17 March 2009

Irish Design Post... In Honor of St. Patrick's Day

Everyone's just a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick's Day, aye? Assuming so, I decided to enlist the good will of Ireland's patron saint in an exploration of Irish interior design. Here are some of my favorite images, classic and contemporary, rustic and refined. Pull up a pint and enjoy!


Old World

Ceiling Detail at Strokestown

Kitchen at Strokestown

Ceiling Detail at Charleville Castle


Old World Meets New

Armada Hotel, Spanish Point, Co. Clare
Millimetre Design

Dalkey House Bedroom by O'Connor Design Partners



New World Design

Luxury Apartment Kitchen by O'Connor Design Partners

Bedroom by Collins Design

Pilot Point Bath by Millimetre Design


Old Crafts, New Attitude

Glass Art by Elke Westen

The Philosofa by Paul Berg

Fabric Art by Jacinta Scully-Usher


Irish Design Trend Notes


* While it's hard to travel far in Ireland without coming across one of its classic castles, Irish designers aren't enslaved by their traditional lure. Inspired yes, but innovating in their own style!

* Many Irish designers favor contemporary styles for kitchens and baths. You'll find them in new construction and rehabbed older buildings.

* Wallpaper appears to be popular in Ireland, showing up widely in bedrooms and foyers.

* Irish craftsmen (and women) are updating the country's traditional arts with new forms, new interpretations and a whole new vitality.


PS: I'd like to give special thanks to Corey Taratuta of travel company, IrishFireside.com for pointing me to the beautiful Old World images above.

PPS: If you're traveling to Dublin, check out this wonderful design guide to the city on Design * Sponge.

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Coming next week on Gold Notes:

3/25 - Displaying your collectibles - in honor of Elton John's birthday
4/8 - Discover the Jewish holiday of Passover... In design

13 comments:

  1. Cheers. Thank you for this fine collection of images. The Celtic Tiger had a great impact on Irish design and you have showcased some fine examples.

    Corey

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  2. The ceiling detail in the first photograph is amazing! And the featured kitchen at Strokestown is so charmingly old fashioned. Thanks for posting these!

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  3. Now that's an interesting idea - having a beer while reading a blog!

    –Lana

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  4. what a great blog and i loved your little irish post for st patricks day...

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  5. I liked the 6th photo, a bathroom, from the function perspective. Great shelves to the side of the sink, towel bar underneath, open area for folded towels, etc. Thanks for the "trip" to Ireland!

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  6. Having a beer while reading a blog!

    Ricky

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  7. Heya,
    was abit confused, seeing my work on your website, mmmmh, The Philosofa, by paul Berg, is in a private collection, in Holywood,..........
    Just wondering why I find it here,
    With kind regards, Paul Berg

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  8. Heya,
    was abit confused, seeing my work on your website, mmmmh, The Philosofa, by paul Berg, is in a private collection, in Holywood,..........
    Just wondering why I find it here,
    With kind regards, Paul Berg,
    info@paulberg.eu

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