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

Tom Pigeon

Dress up your walls with these striking prints from modernist Scottish design duo Tom Pigeon...

BY DEE IVA

We’re rather smitten with these beautiful graphic prints by Pete and Kirsty Thomas aka Tom Pigeon. Their abstract compositions are bold and simple with a deft use of line, overlapping block colours and metallic details.

Based in Fife on the east coast of Scotland, Tom Pigeon’s designs are hand-pulled in a small print studio in Glasgow and are inspired by the weather and abstract shapes found in the surrounding landscape. Our favourite prints use gold, silver and copper foil blocking which contrast the flat colour fields and bring a seductive glow to each design.

ABOVE: 'Day' evokes the heat of the sun with gold foil blocking. A2 screenprint, £50
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Anstruther' contrasts copper foil with spearmint green and black. A2 screenprint. £50; The full moon is captured in 'Night' with its cool colour palette and silver detail

ABOVE: Echoes of Alexander Calder and Kazimir Malevich can be found in the interconnecting 'Shipwreck' series. From left: 'Flotsam', 'Jetsam', 'Lagan'. A2 screenprints, £60 each
BELOW: Glimpses of Mediterranean architecture and light in the new 'Islanders' collection. From left: 'Islanders 1', 'Islanders 2', 'Islanders 3'. B2 screenprints, £70 each

New for 2016 are the 'Shipwreck' series, three interconnecting prints depicting flotsam and jetsam on the beaches of Fife, and the 'Islanders' collection which takes its inspiration from Mediterranean architecture and the deep shadows that strong sunshine creates.

Tom Pigeon’s graphic sensibilities also extend to a range of minimal greeting cards, notebooks and directional handcrafted jewellery. We definitely feel a wishlist coming on...
tompigeon.com

Lara Bohinc x Skultuna

These chic candleholders by jewellery designer Lara Bohinc herald the arrival of Spring/Summer in the northern hemisphere. Oh you pretty things... 

BY DEE IVA

The London Collection, an unbelievably dainty range of candleholders by Lara Bohinc for Swedish metalwork brand Skultuna, has become a firm Fizz favourite. Made of etched brass, the delicate lace-like designs reveal little glimpses of light and create incredible shadows. When they first appeared last year, we were immediately drawn to their beautiful brassy lustre, and the intricate Spirographic surface patterns inspired by Japanese motorways, feathers and planets orbiting around the sun. Now for Summer 2015, Bohinc has raised her game again and added sugary coral pink and cool minty green editions, a homage to the Slovenian designer's childhood holidays by the Adriatic Sea.
skultuna.com   larabohinc.com

The 'London Collection Summer Edition' is available from April. From €72.

Minimalux

Add a little sparkle to your life with these sleek and shimmering designs from Minimalux 

BY DEE IVA

Minimalux is the brainchild of Mark Holmes and Tamara Caspersz, who produce a small, carefully edited collection of jewellery and beautiful accessories for the home.
The name really does spell out the duo's mission – to craft minimal yet luxurious pieces that won't go out of style. Made in the UK, their distinctly glamorous designs use subtle detailing, covetable colours and look-at-me metallics to create the modern classics of the future.
New additions to the family include the sculptural 'Hash' bookcase and the matt-finish, candy-coloured 'Neon' lights, which are currently at the top of our design wish list...
minimalux.com

ABOVE RIGHT: 'Pocket Mirror' in brass, £85; 'Conical Vase' (limited edition), in silver, from £500; 'U Candleholder' in copper, £195
BELOW: 'Hash' bookcase in brass, £6,850; 'Neon' lights, £125 each

Sasha Tugolukova

Beauty and the beast come to feast with these unsettling plates that seem to hail from the other side of the looking glass 

BY DEE IVA

The 'Jabberwocky' by John Tenniel from 'Through the Looking Glass'

We're completely entranced by these eerie designs from London-based Russian illustrator Sasha Tugolukova. Their strange other-worldliness is at once beautiful and frightening. Highly detailed and exquisitely drawn, symmetrical collages of flora, fauna, insects, jewellery and machined parts create haunting animal faces reminiscent of John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's classic novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.

A 2008 graduate of the London College of Communication, Tugolukova's dark fascinations led her to an internship at Alexander McQueen, whose own gothic fashion stylings challenge traditional notions of beauty. Now striking out as a fully fledged designer, her debut line also explores perceptions of beauty in the 21st century.

Made of fine bone china and hand-finished in Stoke-on-Trent by local artisans, this surreal tableware collection is definitely not one for the squeamish, but that's no bad thing in our books. 
sashatugolukova.com

BELOW FROM LEFT: 'Mask' collection
TOP ROW: 'Bill', 'Christoff', 'Harry' 
BOTTOM ROW: 'Iris'
, 'Karl', 'Philip' 
All plates are 27cm radius, £40 each