Brown Thomas welcomes a new interior pop-up shop featuring 14 Irish brands

Posted 22.06.17

Brown Thomas welcomes a new interior pop-up shop featuring 14 Irish brands

Fourteen Irish Home and Giftware Designers Featured in Pop-Up Shop at Brown Thomas Dublin in partnership with Design Ireland

On Tuesday 4th July 2017, Brown Thomas in collaboration with Design Ireland will launch an interior and gifting pop-up shop featuring 14 Irish designers and makers at Level 3 of the iconic Grafton Street store.

Running until Sunday 13th August, this dedicated space on Level 3 at Brown Thomas Dublin will feature the work of 14 talented home and giftware designers with products made in Ireland including prints, wall art, ceramics, glass, tableware, candles, soaps, blankets and furniture.

A series of “Meet The Maker” events and live demonstrations will take place at weekends during the six-week long initiative, offering visitors to Brown Thomas a unique opportunity to learn more about the designer, their inspiration and their creative process.

As part of the initiative, Brown Thomas is delighted to welcome the work of eight new designers to the store - monochromatic prints by me&him&you; glass wall art by Black Hen Designs; copper and glass homewares by Gilded Hound; hand-poured candles by Field Apothecary; occasional furniture by Cooper Handcrafted Furniture; understated tableware by John Ryan Ceramics, luxury soaps and scents by The Burren Perfumery and porcelain vessels by Adam Frew.

The curated collection will also feature new work from six designers and craftspeople already stocked in the store: cozy woollen blankets by Foxford; indulgent candles by Rathbornes; artisan glass by Jerpoint; wooden boards by Caulfield Country Boards, handcrafted slate tableware by Slated and exquisite porcelain prints by Stephen Farnan Studio.

Group Buyer Edel Woods commented: “Brown Thomas has a long history of supporting the very best Irish designers and makers. We are delighted to welcome this innovative pop-up shop showcasing fourteen talented brands from all over the country.”

“Meet The Maker” events and live demonstrations will take place in the dedicated space from 2pm to 4pm on the following weekends:

Sat 8th July: Black Hen Designs, Stephen Farnan Studio and Adam Frew
Sun 9th July: Stephen Farnan Studio

Sat 15th July: Rathbornes and Foxford
Sun 16th July: Rathbornes and Foxford

Sat 22nd July: Gilded Hound, Caulfield Country Boards, me&him&you and The Burren Perfumery
Sun 23rd July: Gilded Hound, Caulfield Country Boards, me&him&you and The Burren Perfumery

Sat 29th July: Cooper Handcrafted Furniture, Field Apothecary, Black Hen Designs and Caulfield Country Boards
Sun 30th July: Gilded Hound, Field Apothecary and Caulfield Country Boards

Sat 5th August: Gilded Hound
Sun 6th August: Cooper Handcrafted Furniture, Gilded Hound

The Design Ireland pop-up arrives to Level 3 at Brown Thomas Dublin and online at from Tuesday 4th July until Sunday 13th August 2017. For further information, please visit

Image: work by Cooper Handcrafted Furniture, me&him&you, Adam Frew, Field Apothecary and Foxford

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For further press information on the Design Ireland pop-up shop at Brown Thomas, please contact Elevate PR, 01 662 5652 or Tara Walsh – / Emer Igbokwe –

Notes to editor:

Design Ireland is a premium brand created by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) that showcases the breadth and quality of Irish design and craft to both a global and an Irish audience.

About the designers and makers:

Adam Frew
Adam Frew produces handcrafted porcelain vessels inspired by traditional eastern forms. His work aims to capture the exuberance of the act of throwing so that energy and movement are communicated in his vessels. Adam’s current collection includes his signature scribble pots and stacking jars, all made from white porcelain in his studio in the Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart, Co. Derry.

Black Hen Designs
Black Hen Designs is the creation of husband and wife team Andrew and Vida Pain. From their studio in Roscommon they create original glass painting and prints. Inspired by the Irish countryside, their designs are brought to life through the use of vivid colours and exaggerated forms. Using handmade frames and quality materials, attention to detail is given to every piece, ready to enjoy.

Caulfield Country Boards
Caulfield Country Boards is a family affair bringing high quality, long lasting, distinctive pieces that will enrich kitchen experiences and enhance social dining occasions. The progeny of Caulfield Joinery in Co. Meath, brother and sister Pearse and Louise Caulfield combine their joinery and food backgrounds to create functional yet beautiful solid wood cutting boards.

Cooper Handcrafted Furniture
Coming from a tradition of woodworkers going back to his great grandfather who was a cooper, Ciaran Cooper has known wood and craft from an early age.  From his workshop in Co. Monaghan, he designs and handcrafts contemporary furniture using traditional Irish joinery methods, producing work that is unique, attractive, built to last and sealed with the maker’s mark of quality.

Field Apothecary
Alix Mulholland is passionate about the Irish countryside. The idea for her candle range stemmed from this passion, originating while Alix was homesick as a student in Glasgow and really missed the sights and smells of home. Field Apothecary is a range of luxury essential oil candles launched in January 2017. With unique fragrances to represent the Irish landscape, from rain to peat, each is hand-poured in small batches in her studio in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Foxford Woollen Mills
Founded in 1892, Foxford Woollen Mills is situated on the river Moy in the heart of Co. Mayo and is one of the last working mills in Ireland. Today, it is a thriving Working Mill and Visitors Centre, employing over 40 people and allowing a tradition spanning thousands of years to survive and flourish. Foxford create beautiful luxurious throws and blankets destined to become treasured possessions for years to come.

Gilded Hound
Gilded Hound is an Irish artisan homeware brand run by metalsmith Siobhán Sacker, who became fascinated with the art of metalsmithing in South India where she spent many years as a teenager. They design and produce a select range of premium handmade solid copper and brass pieces in their studio in Rathgar, Dublin. Their Sparkle & Shine mirror collection is handcrafted with a solid copper or brass finish using materials sourced from small Irish produces.

Jerpoint Glass Studio
Each piece of Jerpoint Glass is hand-blown in the same manner it was 2,000 years ago. Using bright dappled colours inspired by the surrounding Co. Kilkenny countryside of wildflowers, gorse and seaborne blue greens, this family-run studio create bowls, jugs and glasses that you should dare to use daily. The feeling of another time in all Jerpoint’s pieces explains the cameo appearances they have made in Harry Potter films and numerous BBC period dramas.

John Ryan Ceramics
John Ryan makes functional and decorative stoneware, drawing inspiration from the rural landscape surrounding his studio in Sligo. Many pieces reflect local colours and textures, with his most recent collection inspired by the rugged coast of the Wild Atlantic Way. John is personally involved in all stages from throwing and glazing to firing. His specially developed glaze makes his understated pottery durable and highly resistant to chipping and scratching.

me&him&you is a design studio based in Dublin, founded in 2010 by Ronan Dillon and Peter O’Gara. The breadth of the studio’s design projects includes designing and printing their own range of products which are sold internationally such as a set of ‘City Prints’ inspired by cities around the world. These modern, simple monochrome screen prints suit a variety of interiors and have attracted a global following for the series, which now features 23 cities and counting.

Rathbornes Candles are one of the oldest candle makers in the world dating back to 1488. Five centuries later their candles are still being hand poured in Dublin using their rich knowledge of techniques and ingredients. The 'Beyond the Pale Collection' captures the romance of the Irish countryside. Essential oils combine to create a balanced collection to which master blenders have given a luxuriously modern edge.

Tara and Ed Hammond began Slated when Ed, a trained roofer, created a table runner from slate for a dinner party with friends. Using 150-year old methods and skills, each piece from the Slated Range is meticulously handcrafted to enhance the originality and natural elegance of the collection. Due to the natural integrity and durability of the stone, each Slated piece is utterly unique, dependable and enduring, lasting for many generations.

Stephen Farnan Studio
Stephen Farnan is a potter by trade, having studied ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art, London, and Fine Art at Ulster University Belfast. Every element of his framed porcelain landscapes are designed and made in his Belfast studio where he creates timeless landscapes and memories, captured forever in porcelain.  His most recent work has been inspired by his travels across Asia.

The Burren Perfumery
Founded in 1972, the Burren Perfumery is a family-owned company run by Sadie Chowen, her husband Ralph and their team of twenty staff. Based in the beautiful landscape of the Burren on the West coast of Ireland, Sadie draws her inspiration from the landscape and flowers around her to create a range of niche Irish perfumes and high-quality, certified organic cosmetics.  Everything is made by hand, in small batches, on site in the Burren.

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