Our Story

A genuine interest in materials and process underpins our unique approach to design, and this has been integral in establishing our lighting products as leaders within the Architecture & Design industry.

We are specialists in decorative lighting but with all the technical know-how to create performance product that goes beyond the decoration.  Our major hospitality, health care & corporate project work is a clear demonstration to our product’s adaptability and functionality.

Collaborating on custom project work to create unique spaces allows us to go beyond our standard range and explore the possibilities of light and to create something extraordinary.

 

Design Philosophy

Our goal is to create inspiring ideas and enduring design that brings light and life to people and their environments.

ISM’s products are recognised for their authentic design, simplicity of form, endearing style, and enduring quality.

 

Our Path

1990 - Our first product is released, the 'Speck' File drawer which sells throughout Australia, New Zealand, Singapore & Hong Kong.

1992 - Our first light the 'Fab Lamp' is launched and sells over 5000 units - including 500 in one order to icon fashion & homewares brand Country Road, and to the MoMa Gift Store in New York.

1993 - Ron Arad selects the 'Amazing Larry' Occasional Table to feature in the prestigious International Design Yearbook.

1995 - Design curator Paola Antonelli selects the 'Madame Ruby' lamp for the Museum of Modern Art New York's seminal exhibition 'Mutant Materials in Contemporary Design'.

1997 – Mel Byers features the ‘Madame Ruby’ Lamp in his bestselling international book ’50 Lights’.

2000 - We continue to push the boundaries of plastic moulding in lighting design after the suucess of the 'Lucky Star' in 1996, the fully moulded 'Yo' lamp is developed.

2005 – We commission industrial designer Daniel Barbera to develop and launch his timeless Shady Lighting range.

2008 - Inspired by the form of traditional Japanese lanterns and the play of light and shadows we create the 'Nudie' pendant collection.  This quickly becomes a classic with over 5000 units sold and still counting.

2012 – Design engineer Keith Melbourne develops his beautiful empty shells that are mysteriously illuminated in the ‘I Do…’ lighting range for ISM and they become a forever popular and ubiquitous range of lighting.

2017 – We re-edition the ‘Fab Lamp’ 25 years later with the new ‘Fab 25’ portable battery version.  Machined from aluminium and stainless steel in 3 finishes, it retains the elegant, slimline shape and size and the flat-pack gift box of the original lamp.