Made by Pen are starting their year of exhibitions at New York City’s leading design event, ICFF this May. It is hard to believe this Melbourne-based design house officially launched only a year ago with their inaugural product, The Dog Room by Michael Ong (recent prize winner at European Product Design Award).
Over the last few months the team at Pen have been working around the clock with Australian design champions, Nick Rennie, Jim Hannon-Tan and Stefan Bagnoli. Combined they have worked across some of the worlds leading brands, design houses, and won numerous international and local architecture and design awards. They are now bringing their design expertise to Australian design.
Here’s a sneak peak at the latest design collaborations from Made by Pen.
Oii, designed by Nick Rennie
Nick Rennie and Pen are developing a few projects together this year, but the first to be launched is the delightful Oii. Oii has managed to make fire safety something to get excited about. This design partnership has found a solution to the ole faithful fire-blanket. Usually relegated to the back of a dusty cupboard, Oii has shifted things around and brought it to the foreground.
Featuring a sleek anodised aluminium frame and polished stainless steel mirror that can double as a whiteboard, it will fit in with any modern kitchen, foyer or slimline hallway. Read more about Nick and Oii.
Linea, designed by Jim Hannon-Tan
The Pen team have coined Linea as “desktop architecture” and it might be because the original form was inspired by architect, Oscar Niemeyer’s National Congress building. Jim Hannon-Tan realised Pen’s initial concept by designing perfectly balanced pieces that slide on to the central, aluminium, spine-like framework. This comes in different lengths and allows for a completely customisable piece.
Carrara marble dishes seemingly balance elegantly, glass vase inserts, copper or brass cylinders and range of stationary accessories ensures any sponge, pen or iPhone has the perfect living environment. An addition of silicon attachments allows a range of colour ways and myriad combinations rarely seen in a first release of any new product. Read more about Jim and Linea.
Wingnut, designed by Stefan Bagnoli
Stefan Bagnoli‘s Wingnut is a modular storage system made of anodised aluminium that’s easily configured to fit a long or short wall. With a building method not too dissimilar to Lego, it can be built to any height ensuring it is always fit for purpose. Shelves are available in frosted or clear glass, plywood as well as solid wood including oak or beech. The product’s defining feature is a custom aluminium wing nut that Stefan and Pen developed during their collaboration. This charming bird-like component is the core intelligence bringing the whole system elegantly together.
Just to make this piece a little more special, Pen is proud to offer Hydrowood as a premium shelving option in Australia. This timber is harvested from Tasmania’s Pieman River, where it’s sat underwater for over 25 years following the river’s damming. Hydrowood is one of the country’s most ambitious forestry projects. Read more about Stefan and Wingnut.
All this said; New York is just the beginning. Stay tuned for this September, with more design collaborations launching at Maison&Objet (Paris) and London Design Festival.
If you are in town, visit the Made by Pen stand and go home with a gift;
ICFF, 21-24 May, Javits Center NYC – Stand #782
Maison&Objet, 8-12 September, Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre
London Design Fair, 21-24 September, Old Truman Brewery Tent – Stand #G29
If you would like to interview the team, collaborate or join the growing list of international suppliers; get in contact today!