House Front: Style, Awards, Individuals and Events

When supermodel Kate Moss set up her own skill firm last month she desired the name, KM, up in lights– or up in neon to be precise.

Garish, gorgeous neon is becoming trendy, as style luvvies might state, thanks in part to Bag & Bones, a London business set up by Irish sis Gigi and Cavanagh Foyle whose lit-up flamingos, lightning bolts and slogans have actually made neon cool once again– literally.

The tube lighting has constantly had a seedy romantic charm. However its structure, gas inside glass, made it too fragile and hazardous for domestic use. Bag & Bones has developed a LED version that looks as good as the genuine thing, but is easily dealt with, cost-efficient and can be plugged in and turned on in the house.

After less than 5 months in company, the business has actually notched up an impressive list of interior style clients– consisting of Alexander McQueen, Grazia magazine and the Wilderness Festival in Oxford. Now the siblings, from Clifden in Co Galway, are aiming to establish a second outlet in Dublin, and will open a Christmas pop-up store in Temple Bar next month. The plan is to open a permanent shop in Dublin in the brand-new year.

Meanwhile, although the sister’s are busy keeping up with online need for their off-the-peg neon art pieces– which cost from around EUR205 to EUR500– and personalized slogans that cost as much as EUR1,000 each, they’re likewise dealing with a variety of small pieces, lightning bolts and hearts, that will cost about EUR55 each.

The Foyles matured in Clifden however Gigi studied science in Edinburgh prior to moving to London a decade earlier. Cavanagh studied law and currently works as a lawyer in Dublin, developing neon pieces during the night, but she is planning to work full-time at Bag & Bones in the brand-new year. The sister’s import the off-the-peg signs, however they make the customised pieces themselves; working from lines of poetry, individuals’ pet names and preferred expressions.

Wood Wins

A gate lodge near the Dublin Mountains developed with Himalayan cedars and architectural trusses, which had fallen nearby, exhibits warmth and sustainability. The resulting peaceful, cosy house design has actually won Donaghy + Dimond Architects a highly applauded award in this year’s Wood Awards. Wood “needs respect and understanding, as well as art and science”, states State Architect Ciarán O’Connor, a timber expert, who chaired the judging panel.

Somebody whose gift for this has gotten him a credibility beyond shores is furnishings designer Joseph Walsh, who won an Innovation Award after spreading his wings to form a spiralling ash dancing piece for Salisbury, England’s sculpture park. Ryan Connolly, meanwhile, won the Furnishings Award for his beautifully crafted pieces for Optica opticians on Dublin’s Dawson Street.

Gottstein Architects created a calm but dynamic mix of Douglas fir, American black walnut, American white oak and glulam in a Dublin extension, while GKMP Architects were extremely commended for their use of American white oak in a Dublin Georgian home for their structural timber beams — showing how wood can be modern and classic. O’Connor applauded the projects for checking out the homes of wood and developing the connection between form and technology while also meeting the requirements of the clients.

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