Design and Decor

Limerick craft hub is a clever market response

The notion of a craft maker beavering away in a little rural workshop is not far from the truth. 

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A look at an enterprise that re-designs pre-loved items

By now we’ve all heard of upcycling, the process of taking a piece of tired and unloved furniture and giving it a little cosmetic enhancement so it escapes certain death at landfill.

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The work of Irish designer Mainie Jellett

 

It’s a strange habit we’ve had in Ireland of not celebrating success, rooted in a culture of begrudgery that ignored and even ostracised creativity and innovation, and instead honoured herd thinking.

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Embrace Irish design at Cork Craft Month festival

Summer time should mean expeditions and adventures out of doors but it feels like we haven’t moved beyond March.

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When does a house feel right? Sizing up feng shui guide ’Secrets of the Feel-Good Home’

Carol O’Callaghan looks at a book which gets to the heart of feng shui.

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Give your wooden wares some loving care

Avid watchers of period dramas like Downton Abbey will inevitably see a young scullery maid scrubbing a vast kitchen table on which all food is prepared. 

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Seating to make you healthy, wealthy and wise

Did you know that while teachers in Irish schools are supplied with ergonomic chairs on which to sit, school children spend hours each day on chairs that encourage poor posture?

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Meet Cartoon Saloon director Paul Young

Yesterday saw the release date of a film by Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, entitled Song of the Sea, which earlier this year was nominated for an Academy Award. 

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Entertaining outside has its own rules

For the last few days I’ve searched for a website I browsed recently where I saw a clever but very simple idea for outdoor entertaining. 

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Not the nineties - new rustic has an industrial heart

Kya deLongchamps sees a new modernity in our country inspired spaces.    

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Quirky and wonderful shops to visit over the holidays

Carol O’Callaghan offers a handful of good shops for design heads.

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Get your tile style right with this practical insider guide

Kya deLongchamps trips the tile fantastic but with the caveat that they are items of taste cemented onto the walls — permanently.

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The imported trend of house staging

We’re so influenced by the US — despite an ocean between us — and increasingly so, when it comes to houses.

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Meet UCC’s latest inspiring honorary doctors

A week ago, University College Cork reminded us how much creative talent exists within this country when it awarded doctorates to notables from the design and art world.

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An interview with Kevin Doherty of Gazel design studio

IS IT surprising that someone who enjoyed inventing things as a child should end up designing, or in some cases reinventing, everyday household objects?

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Anti-ageing tips for timeless interiors

DESIGN trends are as fickle as fashion, so if you have everything that’s currently in-vogue and looking absolutely fabulous, it will date badly like an ’80s outfit.

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Vintage view: Classic lamp

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Art that has designs on your food

PSYCHOLOGISTS say we don’t like food on a plate that points towards us, no matter how beautifully it is presented. According to new research, anything pointy — a young carrot, perhaps — should be at a 45-degree angle from the diner.

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Decluttering your house is first step to a new you

DECLUTTERING teaches people to shop selectively,” says Breda Stack, Limerick-based owner of LifeStyle Coach, a decluttering and styling company. 

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Discover bold new designs in lamps and bulbs

I HAVE a vivid recollection from childhood of making an unannounced visit with my mother to an elderly grand-aunt, and her fluster at having visitors when she had just taken down her ceiling light shades for the annual wash, leaving the light bulbs exposed.

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Dark botanical patterns are all the fashion

IT’S THE season of florals as bright yellow gorse and forsythia are starting to give way to the pink of cherry blossoms with their short burst of happiness. 

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Wedding gift lists benefit both giver and receiver

EVERY season is wedding season nowadays, but there’s something about spring and summer — probably the slightly better chance of good weather — that sees the invitations drop like confetti through the letterbox.

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Designist, a toy shop for grown-ups

WHAT little girl doesn’t love to play shop? For me it was a favourite game after Christmas to set up my store with empty chocolate boxes and biscuit tins, and left over wrapping paper.

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Cork artist Daniel MacDonald’s hunger for truth

The 19th century Cork artist, Daniel MacDonald, was the only painter brave enough to paint the Famine as it was happening, and Professor Niamh O’Sullivan is appealing to people in the Cork area to scour their attics for his valuable work.

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Holy Trinity Church, an ornament to Cork City

Tom Spalding reviews a new book on Holy Trinity Church and the discovery of its Harry Clarke window.

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Vintage view: Formica

Lovable old Formica is as versatile as ever, writes Kya de Longchmaps.

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Migration vessel by master glass maker Karl Harron

The best of Irish design at Side by Side exhibition in Kilkenny

EVERY two years the Design and Craft Council of Ireland, in consultation with an advisory panel drawn from the design world, compiles a publication called PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection in which they feature Irish designers and craft makers they deem to have made the most significant impact internationally in the previous 24 months.

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Spellbound by Galway-based candlemaker Maggie Mangan

HOW does a Canadian–born film executive who has worked on some very famous films, including the Harry Potter series, end up making award-winning home fragrances and perfumes in Galway?

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