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Taking Building Blocks to Designer Heights

Taking Building Blocks to Designer Heights

ColorBlock is the latest collection from Dinosaur Designs, and channels the childlike wonder of building blocks into a modern, designer homewares and jewellery range.

From Australian design duo Stephan Ormandy and Louise Olsen, ColourBlock juxtaposes a variety solid hues against one another to playful effect; from bright vivid flourishes to soft primary colours, the collection is as eye catching as it is practical. Being part of the Dinosaur Designs range, it’s of little surprise that the collection also features the gorgeous organic shapes and naturalistic lines that have made the brand famous

ColourBlock is Olsen and Ormandy’s take on the art of blocking colours. Through playing with solid hues, juxtaposing them and exploring how they relate to one another in a singular design, the pair have created a collection that is bold and striking yet never over the top or garish. Bold and soft primary colours form the palette of the range, which embraces the warmth and the cold, with colours ranging from cobalt blue to vivid coral red, with accents of bright grass green recalling summer days.

Along with the bangles and jewellery the Colourblock range also features a homewares collection that is equally audacious. Bright contrasts rendered in sculptural forms and strong geometric shapes have been designed to stand out from the usual generic nature of usual homewares. Traditional design boundaries have been pushed to unique create sculptural forms that come together in an interconnected design.

“There is a wonderful, playful nature to this collection,” says Louise Olsen “In the same way that you play with blocks as a child, it’s about adding and subtracting colour to your body or your home’s interiors.”

Dinosaur Designs

Words by Andrew McDonald

Photographed by Bec Parsons