Dinosaur Designs grew very naturally, very organically for us. It’s a philosophy of colour and form. Working with resin is like working with paint and that’s where Steve and I both started, as students working in our studio at art school. Every piece we make is crafted by hand in Australia, passing through many pairs of hands in the process, giving each piece the slight differences that make it unique.
People often ask us if it’s difficult to work side by side as a couple, but we feel lucky to be able to work together to create beautiful things. We never really stop thinking about design and art, which is why we find it so easy living and working together – we share the same passions.
Our studio in Strawberry Hills in Sydney has the most beautiful light that pours in through the windows. It’s a very important place for us. It’s where we create and develop our designs and produce every resin piece we make by hand. It’s a place of work but it’s also very personal – almost like an extension of our home. We believe that having a happy environment has a big effect on what’s created and produced in it.
We love our stores too, as they are where we get to be with our customers and where we get feedback on our designs. One of the big mile stones for us was opening our store in New York. It’s been extremely rewarding and we’ve learned so much from the experience.
Working in design is a wonderful privilege. It’s a great way to study of the world. It’s a never ending exploration where we’re constantly inspired by nature. This is just one of the reasons we use sustainable working methods and minimise waste and electricity consumption.
Our aesthetic has refined and evolved over the years. We’re now at a point where we’ve mastered our techniques but are constantly surprised by the possibilities that arise from working with resin. We love the contrast in textures that’s created by adding elements of silver, brass and glass to each collection and we’re always asking ‘what’s next?’ as we get excited by the creative process and the journey it takes you on.
A pendant light, sometimes called a drop or suspender, is a lone light fixture that hangs from the ceiling usually suspended by a cord, chain, or metal rod. Pendant lights are often used in multiples, hung in a straight line over kitchen countertops and dinette sets or sometimes in bathrooms. Pendants come in a huge variety of sizes and vary in materials from metal to glass or concrete and plastic. Many modern pendants are energy-saving low voltage models and some use halogen or fluorescent bulbs.
Since pendant lights are typically smaller and placed in sets, it is important to follow general lighting rules to avoid creating poor lighting. An odd number of pendants is preferable to an even amount. Typically, 60-75 watt equivalent lights are needed for every 20 inches of counter space. Regarding height, pendants should be placed high enough to allow an unobstructed view while either sitting or standing. Pendants should be placed 28-38 inches above a counter top, or 72 inches above the floor.
Zoie (named from ancient Greek ζωή, meaning life) is a planter for indoor and outdoor use that offers sanctuary by receiving the sacredness of life’s seeds and shoots deep within its internal housing.
DetailsAn Indoor planter in 4 variations of height with inbuilt self watering capabilities.DimensionsMini 150D x 150H Small 340D x 340H Medium 540D x 520H Large 740D x 720H Materials & FinishesPolyethylene plastic 100% recyclable Matt textured finish
These small storage accessories are handmade from bamboo with an aluminium lid and felt insert to protect your wares.
Available in three heights with matte colour and mirror lid finishes, mix and match to create an array of geometric patterns combinations. The perfect functional decor accessory for your jewellery, on your desk, coffee, bedside or hallway table, or shelf feature.
Each box is sold individually or purchase one of our curated sets, exclusively through our online store.
Dial Hangers are the latest release from DesignByThem. Sold individually, the Dial hangers can be mixed and matched in various colours, quantities, layouts and can be purchased with or without the extension hook. Starting at $30 they are an affordable addition to the DesignByThem collection.
“We wanted to create a fun organisation tool that could be personalised to suit peoples various belongings and environments” says designer Sarah.“The colour circles help unify the space while the hooks are great for hanging smaller objects”.
The Dial Hangers are made from powder coated aluminium, making them suitable for wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor spaces. Hang your tea towels, coats, keys, bags, necklaces, umbrellas, oven mitts, pot plants and more.
Designers: Nicholas Karlovasitis & Sarah Gibson. Colours: Black, white, duck egg blue, orange, pink and yellow. Dimensions: Ø mm x D mm Price: RRP $30, with hook $38. Please contact DesignByThem for wholesale and trade pricing.
Nick and Sarah began DesignByThem in 2007. Their playful furniture and lighting is available through DesignByThem and selected retailers. The collection is continually expanding to include the work of other Australian designers.
An interior design magazine is a publication that focuses primarily on interior design in a hard copy periodical format or on the Internet.
Interior design magazines document the interior of homes, furniture, home accessories, textiles and architecture usually in a highly stylized or staged format. They may also feature cafes, historic houses, eco-friendly living and cutting-edge design.
Each issue or publication often acts as a “how to” guide for interior decorating and styling, as well as providing readers up to date design news and the latest trends. Contemporary houses in the magazines today are often highly styled photographs, which are done by interior stylists or decorators. They often do not feature people and just focus on the furniture or interior. Some magazines, such as Apartamento, feature homes that are not staged, but rather highlight elements of the house just as the inhabitant has left them.
A towel is a piece of absorbentfabric or paper used for drying or wiping a body or a surface. It draws moisture through direct contact, often using a blotting or a rubbing motion.
In households, several types of fabric towels are used, including hand towels, bath towels and kitchen towels. In warm climates, people may also use beach towels.
Paper towels are provided in commercial or office bathrooms for users to dry their hands. They are also used in households for a range of wiping, cleaning and drying tasks.
According to Middle Ages archaeological studies, “… closely held personal items included the ever present knife and a towel.” However, the invention of the towel is commonly associated with the city of Bursa, Turkey, in the 17th century. These Turkish towels began as a flat, woven piece of cotton or linen called a pestamel, often hand-embroidered. Long enough to wrap around the body, pestamel were originally fairly narrow, but are now wider and commonly measure 90 by 170 centimetres (35 in × 67 in). Pestamel were used in Turkish baths as they stayed light when wet and were very absorbent.
As the Ottoman Empire grew, so did the use of the towel. Weavers were asked to embroider more elaborate designs, aided by their knowledge of carpet-weaving. By the 18th century, towels began to feature loops sticking up from the pile of the material. These looped towels became known as havly; over time, this word has changed to havlu, the Turkish word for towel, and means ‘with loops’. Towels did not become affordable until the 19th century, with the cotton trade and industrialization. With mechanization, cotton terry-towelling became available by the yard as well as being stocked in shops as pre-made towels.
Today towels are available in a variety of sizes, materials and designs. Some hotels which provide towels and bath robes embed washable RFID tags into their linens to deter theft.
An African hand-made towel
Close-up photo of a bath towel, made of terrycloth, showing the absorbing fibres, along with a decorative pattern
A beach towel
Fibres in a tea towel
Tunisian fouta towel
A bath towel is used for drying the body when it is wet, such as after bathing or showering. It is typically rectangular, with a typical size around 30 in × 60 in (76 cm × 152 cm), and is made of terry cloth.
A beach towel is usually a little bit larger than a bath towel. Although it is often used for drying off after being in the water, its chief purpose is to provide a surface on which to lie. They are also worn for privacy while changing clothes in a public area, and for wiping sand from the body or objects. Beach towels often have colorful patterns.
A foot towel is a small, rectangular towel which, in the absence of a rug, carpet or bathroom mat, is placed on the bathroom floor to stand on after finishing a shower or bath.
A hand towel is significantly smaller than a bath towel (perhaps 12 in × 24 in (30 cm × 61 cm)), and is used for drying the hands after washing them.
An oven towel or confectioner’s mitten is a multipurpose household towel used for a kitchen or shop applications. The term came into use within Irish communities after a textile mogul, Owen Valley, created the line based on his own towel experiences.
A paper towel is a piece of paper that can be used once as a towel and then be disposed of. A perforated roll of paper towels is normally mounted on a rod a little longer than the width of the roll, or in an alternative type of hanger that has protrusions on ears, the protrusions fitting into the ends of the paper towel roll. Paper towels can also be found packaged like facial tissues, as individual folded sheets.
A disposable towel (or non-woven towel) is a towel intended for a single user, but not necessarily for a single use, as it can be reused but not washed. It is often made of non-woven fibers, and popular for the hospital, hotel, geriatric and salon or beauty industries because it guarantees cleanliness and hygiene every time.
A show towel is a bath or hand towel that has had trim—such as satin, lace or linen stitched onto it, or embroidery done on it—mainly to simply “look nice”. They are used to add a decorative touch—usually to a bathroom—most commonly in the United States. They are generally not to be used to for drying, as regular washing ruins the added trim, and the towel buckles as well (because the towel usually shrinks differently than the trim).
A sports towel, or (synthetic) chamois, is a towel originally developed for swimmers and divers, favored for its super-absorbent qualities. Sports towels can be wrung out when saturated, leaving the towel able to absorb water again, although not dry. Those qualities, along with their compact nature, have further popularized sports towels amongst general outdoor and athletic enthusiasts. The absorbent material in sports towels may be composed of viscose, PVA or microfiber, with polyester woven in for durability. Some manufacturers incorporate a silver ion or compound treatment into their towels to better inhibit microbial growth and associated odors.
A sweat towel or gym towel, often of similar size to a hand towel, is used during a workout to dry oneself from sweat or make a barrier between the gym machines and the skin. It may also be required in gyms in order to wipe down the machines after use.
The term kitchen towel refers to a dish towel in American English (called a tea towel in UK and Canadian English) and to a paper towel in British English.
A dishcloth or dishrag is a cloth used to wash dishes, cutlery, etc. They were traditionally made by housemaids by hand-hemming woven linen after their main duties were completed.
Tea towels or tea cloths (UK and Canadian English), called dishtowels or dish towels in America, originated in 18th-century England. They were absorbent towels made from soft, lint-free linen. They were used in the kitchen to dry dishes, cutlery, etc. after they were washed. The towels were also used during tea time. They would often be wrapped around the tea pot to keep the tea warm, prevent drips, and keep one’s hand from being burned by the hot tea pot handle when serving the tea.
A flannel, wash cloth, washcloth, wash rag, face-washer (Australian), or face cloth is a small square about the width of a hand towel used by wetting it, applying soap to it, and then using it to apply the soap to skin. This increases abrasion and can remove dead skin cells from the skin more effectively than using only the hands to apply soap and rub the skin. In some parts of the world, washing mitts are used for this purpose.
A wet towel (oshibori) is used in Japan to clean the hands before eating. It is often given to customers of an izakaya.
A cloth towel dispenser or continuous cloth towel is a towel manipulated by a series of rollers, used as an alternative to paper towels and hand dryers in public washrooms. These may have a lower environmental impact than paper towels, though concerns over hygiene mean they are not used by some organisations and have greatly declined in popularity. They can also be used in dangerous “choking games”.
A sanitary towel or sanitary napkin is an absorbent item worn by a person while they are menstruating.
A bar towel is an absorbent, usually small towel used in bars and often given away free as promotional items.
A fingertip towel is a small towel that is folded and placed next to the sink or in the guest bedroom. Hosts often pin a note to these towels indicating that they are for guest use.
A golf towel is a small towel which usually comes with a loop or clip to attach to a golf bag for drying hands, balls, and clubs.
A baby towel is a smaller towel characterized by an extra sewn-on hood at one corner to cover a baby’s head.
A peshtemal (or pestemal) is a unique multipurpose towel from Anatolia with over 600 years of history.
A fouta towel is a Tunisian hammam and beach towel, which is also used as a pareo.
A Dog Towel feature microfiber capable of absorbing a fair amount of water. When soaked, the fabric dries rather quickly.
A Fishing Towel keeping you as clean as possible from awful stains and odor
A kitchen is a room or part of a room used for cooking and food preparation in a dwelling or in a commercial establishment. A modern middle-class residential kitchen is typically equipped with a stove, a sink with hot and cold running water, a refrigerator, and worktops and kitchen cabinets arranged according to a modular design. Many households have a microwave oven, a dishwasher, and other electric appliances. The main functions of a kitchen are to store, prepare and cook food (and to complete related tasks such as dishwashing). The room or area may also be used for dining (or small meals such as breakfast), entertaining and laundry. The design and construction of kitchens is a huge market all over the world.
Commercial kitchens are found in restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, hospitals, educational and workplace facilities, army barracks, and similar establishments. These kitchens are generally larger and equipped with bigger and more heavy-duty equipment than a residential kitchen. For example, a large restaurant may have a huge walk-in refrigerator and a large commercial dishwasher machine. In some instances commercial kitchen equipment such as commercial sinks are used in household settings as it offers ease of use for food preparation and high durability.
In developed countries, commercial kitchens are generally subject to public health laws. They are inspected periodically by public-health officials, and forced to close if they do not meet hygienic requirements mandated by law.
Designer Susie Cohen on taking on “just a few wonderful projects each year”
July 16, 2014
While many would start their own interior design practice with the dream of becoming a household name, Susie Cohen has much humbler aspirations. “I am not striving to be prolific. I only take on a few wonderful projects each year and I love working in this way. It enables me to really enjoy the creative journey and it gives my clients a very fluid process.”