At Pen we see ourselves as fostering relationships with designers and innovators to create objects that redefine design. Collaboration is at the heart of our products – working with Australia’s emerging and established designers to realise our shared design vision.
Architect Stefan Bagnoli has worked in London, Rome and Dubai working on a variety of small domestic projects to large multi-residential, commercial and public projects. His approach to design, architectural form and content is through the social-political lens. This results in an aesthetic concept driven by elegance (historical modernity), alternatively affected by an anarchic ideology (classical vernacular), creating forms that disrupt the status quo.
A leading figure in the current Australian design landscape, Nick Rennie (through his studio ‘happy finish design’), looks to explore design that takes its inspiration from interaction with everyday items. To breathe new life into the repetition of domesticity, and to do it in a way that engages the user and elicits an emotional reaction, is the very essence of Rennie’s professional ambition. For him, design is a shared process, the finished product owing equally to the vision of a manufacturer, the needs of a user and his own passion for expression. Nick has worked with leading international design brands such as Normann Copenhagen, Porro and Ligne Roset among many others.
Driven by a passion for genuine innovation, Jim Hannon-Tan has always sought to broaden his scope as an industrial designer. Over the past 15 years he has worked in Milan, Amsterdam & London, in the studios of top designers Stefano Giovannoni, Marcel Wanders, Tom Dixon and for the world's leading design brands including Alessi, Magis, Moooi among many others. In 2015 he established an Australian based studio of his own and works globally.
Helen Kontouris is inspired by her observation of everyday experiences, of people’s interaction with objects, and the fresh perspectives gained from her travel, which shapes and informs her work. For Kontouris, each project is unique and extensive research underpins the development of each product. Process drives the generation of form, more so than any predetermined notion established at the outset of the design.
Michael Ong is an award winning architect based in Melbourne, Australia. Having studied a Masters of Architecture at The University of Melbourne, Michael has gone on to be the Founding Director of his own design and architectural practice – Michael Ong Design Office (MODO). Michael is passionate about producing quality designs and wants you to love it as much as he does. He explores concepts to create designs rich in personality, functionality and quality.
ILANEL Studio was founded in 2010 by Ilan El, a Melbourne based multidisciplinary designer who works with his team to create original products and custom designs by hand from his Melbourne atelier. Experiential design is Ilan El’s passion and his products illuminate spaces around the world. Ilan has worked with world-renowned brands such as Estee Lauder, The Marriott, WeWork Four Seasons Hotels and The Ritz Carlton.
Clan Collective is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Brunswick of Melbourne, Australia. The studio was founded by partners Claire Quirk and Daniel van Schaik in early 2015, and was the result of their mutual creative curiosity and love of design. Combining their skills and experiences from working in the diverse fields of building, fashion, architecture, illustration and communication design, the duo offers a unique blend of aesthetics throughout their body of work. Believing that beauty and flaws are never mutually exclusive, Clan Collective uses both traditional and contemporary methods of production to create compositions that celebrate imperfection.