02 January, 2008

Australia Day - Celebrating Australian Design

Celebrating Australia Day - Celebrating Australian Design

With our national holiday - 'Australia Day' on 26 January - fast approaching - in a mini-part blog series I wanted to expose, explore and celebrate - a snippet - of what makes great Australian design.

Prolific Rug Design Company: Designer Rugs - fosters & collaborates with Australia's Top Designers.

Dinosaur Designs stands as one of the most visible and successful design based businesses in Australia.

The group as - Louise Olsen, Stephen Ormandy and Liane Rossler met while studying drawing and painting at a Sydney art school in 1983. They formed the company Dinosaur Designs in 1985 and began selling handprinted fabrics and painted jewellery at Paddington Markets. The intuitive creativity that shapes their distinctive work in jewellery and homewares has also informed the development of their extraordinary company. Dinosaur Designs now stands as one of the most visible and successful design-based businesses in Australia, operating its own stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York as well as exporting to more than twenty countries worldwide.Olsen, Ormandy and Rossler have managed to intersect the boundaries between art, craft, design, fashion and business

without pause, and have applied the same creative energy and focused vision to each new opportunity. They have forged an important place for themselves within Australian design history, not only through their longevity and popularity but also through the distinctively Australian character of their work, with many of the colours and forms they use evoking the casual lifestyle and vibrant natural landscape of Australia. Bio Words/ text by Brian Parkes Curator, Object Gallery


Flag Store: SYDNEY339 Oxford StreetPaddington 2021Ph: 02 9361 3776 Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm Sun: 12pm-5pm

CLOTH: Created exclusively for Designer Rugs, the 8 rug designs are each an organic representation of the signature style that is Cloth fabric. Designed in Julie’s Blue Mountains workshop; each design captures unique elements of her tranquil and innate atmosphere, drawing from the surrounding Australian landscape.Since its conception in 1995, cloth fabric has been creating contemporary screenprinted textiles by hand. Located in Sydney, the small team lead by Julie focuses on producing high quality, locally made products with an earthy, relaxed Australian overtone.“This collection of rugs has been developed from my current fabric ranges titled “In The shed and Outside” The designs are based on my daily life: the native plants I see out the windows of my workshop, the trip I take up to the mountains, the endless suburbs I drive through, the traffic lights I wait at."
Stock sizes: 170 x 240 cm and 200x 300cm; rugs can be custom coloured and sized.

Visit http://www.clothfabric.com/

VIXEN: Georgia Chapman, the Melbourne-based designer and maker of Vixen textiles, fashion and homewares, has developed an international following for her custom-dyed, hand printed, etched and embellished silks, jerseys and velvets. Prior to establishing her own label, Georgia's designs adorned collections for Collette Dinnigan and Scanlan & Theodore.
Georgia's unique style has translated beautifully into a seductive collection of rugs that carry her hallmark - hand - detailed layers of complimentary colours and prints combining in luxurious union.
The Vixen collection by Designer Rugs is based on favourite prints and fabrics from future and recent collections. The tactile element has been achieved through the use of pure silk embellishments, differing yarn heights and pattern layering.
Standard size is 200cm x 300cm, all designs can be custom coloured and sized.

Akira Isogowa - 'Akira'
Following the huge success of the inaugural Akira Isogawa rug collection presented by Designer Rugs in 2005, the two have once again collaborate on a brand new collection for 2007/08. Developing along this same path, the Akira rug collection for 2007/08 likewise reflects Akira’s delicate signature, epitomised by contemporary plays on traditional Japanese icons, patterns and colour ways. The six new designs make up the Akira 2008 rug collection for Designer Rugs. Each design features 100% New Zealand Wool, some in combination with viscose or pure silk which add a subtle textural highlight. Colour combinations such as cherry and stone, turquoise and charcoal, and chartreuse and eggshell typify the collection.

Designer Rugs - For more than 20 years, Designer Rugs has been making and supplying the finest quality hand-knotted and hand-tufted rugs to embassies, hotels, banks, public buildings and to individual residences.
Our rugs are made from the purest New Zealand wool and the finest Oriental silks. They have worked closely with architects including Harry Seidler and designers such as Akira Isogawa and Dinosaur Designs to produce tailor-made pieces for individual projects and for our own exclusive rug ranges.
They are committed to ensuring that their customers get the highest standards of service and their in-house designers and showroom staff will assist you in choosing or creating the perfect rug for your needs.
They can work with you to produce any style, size and colour of rug required. This can include matching commissioned rugs to the hues of an artwork or decorative scheme.
DR (designer rugs) craftspeople are masters of classic techniques including carving, loop and cut, bevelling and embossing. Using only the highest grade materials. New Zealand wool has the ideal qualities of strength, comfort, warmth and its natural whiteness allows it to be dyed to an endless palette of colours.
From contemporary to traditional, tribal to classic, DR supply stylish rugs, made to specifications or carefully selected from DR's impressive range of hand-knotted, imported rugs. DR rugs can be delivered anywhere in the world at a surprisingly low cost.
Sydney - for showroom and contact details:
Head Office & Factory: 509 Parramatta Road PO Box 54 Leichhardt NSW 2040 Sydney Australia Telephone: +61 2 9550 9933 Facsimile: +61 2 9564 2703 and 100 New South Head Road, Edgecliff Sydney NSW Australia 2027 Telephone: +61 2 9328 4111 Facsimile: +61 2 9328 4122

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