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Celebrating Irish Craft & Design With Brown Thomas

by Kate Phelan
11th Apr 2016

Maker: Foxford Woollen Mills Title: Atlantic Glen Check Throw Description: The Foxford Atlantic Collection takes inspiration from the dark blues of the close by Atlantic Ocean. Materials: 100% Lamsbwool Dimensions: 140cm x 180cm Exclusivity: open edition Variations: available in grey, bone, aquar, parma blue Wholesale: ?32 RRP: Usual mark up of 2.5-3.2 Retail outlets: FOXFORD Shops, Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Kilkenny Group Liberty of London, Galaries Lafayette, Skandium London, NAP Poland, Falabella Retail Colombia/Peru/Chile, Barker & Stonehouse UK, Raft Furniture UK etc Online: no The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland presents ??, an exhibition of new work from Ireland?s designers and makers at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny from 9th October 2015 to 10th January 2016. ??', meaning ?from? in Gaelic, presents the story of Ireland as a source of creative ideas and making and explains how its craft heritage inspires new and contemporary design. The exhibition features beautifully designed work in stone, glass, ceramics, wood and textiles from designers who are passionate about materials and production and who possess a strong sense of place. ? launched at Tent London in September 2015 as part of London Design Festival 2015. Curated by Steven McNamara.

Following on from the success of their CREATE?initiative, this week sees the launch of CRAFT & DESIGN 2016, a five-week showcase of Irish talent at Brown Thomas…

For a designer, I’d imagine that earning a place on one of Brown Thomas‘?hallowed shelves would be considered something of a coup. Today five fresh Irish makers?will do just that, appearing in the store for the first time as part of CRAFT & DESIGN 2016, a?five-week showcase celebrating Irish craft in the Living department on Brown Thomas’ third floor.

Celebrating Irish Craft & Design With Brown Thomas. Showcase 24 - 27 January 2016 Company: Whackpack Product Description: Fun and functional family orientated self assembly furniture Title: Wooden Creepie Stool RRP €39. Little Lampie RRP €54.
Wooden Creepie Stool, €45, and Little Lampie, €55, by Whackpack.

A collaboration with?the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCoI), the crafty pop-up will?feature the work of some of IMAGE Interiors’ favourite designers and makers.?Laura Magahy‘s simple ceramic pots will be there, as will Whackpack‘s contemporary hand-crafted self-assembly?furniture.

In honour of the 1916 centenary, Slated will present?Blue Bangor slate table runner dated from c. 1916 (exclusive to Brown Thomas), while Caulfield Country Boards have specially created boards based on designs from the early 1900s.

Celebrating Irish Craft & Design With Brown Thomas. Suzanne Clarke_Clarkes of Dublin_Traditional Handmade Shaving Soap in Hand Turned Ash Shaving Bowl_E58_00_Peter Rowen Photography 2015
Clarkes of Dublin’s handmade soaps will be available at Brown Thomas for the first time during CRAFT & DESIGN 2016. ?Traditional shaving soap in a hand-turned ash shaving bowl, €58.

All in all, the showcase will take in?12 new and established designers and makers across an extensive range of home and gifting items that includes prints, ceramics, candles, glass and wooden furniture.

As well as having the opportunity to buy pieces by some of the best Irish design talent, visitors can also avail of a series of??Meet The Maker? events and live demonstrations over the five weeks, giving a peek behind the curtain of their creative process.

For full details of the makers involved and dates of the “Meet the Maker” events, see DCCOI’s website.

CRAFT & DESIGN 2016 runs at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street and online at from April 12 – May 15. #BTCRAFT2016