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.
The Epilog Legend 36 EXT has recently landed in our workshops.
With a 75W laser replacing our older Chinese 60W laser. The machine is very neat and compact, with a 90cm x 60cm bed. This new addition is a big investment for us but we hope to keep it busy. For the next while, we've got to get our heads around this huge manual which includes pages such as "intentionally Blank". For anybody interested in using our sub-contract services, the machine will cut materials like acrylics, leathers, and ply. It will also permanently etch onto stainless, aluminum glass, stone, and composites. We also have a rotary attachment for doing cylindrical objects. All said this will help mark our awards and trophies as well as the regulatory marking and branding we do on our lighting furniture and sculptural products. It also should helps us speed up the works we've do on historical plaques, name-plates, and corporate signage. We're interested in hearing from you if you have any advice or feedback on using this Epilog laser.Were hoping that the user friendliness of this machine will prove more efficient for us in the workshop.
If you have queries on any potential projects we can help you with, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having completed the Light and Building show in Frankfurt 2018. Following big winds at sea and a big fall of snow in Frankfurt, this was certainly a challenge of the elements. I still Cruised into hall 5.1 armed with our Cruise lights made of pressure cylinders, the new Element pendant light made of copper heating elements, and a skeleton. The Skeletal piece provided the main talking point and our Porpoise Hibernicus sculpture made from a found Porpoise vertebra found by myself off the north Dublin coast in the Irish Sea. Frankfurt provided many exciting displays in the show including Luminale and the lighting feature of mannequin pieces on the Zumtobel stand was straight from a Kraftwerk video. This biennial show is certainly one of the world's main coming together of technologists, lighting design and a centre for the wider industry to strutt their stuff and meet contacts from around the world. I was happy to meet many old and new friends along the way.With long road trips, set ups and sea journeys it was still worth the trip. Thanks to those who dropped in on our stand and my local LEO office who supported us along this journey.
Marconi/ Alcock & Brown Project scoops joint Gold at RIAI Architecture Award for Best Place at Irish Architecture Awards 2017.
This project which we delivered with Denis Byrne Architects, for Failte Ireland and Galway County Council has landed Gold at this years Awchitecture Awards. Shane Holland Design Workshops were part of the design Team and implemented the structures, graphics via Ina O Connor, liaised with Artists Connolly Cleary, and built & installed the Corten Steel and Irish Lartch Structures or stop points along the 5km walking route on this significant historic and industrial site on the Wild Atlantic Way in Connemara. Our responsibilities were to build to a high material specification to control corrosion and ensure long life in this most aggressive of Atlantic environments. We are delighted for Denis Byrne Architects and 33 Trees who jointly hold this award on behalf of all the design team and we were glad to be involved with several companies locally to deliver this award winning project. This joint Best Place Award is shared with Clonakilty Co Cork in this category.
To celebrate the centenary of the founding of Henry Ford and Son Ltd in Cork in 1917. Shane Holland Design Workshops were commissioned to create a presentation piece recently presented in Cork City Hall during the visit of the Ford Family and CEO of Ford Mr William Clay Ford Jnr to the city his Grandfather founded Ford's first plant outside of the USA. in designing ths piece, we created outlines of the Model T Ford, the Popular, the Escort, and The Mustang to show some of the output of the company over the last century. The Popular and Escort being some of the models produced in the Cork Facility up to 1984. Irelands links to Ford were significant given that Henry Ford's father left County Cork some 70 years earlier emigrating to Michigan. Subsequently Henry Ford not only invented the revolutionary production system which made the Model T a widespread success. We were pleased to be asked by Verve live agency to produce this gift made in native stained hardwood, acrylic and aluminium. We laser etched the outlines in black and clear to create a double image with the base being hand carved sanded and stained and wax finished. This is just one of a stable of many premium awards and presentation pieces for domestic and international clients.
A maquette is a sculptor's small preliminary model or sketch.
After the completion of the 'Tail of Foynes', a 1.7 scale sculpture based on the iconic Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet', which was designed and made to commemorate the centenary year of Boeing Aviation, our client wished for Shane Holland Design Workshops to make a fleet of Marquette’s that could be given out to respective colleagues.
The Marquette’s made from aluminium and acrylic, while small in form, comprised of intricate parts that took a steady hand throughout the creation process. These Marquette’s embodies the spirit of the much larger 'Tail of Foynes' sculpture, which has been unveiled at the Flying Boat Museum. The Marquette is a simple reminder, as it sits on an office desk or a side table in a home, the wonderful achievement of Boeing over the past 100 years.
If you are looking to provide your clients with unique gifted products, please get in touch. Our abilities to design and make products in house allows us to provide you with a bespoke service.
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Before the Christmas break we were involved in the specialist metal work for a home in South Dublin, Ireland.
The project was coordinated and designed by Sheehan + Barry Architects.
The architects and designers attention to detail was carefully coordinated by the linking of finishes and surfaces. The Irish Grange Limestone, vanity top was locally sourced from James Grogarty Stone. The supporting legs in antique patinated brass finish were precision milled to add detail. Patination is a technique used to tarnish the metal to produce the dark antiqued effect specified.
No bathroom is complete without a mirror. In total, we produced eight bespoke mirrors for this private residence. These thin framed mirrors were produced with a polished and satin nickel plated finish over brass.
If you are thinking of new home ideas please get in touch. We have a wide range of luxury interior lighting and furniture. For that special piece we provide a bespoke service to help you achieve your vision.