Arran Street East is a ceramics shop and studio in Dublin’s Market’s Area. Founded in 2014 by Creative Director, Laura Magahy, along with a team of designers and makers, to create simple, hand-thrown stoneware in unusual colors. Arran Street East’s forms are simple, functional, and elegant, known for their signature PiPo pots, Pot In – Pot Out, repeating tessellating shapes that are the cornerstone of their identity. Arran Street East is located in Dublin’s Market’s Area, a place alive with color and sound from early morning. The fruit and vegetable markets inform the unique color palette of the pots; pink grapefruit, lemon, pomegranate, cabbage, potato, and parsnip. The studio is at the rear of the shop, separated by Industrial glass doors, affording visitors a glimpse of the creative process.
Who inspires you Aesop. They retain a wonderful sense of their identity in every location.
What inspires you Dublin’s Fruit and Vegetable Market, colour, and patterns.
Before I was a shopkeeper I was involved in really interesting major architecture and urban renewal projects in Dublin.
The hardest lesson learned in starting a business To always plan ahead, expect the unexpected, and never give up.
What task do you like to delegate Everything possible!
The best lesson you have learned opening a shop That no matter how much material you think you need; you probably need more.
Your advice for anyone wanting to open a shop Do it!
Which famous person would you like to visit your shop Michelle Ogundehin, editor in chief of Elle Décor.
If you weren’t a shopkeeper, you would be A concert pianist.
What is your perfect day off Coffee and breakfast at home from Arran Street East pots, followed by a day dreaming up new products and projects in the studio.
Favorite neighborhood coffee shop Our neighbours Oxmantown.
I wish I could Sing.
On the Future of Retail
“Online will only become more prevalent, but the bricks and mortar store will continue to have relevance, particularly for shops that can provide a unique, or unusual experience. As an extension of your brand, your real-life shop can do what your brand does online – add value to the experience of the brand, in a way that’s relevant to the consumer.”
Shopkeeper photo of Laura Magahy by Matthew Thompson
1 Little Green Street, Dublin 7