Dublin Design Night
Last week I got myself off the couch, on a Wednesday night if you can believe, put on my red shoes and hit the streets of Dublin to attend Dublin Design Night . I read about it a few weeks back and thought it would be fun, so I dragged Hilda from Hilda by Design along for the night although I was happy she didn’t need much convincing. Image Interiors & Living teamed up with Yelp to put on the event, a night to visit Irish design stores and creative businesses. Along the way there were planned workshops, talks and cocktails!
Hilda and I made a bit of plan and started the night at The Garden. Here we got to make our very own terrarium and best of all we got to keep it! Next stop was Article where we were met by Clover Rua. Not only did we get the chance to see the process of how they make their wonderful screen prints, but we also got the chance to have a go ourselves and better still, we got to keep the fabulous print.
We then found ourselves at the Irish Design Shop where we also got to have a peek at the workshop upstairs. Jameson cocktails was on offer here and well, it would have been rude not to! We really didn’t have enough hands at this stage; it wasn’t easy juggling our goodies, cocktails, phones and cameras but somehow we managed. I know – poor us! With that done, we made our way to the Jam Art Factory to meet artist Jacob Stack. I really enjoyed hearing him talk about his work and seeing some of the pieces in his scrapbooks. Actually some of these were my favourites!
Second last stop for us was Designist, a store filled with amazing gifts and homewares and for the night that was in it, Dublin theme cocktails. If memory serves me correctly I couldn’t resist a bleedin’ cosmopolitan. Yum! Last find for us was fittingly Find, a fabulous little shop filled with old treasures. The store was jam packed and a great way to end the night.
I was really impressed with the whole event and it was great to see so many people out and about on a dry autumn night. It would have been great to get around to all of the stores taking part and if we had adopted an ‘Amazing Race’ style approach, we probably could have, but why rush? I had such a great time exploring some of Dublin’s finest and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the night has to offer next year. I like to plan ahead.