Oii by Nick Rennie and Pen

Nick Rennie


In striving to re-imagine everyday often overlooked items, Pen collaborated with Melbourne-based designer Nick Rennie to see if there was anything they could do about the humble fire blanket. For a household necessity that needs to be accessed quickly in case of an emergency, it seems to spend a lot of time at the back of the closet, usually behind hard-to-move boxes. So Nick and Pen decided to bring it into the open by giving it a dual-purpose facelift.


Nick Rennie

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.

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