Newsview: Events in the design world this week

Rose Martin looks at events in the design world this week

Newsview: Events in the design world this week

his mustard velvet chair and footstool from DFS’s new range provides a sleek contemporary solution to apartment and downsized living.

Part of its Capsule collection, it includes a range of sofas and single armchairs, footstools and pouffes and is, DFS says, a stylish and affordable solution for those just starting out in their new home, or for those starting all over again.

The sofas, armchairs, and footstools are available in 55 fabric options, with feet

options of chrome, copper, light, or dark wood and the sweetener is that whichever sofa or armchair is chosen, you get a free set of scatter cushions in a range of limited edition prints.

Punchy, autumn tones shine in this mustard armchair, with matching footstool and prices start from €589 for sofas. The Peace accent chair shown here is €499 at an event price, afterwards, it’s €519.

The Hexagon footstool is €219 and goes up to €249 after September 11. Meanwhile the DFS sale continues until Tuesday, September 12 — so if you fancya big buy between now and the C-word — get your skates on.

Note the addition of Tom Dixon’s Beat lamps in the image — they’re an incomparable twist to a pared down style. Following the rule of buying just one good thing, a Fat Beat pendant will cost you €350, but the sweetener is buying into a piece of design that will last the test of time.

And its value will probably increase in the long run. Fashion is ephemeral, style is forever and Tom Dixon is one of the best lighting designers of the 21st century. No small boast that.

Plywood is certainly having its moment and we’ve covered the ply exhibition at the V&A here, in late summer. Now, there’s a trickle down effect in the online high street, with forming a collaboration with the venerable museum to produce a range of smaller, plywood items for the home.

There’s a gorgeous coat hanger available in a twist of oak-veneered ply — a snip at €45 and a divine clock at €25, as well as more in the range that’s affordable and beautifully designed, from mirrors to pen pots, photo frames and memo boards.

Joseph Walsh’s Decoding Craftsmanship worksop over the second last weekend of September is adding high profile names to an astonishing list of luminaries, not least of whom is Stirling-prize winning team, O’Donnell +Tuomey.

The architects will present a talk at the workshop at Fartha, Riverstick along with Humberto Campana, John Makepiece and more.

Meanwhile, O’D +T’s multi-storied domestic build in Cork is rising over the old stone walls of Sunday’s Well, while other work is in train at UCC.

Their Glucksman Gallery is a must-see if you’ve never been before. Just inside the main gates of UCC, the latest exhibition is Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures, which looks at all aspects of human culture and our interaction with a coastal environment.

And there’s lunch in the cafe too, to make it a day out.

Neptune will open a dedicated store on the Ormeau Road, Belfast on the site of the former Ormeau Bakery, (involving a striking renovation of one of the city’s most historic buildings dating to 1875), and there’s a bit of a buzz around the launch in one of the North’s emerging design hubs.

The flagship store will showcase the full collection from the British brand, including kitchen, dining and living room furniture, bedroom and bathroom accessories and fitting and even outdoor furniture, accessories and lighting.

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