10 June 2013

Irish Shops we Love - Irish Design Shop

Irish Design Shop

Here at the artysmarty studio, we're always talking and thinking about how much we love Irish craft and design.  Why just talk about it when we can write about it?  Thus began our new feature of 'Irish Shops we Love'.  Over the next few months we are going to feature all of the amazing Irish shops that you may or may not know about, hopefully will visit for yourself and give you the opportunity to have a nosey about from the relative laziness of your desk!  First beautiful shop is the Irish Design Shop.

Founded in 2008 by jewellers Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey, Irish Design Shop stocks the best of Irish design including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and furniture.

Being makers themselves, they saw a need for a fresh approach to selling Irish craft which promoted handmade techniques and the makers behind the products.  In addition to the shop section of their site, they run features on makers around the country through articles and videos.

In December 2008, they opened a pop up shop in the city centre (In Powerscourt Townhouse). Seeing the advantages of having a physical presence, gave them the initiative to look for a premises where they could operate their business from on a long-term basis.

Tell us a bit about the shop.

Irish Design Shop was created by Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey to showcase the best of craft and design made in Ireland. The products have a focus on craftsmanship and design that embraces traditional skills as well as a contemporary aesthetic.

What inspired you to open your outlet and how long have you been up and running?

Having sold our own jewellery for several years at markets and fairs, and not being able to find a suitable outlet to sell our work, we were inspired us to set up our own shop. With the aim to create a suitable outlet for not only our own work but the work of other talented makers we knew were creating great work around the country.

What's your favorite part of having your own shop?  Describe a typical day for us!

Our favorite part of the new shop is the layout and feel. We worked very closely with Sticks ff who built all of the fittings for the shop to create the warm, clean feel of the shop, using minimal colours and fuss to really showcase the products themselves.

Have you spotted any trends for SS2014 you can let us in on?

We don’t necessarily follow trends in Irish Design Shop, but veer towards colourful, well crafted objects which are timeless.

How can we find you?

You can find us at our new shop :
41 Drury Street, Dublin 2,
or at our gallery shop in the RHA Gallery:
Ely Place, Dublin 2,
or on-line at :

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