Design

  • In the current economic climate, we all want to squeeze the most out of every penny we spend and reduce our energy usage as much as possible for environmental reasons too. How can smart thermostats help us achieve ...
  • Irish Design Works 2016 is an exhibition of Irish-made designs, art, and sculpture for interiors currently showing at the Niland Gallery on Merchant's Road in Galway. The exhibition presents designs in metal, wood, ceramics, and stone, as well as a range of paintings and ...
  • Last week saw the release of a new feature film about Irish artist, designer, and architect: Eileen Gray. The Price of Desire explores the controversial story about how her extraordinary contribution to modern design and architecture was virtually erased by the "father of modernism", Le Corbusier, ...
  • Home of the Year has just completed its second season on RTÉ and, once again, it was incredibly exciting to see so many unique and inspirational homes being created by people right here in Ireland with the judges rewarding homes that reflect the individuality and creativity of their ...
  • Lá Fhéile Pádraig shona daoibh! Happy St. Patrick's Day! What better way to mark our national holiday than by celebrating Irish style? Here's my pick of some quality homewares inspired by traditional Irish design that can easily be incorporated into a range of decorating ...
  • RTÉ Home of the Year is back on our screens at 8:30pm tonight! Over eight weeks, twenty-one homes will compete for the Home of the Year title, with three very different and unique properties featured each ...
  • I'm so excited about my new 'vintage' cutlery! I had been looking longingly at genuine bone-handled silverware sets for over a year but, no matter how I yearned for them, I knew in my heart that I wasn't prepared to hand-wash them and that they just wouldn't survive the dishwasher. So every time I ...
  • The Galway Design Box project involves the creation of seven large display boxes that will function as permanent exhibition spaces at various locations around the city. Encompassing the broad range of design work created in Ireland, featured works will include ceramics, fashion, furniture, ...
  • Rarely am I so taken with a TV series as I was with Designing Ireland, which was broadcast recently on RTÉ 1. Presented by architect Angela Brady and design writer Dr. Sandra O’Connell, the series is a joyful survey of Irish design from an historical perspective through to contemporary practices. ...
  • Grand Designs: House of the Year on Channel 4 is a four-part mini-series, presented by Kevin McCloud, followed the annual competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In following the series, I determined my own criteria for choosing a well-designed house, whether it be a ...
  • The distinction between a house and a home is an important one, and I’m not entirely convinced how well the latter lends itself to competitive scrutiny. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the RTÉ Home of the Year as a showcase of beautiful homes from all around Ireland. In all, twenty one homes were ...
  • Catherine Holm is a Norwegian company that produced enamel kitchenware throughout the 1950s and ’60s. In recent years, their wares have become something of a cult classic for fans of mid-century modern ...