You know when you've wanted something for so long and when it happens you kind of have to pinch yourself?
When you've had your head down and your bum up for a decade and you lift your head and think 'wow, I didn't realise how far I'd travelled'?
How when you meet someone you've admired from afar you're meant to play it really cool?
Well, this is all those things for me (apart from the fact that I'm not playing it really cool)! I've admired Dinosaur Designs from afar for going on 20 years. My sisters (who I admire) have always loved, and worn, their jewellery and bought their homewares. I have always loved their designs and that they were Australian made. And with 28 years under their belt hand making their wares in Australia, I admire their longevity, their ability to keep being creative and for their rolodex of friends. Friends say a lot about a person and they seem to be surrounded by similarly passionate, intelligent, successful, beautiful (on the inside) people.
This is one of those 'woo, woo' stories! Over Christmas when we shut for a few weeks, I always take some time to reflect on Queen B, and this past Christmas I reflected on the fact that the things that I have enjoyed most in the past decade have been our collaborations - Joost, Vue de Monde, Grandiflora, Bollinger, Swarovski, Dior, Penfolds, Cartier, World Wildlife Fund (Earth Hour)... there have been many, and they are the ultimate 1 + 1 = 3 testament. I put 2 names on my list of people that I wanted to collaborate with: Dinosaur Designs and Signature Prints (who make all the Florence Broadhurst fabrics and wallpapers... again, right here in Australia... and again, recognised globally). And here's the 'woo, woo' bit... not 48 hours back in the country I received an email from Dinosaur Designs wanting to meet. Woo, woo - yay and woo, woo - thank you universe.
So, I'm not playing it cool, I'm stoked! I'm excited that some of the greatest design talent in Australia has chosen to work with the best that nature has to offer (beeswax) and with this humble little business that we know as Queen B and together we've created something extra-ordinary. We're not necessarily an easy business to work with! I won't add colour to the beeswax (because then you're combusting a dye... which creates emissions). I won't add fragrance to the beeswax (and we lose a lot of jobs because of this) because then you're combusting an oil... which creates emissions. I won't use toxic inks (which means we can't match PMS colours)! There's a list of things and many companies have walked away because they want scented, coloured candles. You know you're dealing with the company with both ethics and substance when they take that list and create something beautiful that worships nature.
OK, so I'm not being 'cool' at all!!
So, here they are. They are very limited edition and you can find them at Dinosaur Designs 7 stores (including New York), at Dinosaur Designs online (where you can also pick up some of the beautiful homewares that inspired the design) or at Queen B's hive or Queen B online.
Available in 3 different sizes and 2 different designs, with the extraordinary long burn times that you've come to know and love about Queen B's pure beeswax pillar candles. With iconic Dinosaur Designs applied to the pure beeswax wraps, they're a beautiful and functional piece of art.:
Here are a few other beautiful shots