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Seed Pod 2014 - Gold Plated Small Vanilla Pod Bangles, Glimmer Seed Wishbone and Glimmer Small Seed Pod Bangles, Assorted Vanilla Pod Bangles 

 

dinosaur-designs-red-collection-various-vases-dishes-2.jpgRed Collection 2014 - Various Seaweed Wrap dishes & vases 

 

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Modern Tribal 2013 - Shield, Lotus and Modern Tribal vases, Modern Tribal platters, assorted Lotus dishes and bowls

 

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Modern Tribal 2013 - Supernova choker, assorted Sabre and Shield bangles 

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Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy for Dinosaur Designs - Liquid Moon & Collage Side Tables

 

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Safari Collection Assorted Rings

 

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Safari Collection Assorted Homewares

 

Coral Fan Necklace

Ocean Collection Coral Fan Necklace

 

Ocean Collection, Assorted Rings

Ocean Collection Assorted Rings

 

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The Art of Black & White Bones Fan Choker

 

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The Art of Black & White Assorted Slate and Irregular Silver Bangles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

April - Dinosaur Designs launched Seed Pod collection designed by Louise Olsen

April - Dinosaur Designs collaborates with Toni Maticevski to create custom made cuffs and neck-pieces for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 

March - Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy exhibit at Karen Woodbury Gallery, "Olsen Ormandy: The Art of Dinosaur Designs", in associate with Melbourne Fashion Festival

Feburary - Dinosaur Designs launched Red

Dinosaur Designs hosts Martyn Thompson's Working Space book launch 

2013

December - Dinosaur Designs collaborates with local soap-maker Blue Willow Natural Products to create a collection of deluxe natural hand-made soaps; combined by new hand-made resin soap dishes designed by Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy 

November - Dinosaur Designs collaborates with Jac+Jack for the first time to create limited edition hand loomed & dyed organic beach towels 

October - Dinosaur Designs launched its Modern Tribal collection

Dinosaur Designs designed trophies for for the winners of Sculptures by the Sea 

September - Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy launch their first collection of handmade resin side tables, Liquid Moon and Collage, for Dinosaur Designs. 

Dinosaur Designs collaborates with Queen Bee to create limited edition handmade pure beeswax candles, available in two designs; Boulder and Totem

August - Dinosaur Designs launched its Safari collection

June - Dinosaur Designs designed trophies for the winners of Sydney Film Festival.

May - Dinosaur Designs launched its Ocean collection

Stephen Ormandy reported on Collective.1 Design Fair, New York  exclusively for InDesignLive

April - Louise Olsen judged the Scenic World Sculpture Prize at the Blue Mountains 

Feburary - Dinosaur Designs launched the Art of Black & White collection

Dinosaur Designs hosted a Belle Art Reader Dinner with Michael Read at their Strawberry Hills studio 

Dinosaur Designs designed trophies for the winners of TropFest Short Film Festival

 

2012

December - Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy report on behalf of Vogue Living at Design Miami and Art Basel Miami.

November - Dinosaur Designs launched its Dream collection

Dinner of Dreams- to celebrate the Dream collection, Dinosaur Designs held its first intimate dinner hosted in its Strawberry Hills studio

Dinosaur Designs supports the Evolve Awards

October - Dinosaur Designs supports the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition

September - Louise Olsen collaborates with Louis Vuitton to produce an Amble focusing on art and design in Sydney.

August - Dinosaur Designs launched its Sorbet colour palette.

May - Dinosaur Designs launched their Earth collection. A percentage of sales were donated to the WWF.

February - Dinosaur Designs launched their Plum collection.

The company opens a new store in the Wintergarden, Brisbane.

Dinosaur Designs supports Earth Hour.

Dinosaur Designs supports Tropfest.

2011

November - Dinosaur Designs launched their Abstract collection

August - Dinosaur Designs launched their Naturals collection

April - Dinosaur Designs launched their Insects collection

February -Dinosaur Designs launched their Fresh collection

Exhibits at GOMA, Queensland.

Iain Halliday’s design for Dinosaur Designs’ New York store wins the award for ‘Best Commercial Interior’ at the inaugural Belle Interior Design Awards.

Officially launch the New York Store, May 16.

The company opens a new store in Melbourne’s premier shopping destination, the GPO

2010

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy become sole Creative Directors/Directors of Dinosaur Designs.

Dinosaur Designs New York relocated to, 211 Elizabeth Street, (cnr of Prince).
 Store designed by Ian Halliday.

Refit the Strand Arcade store. 
Store designed by Ian Halliday.

November - Dinosaur Designs launched Bones Collection. 
Photographed by Luke Irons.
 Styled by Jillian Davison, Harpers Bazaar's fashion director.
 Design by Marita Leuver.

August - Dinosaur Designs launched Coral Sea collection.

April - Dinosaur Designs launched Moon collection.
 Photographed by Rex Dupain.
 Graphic Design by David Band.

February - Dinosaur Designs launched Spice collection.

Donation to the Cancer Council of just under $10,000 from the Sun collection of 2009.

Dinosaur Designs created their first range of gift cards.

Dinosaur Designs created their second collection of rugs for Designer Rugs, with a range consisting of 6 new rugs. 
An opening night party was held at the Tim Olsen Gallery in Woollahra.

Dinosaur Designs bangles were worn by Jessica Alba in the December issue of Elle USA.

Dinosaur Designs Supernova necklace was worn by Venus Williams in the July issue of Essence magazine.

Dinosaur Designs jewellery was worn by the models at the Bec & Bridge runway show at this years Rosemount Australian Fashion week, the show was styled by Michelle Jank.
Dinosaur Designs loaned products for the Harpers Bazaar fashion show at Melbourne Fashion week.

Dinosaur Designs supports Earth Hour by turning off all our lights and using candles.

Dinosaur Designs annual COFA award winner was Stephanie Hazelwood.

Featured on Random Acts of Kindness on Channel 9.

2009

Dinosaur included in ‘In Vogue -50 years of Australian Style’ publication that celebrated the 50th anniversary of Vogue Australia.
Dinosaur founders and directors receive 2008 UNSW Alumni Award for outstanding achievements of UNSW alumni in the area of Arts.

Dinosaur pieces loaned for the Australian Museum ‘Egyptian Treasures’ Exhibition.

Included in ‘Rug Up’ exhibition at Government House as part of Sydney Design.

Created pieces for Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

Loaned homewares for the Armani Dinner at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Produced NSW Premier's History Awards.
Created the awards for and supported the Sydney Writers Festival 2009.
Inclusion in the 20th Anniversary issue of AGIdeas publication.

Creation of Sydney Film Festival Awards.

Donated a percentage of sales from the Fungi Collection to the Australian Conservation Foundation for the protection and restoration of the environment through education and research.

Donated a percentage of sales from the Bird Collection to the WWF Gouldian Finch Campaign.

Supports Earth Hour 2009.

Expansion of 585 Elizabeth Street studio.

Launch of first online gift registry at www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au

Opening of ‘Extinct’ sale store at 585 Elizabeth Street.

2008

Included in Leading Lights Exhibition at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington November 6 - 29.

Supports the launch of the Sydney Festival.

Pieces included in FREESTYLE New Australian Design for Living exhibition 10 May - 29 June 2008 La Triennale di Milano Design Museum.

Homewares included in the winning display by Jamie Durie at the Chelsea Flower Show, UK.

Support The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival December 4th - 7th 2008.

Create special awards and VIP author book marks for the Sydney Writers Festival.

Present their annual award for an outstanding graduating CoFA student to Ruby Taylor.

Presents the IF Award for Best Music to Amanda Brown, November 13th.

Produces the awards for the Australian Ballet Awards November 26. Dancer of the year is Kevin Jackson.

Dinosaur Designs makes the Bombay Sapphire Designs Discovery Awards presented to Trent Jansen and Ilias Fotopoulos.

Makes the awards and VIP pendants for Tropfest NY - the world's largest short film festival.

Makes the awards for the Walkleys - Young Australian Journalist of the Year. The journalist of the year was Sophie McNeill of SBS TV.

The Australians in Film Breakthrough Award made by Dinosaur Designs was presented in Los Angeles honouring Abbie Cornish and Mia Wasikowska.

The Sydney Prize made by Dinosaur Designs at the Sydney Film Festival was awarded to 'The Hunger'.

Dinosaur Designs included in the winning display by Jamie Durie at the Chelsea Flower Show, UK.

Dinosaur Designs produces the trophies for the Australian Ballet Awards.

Dinosaur Designs included in FREESTYLE New Australian Design for Living exhibition 10 May - 29 June 2008 La Triennale di Milano Design Museum.

Dinosaur Designs’ salad set named by David Clark editor of Vogue Living, Australia, as the “20 triumphs of Australian designs from the past 20 years”.

2007

Contribute to the exhibition 500 Years of Spanish Art, Guggenhiem Museum, New York.

Design a unique ice bucket in conjunction with Domain Chandon and auctioned for Camp Quality.

Design a special sculpture for JointVenture charity.

Exhibit in Smartworks, Powerhouse Museum.

Winner Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence Award for Best Accessories Designer.

Exhibited in Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living, Object Gallery, Sydney.

2006

Dinosaur Designs launch their first range of rugs with Designer Rugs.

Exhibited in Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living, Melbourne Museum.

Mobile instalation at AGNSW for the Contemporary Collection Benefactors (CCB) annual supper club.

Award design and mobile instalation for the Sydney Writers Festival.

Launched range of rugs with Designer Rugs.

Work exhibited in Kylie Minogue exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.

Included in SuperModels exhibition at St Margaret's Design Festival.

Became a carbon neutral company.

Designed a range of woven fabric for Woven Image.

2005

Contribute to the Russian Art Exhibition, Guggenhiem Museum, New York.

Commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create a unique backgammon set.

Design limited edition artwork for Inside Out magazine.

Exhibited as part of Zaishu project at Global Gallery, Sydney for Dumbo Feather Pass It On magazine.

Exhibited in Space Odyssey, as part of Zaishu project at Space, Sydney. Contributed to the Russian Art Exhibition, Guggenhiem Museum, New York. Inaugurated the COFA student award, Sydney.

2004

Commissioned by Louis Vuitton to design a chess set.

Sell a range to Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York.

Exhibited at Idee as part of Tokyo Designers Block and commissioned to create a range of tee shirts for the events.

Exhibit in Le Plastique exhibition as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Survey exhibition travels to Gallery of Art and Designs, Silpahorn University, Bangkok.

Design award Sculpture By The Sea.

Tutu designed for Australia Ballet exhibited at the Ian potter Gallery, national Gallery of Victoria.

Dinosaur Designs survey exhibition travels to Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns.

2003

Commissioned to design a tutu for the Australian Ballet.

Launch furnishing fabrics internationally after being commissioned by Woven Image.

Major Dinosaur Designs exhibition at Spiral gallery, Tokyo as part of Tokyo Designers Block.

Provide accessories for the Carolina Herrera fashion show, New York Fashion Week.

Dinosaur Designs major survey exhibition travels to; Melbourne Museum, Melbourne; Craftwest Gallery, Perth; Craft Queensland, Brisbane.

2002

Open first international store in Nolita, New York.

Included in an exhibition as part of the Tokyo Designer’s Block.

Object Gallery Sydney holds a retrospective exhibition of Dinosaur Designs pieces as part of the Sydney Festival.

2001

Dinosaur Designs exhibits at Design House, Felissimo, New York.

Works included in Interiors exhibition, Object Gallery, Sydney.

Works exhibited in Ecologic exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Design award for IF Awards (Inside Film) and start long collaboration.

2000

Commissioned to design glasses for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Sell homewares to Donna Karan’s New York store.

Included in Fashion Hits Home exhibition at Chapungu Gallery for Melbourne Fashion Week.

Commissioned to design installation for the Olympic Arts festival, Strand Arcade, Sydney.

Included in Bejewelled exhibition, Monash Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

Commissioned to design an installation for Queen Street Mall, Brisbane.

1999

New international export markets include Italy, Japan, Canada, Austria, Singapore, South Africa and Hong Kong.

Included in Accessory exhibition, gallery 4a, Sydney and 4+1 exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

1998

Represented at Milan Furniture Fair, Italy.

Move to their current larger studio in Strawberry Hills, Sydney.

Included in Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, exhibition, Personal Effects/The Collective Unconscious.

Designs and produce product range for The Warhol Look exhibition, MCA, Sydney.

1996

Open third retail outlet in South Yarra, Melbourne and fourth in The Rocks, Sydney.

1995

Expand exports to include Idee in Japan, and Henri Bendel and Bloomingdales in the United States.

Commence long association with Tropfest Short Film Festival by designing the Tropfest trophies.

Commissioned to design and produce a product range for the Matisse exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

1994

Move to larger premises in Surry Hills, Sydney and increase staff and production to cope with expanding international and national wholesale orders.

Relocate Strand Arcade store to a larger space within the Arcade.

1993

Exhibit at Seed (part of Seibu department store in Japan), and begin to wholesale to various outlets in Japan, including Isetan.

1992

Sell jewellery range to Harvey Nicholls, London.

Participate in Local Heroes exhibition, Ipswich, Regional Gallery, NSW.

Exhibit at Australian pavilion, Barcelona Expo.

Export to New Zealand.

1991

Receive first international magazine editorial in British Vogue.

Continue to expand exports to the United Kingdom and Germany.

1990

Dinosaur Designs’ second retail store opens in Paddington.

Expand range to include homewares and glassware, sterling silver and resin inlay.

1989

Dinosaur Designs’ first retail store opens in Sydney’s Strand Arcade.

Exhibit as part of Australian Fashion: The Contemporary Art exhibition held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. The exhibition tours Japan, South Korea and Australia, before being acquired by the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

Export to Browns and Liberty in London.

1988

Start employing staff to assist in production.

Continue to develop resin casting techniques and begin work in metal casting.

First export to the United States.

Start selling to Georges, Melbourne.

1987

Dinosaur Designs establishes a studio in Sydney’s Kings Cross, and begin to wholesale to retail outlets in Sydney and Melbourne.

Take part in their first Fashion Design Council Parade in Melbourne and receive their first editorial exposure in Australian Vogue.

1986

Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy & Liane Rossler complete a postgraduate degree in Professional Art Studies at City Art Institute.

They start to experiment with painted resin to create jewellery pieces.

First exhibition at Cash Palace, Sydney.

1985

Dinosaur Designs is formed and begins selling pieces of fimo jewellery at Sydney’s Paddington Markets, which is well respected for its artists, designers and craft-makers.

1983

Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy & Liane Rossler meet at City Art Institute (now known as CoFA).

 

 



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