Spotlighting Illumini bright ideas as Sooper Design journeys through the Design Made Trade event and meets some of our future Australian design stars.
These two creative artists, Mandi King and Karen Cunningham are currently collaborating at Illumini and designing eco-friendly lights and clocks. Their products are fun and really well made.
For years they worked and lived side by side, both in their formal training as glass blowers at JamFactory in Adelaide, and also as neighbours in the surrounding foothills. In that time they developed a strong chemistry, bonding over common visions in craft as well as lifestyle. In February, 2010 Karen and Mandi decided to combine their talents into a special collaborative project called “Illumini” to develop hand-made products that reflected those ideals.
They have a strong belief that they’re part of a movement of young artists who are actively re-imagining the bridge between the worlds of design and craft through our work. Their wares demonstrate successful balances of the best sensibilities both approaches of making have to offer. Intimate and intuitive understanding of material combined with fluency in the clean visual language of contemporary design. Clear vision of function in greater contexts. Appreciation for the maximum efficiency of production, with a vested awareness of the impact of our objects in the world.
We currently stock Mandi’s beautiful Rocket vases and Soft Splice sculptures. To see more click here.
OMG! Thank you WeWish.com.au for nominating Sooper Design as one of Australia’s Top 10 Design online stores. We are constantly striving to bring new and innovative products to the market and showcasing the talent behind the beautiful and quirky objects. We certainly didn’t expect this support, so once again. Thank you. To read more
Anne and Jacqui
Emma Klaus’ handblown Kinetic wine glasses are the perfect gift when you want to make a statement. Obviously a designer with a quirky sense of humour and a sense of fun. This is also one gift that I want for me…if anyone is listening?
Emma Klaus is an expert hot glass blower from South Australia. Qualified with a BA in hot glass she has developed a love for creating organic vessels. Recently to her collection is the Kinetic wine glasses, quirky and entertaining in their perfect angle balance that also aerates the wine.
Be a star at your next party or gift giving ocassion. The Kinetic wine glasses are individually ‘hand blown’, stunning, collector items. Classically designed revolving glasses are functional glassware in two respects; while you use the glass to drink wine, it is also acts as a decanter aerating the wine as it revolves around its axis.
Inspired by the love of wine and the idea of creating fun enjoyable drink ware, to compliment the identity of the liquid it holds within. These glasses are the perfect gift or a great conversation starter at any dinner party! Beautifully gift wrapped so also an ideal corporate gift.
Dimensions: H: 11.7cm D: 12cm.
Available to order from Sooper Design Shop
Some things in life are just so beautiful that it is hard to think that mother nature wasn’t responsible for it. This brings me to highlighting our new designer Maria Chatzinikola, from South Australia who is the creator of the ceramic Brine and Scales series range with it finite detail and 3D delicate patterns. Honestly I can’t get over how organic and beautiful these pieces are.
We have two of Maria’s ceramic series – Brine and Scale. It’s an understatement to say how much we at Sooper admire the incredible workmanship that has gone into these handmade works of art. Now its your chance to have the opportunity to collect and own an object or a series through the Sooper Design shop.