Stunning metallic detailing is the hallmark of A. Mullane Design who exhibits in 2019 as part of the Design Ireland area at Showcase in the RDS Main Hall. Founder, Aoife Mullane, is Inspired by the patterned pebbles and speckled eggs found at her seaside home and uses hand-dyeing and painting, screen printing and metal foiling to create her beautiful textiles which then become items such as cushions and lampshades. Handmade and unique, these designs add warmth and authenticity to any interior space.
Upstairs on the Balcony you’ll find another innovative Irish designer inspired by the natural world. Ceramicist Vivienne O’Malley, works from Dunhill Ecopark in Co. Waterford and will exhibit her stunning range of ceramic bowls, teasets and candle holders in 2019. With collections entitled Coral, Eroded, Tidal and Urchin, it’s obvious that Vivienne is inspired by the sea, yet this inspiration results in a subtle manifestation of the theme - in contemporary pieces that are, on the one hand, elegant and considered, and, on the other, playful and colourful.
With names such as Rain, Lichen, Hay and Ivy, the candles of Field Apothecary, handmade in Co. Down, are evocative of the Irish landscape and of the country’s temperamental weather. Let these soy wax scented candles transport you to an Irish meadow after rainfall or run your hand across ivy on a forgotten dry-stone wall. Sensuous and elegant this award-winning brand represents the scents of the Irish outdoors in a beautifully designed and packaged product.
Artist and designer Annabel Langrish says that she is happiest when beachcombing, working in her garden or creating in her studio and it shows - her stunning nature-inspired illustrations of Irish wildlife, farm animals and flowers are evocative and lively with a timeless appeal. Annabel’s range of products includes placemats, coasters, mugs and cushions as well as aprons, oilcloths, printed bags and tea towels. Her new stationary range includes beautiful printed notebooks, cards and mini-cards while her art collection includes individual fine artworks as well as affordable fine art prints.
Not only are Brookfield Farm Hive Gifts products inspired by the land, they are born of the land. Founder Ailbhe Gerrard returned to her family farm in on the shores of Lough Derg following a career in construction. Having studied sustainable development at University College London and organic farming at the renowned Scottish Agricultural College, Ailbhe now specialises in producing artisan food as well as a stunning range of products including hand-poured beeswax candles, beeswax lip balm and scented pure-burn beeswax candles in presentation tins. These are considered, beautiful products made with care and great appreciation for the source of the raw materials - truly a gift from nature.