This is the last of the pre-Christmas shopping posts. I won’t go through the whole preamble again but will just say, as a quick reminder, that the emphasis in this series of posts is on: craft, home/handmade items, and independent shops. If you are entering the final run up to Christmas with some present shopping left to do, it would of course be lovely to stumble on a shop where you could scoop up diverse items to match all the gaps on your list. The Irish Design Shop, which carries a large range of items spanning different craft disciplines, is that sort of shop. Below are a few of the items they stock that caught my eye.
Bird feeders: the seedpod (for hanging from branches) and seedhead (for sticking in flower beds or pots) bird feeders are hand turned in native Irish oak. They are made by small company called Quercus based in Cork and are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to the ubiquitous metal and plastic feeders. The price of a seedpod is €32 and a seedhead is €20. They are somewhat cheaper if you buy them directly from Quercus (www.quercusdirect.com) but unfortunately the last day to place orders online, for a guaranteed Christmas delivery, has passed.
Notebooks: Ursula Celano is a new name on the Irish gift scene. She will be launching her full collection in January but has released eight very pretty notebooks pre-Christmas. All the notebooks are made in Dublin by a craft bookbinder and the paper comes from managed forests. Ursula says on her website (www.ursulacelano.com) that ‘Each design is intended to express a style and situation that is uniquely Irish but also bang up to date with the current design aesthetic’. The notebooks are €10 each.
Table linen: There is something endearing and enduring about linen table coverings and napkins and many shops in Ireland carry stock of them. Jennifer Slattery (jenniferslatterytextiles.com) is a textile designer who has a fresh take on Irish linen for the dining room but one that also links with and draws on ‘past memories … and objects of past generations’. She uses digital printing, appliqué, and embroidery to decorate her tableware. A set of two napkins is €38
I have just scratched the surface of what is on offer at The Irish Design shop. There are two branches one at Bow Lane East Dublin 2 and the other in the retail space at the Royal Hibernian Academy Ely Place Dublin 2. Their web address is http://www.irishdesignshop.com
UPDATE: The Irish Design shop has moved from Bow Lane East and is now at 41 Drury Street Dublin 2