Lights, Kopper, action: style and design meet in Emmet’s Kreation

Aileen Lee interviews Emmet Bosonnet, Founder of Kopper Kreation.

What’s your background?

I studied engineering and after qualifying went straight to work in the industry. I worked for about six months and realised it wasn’t for me. I had the opportunity to go travelling with my now wife, Karen, and we spent almost a year and a half travelling the world. On returning, I was with a company selling renewable energy technology for about eight years. The opportunity arose then to take redundancy with them, and following that, I took some time out around the birth of our little girl, Esmé.

During this time I started to develop the concept for Kopper Kreation. A studio space became available in the Chocolate Factory, a creative community in the heart of Dublin, and I decided to give it a go at making a living from it. I have opened the studio up to other local designers to showcase and sell their work. My shop is called Raw Material and is located on the ground floor of the building in the Blas Café space.

What’s a typical workday like for you?

I typically do four days a week in the studio from Wednesday to Saturday. I open the studio from 8am to 4pm. I start the day with emails and orders and try to get back to customers as quickly as possible. My days are varied as I am manning the shop and making throughout the day. I love the flexibility of being my own boss as I can go in any particular direction I need to quite quickly.

Tell us about a recent project or design/favourite project or design you have worked on?

It was an honour for me to be selected by Róisín Murphy to have some of my lamps on exhibit in her showhouse, the Cúl Art house, for the Ideal Home Show, which ran at the RDS. The showhouse was a showcase of Irish art, furniture and design. It was such a validation moment for me that my designs were good enough to sit alongside such talented designers.

What’s your design style?

My design style is industrial with a respect for ethical and sustainable design. I love to create designs with real form and function from metal and other recycled materials. With my lamps I love geometric structural designs but I also love the flexibility and free-flowing nature of the copper pipe. I love the natural qualities of the different metals and each piece is hand-polished to a natural finish which will age and develop character over time.

What/who inspires your work?

As I’m from an engineering background, I lean towards structures and architecture for inspiration. I love to go up to the top floor of the Chocolate Factory building and look at the ever-changing Dublin


What’s your favourite trend at the moment (if you have any)?

Metals have been gaining prevalence in interior design for the past few years. I particularly like the current switch to all things brass and am currently working on some new designs with brass so watch this space!

What’s your most treasured possession?

I don’t have one thing that I gravitate towards, but I do love the small collection of mid-century furniture my wife and I have collected over the last few years, all of which came from Done Deal or Adverts.

Who would be your favourite designer, or style inspiration?

I really admire the work of Shane Holland and what he is doing with recycled materials and ethical and sustainable design.

What would be a dream project for you to work on?

I would love to do a collaboration with another designer and launch a completely unique and contemporary range of products.

What are your top design tips?

Stay true to yourself in design. Don’t be worried about anybody or anything else and focus on yourself and your concept. Also, be flexible and adaptable so that you can change and grow with your environment. Most importantly, have fun and love what you do! I love being my own boss, I can go in any direction I need to. Kreation will be exhibiting at this weekend’s Love Your Home event, at the Citywest Conference Centre, which runs until tomorrow (10am-6pm daily). Entry is free.

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