Valence Exhibited at San Francisco Design Week by Kai

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“SF Local Design Market”

Exhibition and Design Mart Celebrates Bay Area Talent at Zinc Details;

Opening Reception June 12 for SF Design Week

(San Francisco, CA) Leading modern furniture showroom Zinc Details presents “SF Local Design Market,” a combined exhibition and design mart that will run from June 11 through June 17 with an opening reception on June 12 from 6 to 8 pm. In partnership with SF Design Week, “SF Local Design Market” is a cross between a conventional exhibition and design pop-up shop where Bay Area designers, artists and makers will be showcasing their products, which will also be for sale. The exhibition is sponsored by the Retail Design Institute: Northern California Chapter and the Industrial Design Society of American San Francisco Chapter.

At the opening reception on June 12, visitors to “SF Local Design Market” will have the chance to chat with exhibitors and view the latest new ideas and designs from the Bay Area. This fun evening also gives the public the opportunity to buy design directly from the creator, supporting emerging and established local talent. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

“SF Local Design Market” participants include 3 Fish Studios, Rachael Gant, Jeremiah Collection, Meg O’Halloran, Beau Oyler and Jared Aller, PapaLlama, Justin Porcano, Kaii Tu, Nick and Beau Trincia, Jeni Tu, Mahsa Vanaki and design book publishers Gingko Press, which will be organizing a pop-up design bookstore.

“SF Local Design Market” will be held at the Zinc Details showroom located at 1905 Fillmore Street between Bush and Pine Streets. The event is free and open to the public. Please rsvp at

About Zinc Details

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, Zinc Details is an independently owned showroom, gallery, modern design authority and essential resource for the San Francisco creative community.

Founded by Vasilios “Vas” Kiniris and his wife Wendy Nishimura Kiniris, Zinc Details assembles an exuberant mix of art, design and craft that is expertly curated from sources around the globe. With an ever-changing array of new products, this unique collection brings together brand names like Knoll, Herman Miller and Vitra with work by emerging talents and local Bay Area artists. Presenting playful groupings of furnishings, accessories and art, Zinc Details encourages visitors to make modern design a part of their daily lives and lifestyles.

“We’ve been successful because we do a lot more than sell furniture and home accessories—we are in the marketplace of ideas,” Vas says. “We’re also a gathering place for those working in, or holding a passionate interest in design for everyday living.”

Torrey Exhibited at NeoCon 2012 by Kai

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NeoCon 2012, Chicago

Torrey chair was exhibited as part of the Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion at NeoCon 2012.

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The design was cited as a creative use of laminate, by applying a material traditionally associated with countertops and tables to an innovative seating form and function.

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Houzz Lists 10 Designers to Watch from ICFF by Kai

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ICFF 2012 Report: 10 Designers to Watch

Inventive and striking uses of geometry, color and shape by these design students and companies caught our attention at this year’s show.

By Vanessa Brunner, Staff Writer,

From ombré bookshelves with moving parts to geometric outdoor shading and lighting fixtures made of Velcro, designers at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) showcased plenty of eye-catching and innovative designs. While their creations might not make it to your local retailer in the near future, these designers are worth keeping an eye on.


Read more on Houzz.

Torrey exhibited at ICFF, winner of 2012 Wilsonart Challenge by Kai

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Eighth Annual Competition Challenged Students to Design Chairs Inspired by California’s Nature and Technology

New York, N.Y. (May 19, 2012) – Wilsonart International (, a leading manufacturer of decorative surfaces for more than 50 years, named Kaii Tu from the California College of The Arts (CCA) as the winner of its 2012 “Wilsonart Challenges…” student design competition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF).

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Tu’s “Torrey Chair” features a fragmented geometry, rendered from multiple perspective points. Seemingly random angles of different colors of woodgrain laminate are used to simultaneously sculpt and paint the form.

High Pressure Decorative Laminate, the material required to create the chair, cannot be formed into a compound shape: while it is flexible, it can bend in only one direction, not into curvaceous forms.  Kaii Tu applied innovative engineering skill to the design to defy this rule and artfully demonstrate that an undulating, three-dimensional form can be achieved in laminate. Tu used a total of 8 wood tones and 40 separate hand-cut pieces of Wilsonart® Laminate to create the chair.

“Each year we host the “Wilsonart Challenges…” program with a different American design school,” explains Alison Pulver DeMartino, Wilsonart Director of Marketing Communications. “One thing that amazes us is how each school’s unique culture and approach to design unfolds with the project. California College of the Arts was no exception. Undercurrents of design, craft and art merge and inform throughout the students’ designs.”

CCA is the 8th school Wilsonart International has challenged to design iconic chairs using Wilsonart Laminate.  This year, students were asked to immerse themselves in the ethos of California and to examine both the state’s contribution to the man-made world and the unique phenomena of its nature.  Special consideration was given to the question “What Is California Design?” Since the mid-century, California has and continues to pioneer seminal design solutions. How can today’s students be more aware of this design legacy?

The award-winning chair and runner-up entries will be displayed during ICFF at the Wilsonart Booth #2248, as well as at NeoCon in Chicago and online at