From collaborations to candles, and new Irish initiatives to gift ideas – here’s what to buy and where to shop …
MIMI+MARTHA is a new online lifestyle and interiors store which launched this week, founded by the mother/daughter duo of Mary Keogh and Martha O’Brien Keogh. They are offering a curated collection of over 40 designers and makers, including Glint Glass, Olanmor, Ballyshane and Emma Larkin Designs, all of whom create and work with sustainability as a priority. Says Martha, “From our products to the creators, we collaborate with grá in mind. To us, this means choosing items made with love, for us to love. These items are made to last, and made with quality materials from local Irish woods to merino wool, from botanicals and beeswax to Irish linens and tweeds.” With big ambitions for the future, Mimi+Martha hope to connect the buyer and designer through their platform by offering experiences ranging from blog posts and workshops to masterclasses and pop-up events; www.mimiandmartha.com.
Neptune’s new season living and dining furniture centres around the idea of versatility. The Ardingly Cabinet (pictured) can function as a drinks cabinet, a TV cupboard, a larder, a desk or even a dressing table. Available with an optional marble surface and mirrored back interior, from €2,230, The Ardingly is all about giving you options. Details include black bronze hardware, subtle lighting and flexible shelving. Pictured with the cabinet is the Casper armchair, from €1,635; www.neptune.com.
“I have long been an admirer of the Daylesford ethos, from their championing of organic farming to the longevity of its products,” says Rebecca Roe, creative director of Hedgeroe Home, which is now stocking the brand’s homeware. “I chose my favourite pieces from the range, pieces which I myself have had for many years and loved. From beautiful classic cutlery to their wonderful scented candles and glassware, these are timeless additions for any home. The range of candles are beautifully scented, Vine Tomato being my favourite, it takes me back to being in the greenhouse and picking fresh tomatoes this summer. The collection is perfect for a wedding gift, house warming or simply a treat for yourself.” www.hedgeroe.com
Lego enthusiasts and kidults take note. Ikea has collaborated with the brand to create a playful storage solution called Bygglek – a series of storage boxes with Lego studs and a special Lego brick set. The new collection aims to infuse more fun into storage around the home. Says Andreas Fredriksson, designer at Ikea: “We always believe in the power of play. Play lets us explore, experiment, dream and discover. Where adults often see mess, children see a stimulating creative environment, and Bygglek will help bridge the gap between these two views to ensure more creative play in homes around the world. Plus, the collection matches perfectly with other Ikea products, making it possible to have your children’s creativity becoming a nice and unique piece of decoration at home.” The range consists of a set of three small boxes, two sets of bigger boxes and one set of Lego bricks to kick-start the playful experience. Bygglek can be used with any existing and future Lego elements, as the studs used on the lid and front are part of the system. Bygglek will be available to purchase in stores and online from October 1; www.ikea.com.
Are you looking for a décor gift that is perhaps quirky and made in Ireland? Consider Gifted – Ireland’s largest contemporary craft and design fair – which has a range of beautiful pieces centred around the natural world, especially birds, bugs and bees. Honouring old myths, legends and superstitions associated with animals, birds and plants, Tru Tru Stories inject colour and flair into its accessories. Their kingfisher prints and cushions are a symbol for preserving peace and harmony in families, representing a period of calm in otherwise stormy times. Meanwhile, designer Ruth Power takes the myths of old and combines them with Zen Buddhism to create her Danu Ceramics. Her handmade beetle ring dishes are created with white clay and glaze with a hand-painted 22 karat gold lustre accent on the side; www.giftedfromireland.com.
Søstrene Grene’s new collection launched last week with the aim of transforming homes into places of serenity and contentment. Natural textures, ceramic tableware and soft textiles in calm colours predominate for the living room and bedroom. Top picks include their fine-weave wicker baskets as well as its classic velour chair, now in new timeless colours. Look out too for the new range of tools for creative needlework projects this season. Time to get crafting! www.sostrenegrene.com
If your walls need some embellishment in the form of original paintings and Irish art, Wilton Gallery, 55 Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Co Dublin is recommended. Since its inception the gallery has represented a wide variety of contemporary Irish artists and its ethos is to provide a unique relaxed space. They also incorporate framing and curating advice as part of the service. This autumn Wilton Gallery will be presenting coastal mixed media prints by Stephaine Sloan, (October 2 –17) and a solo exhibition by abstract artist Mark P Cullen, from November 20 – December 5; www.wiltongallery.ie.
If your kitchenware has taken a bashing during lockdown and you want to invest in some new casserole dishes, without breaking the budget, then make a note of Thursday September 10. That’s when Aldi will launch The Cast Iron Collection, which features a selection of high quality, durable and colourful cookware without the designer price tag. Prices start from €10.81 for the cast iron mini cookware to €29.50 for shallow casserole dishes. Features include: interior and exterior enamel coating, which withstand temperatures up to 250°C. Suitable for all heat sources including induction hobs, the dishes are easy to clean and available in plum ombre, grey ombre or matt black; www.aldi.ie.
The new “Enchanted” range from DFS delivers on Seventies chic. Retro vibes, striking shapes and geometric forms in artwork, furniture and accessories predominate, all in coordinating tones of cinnamon, blush and mustard. Pictured is the Enchanted right hand facing two-seater corner sofa in cinnamon velvet, €1,689, and Enchanted cuddler sofa in blush velvet, €699. The sofa comes in no less than 19 shades of velvet. Order in store or online: www.dfs.ie.
The Townhouse Collection is a new selection of scented candles created by Jo Malone London. Referencing Georgian architecture, from cornicing and columns to mantles and fireplaces, each candle is finished in unglazed ceramic as a nod to the decadent textures seen in the most luxurious homes of the 1700s. As for the scents, there are six, each one apparently capturing the mood of a particular room or moment. For example, Wild Berry & Bramble is styled as the welcome home, anytime scent, Glowing Embers is for a cosy night in, Lilac Lavender & Lovage for calming Sundays and Fresh Fig & Cassis for sunlit mornings. Other scents are Pastel Macaroon and Green Tomato Vine, which will be available at Brown Thomas from September 1, each 300g candle is €102; www.brownthomas.com.
Finally, if you are a designer across any discipline including architecture, fashion, textiles, print, architecture or development, there is just enough time to check out the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards 2020 open until the end of the month i.e tomorrow! The Awards promote the best of Irish design and for the first time are open to all designers, not just members of the IDI. Winners will be offered a practical prize which includes business support, coaching, free SEO consultancy from Granite Digital, free training with Design Skillnet and media coverage. Pictured is interiors architect Roisin Lafferty, president of IDI. www.idiawards.ie
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