Six contemporary Irish craft and design brands have been selected to travel to New York’s Independent home and gift show, Shoppe Object.
The curators of Shoppe Object selected the six brands, which design and make their products in Ireland, to showcase their work at the show from 10-12 August.
The makers are Caulfield Country Boards, Copperfish Lighting Company, Diem Pottery and Design Studio, Field Apothecary, Foxford Woollen Mills and Hanna Hats of Donegal.
Each will receive support from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCOI) to display at the show, taking place in Manhattan at Pier 36 on the Lower East Side.
“Shoppe Object provides an invaluable opportunity for these six Irish brands to meet exclusive buyers and influencers in person,” Chief Executive of DCCOI said. “The Irish presence at this fair is a key element in our export strategy, positioning Irish design and craft within the vibrant US marketplace.”
Irish brands at Shoppe Object 2019:
Caulfield Country Boards is run by brother and sister Pearse and Louise Caulfield. The range of contemporary tableware and kitchen accessories are uniquely designed and make a wonderful gift to treasure. The boards will become a talking point at any occasion around the dining table. All of their creations are designed and made in Carnaross, Co Meath from sustainably sourced hardwoods including ash, beech, elm and walnut.
Eoin Shanley set up Copperfish in the picturesque village of Delgany, Co Wicklow. The company creates stunning lighting from salvaged and storm-fallen timber, selected for its character and provenance. Beautiful in form and function, these lamps bring texture and warmth to interior spaces.
Thomas Diem is a second-generation potter and designer. Born in New York but living in Ireland since childhood, Thomas set up his own pottery studio in 1997, located in Ashbourne Co Meath. Thomas and his team in the studio believe that the objects we use have a great effect on our lives. Each piece has a distinctive earthen quality that will elevate everyday moments.
Field Apothecary is a range of essential oil-based candles from Field Day, one of Ireland’s leading producers of scented candles and home fragrance. Created in Ireland with up to 11 essential oils in each one, Field Apothecary Irish Candles are made with 100% soy wax and are hand-poured in small batches. Set up by Alix Mulholland and based in Newtownards, Co Down, Field Day has been producing stylish and fragrant hand-poured candles, soaps, hand care and home fragrance for over 15 years.
From the mossy greens and earth tones of the River Moy, Co Mayo to the explosion of colours in the hedgerows across the country, Foxford reimagines the changing palettes of the west of Ireland for modern homes and winter wardrobes. Foxford Mill has woven beloved throws, scarves and blankets for generations. Its ability to infuse tradition with contemporary style has made Foxford a benchmark of quality in Irish design.
Hanna Hats’ journey began in 1964 when it started handcrafting bespoke headwear. David’s son John continued creating innovative tweed products using the age-old tradition of craftsmanship. John’s children carry their father and grandfather’s vision as a third-generation family business. Original designs are assembled by hand in Donegal and the natural fabrics used reflect the soft and muted shades of the local landscape. Steeped in history and heritage, each creation is a little piece of luxury from Donegal.