Arran Street East

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.

The Shopkeeper

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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.

Five favorite shops Industry and Cocoa Atelier in Dublin, Autour du Monde and Merci in Paris, and Soho X in Berlin.

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

Arran Street East 

1 Little Green Street, Dublin 7

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