Australian Chair Distributor: Youshiki


Kashiwado Chair
Youshiki is [Ed: was?] an Australian Chair distributor. It had an interesting website [Ed: Its website dissappeared] that gave some information about Japanese chair designers and chair manufacturers.

I was drawn to this site by the photo of the Kashiwado Chair by Isamu Kenmochi

One of the most significant figures in the emergence of Japanese industrial design after the Second World War, Isamu Kenmochi graduated in 1932 from the Tokyo College of Industrial Arts. Like many of the first generation of Japanese industrial designers he was also a member of the Industrial Arts Institute (IAI) where he worked in the Woodwork Technology Department. At the IAI he worked alongside design pioneers such as Jiro Kosugi and Mosuke Yoshitake and was influenced by European Modernist designers such as Bruno Taut. In 1952 he also became a founding member of the Japan Industrial Designers Association. In 1953, together with other leading designers of the post-Second World War years such as Masaru Katsumie, Yusaku Kamekura, Riki Watanabe, and Sori Yanagi, he was also involved in the formation of the International Design Committee.

Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on November 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM

A Chair By Rietveld? (Yes: the Berlin Chair)

This must be a Chair by Gerrit Rietveld, albeit I don’t know the name he gave it.

Via M2L Collection Furniture

Update
Yes it is his Berlin Chair

Last edited by gje on September 20, 2010 at 22:24 AM

Kezu

ABCD 01
ABCD Sofa by Piere Paulin in fabric Momentum
Photo thanks to Artifort

No, I have no commercial interest in this post! I simply am impressed by Kezu‘s website: It is clean, well designed and has a very high usability, even though some parts are in Flash. The Flash items they use are very clever.

Kezu represents inter alia Artifort, a Dutch Firm that in my opinion can learn a thing of two from Kezu’s site.

Why am I ranting about Artifort’s site? Simply because once I wanted to post here about Artifort’s celebration of Pierre Paulin’s 80ieth birthday, 60 years of design and 50 years of designing for Artifort and couldn’t find enough information on Artiforts site that I could easily reproduce here.

Thanks to Kezu I am now able to download high resolution photos.

Artifort took ABCD in production for this celebration. It is a 1968 design of Pierre Paulin, here shown with the the original fabric ‘Momentum’, (designed in 1967 by Jack Larson).

Pierre Paulin Portrait removed

Oops while revisiting Artifort’s site I now see Artifort has changed its site and moved away from its former flash only lay out……like many should do. I hate Flash as it is used on most sites without thinking about the web surfer who wants to get information rather than mere stylish flash presentations of products without details….but even now the Kezu site is my favorite.

Kezu on the ABCD Sofa:

The shape of the ABCD seems to be derived from
an egg carton, powerful, protective and elegant. Its curves look like waves… organic, soft, relaxing yet supportive. The ABCD is available in two sizes, ideal for hotel lobbies and lounges. At the time, Pierre Paulin’s designs were revolutionary, now they have become timeless, an evergreen.

Well, this is the same comment as on the Artifort site.

Kezu on Kezu:

KE-ZU supplies furnitures that makes people feel good. Since its founding in 1992, the company has focused on this singular vision delivering an extensive range of residential and contract furniture that has become synonymous with the way we work and live in today’s better environments.
KE-ZU specialises in the sales, marketing and distribution of high quality residential and contract furniture throughout Australia. We exclusively represent a select portfolio of innovative manufacturers supplying interior and exterior products for residential and commercial projects. Our nationwide distribution network makes available a broad mix of European and locally manufactured products through both contract and retail markets.
KE-ZU is also a major shareholder in Andreu World Pacific – a partnership with Comax Australia and Andreu World s.a. of Spain. This operation imports and stocks significant volumes of unfinished furniture components which are then assembled, stained, foamed and upholstered in Comax’s state-of-the-art factory in Brisbane.
KE-ZU’s strong and intense relationships with manufacturers, distributors and customers combine to maximise our market penetration throughout the region.
Quality focus

Like our customers, KE-ZU is passionate when it comes to quality. We focus on the quality of design and construction, service and performance, lifestyle at work, as well as the quality of the relationships we form with manufacturers and customers.

KE-ZU undertakes a mixture of direct and indirect business through showrooms in Australia and New Zealand. Selected for their ability to exceed our quality benchmarks, we are exclusive agents for the following manufacturers:

Enjoy!

Last edited by gje on April 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Thonet Australia

I wasn’t aware of it, but there is an Australian Thonet company Thonet Australia Pty Ltd which I found through Infolink Com Au

Since 1979, Thonet has been bringing a proud tradition of furniture design and innovation to Australia through its distribution of Thonet bentwood chairs, produced in original factories established in 1880 by the Thonet family. Our collection extends to other leading European manufacturers such as Amat-3, Tolix and De Sede. We also carry locally produced tables and soft seating for hospitality, commercial and domestic use.