Dinosaur Designs Atmosphere

Atmosphere is the latest collection from Dinosaur Designs

I love visiting their Sydney Studio where everything is created, its a creative, inspiring, magical space and I always leave feeling inspired. Their latest collection is online and in store now click here to shop

Photography Jason Loucas Styling Vanessa Austin

behind the scenes Wild cookbook shot in Bondi

My Bondi buddy Sarah Glover has released her first cook book Wild – a while back we got up early one weekend in Bondi and made some magic and it made it into her book – here is some outtakes – Photos Luisa Brimble

click here to buy her book

Elise Cameron – Smith She’s back!

My favourite little boat builder is back! Elise Cameron-Smith crafts whimsical wooden treasures. She has been busy in her workshop after some rather fabulous adventures – I love her sweet little boats ( I have one myself!) click here to shop her new fleet!

Photo Citizens of Style

sand by dinosaur designs

Sand is the newest collection of objects and jewellery by Dinosaur Designs  duo Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy it explores the colours and textures of rock and mineral particles in warm earthy tones  available online and in store now
Photography Tim Georgesen

new from castle

I love Rachel Castle as much as I love her Art and textiles, a clear extension of her own personality ( The only way I say to succeed), fun, real, cheeky, colourful and cool without trying! Im loving this latest collection of dreamy colourful bed linen  and all ready planning my sundae sleep in

click here to see more

Photos Lisa Cohen

Styling Louella Tuckey

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new dinosaur designs moss collection

Dinosaur Designs Duo Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy launch their newest collection, Moss, just in time for winter.

Moss is inspired by the dewy undergrowth of an autumn morning, with a wonderful palette of lush greens reminiscent of ancient mosses that carpet forest floors and thrive on the rich soils that lie underfoot. Hues are balanced, restful and soothing, combined with jewellery and homewares forms inspired by earth, rocks and flowers.

Moss introduces new classic brass jewellery and homewares, rendered in shapes that connect directly with nature. New Organic Ball earrings and necklaces, for example, draw on dewdrops for inspiration and paperweights evoke the smooth contours of stones.

Head in store or click here to see more and to buy online

Photography by Rose Erdelyi and styled by Louise Olsen

 

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bassike opens at the strand

Australian fashion favourite Bassike have just opened their latest store at the Strand in Sydney, The label Synomomous with cool showcases their mens and woman collection in a space designed by Akin creative.

Shop 59-61, Level 1

The Strand Arcade

412-414 George Street

Sydney

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ken done

Ok, so a few weeks ago a very exciting email popped up in my inbox, asking if I would like to meet iconic Australian Artist Ken Done of course i jumped at the chance! It’s not every day you get to meet an Australian Icon!

To those of you not familiar (there can’t be too many!) Ken is one of my Favourite living legends, growing up in Australia you could not help but be influenced by this legendary artist. So an opportunity to meet him was a dream come true! ( we even swapped books!)

click here to see more of Ken’s work

Photography Jess Jacob

I couldn’t pass up this opportunity and share some insight into a few of Ken’s favourite things, It was great to learn that Ken is as colourful and optomistic as is artworks, it was a great to visit and spend time in his studio where the magic happens

Tell us about your journey -how you became an artist?

I went to art school at 14 and a half but I was 40 before I had my first exhibition. I didn’t become an artist, I was an artist. It’s just when I was young I didn’t know it.

Where do you live?

At Chinaman’s Beach, near Mosman.

How would you describe the look/style of your space at home

A simple villa. A studio overlooking the beach. A house full of paintings.

Where is your favourite place to holiday?

We have been travelling for many years. We’ve holidayed in the Arctic, Europe, the Pacific, America, and the Antarctic. Some holidays are in the snow, some holidays are in the tropics where I can continue to snorkel and explore my love of the reef.

Favourite thing in your home?

My family

What are you loving right now?

The latest painting that I am working on.

Coffee or tea? (And how you take it?)

Either.

What’s your favourite day of the week?

At my age, any day that you wake up is good.

What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?

We swim every day and have breakfast by the beach, however Sunday breakfasts are a bit more indulgent.

Favourite street to shop in?

I like Mosman Junction and the shops at the airport

Favorite place to eat?

Near my gallery – Quay for special occasions, or the little Japanese restaurants tucked away in the Rocks or overlooking the Opera House, and sometimes at the Park Hyatt. (Yuki’s and Nakashima)

Favorite places to shop?

Parkers Art Supply Shop, it’s like being in a sweet shop.

What are you reading/watching/listening to?

I’m reading crime fiction, I’m watching English comedy, I’m listening to rhythm and blues.

Favourite city?

Sydney

What’s your motto?

Look to this day

Favourite meal?

Beluga caviar, once a year

Any pets?

Sadly, no dog at the moment, but we are very attached to the magpies, seagulls and lorikeets we feed in the morning and the half a dozen large bream that I feed from the rocks in front of the studio.

favourite song?

at the moment, The Jealous Kind by Ray Charles

Your signature cocktail?

Anything with vodka

Where’s your happy place?

In my head

What do you collect?

Some expensive art, some worthless junk. Both beautiful to me.

What/who inspires you

Living in Autralia and beside the harbour in Sydney is a constant source of inspiration

What are you working on right now?

Paintings of the Antarctic

What’s next?

A series of talks related to the launch of my newly released memoir (Ken Done: A Life Coloured In), then the exhibition in June of the Antarctic pictures to benefit the McGrath Foundation.

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page thirty three – tactile equations

TACTILE EQUATIONS by Page Thirty Three
Utilitarian objects become modern day monoliths with Page thirty Three’s new collection Tactile Equations as they explore the geometry of sculpture, and the act of daily ritual.
Each piece has a scultpural aesthetic, which seeks to evolve the cultural hieracrchy from utilitarian object to artwork, in order to
give more meaning and importance to the act of daily ritual.
Just as ancient cutlures realised the importance of enhancing the human and earth bond, Tactile Equations seek’s to bring this to
our modern world.
Page Thirty Three’s objects are playful, they encourage a tactile response, or aesthetic equation to master in order to finish the
piece. This personalisation enhances the emotional connection between user and object.

Tactile Equations collection includes: The Stratosphere Lamp, The Super Structure Oil Burner, The Void Insence Burner, The Zigzag Table & Interlock Candle Holders in Brass.

Click here to learn more

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stephen ormandy and louise olsen show at art15 london

Celebrated Australian Artists and co-founders of Dinosaur Designs Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen unveil their latest body of work, in partnership with the Olsen Irwin gallery, at ART15 London, held at Olympia from 21 – 23 May 2015. It is the first time that the pair has shown at the London art fair, and their works will appear alongside other artists from the Olsen Irwin stable, including works by Lucien Freud, Henry Moore, Nicholas Harding and John Olsen.

Stephen Ormandy’s paintings (below) and sculptures are inspired by the natural world. The foundation of his painting is a strong design element together with a great understanding of the nuance and potential of colour and form. He works with solid colour and soft organic shapes which bounce off each other, creating an enduring vibrancy. In the works on show in London,

Ormandy explores the intersection of the natural world with the digital age, using line, tone, shape and colour. His sculptures, created from marble and gesso on pine, bring a 3D element to this exploration of the relationship between the digital and natural world.

Louise Olsen will be exhibiting a collection of Liquid Moon tables and her new Moon table inspired by natural forms (below) including a selection of new pieces which resemble artful agate forms with mesmerising patterns. The colours range from cool blues to vibrant warm orange and red tones, with a smaller table in a rich yellow. Each table is a created by hand in the iconic Dinosaur Design resin.

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