We have just confirmed our return to the House Event in Dublin's RDS May 24th - 26th and hope we will be seeing you there.
The House show is Ireland's premier interior design event, bringing together the best furniture, fittings, kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, flooring, art and accessories all under one roof. This will be our fourth consecutive year at the show and we're excited to be returning with our signature range of lighting and furniture.
Aside from providing a platform for Ireland's best designers, this year the House event will feature talks from top Irish interior designers on the Inspiration Stage and a space that recognises the importance of recycling and upcycling where visitors can find tips for sustainably sourced design features.
We will be giving out a number of free tickets to House in advance of the event so be sure to sign up to our mailing list through the form at the bottom of this page to be kept up to date. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased for the House Event 2019 online at https://www.house-event.ie/buy-tickets.html.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
This job was a great break for us when, in 1999, Murray O Laoire Architects and the OPW commissioned us to design and make the VIP lounge, the Director's office and meeting room furniture for this exposition.
This job included new designs for the Pav Lounge Chair co-designed with Anthony Cleary the Toraigh and Achill Meeting tables, the Urban Coffee tables and a directors desk and sideboard designed and built by George Butler - all built in our workshop in North Great Georges Street, Dublin.
Anthony, George and myself drove to Hannover via England and Holland to do the installation located right beside the Italian Pavillion - which was furiously being worked on to get it finished. Our pavillion was all ready in time being built by German Builders. This was a great experience to both see our work on an international stage but also see all of the other country pavilions and visit all of the great architecture and design all around.
Good times working with the architects Sean O Laoire and Bernard Gilna and the crew of Irish artists and German builders where our Credenza featured the famous famine boat of John Behan.
This collection was returned to Ireland held in storage by the OPW and today I wonder where it ended up. We were nominated for an Institute of Designers in Ireland award in 2000 for the Pav Lounge chair however the chair was stolen from the RDS where it was being exhibited and ended up on Garda Patrol!
We have a number of these pieces retained in our collection in our showroom, so please get in touch if you're interested in learning more about this piece of Irish design history. The entire experience of making work and showing in Hanover really made us feel we were in the 21st century and even the tram stops had theme music especially composed by Kraftwerk - always a good thing by me.
In January 2017 this flock of birds were set in flight on the side of the Department for Social Welfare building on North Cumberland Street, Dublin. The building is named Elizabeth O'Farrell house after the Irish nurse and humanitarian, perhaps best known for delivering the surrender in the Easter Rising of 1916.
We fitted thirty individual birds to the facade, each handmade from aluminium and powder coated to provide protection from the worst of the Irish elements, and the video below gives a quick overview of how we went about it.
The architectural project was designed and overseen by PAC Studio on behalf of the Office of Public Works and included complete revitalisation of the existing 1940s facade and a new sculptural element drawing on the Department of Social Welfare logo with birds flocking across the facade.
This is one of the many projects on which we have worked with designers, architects and state bodies to add custom features to new and existing builds. For more information on how we can help, get in contact with us through our contact page here.