100 Objects Exhibition

Cobalt & KeepCup in ‘100 Objects – Australian Design in the Home’

As one of the most influential Australian architects in history, Robin Boyd was an acknowledged leader in design and education. To celebrate the centenary of his birth, the Robin Boyd Foundation has created a year-long program to showcase his design influence. The events are aimed to highlight how his design-thinking continues to inspire contemporary discussions about Australian architecture and design across the globe.

During October, curator and lecturer at Monash University Ian Wong pays homage to Boyd’s legacy by bringing together 100 iconic Australian designs in an exhibition (100 Objects – Australian Design in the Home) at Boyd’s exemplar mid-century South Yarra home. More than a fitting backdrop, the house elevates and celebrates the work of some of Australia’s most important design practitioners, by creating a ‘design within a design’ installation. The objects are meticulously and thoughtfully placed throughout the house to reflect their function and effects.

While some objects will feel like they have always been there, others appear to traverse time, the exhibition bringing together designs from the 1930s to the present day.Visitors are free to roam through the extraordinary rooms and spaces of Walsh Street, where they will discover significant pieces of Australian design history.

Cobalt are incredibly proud that KeepCup is one of the product designs featured in the exhibition. Other Cobalt projects that are sprinkled throughout the Walsh St house are the Concave Halo football boot and Nylex Esky Jugs. Other influential designs in the exhibition that have inspired Cobalt’s team over the decades are the baby seat by Phil Slattery, the Wiltshire Staysharp knife and the Décor BYO wine cooler.

Additionally, Cobalt principals Steve Martinuzzo, Jack Magree and Warwick Brown are presented as key design contributors, along with past Cobalt alumni Bernie Walsh, Giles Matthews, and Lorrin Windahl.

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Animation Reel 2018

Cobalt Animation Reel 2018

If a picture tells a thousand words, an animation’s capacity to communicate is infinite. With the Cobalt team busy working on over 20 projects at a time, it’s nice to take a step back at the end of each year to collate some of our favourite project assets into one epic animation; telling the story of a year (or more!) gone by at Cobalt. This highlight reel below features:

Cylite HP-OCT Instrument

A revolutionary ocular imaging and measurement technique that overcomes issues of motion artefacts or data error resulting from patient eye movement during OCT imaging. The HP-OCT (Hyperparallel Optical Coherence Tomography) instrument integrates Cylite’s patented imaging technique into an OCT device delivering industry leading scan rates, fully automatic operation, and high resolution data capture.

V Patch

Designed by Cobalt in conjunction with VPMS, ST&D and world renowned bio-engineer Professor John Anderson, the sophisticated V-Patch technology platform analyses, stores and reports on a patient’s vital signs (such as ECG, respiration, blood pressure and oxygen levels, temperature and movement) using advanced patented biosensors, proprietary RF technology and cell-phone hardware.


The EyeSonic range of headwear provides an unparalleled user experience, combining total ear and eye protection – a safety industry first. Patented flexible band configurations and geometry accommodate all headwear, creating endless future potential.


The third-generation Alcohol and Drug Testing Vehicle (ADT3) was designed by Cobalt and winner of a 2018 Good Design Award. It comprises advanced safety standards as a workplace for officers as well as public and road users, and the interior maximises space and accessibility. It includes private interview rooms, a transformable crew amenities area, as well as a secure stowage of specialised blood testing and emergency response equipment.


The Dermapen 4 is the first truly digital micro-needling device, improving the effectiveness of treatments and resolving traditional limitations, such as power-cord handling issues, calibration difficulties and potential cross-contamination prevention. The DP4 is also the first micro-needling tool capable of performing scar-treatments.

KeepCup – Changing Behaviours

Over recent years, global movements inspired us to reflect on what KeepCup meant to us. Our response was a thought-provoking, concise and engaging 3D animation which we produced ourselves as a positive contribution to the zeitgeist. We sought to convey an emotive story about the positive social and environmental impact KeepCup has made over the past decade – same habit; smaller footprint.


The Samaritan PAD 500P defibrillator is the most innovative device available to support rescuers by providing feedback on the effectiveness of their CPR efforts in real time. The small size, weight and affordability ensure this product is a front runner in the field today. The defibrillator is intended for use by non-medical users and professional rescuers in domestic environments – cases where a cardiac arrest has occurred out-of-hospital.

Internal Projects – F1 Helmet

Cobalt’s Stealth Helmet concept twists the tradition of a typical F1 helmet, hinging open at the back to fit from behind the driver’s head. This allows for a smaller opening with greater comfort around the jawline. The large rear-hinged visor tightly & securely locks the helmet into position around the driver’s head, and reduces the need for over-sizing.

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