Long time, no see?

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…

-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, if that’s what brought you here, then go there. That starts April 19th @ 19 Morphett Street, Adelaide 5000.


illumini Good Times clock with leggies @One Small Room

illumini Good Times clock with leggies @One Small Room

- 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…..

Stay tuned to updates on new stockists, media, exhibitions, and of course interesting anecdotes.

New Stockists

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…..

Thanks to all that have come to visit us at Design Made Trade

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 illuminiglass@wordpress.com….



The time is near for Design Made Trade

The moment Karen and I have been sitting on our hands for all year is almost upon us. We’ve literally been working around the clock making cups, decanters, lights, and a special brand new surprise product (hmmmm what could it be now?) to bring to the exhibition. The display has been made, the sign has been painted, 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.

Again, 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 thank 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 Poldass (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.

Again, can’t wait a minute more…hmmm…. how could we make the time go faster???Image

New ONLINE retailer

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.


New Section: Where We’ll be When

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.


We got some good news this week, and you know I can’t help but be excited.  Illumini has been chronicled in the upcoming book, the Annual South Australian Design Atlas, to be released by Wakefield Press and the Integrated Design Commission SA this July. Its early days, but we believe this to be some sort of general roadmap of the local designers and architects who give the region such an exceptional reputation throughout Australia, and all over the world. The essay on our practice will focus on the nature of the collaberative process, as well as the intentions and motivations behind our work. We’re pretty flattered to be included. I’ll let you know as soon as we know more.


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