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Creating lighting designs for Westpac’s Kogarah office was a big deal for ISM Objects – and we mean that quite literally.

Hassell Architects worked with Lendlease to transform the 25-year-old building into an open, dynamic workplace and innovation hub. We were engaged to help show the 30,000 sqm workspace in the best possible light.

Some of the designs are as long as four metres in length and make a big impact in the vast space.

The design accommodates the bank’s activity-based working model by incorporating a range of settings for larger groups, such as collaboration lounges, team tables and workshop spaces, as well as quiet zones for focused work.

The innovation hub, which is a standout feature of the design, is dubbed ‘The Hive’ because of its the honeycomb form of its ceiling and the buzz of activity that goes on inside it, which includes the testing of new products and services.

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In addition to the use of many ISM Objects’ standard products, such as our I Do up-down wall lights and Shady pendants, we were also called on to create customised versions of some of our existing designs. Our powder-coated aluminium Can lights, for example, are usually surface mounted but for this project we supplied both standard and modified versions that suspend from the ceiling.

We also custom designed a number of tapered fabric pendants, which incorporated Signature Prints amazing wallpapers. The pendants feature Florence Broadhurst patterns on the inside so when people look up, they can glimpse the beautiful fabric lining inside these large 1100mm and 2000mm diameter lights.

Other custom fittings included 1800mm super long versions of our rounded aluminium wall lights, as well as oval pleated GX-style pendants that measured a colossal 4000mm in length. 

The logistics of making, packing and shipping such large designs could have posed some challenges, however our fantastic team was able to make light work of all stages and ultimately contributed to a fantastic interior that makes a big impression.


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The Melton Library and Learning Hub by FMJT Architecture has set the benchmark for sustainable civic design in Australia. Built with the aim of revitalising and re-energising the local community, the project has received multiple awards for design excellence.

FMJT (Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp) is led by Design Director Richard Francis-Jones and Managing Director Jeff Morehen. The studio’s dedication to design excellence and the enhancement of the public domain is evident in their award-winning work, which includes the Auckland Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum and Macquarie University Library.

Set over two levels, the Melton Library and Learning Hub comprises a theatre and lecture rooms as well as recording and editing studios for use by local education centres.

The building's orientation and facade is designed to maximise natural light penetration, which helps to minimise electricity consumption. It also achieved a 92 per cent recycling rate from the demolition of the previous buildings on the site. It is the first library in the country to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star - Public Building Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

We enjoyed working with FJMT to supply lighting designs for this award-winning civic space. Our black Boss Pendants were customised with brightly coloured interiors to reflect the playful library interior. The slimline circular pendants are made from spun aluminium and the light source is a choice of dimmable LED modules with either warm or cool colour temperatures.

The Melton Library and Learning Hub represents a vibrant and inspiring community asset and sets a new standard in sustainable design.

Contact us at sales@ismobjects.com.au for more information on how we can help with your next project



There are always dominant trends in interiors. Black and gold is firmly cemented in the spotlight as a versatile combination that suits a range of interior styles and with a beautiful selection of designs from us it’s clear we think it has a bright future.

The combination of black and gold makes an elegant statement within interior environments. Designers need not be limited in their ways of introducing this trend to the finest spaces, a lighting statement perfectly captures the sleek, striking blend of black and golden brass.

Here are our favourite black & gold designs from our collection...

The Clinker Pendant collection

The Luxe Wall light

The Loft Wall light

The Studio 6 Desk lamp

The Nudie Pendant

We think these perfectly capture the classic interior trend for black and gold. They feature classic forms and unique detailing that will never date.



The Loft Wall Light is a versatile lamp, not only in that it can swing and pivot, but also in that its aesthetic can fit effortlessly into a range of interior styles from classic and traditional to contemporary and cutting edge. And it has recently been used in the Mini Bar, located at the base of the Punthill Northbank hotel in Melbourne.

Hotel bars and venues have had somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, reclaiming their glamour and appeal. Mini Bar, designed by Foolscap Studio, is certainly one such bar, with its design inspired by the glamour, luxury and adventure of travel from the 1920s to 1950s, as well as its location. The multipurpose hotel reception, café and bar is adjacent to the railway and docks of the Yarra River and on a site that once housed an iron foundry producing boilers for Australia’s first railway locomotive.

Mini Bar is a compact space at less than 60 square meterss, so the designers at Foolscap looked to objects such as a hotel mini bar, steamer trunk and drinks cabinet for inspiration. The natural and recycled material palette references the rich and luxurious surfaces of 1920s and 30s cruise liners, while the encaustic cement floor tiles that, like Art Deco motifs, are decorative and abstracted, as if frozen in place. The long banquette and high bench made from reclaimed railway timber are a nod to the railway history of the site, and of course railway travel had its golden age in the early twentieth century before the emergence of mass automobile and air travel.

Our Loft Wall Light is also a nod to the railways as it evokes vintage lighting in stations and on platforms (amongst many other things, thus its versatility). Its steel and spun metal frame extends from the wall in a long elegant line and its smooth geometric curve leads to a brushed-gold anodised cylinder with exposed-filament bulb.

Mini Bar offers one the experience of the great hotel bars around the world, somewhere to sip a classic cocktail or snack on a club sandwich. Which is exactly what was intended.

You can stay at the Punthill and stop by Mini Bar to see the Loft Wall Lighting action...

Or view it here


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The warm timber interior of Story Coffee & Foodstore provides a welcoming retreat from the concrete corporate towers of Melbourne’s Docklands. The interior is by the wonderful  Chris Connell Design and our custom lighting plays a key role in creating its intimate atmosphere.

Chris Connell Design is responsible for the elegant interior of some of Melbourne’s hospitality institutions, such as Café e Cucina, Mr Wolf and Il Bacaro, which was inducted into the Design Hall of Fame at last year’s East Drink Design Awards.

In addition to hospitality designs, this Melbourne-based architecture and interior design studio has been creating beautiful retail and residential spaces for almost 30 years. Design director Chris Connell is also co-founder of MAP international furniture and designs timeless, simple pieces with a strong attention to detail and a clear respect for materials.

The Story Coffee & Foodstore exhibits the same qualities. Located on the ground level of the NAB building development in the Docklands, it is part of the Dukes Coffee family of cafes, which Chris Connell also designed.

The latest Dukes addition to the Docklands features smooth wooden panels and soft lighting via custom brass feature pendants that we had the pleasure of creating for Chris Connell Design.

Made from spun brass with a contrasting black paint feature, the pendants complement the warm timber interior and add to the café’s elegant atmosphere.


Techne Architecture and Interior Design is responsible for the transformation of some of Melbourne’s best-loved watering holes, such as the Prahran Hotel, the Terminus in Abbotsford and the Bridge Hotel in Richmond. When they turned their award-winning design minds to another Melbourne institution, O’Connell Centenary Hotel in South Melbourne, they selected our Boss Pendants and Shady Table & Wall Lamps, which we modified to fit perfectly with Techne’s vision for the interior.

Techne is highly regarded for their hospitality designs. In addition to hotels, they have designed the interior of restaurants such as Lee Ho Fook, Jimmy Grants and Movida, and the studio is also highly regarded for their commercial and residential work.

The iconic O’Connells was one of Melbourne’s first ‘gastro’ pubs and Techne’s refurbishment shows great sensitivity to both the history of the venue and its current patrons. Its character has been enhanced through modern additions and refreshed traditional elements.

Lighting from ISM Objects has helped create the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Our Boss Pendants feature a circular pendant lamp and were made for this project in a custom bronze finish. Our Shady Lamps, designed by Daniel Barbera, were also modified to suit the O’Connells interior design. The wall lamps were customised as double fixtures while the lamps were fixed directly into the joinery.

The refurbishment of this Melbourne institution shows great respect for the venue’s history.  Techne describes the interior design as ‘evolutionary’ rather than ‘revolutionary’.  We’ll drink to that.



A 139-year-old building in Melbourne’s inner-city suburb of Carlton has a new purpose in life. The historic Kathleen Syme building has been transformed into a creative, learning and community space – the first of its kind of the area – and its $15.5 million refurbishment helps send the message that everyone is welcome.

The Kathleen Syme building was previously used as a school and its transformation into a learning and communication hub is largely a response to the inner city's growing and diversifying population.

The City of Melbourne engaged Kerry Smith Interior Design for the building’s refurbishment and we supplied custom feature lighting for the interior, including surface-mounted can lights with a perforated finish and large feature pendants with perforated copper finish.

The Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre’s new interior creates a modern and accessible environment where all members of the community can read, connect, learn and create. It features a social enterprise cafe, technology and conference rooms and a new library with more than 40,000 items. Around 10% of the books and materials are in Chinese, Japanese or Korean.

The refurbishment of the Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre creates a contemporary environment for the whole community and ensures this historic building is seen in a whole new light.


We Always seek to stay at the forefront, our beautiful Stippled Porcelain collection – a collaboration local ceramicist Steven McClure, has been created to complement the trend toward handcrafted, natural finishes in interior spaces. 

McClure’s porcelain candleholder enchanted us, so we invited the craftsman to develop a lighting range that would showcase the natural beauty of the material. This was our first venture with an Australian craftsperson.

The Stippled Porcelain lighting range is available in four styles - Cone, Slim, Squat and Crumpled.

Melbourne-made Southern Ice Porcelain was selected for these pendants - it cries out to be illuminated, and the final result is raw and refined, allowing the material speak loudest. When lit there is a beautiful warmth that emanates.

When it comes to the Stippled Porcelain Range, Steven notes that he deliberately set out to allow these characteristics to stay in the work rather than submitting to more industrial processes and forms of the material, which would have created a more more uniform and controlled outcome, rather than the Stippled Porcelain range has a more fluid finish.

All these qualities of the material can be seen in the final finishes of each style in the range, which all vary slightly. When the porcelain is fired to its top temperature of almost 1300 degrees celsius, the material begins to soften slightly, and the juxtaposition of the matte finish of the unglazed outer surface with the glossiness of the glazed internal surface.

The final detail of this striking range is the hand finished embossing applied with a loose hand to again, avoid an overly manufactured uniformity, each of these make the illuminated object more visually compelling and allows the natural beauty of the porcelain to shine through.