DISTRICT BRASSERIE SYDNEY - PAUL KELLY DESIGN

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Chifley Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Sydney, but it’s the lower-ground level that’s captured our attention. It’s the location of the new District Brasserie, a 200-seat restaurant designed by Paul Kelly. The food is fabulous and so is the interior – it includes custom-made brass pendants and wall lights by ISM Objects!

We are great admirers of Paul Kelly Design. As a specialist hospitality design studio, it has created the beautiful interiors of more than 300 venues across Australia and Asia, including high-profile projects such as The Ivanhoe Manly, Sokyo at The Star, The Oaks and The Bourbon. We were very happy to contribute a series of custom pendant lighting for its latest venture.

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District Brasserie includes a bistro and a bakery that serves wonderful French pastries. Chef Mark Knox (formerly of BLACK, Public Dining) has created a classic fine dining menu for the bistro that caters to the business lunch crowd. The food is complemented by an elegant interior that features mid-century inspired leather furniture, distressed walls, aged brass highlights and a striking polished green marble bar.

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Lighting is a crucial element of hospitality design. We’ve worked with a number of Australian designers to produce lighting designs that add a special dimension to some of the country’s finest restaurants and bars.

It was a pleasure working with Paul Kelly Design on custom lighting for the District Brasserie. It’s the perfect place to linger for a long business lunch.

VICTORIAN PREMIER'S DESIGN AWARD

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We are strong supporters of local design at ISM Objects and it’s always great to see outstanding designs recognised through initiatives like the Premier’s Design Awards. Celina Clarke, co-founder of ISM Objects, was appointed chairperson of the awards in 2016 and we’re pleased to announce she’s back in the chair this year!

The Premier’s Design Awards were launched in 2012 to recognise and reward Victorian designers and businesses that use design in effective and sustainable ways. The awards aim to raise awareness of the importance of design in making products, services, spaces and experiences more functional, safe, efficient and attractive.

There are eight design categories – architecture, communication, digital, product, service, fashion, student design and design strategy. While the primary designer must be from Victoria, their client, or the organisation that commissioned their design, can be from anywhere in Australia or overseas.

The 2016 Design of the Year award went to the Oi Bike Bell, which has transformed the traditional clunky bell in to a beautiful, functional design object.

As chairperson, Celina is responsible for selecting and coordinating the panel of 24 international judges. This year’s jury includes Victoria Judge, head of interiors at Smart Design Studio in Sydney; Chris Wilkinson, founder and director, WilkinsonEyre Architects in the UK; Chelsia Lau, chief designer design in the strategic concepts group at Ford Motor Company in China ; and Ken Nah, professor of design management at the International Design School for Advanced Studies in South Korea.

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When she took up the role of chairperson last year, Celina wanted the jury to represent diversity of thought and location and this remained a goal for her this year.

Entries have now closed and judging will soon be underway. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in November. There’s sure to be some inspiring designs.

For more information visit the Premier's Design Awards website.

SPARKING INSPIRATION IN PORTABLE LIGHTING

Innovation in mobile illumination for today’s lifestyle.

At ISM Objects, we love working with new technology and developing products that answer the needs of our clients and satisfy the demands of today’s evolving lifestyles. We are passionate in our pursuit of improving our new and existing products and as such are proud to unveil our range of portable lighting options featuring the latest rechargeable technology.

Sparking inspiration, we have recognised a significant shift in work and living spaces. With the rise of newer, faster and more portable technology, we are becoming more and more flexible with where we are able to work, however the lighting industry has been falling behind.

After noticing permanent lighting fixtures were unable to meet the demands of these shifts in working behaviour, we have introduced a range of innovative portable lighting options featuring innovative specifications and lighting aesthetics.

Our portable lighting solutions are now allowing us to significantly improve ambience, mood and practicality of work spaces effortlessly. Our Fab 25 and Wink Table lights are examples of portable illumination that boasts today’s refined technology. With cordless battery power and USB re-charging this LED lamp provides an elegant solution to a portable, changing lifestyle.

Shop the ultra-portable Fab 25 and Wink Table Lamp now.

OUR ONLINE STORE IS NOW LIVE

We are excited to announce that our online store has officially gone live, boasting our range of lighting collection favourites all now available at the click of a button.

Here at ISM objects, we share a passion for innovative, authentic design, local manufacturing and creative collaborations. We aim to create conversation, not just light, designing the majority of our state of the art lighting in-house. We are proud to have successfully collaborated with some of Australia’s most creative designers, with many of our creations being exhibited all around the world.  

We invite you to shop our award-winning range of lighting designs at the ISM Objects online store.

 
 

FAB 25 - THE ISM OBJECTS CLASSIC IS REBORN

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We first designed the Fab Lamp in 1991 and now, twenty-six years later, we have revisited its iconic design to develop the Fab 25 - a lamp that is just as enduring as the original.

The original Fab lamp – a flat-pack self-assembled table lamp – was an immediate success. It won an ‘Artist & Industry’ award for design and production; retailed in the MoMA gift shop in New York; and Country Road commissioned an exclusive shade and stocked the lamp nationwide. It was designed to be easily transportable, appealing and suited to a new modern lifestyle.

Now, the Fab 25 lamp is even more so. Machined from aluminium and brass, with a perforated stainless steel mesh shade, it retains the elegant aesthetic, slimline shape and size and flat-pack gift box of the original lamp. But incorporating the latest technology – an LED lamp, cordless battery power and USB re-charging – the Fab 25 is now totally portable and even more modern and appealing.

 

A lot of research, testing and development has gone into the design and production of the new Fab 25 lamp, with each component has been selected and built into the lamp to ensure the technology is of the highest standard, but that it also fits with the original design and retains its classic Fab appeal.

The Fab lamp was the first light ISM Objects produced and it still speaks volumes about our design values of producing products that endure and endear.

To us there is nothing better than hearing stories from customers who, 25 years later, still love living with their Fab lamp. And we hope that the Fab 25 will appeal to those who love the original and a new generation who appreciate the freedom of a battery-powered lighting.

The new Fab 25 lamp is available NOW here

ISM OBJECTS LIGHT UP DENFAIR 2017

ISM Objects turned up the lights at this year’s Denfair with an inspiring showcase of new lighting, prototypes along with some fresh twists on some classic designs.

At last year’s Denfair, attendants were in awe of our inflatable prototype, Grapho Bubble when we showed it as a prototype. Since then we have been busily refining the design and this year we successfully presented the finished product. Made from Japanese rice paper, the Grapho Bubble appears to have a life of its own by inflating and deflating just like magic when turned on or off.

We also presented two new prototypes this year – the Teamwork pendant, which features innovative acoustic qualities that absorb sound, and the Snitch pendant, which is inspired by the iconic desktop gadget, Newton’s Cradle.

Some of our most celebrated designs also returned this year with new finishes and features. The Fab 25 table lamp presented with a finely perforated shade in stainless steel matte black and gold-plated finishes. The Loft, Luxe and Studio 6 designs also showcased in a new white powder-coated steel finish with satin nickel fittings. The cheeky Wink table lamp also returned with a portable, cordless design and a tropical pink finish – the perfect remedy for a Melbourne winter!

Stay tuned as we bring you more details of these new products in the coming weeks..

CIRCADIAN LIGHTING - DESIGNING LIGHTING TO ENHANCE OUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Do you have trouble getting to sleep after watching television or using your computer or smartphone at night? If you answered yes, it may be due to the exposure of blue-rich light from your screen. While blue light is helpful during the day, boosting awareness and attention, it can be detrimental to wellbeing at night, as it suppresses the secretion of melatonin, disrupting sleep and potentially causing an array of harmful effects.

But fear not. As lighting designers we’re well versed in photobiology (the scientific study of the interactions of light and living organisms) to create lighting products designed to work with our circadian rhythm (a.k.a. natural body clock) to enhance health and wellbeing.

The circadian system

The circadian system is a roughly 24-hour cycle that tells the body when to sleep and when to wake, as well as regulating other biological functions such as hunger, body temperature, blood pressure, growth and the release of melatonin and cortisol. When the circadian rhythm is in tune, the body’s cycle is optimised and stable, which helps maximise productivity and sleep quality. However, the circadian rhythm can easily be thrown out of whack and one of the primary reasons is light. Too much light at night and our sleep suffers; not enough light during the day and our productivity decreases.

Fortunately there is a growing body of research in photobiology so that our lighting products go far beyond aesthetics to actually enhance human health and function by mimicking natural daytime or night-time conditions. 

Circadian lighting

Daylight – or sunlight – is the benchmark that electric lighting needs to imitate to optimise circadian health and wellbeing. However, as the colour and intensity of sunlight changes throughout the day – from warm amber light at sunrise, to cool bright light during day, and back to amber light at sunset – electric lighting also needs to reproduce these changing colours and intensities to maximise human function.

In fact, circadian lighting – electric lighting based on the circadian rhythm – in the work environment has been proven to increase productivity, while in healthcare environments it has been found to help patients heal faster and boost the performance of medical staff.

How we create lighting that enhances health and wellbeing

At ISM Objects we use LED lights that are specifically engineered to facilitate a healthy circadian rhythm. Some bulbs, such as workplace lights, emit increased blue light wavelengths to promote greater energy and attentiveness. This technology is actually founded on the same principles NASA used to improve the sleep and performance of astronauts on the International Space Station.

Other technology sees colour-tunable LEDs that can deliver light in colour temperatures ranging from warm (yellowish) tones to cool (bluish) tones. This means that by changing the correlated colour temperature (CCT) light can be ‘tuned’ for different times of the day or night depending on the environment.

At ISM Objects we are committed to create lighting products that are not only good for the environment but also good for our bodies. By producing electric light that replicates the effect of natural light, we’re helping give our customers and their clients, employees, visitors, friends and family a better chance of sleeping better, working better and feeling better every day.

View our collection of LED lights here

POP PENDANTS REVISITED

We are constantly updating the ISM Objects collection to keep pace with the latest technological developments in lighting, and the POP is a great example of this.

The revised POP pendant will add just the right amount of luxe to interior environments. Beautifully crafted from moulded polymer with a polished finish, their classic spherical shape makes them an enduring addition to any commercial or residential space plus our latest versions are LED compatible.

Even the finest interior designs can fall flat without the right lighting. That’s why the our Pop Pendants are the perfect addition. They enhance the atmosphere of any interior space and bring a pop of personality that is truly unique. 

The Pop Pendants are available in two sizes and their suspension comes in a smart black fabric cable with black metal components, which is adjustable on installation.

The pared-back palette (including Opal, Clear, and Smoke) along with the classic form of the Pop Pendants makes them the perfect complement to a wide range of interior design schemes and like all ISM Objects’ designs, they’ll never goes out of style.