WE ARE FOR GOOD.
This is our belief, and it reflects our core value system – To deliver meaningful, authentic, and quality designs which imbue goodness – that is a reflection on us here at Pen. We achieve this by delivering a product range which has a positive impression on our customers. We believe that the process of providing this to be good, so we have spent time immersing ourselves with good people from our designers right through to our production partners. And we sincerely hope that everyone that interacts with Pen will be more than happy too.
MEET SUSAN + AMY
SUSAN CHUNG – DIRECTOR + CO-FOUNDER
Susan co-founded Pen in order to see everyday design elevated above the basics of form and function. In her role as Creative Director, Susan oversees Pen’s design and studio process in order to achieve her vision for Pen. Her background in science, teaching and sustainability combined with her experience in manufacturing and development gives her the skillset to lead Pen’s design development.
AMY SELLICK – DIRECTOR
Amy uses her creativity across multiple facets of Pen, drawing on her experience with both blue-chip corporate companies and independent agencies to give her the fervour necessary to manage the business. In her role as director she wears multiple hats, the foremost of which involves managing Pen’s sales, distribution and communication channels. Amy also oversees Pen’s manufacturing processes and combines unique strategic visions with creative director Susan, resulting in stellar product ideation.
Michael Mabuti - Co-founder
HELP Enterprises - Production Partners
HELP is a compassionate and progressive social enterprise, with a balance of commercial and social initiatives. HELP delivers market-leading products and services that add value for their customers, while creating vital employment opportunities and support for people with disability, and other disadvantaged groups. HELP is an organisation committed to enhancing people’s lives. Help Manufacturing is a commercial arm of HELP, partnering with Pen. Help Manufacturing is renowned for their professional capabilities and skills. Every one in three people employed by Help Manufacturing has a disability.
WE ARE FOR GOOD.
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.
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.
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.
WE ARE FOR GOOD.
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.