Dinosaur Designs – 'Lapis Landscape' Collection

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Dazzling blue is the star of Dinosaur Designs’ new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of homewares and jewellery

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Blue is an incredibly powerful colour, reminding us of the sea and sky. It’s by turns serene, soothing and startling, as seen in the gorgeous new ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection of resin and brass homewares and jewellery by Australian duo Dinosaur Designs.

TOP: Resin ‘Horn’ vase from 2019’s ‘Lapis Landscape’ collection by Dinosaur Designs
ABOVE: ‘Horn’ bangle, ‘Tall Stone’ jug and ‘Large Rock’ cups; ‘Mother of Pearl’ dish; assorted homewares, all from the resin ‘Lapis Landscape’ range

By creative directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, the range’s ‘electrifying and intense’ blue designs take their cue from lapis lazuli, a deep-blue rock and semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its vibrant cobalt colour. Mined mainly in Afghanistan, lapis has been used for adornment on both the living and the dead (it appears on Tutankhamun’s funeral mask) and when ground down its pigment is the finest ultramarine hue, beloved by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It’s a colour that translates well to contemporary resin, drawing the eye while refreshing the soul. ‘I was inspired by the incredible jewel-like depths of the colour Lapis,’ says Olsen.

ABOVE: ‘Horn’ vase, ‘Small Stone’ jug, ‘Wide Organic Column’ vase and ‘Small Mother of Pearl’ dish; various spoons; ‘Moon’ cheese platter, ‘Stone’ cheese knife and ‘Shell’ spoon

Dramatic blues aside, ‘Lapis Landscape’ features a rich, earthy palette balanced by ivory swirls, with clay hues influenced by the red sands of the Australian Outback and gold tone accents. ‘I was also fascinated by the relationship between the ochre sand tones of central Australia and the creamy white sands of Sydney,’ says Olsen, ‘all of which translate perfectly to our handmade resin pieces.’ Forms are boldly sculptural, with new shapes including the ‘Horn’ and ‘Organic Column’ vases, complementing the classic ‘Beetle’ bowls and ‘Pearl’ dishes. Launched on 11 February, the homewares collection offers a covetable choice of vases, cups, bowls, dishes, platters, coasters, cheese knives and spoons.

ABOVE: ‘Double Circle’ drop earrings; ‘Large Horn’ earrings and jug; ‘Large Circle Drop’ earrings, ‘Horn’ bangle and ‘Medium Column’ vase; ‘Long Flute’ necklace and ‘Horn’ bangles, all from the ‘Lapis Landscape’ jewellery and homewares range

Jewellery spans rings, earrings, pendants, cuffs and bangles. Fresh additions to the range include ‘Long Flute’ and ‘Circle Drop’ earrings, with pieces such as the ‘Horn’ series of rings, earrings and cuffs combining resin and brass.

‘Lapis Landscape’ is available in Dinosaur Designs’ flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and New York as well as online. Prices start from AU$25 for a resin ‘Shell’ teaspoon, which comes in Clay Swirl, Ivory Swirl and Ivory colourways, as well as that dreamy Lapis Swirl.

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Photography Victoria Zschommler; Styled by Natalie Turnbull and Heleena Trahanas; Model Alana McCoy

Dinosaur Designs x Jac+ Jack

Sunlovers of the world unite, these brilliant beach towels are guaranteed to get you in a summery mood wherever you are

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

With the southern hemisphere set for summer, we’re swooning over these beautiful new beach towels, which team spirited, arty appeal with vibrant, hedonistic splashes of colour. Launched this November by Australian jewellery and homewares brand Dinosaur Designs in collaboration with Sydney fashion label Jac+ Jack, their high-impact, painterly hues are sure to put a smile on your dial.

In a choice of warm or cool palettes, the pure organic cotton beach towels feature graphic shapes inspired by butterfly wings and stones, and the sun and moon. Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy from Dinosaur Designs worked with Jacqueline Hunt and Patrick Blue from Jac+ Jack on the project. “We approached the towels as a blank canvas with unlimited scope and potential in the same way we approach an art work,” says Ormandy, “so we really like the fact that they’re limited edition collection pieces.’

ABOVE: Beach towels available in three designs for AU$220, with four motifs for hand towels from AU$100. Snap them up at Dinosaur Design stores in Australia, New York and the Ham Yard boutique, London

Each towel takes three days to produce, with the lightweight, easy-dry cotton hand-loomed by artisan weavers on ancient looms in India. Towels are then hand-dyed by seventh-generation craftsmen, Aziz and Suleman Khatri. The brothers specialise in the Bandhani tie-dye technique, which involves binding materials tightly with hessian string, before dip-dyeing the fabrics in stages. The result is sublimely subtle, unpredictable variations on each piece.

Bondi Beach, here we come...
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Stephen Ormandy’s current art show, Digital Organic, is at Olsen Irwin gallery, 63 Jersey Road, Woollahra, Sydney, until 7 December 2014

Photographs: Françoise Baudet  Styling: Megan Morton