Louise Olsen, Liane Rossler and Stephen Ormandy of Dinosaur Designs formed a partnership in 1982 while studying painting at art school in Sydney. They sold their first hand-painted fimo and wood jewellery from a stall in Sydney's Paddington Markets and then began experimenting with jewellery in brightly-coloured moulded resin.
The mouldable qualities of this versatile material enabled increased production in more diverse forms and the trio developed a distinctive style of chunky jewellery in luminous colours that remains popular to this day. Dinosaur Designs was established in 1985 and since then the company has expanded its production to include resin tablewares, accessories, ceramic bowls and glass vases retailed through three outlets in Sydney and Melbourne. A Dinosaur Designs retail store designed by award-winning Australian architect Sam Marshall is soon to open in New York and the company's products are also retailed internationally through selected department stores and boutiques in 12 countries.
As well as designing products for general retail, Dinosaur Designs also work to commission including a major chandelier installation for the Strand Arcade, Sydney, acquired by the Powerhouse in 2001 (2001/50/1).
The doll's house was made as an auction item at a charity function to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation of New South Wales. Other doll's houses were contributed by fashion designer Akira Isogawa and jewellery maker Victoria Springs. The Dinosaur Designs doll's house, with its charming, tiny resin furniture and fittings, demonstrates yet another application of this versatile material as well as the imagination and creativity of the company's designers.