Karen and a really big blue lampshade @ Jam Factory. Source: News Limited
Over the last year, illumini has branched out in separate pursuits with Mandi in school and Karen focusing on the development of major design projects in the JamFactory Glass Studio.
Karen recently received major coverage in the local press for her role in negotiating, designing, and engineering of a large scale custom lighting project with Sky City Casino in the Adelaide CBD.
“Each light fixing and hanging system had to be comprised of 20 components, not including the glass shade, to achieve the ‘look’ the architects were after. I designed the project to be able to work with local business suppliers. In the past the casino has imported glass from Italy. In addition to all staff and associates, we had to employ extras from the glass community to help out.
The architects vision was for the light shades (between 250mm wide by 430mm high and 300mm wide x 480mm high for large) to be suspended by rope at various heights and the rope to then continue to festoon around the ceiling. The challenge was in providing sufficient structural support for the 6-8kg glass light shades, while keeping the fixings sleek and minimal at the same time as hiding the necessary load-bearing fixtures and electric flex etc.
In order to create them I needed to custom engineer the fixture out of easily machinable parts and existing components that could be altered in-house or locally as the timeframe did not allow me to go to industry for fabrication, also there is nothing on the market that will carefully support the approx 6-8kg of the glass light shades, while allowing tolerance for the hand made variance expected.”
It’s been a while since we’ve written, but as they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Right? Right. Anyways, Here’s the latest update…
Mandi has currently begun a Master’s Degree in the University of South Australia’s Sustainable Design program to further contemplate the environmental and social impact of what designer’s make and customers buy, as well as to finally learn the Chicago and Harvard style citations. Free thought of the day:
“Man is a biological entity before he is a Roman Catholic or a capitalist or anything else”
-Alfred W. Crosby, from the book The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492.
Illumini will be a featured artiste in the JamFactory’s big big big 40th Anniversary Celebration, Designing Craft:Crafting Design. A good selection of our Holey lights will be there to be admired, that starts April 19th @ 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide 5000.
Gee, look at the time…. last but not least…The illumini Good Times Clock phenomenon has spread to one of our most favorite shops, One Small Room, on Queen Street, Croydon. Please stop by if you are the neighborhood to marvel at how freaking cute they are sitting in Rebekah’s latest room. Proud parents, we are…..
If you’ve been to Design Made Trade and are wondering where to find our designs to take home, you’re in luck. New retailers have been confirmed in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. We’ll be adding a stockists page in the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled…..
With about four hours left to go at Design Made Trade, we’d like to take this quiet moment and thank all of the retailers, designers, artists, decorators, tradespeople, architects, friends, family, and design aficionados that have stopped by stall 25 to have a look and share their thoughts on our work. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, and as a result illumini’s heart and mind has grown five times bigger.
If you couldn’t make the trip, or would like to have another look, we’re posting a slew of snaps of the pop up shop and work below.
We’ve taken stacks of orders at the show, and soon illumini clocks and glass will be available at new retailers in Melbourne, NSW, and South Australia. We’ll post the details as they are confirmed, but until then you can send all enquiries to Karen or Mandi at firstname.lastname@example.org….
The moment we’ve have been sitting on our hands for all year is almost here. We’ve literally been working around the clock making cups, decanters, lights, and a special new surprise (hmmmm what could it be now?) to bring to the show The furniture has been made, the signpainted, and our pop up shop is almost ready to open….. Now for the 8 hour drive to Melbourne.
At DesignMadeTrade, illumini will be presenting to an interstate audience for the first time since Launch Pad, 2010. We are so proud to show everyone what we’ve been up to since then. Fun, meaningful, and most importantly socially responsible design and creativity is alive and well at illumini headquarters, and we’re keen to spread the word.
If you can stop by DesignMadeTrade, it will be on at the Royal Exhibition Hall in Carlton, Melbourne Thursday 19/7 to Sunday 22/7 from 10am-5pm (trade only Thurs. and Fri.) We’ll be looking cool in Stall 25, just behind the JamFactory…go figure.
Thank you thank you thank you to all of the local Adelaide local artists, designers, and suppliers who have helped us put and pull our act together, including especially Andrew Bartlette (display), Caren Eliss (ID) Jaan Poldaas (glass), Jamfactory Glass and Furniture Studios, Computer Cut (routing), Aztronics (electrical), Ashlee Page (video) and the Government of South Australia, Arts SA for providing us the means to attend the show through its Project Funding grant. We couldn’t have done any of it without them.
If you’re looking for the easiest way to pick up the illumini decanter without having to get off the couch, put on your clothes, and drive to Adelaide… you are in luck. Iconic Australian design merchant Top3 by Design now carries our baby and is available through their website. Head on over, and while you’re there make sure to have a look at all of the other imaginative, stylish, and well rendered products they have on offer including designs we wished we’d thought of by our good friends Deb Jones and the JamFactory. Just don’t forget the decanter.
Karen and I have so much on this year that instead of filling up a post, we’ve decided to start a whole new page. Scroll up to the menu above and click on said “Where we’ll be when” to find out the exact time and location co-oridinates of our collective and individual upcoming shindigs. If you meet us there and mention this post, I’ll give you a hug for free.