Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Pioneer - Joyce Coffey

Joyce Coffey was a pioneer in industrial design in Victoria. Joyce studied mechanical drafting at Melbourne Technical College (RMIT University) in the late 1930s. Working as a team Joyce and her husband Selwyn developed a huge range of light fittings for Kempthorne designed specifically for the low ceiling modernist homes of the 1950s and 1960s. Selwyn had studied industrial design at Melbourne Tech in the earliest period of the program. Joyce and Selwyn were active members of the Design Institute of Australia. 

Industrial designers Joyce and Selwyn Coffey shown discussing concept sketches for light fittings.

Advertisement for Kempthorne, the family lighting company by industrial designers Joyce and Selwyn Coffey.

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