Wish List: Elegant Irish designs and seeing off that dull January

After prepping for a possible cold snap, Esther McCarthy will be admiring some elegant Irish designs and seeing off that dull January with a truly fabulous coffee.

Coffee nuts, put down that spiced skinny latte double macchiato and listen up, Nespresso have announced two new limited edition coffees, Café Istanbul and Caffè Venezia.

Nestle says they are inspired by the world’s very first coffee houses. Café Istanbul (Original €0.47 / Vertuo €0.56) has an exotic character carrying roasted black pepper spicy notes.

Caffè Venezia (Original €0.47 / Vertuo €0.67) has wild and floral notes. Both available for a limited period from Nespresso outlets, as well as through orders from the Nespresso Customer Care Centres and at www.nespresso.com.

Get ready for this cold snap with this nifty device. Zippo has a rechargeable addition to their fuel powered refillable hand warmers — the Zippo HeatBank.

It’s available in six-hour and three-hour models, and you can warm your hands or charge your phone at the press of a button. How did our forefathers (and foremothers) survive? To recharge your HeatBank, simply plug it into a power source via the USB cable provided.

Get the scent of the sea with these fresh fragranced sachets. Made with citrus notes of lemon and bergamot, each sachet lasts 4-6 weeks.

Use them for your room, drawers, laundry baskets or car. They are €5.95 at www.fielddayireland.ie/field-scented-sachet and at selected stockists.

What do you think of when you think of fish? This one, handmade by Dubliner Rachel and her Italian husband Giovanni symbolises determination, good health, independence, and intelligence.

They design and carve one-of-a-kind creations out of a local limestone called ‘Pietra Leccese’ which dates back millions of years and contains fossil fragments.

Their artisan company, Saying it with Stone, is based in Giovanni’s hometown in Puglia, and the fish is part of a large collection including dogs, cats, elephants and turtles. They are available at www.amazon.co.uk/handmade/sayingitwithstone and are priced under €30.

A portion of each sale is donated to a local animal welfare charity. www.sayingitwithstone.com

The Holmes sofa is a beauty. It ticks a few boxes — it’s plush, pretty, and the price is nice. Irish-made, it can be made to any size in any fabric and it has a 20-year guarantee. At time of typing, it’s €950 (sale price) available from Finline Furniture showrooms in Cork, Galway, Dublin and Laois.


An exhibitor at the recent Design Ireland stand in the Today: Signature area at Maison&Objet in Paris was Stephen Farnan Ceramics. A potter by trade, Belfast-based Stephen is best known for his pencil drawings on hand-rolled porcelain and thrown earthenware. This was Stephen’s debut at M&O Paris. Pictured here is his Koi dish, €119.50. Find out more at www.stephenfarnan.com

www.stephanfarnan.com and www.designireland.ie.

Run to River Island for this cushion. RUN! RI continue their home collections with the most beautiful pieces. This turquoise baroque print cushion is just divine, it’s €25 in stores nationwide or online at www.riverisland.com.

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