I don’t doubt that, half a century hence, when someone sits down to write the annals of design in Ireland in the early part of the twenty-first century that the names of Jonathan and Mark Legge will be writ large in that history.
Jonathan and Mark are the duo behind Makers & Brothers and yes, they are brothers: the makers are a carefully selected band of talented designers and craftspersons whose wares the brothers sell. Jonathan and Mark describe Makers & Brothers as a retailer of ‘everyday design and craft’ which sums it up to perfection. I have written about them before see here.
Jonathan is a designer and Mark is the business brain although I am sure these roles alternate at times. What makes Makers & Brothers special is not just the talented curation of the works of mainly Irish makers but also the way they showcase these items in a space (be it online or real-life) which enables those items to ‘breathe’ and allows for a full and unbridled appreciation of them. Interestingly they sometimes collaborate with a maker to tweak an item to bring it closer to design nirvana.
Markers & Brothers is predominantly an online shop but since the brothers started the business, three years ago, they have run pop-up shops at different times in Dublin, London, and New York. And they pop-up regularly at the über stylish ‘shed’ in the grounds of their parents charming period property in Monkstown.
Makers & Brothers & Others is their latest venture: it’s a pop-up ‘tiny department store’ open from now until Christmas Eve. The small-scale department store is divine, it sells most of the items available from Makers & Brothers on-line shop and a selection of items from some carefully chosen other makers.
The ‘Others’ in this seasonal pop-up include:
The Wildflour Bakery: a mini in-store café selling delicious edible sweet treats made by Kate Packwood and coffee from 3FE.
I spent a long time in ‘the tiny department store’ drinking in the ambiance and admiring the stock. The interior is so lovely and total kudos to Jonathan and Mark for getting it so right, it’s a object lesson in understated chic and its seeming effortlessness belies the extraordinary attention to detail that went into making it ‘just so’.
The ‘tiny department store’ is at 5 Dame Lane a pedestrian way which runs parallel to Dublin’s Dame Street. Makers & Brothers are online here.