Building Launch

Cobalt hosted a spectacular event on 2 June 06 to celebrate a great milestone for the company. Representing the pick of Victorian manufacturing, about 100 guests including clients and associates attended the event at our fantastic new studio and office ‘designspace‘ which was officially opened by The Honourable Andre Haermeyer, Minister for Manufacturing and Export

The evening had three themes; Past, Present and Future. Past and Future which were captured in a number of activities and two exhibitions:

Anthology‘ was a snapshot of Cobalt, with one designed product on display for each year of operation.

2011‘ was an exhibition of design ideas for Melbourne’s most iconic symbol.  Melbourne’s trams are just as important and shape this city more so than any single building or design. So we’ve made our own show-tram, evoking and reinterpreting the classic W-Class trams that people love within a technologically modern chassis. 

During the evening we announced the news that Cobalt will be establishing a UK office, headed by Shannon Smith, one of our most talented designers. With this move we plan to further leverage our reach into European-based companies.

A highlight of the evening was the Ministers ‘unveiling’ of a unique plaque as he declared the building open. The plaque features a central disk produced by our Eden260. ARRK’s latest in 3D-prototyping technology,  This remarkable machine brings rapid-prototyping directly to an office environment.

Earlier in the day Cobalt hosted Innovation Insights, a Victorian Government initiative where companies with ‘best practice’ systems share their insights with other like-minded companies.  15 participants from a variety of Australian companies workshop a number of lectures and activities to de-mystify the design process.

Finally, Mr Steve Salmon from JD Macdonald was announced as the lucky winner of the ‘Win-a-Designer’ draw. Steve wins design services from the Cobalt team to the value of approximately $3000.