Our guide to some of the best independent Irish interiors shops and people
08th Feb 2020
All over the country, independent Irish interiors shops are producing goods that rival any across the world. Here are the ones you should be visiting if you’re in a city for the first time or lived there all your life.
31 Chapel Lane
2nd Floor, 112 O’Connell Street, Limerick City
For Irish linen and tweed in homewares and wearables, head to Damien and Joi Hannigan’s open plan studio. We’re forever fans of their low-key napkins and tablecloths, as well as Luke Eastop’s simple ceramics, which are exclusive to 31 Chapel Lane.
Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2
For tableware and decorations, there are few places better than Article in the Powerscourt Townhouse. Light and airy (with a magnificent ceiling to boot), this shop focuses on home accessories and tableware, as well as unusual designs you won’t find anywhere else in Ireland.
Chalk & Easel
Main Street, Ballinspittle, Co Cork
Emily Connell’s gorgeous West Cork shop is a calm haven of beautifully curated homewares on Ballyspittle’s Main Street. Selling prints, candles, homeware, textiles and gifts from both local makers and designers further afield, a trip to Emily’s shop will leave you feeling relaxed and inspired. Think of beautiful wicker chairs, delicate tableware and lots of all-natural beauty care, including Modern Botany, the multi-use natural oil that’s produced in Schull.
Atrium, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2
If you’re looking for Irish-made jewellery, Chupi’s ever-changing collection is a good port of call. Inspired by nature, Chupi’s range of necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings manages to be both earthy and sparkly. From delicate initial-stamped necklaces with birthstones, to gorgeously chunky gemstone rings, you’re bound to find something here for someone, and also probably yourself too.
Coffeewerk + Press
4 Quay Street, Galway
Initially set up as a small postcard printer for local artists, Coffeewerk + Press now includes international and local food, books and homewares. Over two floors, surround yourself with great coffee and an assortment of items from Hewn spoons, Amy Ross prints, Studio Donegal throws and Ard Bia pottery, or nab a seat by a bay window overlooking Quay Street for one of the most calming views in the city.
68 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
With shelves stocked with all sorts of gizmos for the home, Designist is ideal for clever gifts that still fufill a function. We love Sam agus Nessa’s animal-shaped wooden chopping boards and Concrete Forest’s weighty candleholders.
Industry & Co
41 A/B Drury Street, Dublin 2
Industry & Co are a reliable go-to for Scandi homewares, and Irish textiles and candles. Exclusive to Industry & Co is their collaboration with Arran Street East, which covers their family of pottery bowls, pourers and mugs in ink, while their selection of Ferm Living goodies is always welcome, from mouth-blown glass teapots, to stackable ripple glasses, triangle rugs, plant pots and contemporary quilts.
Irish Design Shop
40 Drury Street, Dublin 2
A shop that does exactly as its name suggests —stocks, supports and works with Irish design. Fresh from their shop floor revamp, the lovely ladies at Irish Design Shop have launched their latest collaborations with Irish makers and creatives, including new glassware and jewellery collections. While you’re there, don’t miss John Hanly throws, Soilse candles and Rebecca Killen ceramics.
Jam Art Factory
14 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 264/65 Patrick Street, Dublin 8
Not just two pretty shopfronts, both these lovely spaces stock gorgeous artwork, and all are by Irish makers. Inside you’ll find Mark Conlon’s whimsical and emotional creations of rich and vibrant colour palettes, Homebound’s limited edition maps and icons prints, and not to mention an Image Interiors & Living favourite, Tara O’Brien, whose cheerful designs centre around themes of body positivity and mental health.
Stoneyford, Co Kilkenny
Designing and making cheery glassware, with the help of their small but expert team of glassblowers, the Leadbetter family create colour diffused glass that brightens up any table. Or if you’re thinking bigger, check out their garden spirals, which are glass installations in hues of berry, seascape, festival, heather, orange and blue. Simply place them on a cane of bamboo or copper piping, cluster them in the flower bed, or try as a table centrepiece.
4 Arran Quay, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Made from hand-spun and dyed Donegal Merino wool, Liadain Aiken bobble hats are available in 37 colour combinations, so you can opt for clashing brights or calm neutrals, depending on their taste.
4a Maryville Ave, Belfast
Curating a lovely collection of Irish and Scandinavian design are two sisters, Catherine and Patricia McGinnis. We love their Derek Wilson collaboration, which you won’t find anywhere else and you’ll also find Irish pieces from Field Apothecary candles, Superfolk’s prints, Helen Faulkner ceramics, and Maven’s signature Cosy candle.
My Shop… Granny likes it
Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway City
A fabulous little spot tucked into Abbeygate Street, this shop’s got an Irish-based focus with a range of Irish-made jewellery, artwork, ceramics and homeware, as well as lots of fun kids’ stuff, skincare and textiles. Run by the lovely Rona, you might be in luck and also spot shop dog, Purdy the schnauzer.
Shells Little Shop
Seafront, Strandhill, Co Sligo
Next to the always-bustling Shell’s Café is their little store, stocking lots of local food produce (including Katie Sanderson’s delectable White Mausu), plus plenty of gift ideas from tinned shea butter soaps to chic sunglasses. Have a nosey around their little collection of enamel tableware and don’t leave without one of their two gorgeous cookbooks, packed full of lots of recipes from the café and further afield.
48, Newtown Business Park, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow
This 100 per-cent Irish family-owned company take natural slate pieces, hand-cut by Ed Hammond using a 150 year-old slater’s knife, and combines them with wood and copper for serving trays, cheeseboards, platters, candle holders and most recently, gilded copper coasters and placements.
Westport, Co Mayo
Nothing leaves a message like Superfolk’s new Wild Sea notecards from Princeton University Press, which we’ve been scribbling on all year. Inspired by the Atlantic water’s seaweeds, these Irish designs come in a pack of 12 with six beautiful seaweed graphics inspired by Ireland’s coastal landscape. The difficult part is giving them away. Their latest edition is the brass version of their beautiful Meander centrepiece, pictured above.
The Old Mill Stores
Connonagh Village, Gortroe, Leap, Skibbereen, Co Cork
With Claire’s eye for classic design pieces, and Tom’s edgier take on interiors, it is always intriguing to see what this pair comes up with. We especially love their new black heron lamp with gold-coloured details and carbon filament lamp, and their colourful tableware pieces that always make a splash.
23 Weafer St, Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Self-described as “modern rustic with Scandinavian and industrial elements”, this one-stop cafe/deli/design/craft shop is brimming with locally-made products from artisan foods, jewellery and ceramics to artwork and furniture. Wexford-based design duo Dustyboy are Wild’s best sellers, as are Clean Slate candles, and the Weafer Street wonder has recently introduced a range of handcrafted boards made from Irish elm by local craftsman Damian Freeman. The Wilds also stock one of our favourite candle makers, Co Tipperary’s Tinnock Farm, each one made from 100 per cent natural soy wax.
Terry Cullen makes beautiful wooden boards from Irish hardwood in his workshop in Wicklow. His kids’ breakfast boards (€25) are a sweet gift for a little one in your life, perfect for fruit slices and bread. They’re available in olive ash or sycamore and walnut. Terry can also stamp their name into the handle, so there’s never any question about who owns this special piece.
5a Church Square, Banbridge, Co Down
Beginning as a Moroccan rug shop, Woven has now grown into all kinds of homeware, fashion and design. On the rough wooden shelves, you’ll find plenty to catch your eye, including ceramics from local woman Rebecca Killen, fun prints by Margo McDaid and Isle Jewellery.
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