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Dinosaur Designs · Sand


It’s no secret we’ve long been fans of iconic Australian company Dinosaur Designs. Their latest homewares and jewellery collection returns to a muted, natural palette, exploring the beauty of windswept sandstone forms and mineral grains.

Creative Directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy introduce their new range and the innovative techniques it has initiated.

14th March, 2017
Elle Murrell
Tuesday 14th March 2017

Title, inspiration and integral raw material, ‘sand’ is the humble undercurrent of the latest collection from Dinosaur Designs. Sand takes us back to our childhood, when we used to fill jars with beautiful layers of sand. This layering effect inspired the development of our new palette,’ say Creative Directors Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy.

Nature is a constant source of inspiration for the duo. For this collection, they have been drawn to the geological process by which sand is turned into stones, and stones into rock. This natural phenomena is mirrored through Dinosaur Designs’ man-made creations. They have employed a new casting technique, suspending grains of sand within their organic forms. ‘Castings have been developed which allow the sand to be mixed into the resin, creating the rhythmic forms found in sandstone,’ explain Louise and Stephen.

‘In something as humble as a grain of sand, we see time and the vastness of the universe in miniature,’ tell the Creative Directors. ‘Without drawing attention to itself, sand carries in its smallness a greatness beyond all possibility.’

The Sand collection is available from Dinosaur Designs’ Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney stores, as well as online.

A vessel from Dinosaur Designs’ new collection, Sand. Photo – Tim Georgeson. Styling – Mark Vassallo.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

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