Join the founders of iconic Australian design brands, in conversation with David Harrison, editor of the Design.daily.Endless articles and reports claim...

Factory Design District: ESTABLISHED_ Founders in Conversation, including Tait, Dinosaur Designs and more


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Factory Design District: ESTABLISHED_ Founders in Conversation, including Tait, Dinosaur Designs and more


David Harrison, Design daily

David Harrison

Design Journalist & Interiors Stylist

David Harrison is a Sydney based design journalist and interiors stylist.

He is the founder of the Design daily blog which covers all manner of subjects related to design. He has been contributing to Australian interiors magazines since 1999 and has work published in Belle, Vogue Living, Real Living, Inside Out and Habitus. He also contributes regularly to the Powerhouse Museum’s D*Hub blog.

Portrait photography: Sam McAdam-Cooper.

Dinosaur Designs Factory Design District

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormondy

Creative Directors

Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy are the Creative Directors of Dinosaur Designs. During their three-decade career of designing jewellery and homewares, Olsen and Ormandy have taken their unique designs around the world, with representation in stores and galleries across five different continents and eight freestanding stores in Australia, New York and London.

They have exhibited at galleries around the world, from Victoria & Albert Museum to Tokyo Writers Block and Guggenheim Museum, and collaborated with international designers including Louis Vuitton Romance Was Born, Jac+ Jack and more.

Olsen and Ormandy's work is inspired by nature and the materials that they work with. Their formal training and love of the Australian light and landscape can be seen in their sense of colour and forms. There is warmth and tactility to their pieces, brought together by the juxtaposition of resin and the hand made nature of their objects, which they design and create in their Strawberry Hills studio.




ISM Objects Factory Design District

Celina Clarke and Simon Christopher

Founders, ISM Objects

Business partners and designers, Celina Clarke and Simon Christopher credit the ongoing success of their Melbourne-based lighting design, manufacture and retail business, ISM Objects, to a shared business vision and cohesive approach to design.

Clarke and Christopher have been pivotal in establishing the company as a unique entity within the design and retail sector. Where many of their industry counterparts simply import and retail lighting products, ISM Objects designs 75 per cent of its lighting in-house – the remaining 25 per cent conceived through collaborations with other Australian designers.

ISM Objects manufactures all its products from its factory in Mentone, Melbourne and also retails and distributes its lighting nationally.


Factory Design District: Gordon and Suzie Tait

Gordon and Suzie Tait

Managing & Creative Directors, Tait

Established in Melbourne in 1988 by Managing Director and sheet metal craftsman Gordon Tait, and Creative Director Susan Tait, Tait has a long and proud history of collaboration and mentorship.

At Tait we design and produce premium products that celebrate the Australian outdoor lifestyle. Proudly Australian owned and made, our products have become part of a contemporary outdoor furniture vernacular that speaks to Australia’s unique way of life and culture. 

Tait’s design philosophy is shaped by our strong heritage of making and manufacturing, inspiring the creation of beautiful and original outdoor furniture. We investigate widely to source the best possible materials and innovative techniques, ensuring sustainability is paramount in everything we produce.

Made in our Melbourne factory, each Tait furniture piece fuses simple functionality, considered design and exceptional craftsmanship to enrich and complete  A Life Outside. 



Shelley Simpson and James Kirton

Founders, Mud Australia

Mud Australia was founded in 1994. The porcelain range, designed by Shelley Simpson, combines hand made processes, clean lines, colour palette and functionality. The end result is a product that neatly intersects a minimalist aesthetic with an artisan finish. Our porcelain happily fits in any interior, providing a timeless alternative to mass produced ceramic design.

As a small business we strongly believe in the global values of craft and community. We actively build relationships with the people who buy, use and love our product.

Our retail stores present all products exclusively on the Vitsœ 606 Universal Shelving System, the iconic furniture range designed by Dieter Rams.


Event Details

Join the founders of iconic Australian design brands, in conversation with David Harrison, editor of the Design.daily.

Endless articles and reports claim the maker movement has begun or is in early cycle, however these Australian makers and designers are leading the way both here and abroad and have been at it for more than 20 years.

Factory Design District is proud to present this Sunday morning 'in-conversation' session. For lovers of these iconic brands as well as those looking to understand more about how to achieve longevity in the market and what it takes to get a brand to London, New York or Singapore. 

A fully curated exhibition of the brands' latest work plus never before seen pieces new pieces will be on display at Factory Design District (3-5 June 2016).  

With thanks to David Harrison, ISM Objects, Tait, MUD Australia, Dinosaur Designs and JP Finsbury Bespoke Joiners.

Register Now to receive information and updates. Get involved in your local creative industry by attending the inaugural exhibition and events.

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