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  1. Shopping in London: Dinosaur Designs

    Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown.

    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.

    Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs’ Creative Directors, at their new London store in the new Ham Yard Hotel. Photography by Simon Brown.

    Stephen Ormandy and Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs’ Creative Directors, at their new London store in the Ham Yard Hotel. Photography by Simon Brown.

    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.

    A touch of Scotland in a Dinosaur Designs vase. Photography by Simon Brown.

    A touch of Scotland in a Dinosaur Designs vase. Photography by Simon Brown.

    Dinosaur Designs bangles at the new London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Stacks of magnificent Dinosaur Designs bangles. Photography by Simon Brown.

    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.

    Dinosaur Designs Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown.

    Dinosaur Designs at the new London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Pieces of from Dinosaur Designs homewares collection at the new London store. Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown.

    Dinosaur Designs new London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown.

    “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.”

    Dinosaur Designs at the new London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Vessels at the new Dinosaur Designs London store. Photography by Simon Brown.

    Dinosaur Designs at the new London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Dinosaur Designs side table. Photography by Simon Brown.

    Dinosaur Designs at the new London store. Photography by Simon Brown, via WeeBirdy.com.

    Dinosaur Designs necklaces at the new London store. Photography by Simon Brown.

    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.

    Dinosaur Designs
    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
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    Opening hours:
    Monday to Sunday 10am-7pm

    Follow Dinosaur Designs on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@dinosaur_designs, @dinosaurdesigns_ny, @louise_olsen, @stephenormandy)

    • lauraimurray

      I LOVE Dinosaur Designs! I walk past their studio in Surry Hills, Sydney everyday on my way to work and just WISH I could pop inside!

      • weebirdy

        They’re busy bees in there, Laura! Imagine all those beautiful vases and jewellery getting fired in their huge kilns every time you walk past! (Isn’t their Extinct store at the Surry Hills studio? Discounted Dinosaur Designs!) And thanks for popping by Wee Birdy! X

    • Sandy

      What a fantastic looking store. I love the shot of the bangles. You have to admire Stephen Ormandy & Louise Olsen for their intelligence & creativity in maintaining such an amazing standard of design for so many years.

    • Jenbug

      I still love Dinosaur Designs after many years since living in Sydney. Will check out the London store next time I’m there.