The qualities of the handmade have been central to the work of Dinosaur Designs since it was established in Sydney by Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Liane Rossler in 1985.
In 1986 the three began producing experimental resin jewellery. Dinosaur Designs steadfastly continues to produce its now extensive range of homewares and jewellery in-house. The company manages its own stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York and distributes to selected retailers around the world.
Casting in resin allows the creation of multiple pieces while retaining the hand-modelled feel of the original prototypes. Many of the casting techniques can only be done by hand. Working directly with dozens of creative assistants in-house allows Dinosaur Designs to achieve a form of mass hand production that offers a successful alternative to conventional manufacturing.
You can see works by Dinosaur Designs in the new exhibition Smart works: design and the handmade, from 30 March 2007 at the Powerhouse Museum.