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.

dinosaurdesigns.com.au

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

People Will Always Need Plates

If you're looking to expand your property portfolio but have more dash than cash then check out Eclectic Avenue, where the house of your dreams can be had for a song...

BY DEE IVA

Rock down to Eclectic Avenue with these architectural dinner plates by Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar, aka UK design duo People Will Always Need Plates. From suburban 1930s homes to present-day glass and steel constructs, each British housing period is captured by detailed line drawings set against eye-popping blocks of colour.

Casual yet comprehensive, the bone china 'Eclectic Avenue' range also includes side plates, mugs, cups and saucers, rice bowls, teapots and egg cups so every meal is covered. The question is do you pick the design that reflects the type of home you live in or your fantasy abode? Or do you flit from 60s prefab to Victorian villa as the mood takes you? Whichever way you go, this is one street where planning permission isn't necessary...
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ABOVE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: '1930s Dinner Plate''1940s Dinner Plate''Victorian Dinner Plate''Georgian Dinner Plate'. All £18
ABOVE RIGHT: '1930s/1940s Teapot', £50
BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Streetscape Rice Bowl', £10; 'Georgian/Victorian Pitcher', £25; '1960s/1970s Platter', £55; '1960s/1970s Mug', £12

 

ABOVE: '1960s Lime Green Side Plate'; '1970s Grass Green Side Plate'; '1990s Blue Side Plate'; '2000s Aubergine Side Plate'. All £13

The 'Eclectic Avenue' range is available in the UK and Europe from uniqueandunity.co.uk, with more stockists to follow