|Status anxiety? The (sydney) magazine's August issue.|
Loved by fashion editors, stylists and celebrities, Dinosaur Designs duo Stephan Ormandy and Louise Olsen have almost folklorish fame amongst Sydney's design and retail community. Built up off a Paddington Markets store in the mid-80s, together with Liane Rossler, the one-time struggling art school graduates took on a suggestion made by a fellow stall-holder, Geoffrey Rose, about using resin and the rest is, as they say, history.
But business, as with life, can be complicated. The couple, who have a 12-year-old daughter, have parted ways with Rossler, and there have been financial challenges and family health problems in the wings. But they have maintained their artisanal brand integrity over all these years, hosting weekly communal lunches for their 35 staff, having all their product made in Sydney (from prototype to casting) and playing an understated but supportive role on the 'scene'.
The (sydney) magazine's August home issue takes in many more top shops as shared by a panel of experts, including Natalie Walton, Megan Morton, Juliette Arent and Sarah-Jane Pyke, Andrea Millar, Scott Weston and Peter Fudge, as well as a spread of unique Sydney residences and selection of people who've cut corners to get into the notoriously competitive housing market, while the extensive listings and impeccable layout make it an issue to share with interstate visitors or in coffee houses for the month to come.
And, of note, Louise Olsen is more chuffed with being invited to create an installation at Brisbane's Museum of Modern Art in September than her celebrity clientele!
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