From Father’s Day gifts to fancy breakfast trays, Esther N McCarthy rummages through the best of this week’s offerings
If you’re thinking of a lovely pressie for Dad for Father’s Day and you’ve got 300 quid to spare (cough) Avoca has these stunning Saddler weekend bags in store now. €299.95, www.avoca.ie
Art lovers, take note, IMMA presents Life above Everything, a landmark exhibition that brings together the work of two acknowledged masters, Lucian Freud and Jack B Yeats. This exhibition will, for the first time, examine the interconnections between Freud and Yeats. Pictured here is Double Portrait, 1985-86 (oil on canvas), Freud, Lucian (1922-2011) / ©Christie’s images Ltd./ © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Find out more at https://imma.ie/
Get creative on Father’s Day with a quirky card from Irish company Designist.ie. There’s a range to suit every taste. One straight-talking one says: “Dad, you’re so cool. Happy Father’s Day. How’s my inheritance?” This cute froggie one as Gaeilge is my favourite though.
I love this striking striped blue design- gorgeous, tactile linen featuring broad blue and white stripes. Mix and match with the coordinating table linen, or keep it simple with the stripes. There’s napkins, placemats, and a table runner to play with. With grubby little hands in mind, I love even more that these are machine washable. www.nordicelements.com/
Future Creators graduates Valentina Cecan (age 15) and Kevish Arjoon (age 14). Inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, they harnessed their new digital skills to showcase how technology can be deployed to support the social good and a more sustainable way of living. We’re looking forward to seeing what inspiring designs they come up with in the future. thedigitalhub.com/
Irish design and craftsmanship will be celebrated at a stand-alone exhibition in Barcelona with 24 Irish makers and designers showcasing their work to coincide with Barcelona Design Week (June 12-20). The free exhibition will run until July 21, and is a must-see for anyone travelling to the Spanish city this summer.
Surface Matters is presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and features new work from makers including Cara Murphy, whose ceramic work is pictured above. Surface Matters takes place at the Centre D’Artesania Catalunya following a successful run at the OPW’s Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle earlier this year. www.dccoi.ie
Wouldn’t brekkie in bed be gorgeous on this fancy tray be nice for Dad on Sunday? Take that, toast crumbs! Made from oak and oak veneer, it is €14.99, it has folding legs for easy storage and is available in Aldi stores nationwide from Thursday, June 13, while stocks last. www.aldi.ie
For The Bathroom Shelf pick this week, it’s the Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Mist SPF50+ from La Roche-Posay’s newest suncare range. A charity partner of the Irish Cancer Society for over 10 years, La Roche-Posay will donate €1 for every stickered Anthelios product sold to help further the research and preventative work that the Society does in the fight against cancer in Ireland. This is La Roche-Posay’s first SPF mist for the body, offering exceptionally high broad-spectrum in a lightweight and instantly absorbed formula, for convenient broad spectrum SPF50+ UVA and UVB protection. Plus it won’t stain clothes. Score. It’s €22 from pharmacies nationwide.