Creative professionals help and inspire us to live beautiful lives – and here, we ask Aussie talents about what inspires them.
The designer: Louise Olsen, Dinosaur Designs
What are you currently working on?
new collection, which will be released next April. I can’t say too much but I am thrilled with the forms that are developing.”
Shining stars in the Australian design, art and creative worlds?
“Object: Australian Centre for Design and Aesop – they have the most beautiful and inventive store interiors using local architects. Tim Finnigan, Founder of Australian ocean energy company BioPower Systems.”
Where would you take an overseas visitor for breakfast, lunch, dinner?
“There is something quintessentially Sydney about being by the sea, so breakfast would be at Bronte or Gould Street in Bondi, then off to Sailors Thai in The Rocks for lunch. We’d head to Guillaume at Bennelong for a pre-dinner drink, and then to Icebergs in Bondi for dinner – that’s always a treat.”
You have an hour to spare and a laptop. What websites will you be surfing?
“Nowness.com, Pinterest.com, Thesartorialist.com,Superfuture.com.”
Your favourite apps?
“Instagram. It’s a nice way to share images. It’s more of a visual medium. I love that an image can say a thousand words.”
What’s the style of your home interior?
“Eclectic and sculptural, with a love of colour, objects and artifacts.”
What are the best bargain buys for the home?
“Books and magazines, I’m addicted! They look great when they’re stacked and they’re a great reference, too.”
What’s a great colour scheme?
“It’s totally dependent on elements, such as space, style, purpose and environment.”
Got any affordable decorating tricks? “A still life of vases or a bowl of fruit can give so much to a sense of place.”
Do you have any go-to online shopping sites? “I’m not an online shopper! I like to see, touch and feel things and to talk to the people in the store.”