Leaving home at fifteen years of age, Dion travelled the world as a professional athlete on the Extreme Games Pro Circuit. A design-minded teenage gypsy in the middle of a youth-culture boom, Dion’s style, passion and talent earned him gold medals and world titles. Most importantly however, it exposed him to international travel and a level of luxury he had never before experienced.
Inspired, excited and focused, Dion spent the next ten years immersed in that wonderful and diverse world of culture, music, travel and fashion, emerging with an obsession for art and décor. Dion began collecting beautiful and intriguing pieces of furniture, homewares, fashion and art. He haunted street markets, yard sales, designer and antique stores to ship pieces back to garages in Melbourne and Sydney.
Using these pieces as inspiration, Dion’s ability to create and construct found him driving major interior fit-outs for commercial and retail spaces. His work for some of Australia’s most influential fashion and hospitality clients has won him awards and design accolades.
A trying, yet influential, episode of building and gold prospecting in a remote part of the West Australian desert, shaped Dion’s aesthetic in a brutal way. Spending a year, miles into the harsh Australian landscape surrounded by raw beauty and rugged desolation, solidified Dion’s design style into a pure and natural form. The inclusion of gold from this period brought a new element of optimism and luxury to his pieces. The natural progression of Dion’s passions and experiences combined with his accomplished and detailed craftsmanship, culminates in the launch of Dion Antony Artisan.