House and Home magazine
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Orla Reynold’s innovative cabinet (entitled As If From Nowhere) popped up on several leading international design blogs while it was still a prototype, and for good reason. it’s a modular bookcase built to fit a table and chairs within it, ideal for compact apartments or lovers of clever ‘why Didn’t I think Of That?’ design. It’s a great start for any newcomer – Orla was an entrant in the House and Home Student Design Awards in 2010 – and her future looks bright
Fergal O’Leary’s wood furniture is more directional than your average craftsman’s – sometimes, literally. His Maryjane chairs, for example, have a dynamic, angular feel that mean they’re always pointing the way forward. O’Leary says he’s inspired by music, architecture, sculpture, modern art, rural and urban landscapes when he makes a piece. We like the combination.
‘Designs that say Ireland’ is Ursula’s motto, but there’s nothing remotely ‘diddly-aye’ about her work. Ursula takes our quirkiest habits and traditions and refashions them in illustrated form with a colourful twist. Notebooks, aprons, cards, bags and tea towels featuring patterns made of Irish dancers, cottages and boats make her our answer to Cath Kidston
In the right hands, a laser cutter is a beautiful thing, capable of creating delicate, intricate and mind-blowingly beautiful things for the home. Fiona Snow is proof – the former architectural model maker started working with paper; now she’s turning her cutter on acrylic and has added birdhouses and rings to her portfolio. Heads up for Christmas: Fiona’s popup paper-cut cards are a wonder to open.
Word of mouth about the design skills of this Dublin duo means they’ve turned their hand to some of the hippest joints in Dublin city, including Brother Hubbard café and the 3FE coffee houses. They’re multi-functional too, dipping their toes in food design and sound design and they’ve even had a go at perfecting the home coffee maker.
Karl Medcalf and Shane Wilson studied industrial design together before setting up Locker 13, with the aim to create clever, desirable and affordable furniture. They know a thing or two about reusing materials, and we think their Comfort lamp is one of the wittiest, prettiest Irish designs you can buy.