Newsview: Round up of events in the design world

Looks, loos and Limerick are part of this week’s round up of events in the design world from Rose Martin 
Newsview: Round up of events in the design world

If you want to see the most achingly chic looks for this season, then log on to Ferm Living’s web pages. And don’t just scroll through the goodies, either. Instead, check out the gallery of images and then whisk through the online catalogue. A revelation.

In the previous pages you’ve read Carol and Kya give this season’s coming s trends — well here they too at catwalk level display — all in hushed and warm-hued, Danish


There’s a return to an old look, most definitely, the shoot location showing more than its fair share of picture rail, dado and architrave, but with some funky finishes too.

So what about the stuff? Well, that’s the thing with Ferm Living, some of the items are swingeingly-priced for what is quotidien stuff, (well, alright, maybe not that normal, but normal items anyway), while others are frankly, cheap. There’s no logic to it — save for getting a touch or feel of the finished object — there’s no telling the criteria for see-saw pricing, but it may be down to design and, rightfully, paying its designers well.

Anyway, digression aside, the colours include haute-trend indigos and forest green, but plumb instead for the warm browns, soft burnished reds, and faded rose — the combination is enveloping for wet, dark winter nights.

And now from the sublime to the meticulous — in particular, the Gerberit Aqua Clean Tuma, (really guys — the name?) Anyway, engineers and the English language aside, this is an automatic loo for you — which will do about everything. The Japanese Toto was the original of the species, but Gerberit seem to be hitting the European mass market with their version.

To be fair, I’ve seen the Toto, brought in specially from Japan by a design-savvy, wheelchair-user and it’s a dream to use. This will probably be a major selling point too for the Gerberit, as it allows dignity for the disabled with its ergonomically designed toilet seat (with a heating element, nice), a warm air dryer and a user-friendly remote control. And it looks good too. The rest of us will follow rapidly. An app will also be available from summer 2017 enabling the device to be controlled via a smart-phone. Again, this will be handy for users and in particular, helpers. Also, Muslim users will be delighted with this little number too, which allows easy compliance with cultural and religious practice.

The Geberit Aqua Clean is available to buy this month from all branches of City Tiles and Bathrooms at €3,499

And in a related area, the Internet of Things may wipe out oil burners with this sleek, Kickstarter- funded Pium fragrance capsule. Sleek, beautiful and holding three, sealed capsule of essential oil, it can be programmed from a smart phone and will learn your preferences — and what’s more — in context. So, waking in the bedroom, it’s a bracing rosemary or retiring in the evening — it’s soothing lavender.

The smart capsule transfers the scent information wirelessly as soon as its plugged in and will infuse your space with various scents as scheduled.

Pium will also communicate with smart devices to make scents properly aligned to your emotional situation — like calming you down with the appropriate olfactory balm when your heart rate rise is detected on your smart watch. A bit too IoT, perhaps.

Czech Architectural Cubism is an exhibition open to the public next week at the Irish Architectural Archive (45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) and it will run until October 15 from Tuesday to Friday 10 am-5 pm

Meanwhile, Open House Limerick has announced its theme for this year as Architecture as Story 2017 — based on the idea that the shapes and materials of our built environment tell the evolving stories of people’s lives.

Over the weekend of October 6 to 8, there will be a programme of free events in the city showing Limerick’s built environment through architect-guided and self-guided tours, walks, talks and exhibitions.

Open House Limerick is also seeking expressions of interest for photography entries for an online programme that explores the year’s theme. Capture a picture story from Limerick’s built environment and your work will feature across social media platforms until a short-list is drafted for the Open House Limerick Photography Prize, to be awarded at the festival launch.

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