FAB 25 TABLE LAMP WINS A 2018 GOOD DESIGN AWARD® FOR PRODUCT DESIGN

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We are excited to announce that our Fab 25 Table Lamp, designed by ISM Objects, has received a prestigious Good Design Award for Product Design, recognising its outstanding design and innovation.

We work hard to design and manufacture innovative and sustainable contemporary lighting and it is an honour to receive this award alongside the high calibre of our industry peers

Fab 25 Lamp is the evolution of our original Fab Lamp designed in 1991, which won an Artist & Industry award for design and production. The original Fab Lamp embodied many of the concepts that we set out to explore when they established ISM Objects: local batch production, flat-pack assembly for economical transportation and disassembly for recycling at the end of the product lifecycle. There have been many advances in manufacturing and lighting technology since the Fab Lamp, so Simon and Celina designed a new product that referenced the original but incorporated innovative new features.

Like the original, Fab 25 is a modern and appealing table lamp. It has an elegant shape machined from aluminium and stainless steel and comes in a flat-pack gift box. It now also incorporates the latest technology including LED lamp, cordless battery power and USB re-charging.

We set ourselves a challenge to redesign an item that was very special to us and a major step in the evolution of our design careers. For both the Fab and Fab 25 lamps to receive industry awards is affirmation of our commitment to designing and manufacturing products based on progressive and sustainable thinking.

Good Design Australia hosted the annual awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 17 May, celebrating the best of Australian design. This year marked the 60th anniversary of the awards and it attracted a record number of entries. Danish architect Jan Utzon congratulated all the 2018 winners, and the products will be showcased to the general public during Vivid Sydney from 25 to 27 May 2018 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay.

 

8bit 360 by Architects EAT

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8bit 360, located on Little Collins Street, is the third and largest outlet of the Melbourne-based burger brand. Inspired by American diners, old-school video games and the local fish ‘n’ shop, 8bit 360 is a contemporary throwback to the colourful 1980s, and our Wink Table Lamp and HD3 Wall Lights are adding to the nostalgic fun.

 The first 8bit started as an ode to the fish ‘n’ chip shop with arcade machines in the corner. The classic games still remain but the outlets have become streamlined and slicker with time. For 8bit 360, Architects EAT created a playful and interactive space with bold primary colours, pixelated patterns and Nintendo-inspired wall graphics.

 Architects EAT created pockets of intrigue and surprise as they played with colour and materiality. Tiles, like pixels, cover countertops; stools and booths are in blue powder-coated steel; and green and yellow acrylic tubes hover over high tables. Timber elements keep the space warm and inviting, and include the timber-batten world map suspended from the bright yellow ceiling; timber panels surrounding the menu; and a timber batten screen with the logo carved it.

 Studio IO designed the original branding and established the red, yellow, dark blue and aqua colour palette, which the studio describes as “a nostalgic, quirky and instantly recognisable homage to good old-fashioned gaming.” Indeed, it’s nostalgia for the late-20s, early-30s demographic that form the target market.

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Our Wink Table Lamp and HD3 Wall Lamps in marine were the perfect choice for the colour palette, and complement the simple, pared-back forms throughout the space. Wink table lamps are perched on the counter around the windows. Inspired by candle lamps of yesteryear, they have a spherical bulb, dish base and optional metallic reflector for more control of the glowing LED lamp.

HD3 has a similar form with a wall attachment. Fixed at alternating heights, the uplights cast patterns of light and shadow across the wall, adding another dimension to the gaming-inspired graphics. Each light has a 6W LED spherical frost lamps, a good choice for hospitality due to their long life, low energy use and high-quality light output.

Introducing Teamwork - Acoustic lighting for workplaces.

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Our latest lighting collection has been developed to provide a solution for 2 common workplace needs - high quality energy efficient lighting and improved acoustics.

The Teamwork pendant has been designed to possesses special acoustic qualities to help it to absorb sound in the workplace making it the perfect pendant for meeting spaces and open plan offices. The effect of this sound absorbing feature is that the lighting contributes to enhancing both concentration and collaboration in the workplace by reducing ambient noise.

The Teamwork pendant shell is expertly crafted from spun aluminium and has a decorative fabric panel that discretely conceals an internal sound absorbing material.

The outer shell is finished in matt anthracite or white.  The fabric insert panel is available in a choice of 22 contemporary colours, with custom fabrics available on request.   At the heart of Teamwork is an environmentally efficient LED lamp source with a special thin diffuser to ensure light is fully dispersed. This makes it an ideal light source for long meeting tables that require an even distribution of light to enhance workplace collaboration.

Teamwork is also flexible enough to suit individual needs. It can direct light in a downward direction only but is also available with the option of up and down lighting, with both options compatible with a choice of popular dimming protocols.

 

 

 

GRAPHO BUBBLE - OUR LATEST INTERACTIVE DESIGN

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We seek to create endearing and enduring products designed to bring a space to life, which has been integrated in our latest Grapho Bubble design that appears to have a wonderful life of its own.

Imbued with personality and character, our Grapho Bubble is skilfully handcrafted in our Mentone factory from beautiful Japanese rice paper, which provides the light with an interactive quality, making it an irreverent take on a classic paper ball light.

First launched at Melbourne’s DEN Fair 2017, the Grapho Bubble takes its name from the word meaning ‘to write’ or ‘to sketch’ as custom graphic designs can be added to the pendants during productions.

 

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When illuminated, our Grapho Bubble comes to life in more ways than one. A small fan inside the Grapho Bubble pendant is connected to the sustainable LED light source and inflates the rice paper when switched on. The LED can also be dimmable (upon request) for a variety of ambient settings. The Grapho Bubble inflates in as little as 20 seconds from being switched on and when switched off, the fan stops turning the light and it gently deflates.

The Grapho Bubble is available in a diameter of 600mm and 1500mm.

We invite you to preview the Grapho Bubble’s interactive feature in the video below.

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.

KEEPING IT CLASSIC WITH BLACK & GOLD

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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.

 

STORY COFFEE & FOODSTORE - CHRIS CONNELL

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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.

O'CONNELL CENTENARY HOTEL - TECHNE ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

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.