With traditions in heritage craft disciplines ranging from basketry through to woodworking, the work of Irish craftspeople is recognised worldwide as an exemplar of high-quality handmade goods. Dublin‘s craft and design shops are well-placed to handpick the best of both native and international design, enabling them to cater to a clientele that balances increasingly global tastes with a passion for buying local. Here are the finest design stores this creative city has to offer.
For a touch more colour and quirk visit Article, a decorative homeware haven located on the bottom floor of the historic Powerscourt Centre under the capacious high ceilings of Lord Powerscourt’s former dressing room. Here in this light and airy space, owner John Adams has assembled a carefully curated edit of vibrant kitchenware, Irish-made throws and cushions, mid-century seating and smart stationery that come from a wide range of sources at home and abroad. Although charmingly eclectic, every piece is in keeping with Adams’ own impeccable taste, resulting in a retail experience that is fun, yet cohesive, and a delight to explore. I dare you not to leave with at least one Bloomingville trinket, or some mix-and-match stoneware dinner plates by the French brand Jars Ceramics.
Located a little outside the city centre in the trendy residential area of Ranelagh, a visit to Seven Wood is more than worth the short Luas journey. Originally started as a pop-up by Niamh Banks, former head of buying for the iconic Avoca‘s homewares department, Seven Wood has blossomed into a permanent fixture of the Dublin design scene. Working from her beautifully appointed store on the village’s main street, Banks handles a covetable collection of restored vintage furniture, beautiful ceramics and organic apothecary ranges such as L:A Bruket and Compagnie de Provence. She has also collaborated with award-winning Irish furniture maker Cillian Ó Súilleabháin on the ‘Parquet Table’ – a project designed around reclaimed parquet flooring that originated from Queens University Belfast.