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Friday Five with Stephen Ormandy

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Last week we checked in with Dinosaur Design’s Louise Olsen and now it’s time to visit the other part of that dynamic design equation. Stephen Ormandy is not just Olsen’s other half – besides acting as co-designer of Dinosaur Designs, he’s a very successful artist in his own right. The accomplished painter and sculptor is known for his colorful paintings of organic shapes and sculptural forms that are easy to spot. There’s a vibrancy he manages to evoke in every piece that captures your eye and keeps you revisiting his work. For this week’s Friday Five, he see shares what he loves and what keeps him inspired. Take a look.

Photo by Stephen Ormandy

1. Sculpture
I love looking at sculpture and for me it’s the ultimate challenge. The possibilities are infinite and so it becomes an overwhelming endeavor, which for me is very appealing. One of my heroes is Alexander Calder; you can get so lost in his vision.

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2. Painting
Painting has always been an obsession of mine, when I was in kindergarten I wasn’t ready to leave home until I had my smock on.
When I was asked what job I wanted when I was older I answered “Paint”. Being accepted to study at art school was my dream come true.

Photo courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum

Photo courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum

3. Museums and art galleries
Museums and art galleries are my first search before I visit a new city, and now to be showing my work is my lifetime aspiration.

Photo by Giorgio Rollo

Photo by Giorgio Rollo

4. Surfing
I have surfed my whole life, and so made many life long friends from all over the world. It combs my psyche, keeps me fit and is so much fun.

Photo by Bernard Testemale

Photo by Bernard Testemale

5. Travel
One trip I make every year is to the island of Tavarua in Fiji, seriously the most beautiful place on earth. I travel to many capital cities around the world, which I love but when I’m packing my boards it’s a whole new level of excitement.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.