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Dinosaur Designs Moss 2016

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Dinosaur Designs Black Marble 2016

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Dinosaur Designs Rainforest 2015  

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Dinosaur Designs Stone 2015  

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Dinosaur Designs Flower 2015 

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Dinosaur Designs Atelier 2014  

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Dinosaur Designs Atelier 2014  

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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 

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Red Collection 2014 - Various Seaweed Wrap dishes & vases 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016

May - Dinosaur Designs launch the new collection Moss 

Louise Olsen is asked to judge the Instyle and Audi Women of Style Award

Veuve Clicquot ask Louise to be a judge of the New Generation Award

Belle magazine choose Louise to be a judge of the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy launch the Black Marble collection

Louise Olsen formed part of the judging panel of the Veuve Cliquot's New Generation Award   

Stephen Ormandy artwork featured on the cover of Korea's HEREN magazine.

Stephen Ormandy works exhibited in the exhibition 'Atellier by HEREN' at Korea's PKM gallery.

Stephen Ormandy exhibits works in 'The Cult of Colour' at Circuit 12, Dallas.

2015

December - Louise Olsen profiled in Porter magazine.

November - Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy reinterpret the iconic Series 7 chair for Cult Design's Chairity project with proceeds from the auction donated to the Redfern Foundation

October - To celebrate 30 years at the helm of Dinosaur Designs, Louise and Stephen launch the Rainforest collection

September - A selection of Atellier vases feature in London Design Festival 

May - John Melick and Michelle Jank hold a dinner at Martyn Thompson's studio in New York in honour of of Louise and Stephen and to celebrate the launch of launches the Flower collection

The Olsen Irwin gallery exhibit a selection of Louise's Moon tables alongside a Stephen's paintings at ART15 London

Object: Australian Design Centre name Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy as inaugural honourees of the Australian Design Honours for their contribution to Australian design

March - Louise collaborates with with Romance Was Born and Linda Jackson for their Cooee Couture Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney, witha  presnetation at the Art gallery of New South Wales

Louise Olsen collaborates with Toni Maticevski to create jewellery for his FW15 Collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney

Louise Olsen asked to form part of the judging panel for the Veuve Cliquot New Generation Award, which celebrates the achievements of women in business

February - Dinosaur Designs launch the collection, Blue

2014

November - Louise and Stephen help OzHarvest celebrate their 10th birthday by designing a limited edition dish 

Louise and Stephen collaborate with Jac+Jack to create a series of limited edition hand loomed & dyed organic beach towels and hand towels

October - Louise and Stephen launch the Atelier collection

August - Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy open their first European store in London's Soho district, at 35 Great Windmill Street. Interior design by Ian Halliday of Burley Katon Halliday. 

Dinosaur Designs launches Mist

June - 'Collar Bone' & 'Moon Table' scupltures created by Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy have been acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia

April - Dinosaur Designs launches the Seed Pod collection designed by Louise Olsen

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

March - Karen Woodbury Gallery exhibits sculptures by Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy at "Olsen Ormandy: The Art of Dinosaur Designs" as part of Melbourne Fashion Festival

Feburary - Dinosaur Designs launches Red

Dinosaur Designs hosts Martyn Thompson's Working Space book launch, which features the work spaces of creatives people, inlcuding Louise and Stephen's Sydney studio

2013

December - Louise and Stephen launch a new hand-made resin soap dish to house a  new collection of deluxe natural hand-made sopas created with local producer Blue Willow

November - Dinosaur Designs collaborates with Jac+Jack to create a collection of limited edition hand loomed & hand dyed organic beach towels 

October - Dinosaur Designs launches its Modern Tribal collection

Louise and Stephen support Sculptures By The Sea with the creation of the winner's trophies. 

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 launches its Safari collection

June - Louise and Stephen continue their support of the Sydney Film Festival with creation of the winner's trophies.

May - Dinosaur Designs launches Ocean, a new collection of jewellery and homewares

Stephen Ormandy is asked to report on Collective.1 Design Fair, New York, exclusively for InDesignLive

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

Feburary - Dinosaur Designs launches the Art of Black & White

Louise and Stephen host a Belle Art Reader Dinner for 100 guests with Michael Read at their Strawberry Hills studio 

The company's support of TropFest continues with the creation of trophies for the winners of the Short Film Festival

2012

December - Vogue Living ask Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy to report on Design Miami and Art Basel Miami

November - Dinosaur Designs launches its Dream collection and hosts the 'Dinner of Dreams an intimate dinner for 60 guests at its Strawberry Hills studio

Dinosaur Designs supports the Evolve Awards

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

September - Louise Olsen asked to prvide her insights to her home city with the creation of 'Amble' guide for Louis Vuitton focusing on art and design in Sydney

August - Dinosaur Designs launches its Sorbet colour palette

May - Dinosaur Designs launches their 'Earth' collection with a percentage of sales donated to the WWF

February - Louise and Stephen launches their 'Plum' collection

The company opens a new store in the Wintergarden, Brisbane

Dinosaur Designs supports Earth Hour with lights turned out throughout the company

Dinosaur Designs supports Tropfest with creation of the winner's trophies

2011

November - 'Abstract', a new collection launches

August - Louise and Stephen launch their 'Naturals' collection

April - Dinosaur Designs launch their 'Insects' collection

February -Dinosaur Designs launched their Fresh collection

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy are commissioned to create an exhibition for the Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland and create 'Series 8' their largest pieces to date.

The inagural Belle Interior Design Awards name Iain Halliday’s design for Dinosaur Designs’ New York store ‘Best Commercial Interior’

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. Liane Rossler departs the company but retains a one-third share of the business

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

Ian Halliday of Burlry Katon Halliday designs the interior for the refit of Dinosaur Designs' Strand Arcade, Sydney, store

November - Dinosaur Designs launches 'Bones' Collection, designed by Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen. 
Campaign photographed by Luke Irons, styled by Jillian Davison, Harpers Bazaar's fashion director, design by Marita Leuver

August - Dinosaur Designs launches 'Coral Sea' collection.

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

February - Dinosaur Designs launches 'Spice' collection.

The company makes a donation to the Cancer Council of just under $10,000 from the 'Sun' collection of 2009

Dinosaur Designs creates their first range of gift cards

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy create their second collection of rugs for Designer Rugs, with a collection consisting of six new designs. 
An opening night party is held at the Tim Olsen Gallery in Sydney's Woollahra

Jessica Alba is photographed wearing Dinosaur Designs bangles in the December issue of Elle USA

Venus Williams is photographed wearing the Louise Olsen designed Supernova necklace n the July issue of Essence magazine

Stylist Michelle Jank chooses Dinosaur Designs jewellery to accessorise the Bec & Bridge runway show at the Rosemount Australian Fashion week. 
Pieces also feature in the Harpers Bazaar fashion show at Melbourne Fashion week.

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

Stephanie Hazlewood is named as the winner of the Dinosaur Designs annual COFA award

Dinosaur Designs is featured on 'Random Acts of Kindness' on Channel 9.

2009

Dinosaur Designs founders and directors are awarded the 2009 UNSW Alumni Award for outstanding achievements of UNSW alumni in the area of Arts

The Australian Museum selects Dinosaur Designs pieces to feature in the exhibition 'Egyptian Treasures’

Vogue Australia's 'Vogue -50 years of Australian Style’ publication features pieces by Dinosaur Designs

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

The Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, comissions Dinosaur Designs to create pieces

The Armani Dinner at the Sydney Theatre Company feature Dinosaur Designs pieces

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.

Sydney Film Festival asks Dinosaur Designs to create awards for it's annual winners

The directors donate 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

The directors donate a percentage of sales from the Bird Collection to the WWF Gouldian Finch Campaign, aimed at restoring numbers of this indicator species whose numbers declined due to changed burning practices

Dinosaur Designs supports Earth Hour 2009

The company expands the size of their studio at 585 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

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

2008

Dinosaur Designs sculptures included in Leading Lights Exhibition at Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, November 6 - 29

Dinosaur Designs supports the launch of the Sydney Festival

'FREESTYLE New Australian Design for Living' features Dinosaur Designs pieces in the exhibition at  La Triennale di Milano Design Museum

Jamie Durie wins first prize at the Chelsea Flower Show, UK, with a garden that features Dinosaur Designs pieces

Supports The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival December 4th - 7th

Sydney Writer's Festival asks Dinosaur Designs to Create special awards and VIP author book marks

Ruby Taylor is awarded the Dinosaur Designs award for outstanding graduating CoFA student

Stephen Ormandy presents the IF Award for Best Music (which he designed) to Amanda Brown

Louise Olsen designs the awards for the Australian Ballet Awards; Kevin Jackson is named 'Dancer of the Year'

Trent Jansen and Ilias Fotopoulos are awarded the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, created by Dinosaur Designs

Tropfest NY gives winners awards and VIPs pendants made by Dinosaur Designs

SBS TV's Sophie McNeill takes home the 'Walkley - Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award', designed by Dinosaur Designs

Abbie Cornish and Mia Wasikowska are awarded the Dinosaur Designs made Australians in Film 'Breakthrough Award' 

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

Editor of Vogue Living, Australia, David Clark, names Dinosaur Designs salad set in his list of the “20 triumphs of Australian designs from the past 20 years”

2007

The Guggenheim Museum, New York, selects Dinosaur Designs pieces for the exhibition '500 Years of Spanish Art'

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

Design a special sculpture for JointVenture charity

Dinosaur Designs pieces are exhibited in 'Smartworks' at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum

Marie Claire awards Dinosaur Designs the Prix d’Excellence Award for Best Accessories Designer

'Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living' exhibits Dinosaur Designs pieces at the Object Gallery, Sydney

2006

Dinosaur Designs launch their first collection of rugs with Designer Rugs

'Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living', exhibits Dinosaur Designs pieces at the Melbourne Museum.

The Art Gallery of NSW exhibits a Dinosaur Designs mobile at the Contemporary Collection Benefactors (CCB) annual supper club

Sydney Writer's Festival commision Dinosaur Designs to create an award and mobile instalation

The Kylie Minogue exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum includes Dinosaur Designs peices previously worn in photo shoots

Included in SuperModels exhibition at St Margaret's Design Festival

Dinosaur Designs becomes a carbon neutral company

Design a range of fabric for Woven Image

2005

The Guggenheim Museum, New York, include Dinosaur Designs pieces in the exhibition 'Russian Art'

Commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create a unique backgammon set

Create limited edition artwork for Inside Out magazine

Dumbo Feather Pass It On magazine, exhibited Dinosaur esigns pieces as part of Zaishu project at Global Gallery, Sydney

Pieces exhibited in 'Space Odyssey', as part of Zaishu project at Space, Sydney.

Inaugurated the COFA student award, Sydney.

2004

Tokyo Designer's Block features a Dinosaur Designs mobile, exhibited at idee. The company is also commissioned to create a range of tee shirts for the events

Melbourne Fashion Festival includes Dinosaur Designs in its exhibition, 'Le Plastique' 

The Gallery of Art and Designs, Silpahorn University, Bangkok, hosts the Dinosaur Designs survey exhibition

Design award Sculpture By The Sea

The Ian Potter Gallery at the National Gallery of Victoria exhibits the Dinosaur Designs tutu created for Australian Ballet

Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, hosts the Dinosaur Designs survey exhibition travels

2003

The Australian Ballet commissions Dinosaur Designs to create a tutu

Spiral Gallery, Tokyo, hosts a major Dinosaur Designs exhibition as part of Tokyo Designer's Block

Carolina Herrera features Dinosaur Designs' jewellery as part of her runway show for New York Fashion Week

Melbourne Museum, Melbourne; Craftwest Gallery, Perth and Craft Queensland, Brisbane, all host the Dinosaur Designs major survey exhibition

2002

Dinosaur designs opens its first international store in Nolita, New York

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

2001

Design House, Fellismo, New York, exhibits Dinosaur Designs pieces

Object Gallery, Sydney includes Dinosaur Designs pieces in their 'Interiors' exhibition

The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney includes Dinosaur Designs in their Ecologic exhibition

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

2000

Bombay Saphire commissions Dinosaur Designs to design glasses for their gin

Exhibited pieces as part of 'Fashion Hits Home' exhibition at Chapungu Gallery for Melbourne Fashion Week

The Olympic Arts festival commissions Dinosaur Designs to create an installation for the Strand Arcade, Sydney

The Monash Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne includes Dinosaur Designs in their Bejewelled exhibition

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

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, exhibits pieces as part of their 'Personal Effects/The Collective Unconscious' exhibition

The MCA Sydney commssion Dinosaur Designs to create and produce a collection 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 collection 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 collection 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 department store in 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

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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