Shopping in London: Dinosaur Designs
Londoners, get ready to add a pair of iconic Australian-designed resin salad servers to your top drawer – Dinosaur Designs has arrived in town. Located in the new Ham Yard Hotel, the store offers Londoners the first opportunity to wander around an oasis of Australian design excellence, right in the heart of Soho.
Adding to the Sydney-meets-Soho ambience, the unique interiors of the store have been designed in collaboration with fellow Australian design legend, Ian Halliday of Burley Katon Halliday.
It’s a unique platform to showcase the distinctive sculptural and organic forms that define the Dinosaur Designs’ collection of jewellery and homewares, led by creative directors and Sydney-siders Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that it’s an exciting move for the creative duo, as they continue to grow and develop the brand, reflecting their passion for art, design and fashion.
The London store is Dinosaur Designs’ ninth and the second international stand-alone store, joining the New York store in Nolita.
“We’re thrilled to have been invited to open up a store in London by Firmdale Hotels, as they similarly imbue each hotel with a distinct, welcoming feel and a real sense of luxury,” says Louise Olsen.
Her partner, Stephen Ormandy adds that: “We have a well established customer base in the United Kingdom, and have been eager to have a more international physical presence beyond New York. London has emerged as a design hub over the last several years, so the timing and location were right.”
Olsen and Ormandy aren’t exactly newcomers to London, as their association goes back to 1989, when they were featured in the “Australia and the Contemporary Art of Dress” exhibition at the V&A Museum, and were subsequently picked up by Liberty and Harvey Nichols.
In conjunction with the launch of the London store, Dinosaur Designs will also have a selection of pieces on view at Paul Smith’s flagship store in Mayfair in October 2014.
Unit 3, Ham Yard, 35 Great Windmill Street
London W1D 7DT
Tel. 020 7287 2254
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
Find Dinosaur Designs on the Wee Birdy London shopping map.
Monday to Sunday 10am-7pm