gaulino Chair” by Oscar Tusquets and Konstantin Grcic’s “Table B” will also be on display for all to get up close and personal with!

Not to be outdone, the Dutch are making impressive plans.  Collaboration being their focus this year, they will present a suite of new designs that where applicable will be upholstered in Missoni Home fabrics and finished with their cushions and carpets.  Top Secret… hence no pictures (yet) is the launch of Artifort‘s new pieces “Shark” by the illustrious Rene Holten and an exciting, versatile sofa program from Toine van den Heuvel called:  “Reflex”.

Our friends at HIVE and KENNETH COBONPUE will jet across from Cebu and we are most excited about some of the lighting selections they have been busying away with for the past year.  More of this will be reveiled in due course – stay tuned!

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Gaulino Wins Again…

The recently re-issued Gaulino Chair from bd Barcelona and the master craftsman Oscar Tusquets, has been a roaring success.

Only three months after the leather and oak armchair has been brought back into production and the classic piece, originally designed in 1987, has been awarded “Best Design” at the Maison et Objet show in Paris.

No stranger to praise the design was previously selected for the Industrial Design Prize and Adi-Fad in1989 and in Iberdiseño in 1990.

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