Irish Design Shop, which opened in Dublin in 2009, specializes in design led Irish Craft. Originally an online venture representing the work of ten makers that proved so successful, owners Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey opened the shop a year later. They wanted to create a warm and cozy space so the shop design uses a mix of reclaimed wood, laminated birch ply and concrete. They now sell the work of 50 makers that include a wide assortment ranging from bird feeders to hand knit Aran hats, and from Irish cookbooks to their own jewelry line, Names. Friends Clare and Laura, both jewelers, met in Art College where they studied metalwork. After graduating college they set up a metal studio and would sell their jewelry at weekend markets. They realized they loved selling, interacting with customers and meeting other makers, so they decided to establish a platform to represent a new era of Irish makers. To offer a unique product mix Clare and Laura have collaborated on exclusive projects with Irish designers, Fergus O’Neill on a range of notebooks, and Alex Synge on a popular calendar project, which is in its second year. Clare and Laura are inspired by traditional Irish crafts combined with a modern aesthetic. They enjoy meeting their customers, their suppliers who drop by for a cup of tea and a chat, and their neighboring community of independent shops, cafes and bars. Although there have been challenges along the way, Clare and Laura are very appreciative of what they have achieved and the people that have supported them. As their business continues to grow they would like to expand into the space above their shop, and to wholesale and export their jewelry line from their base in Dublin.
Shopkeeper Photo : Philip White
41 Drury Street, Dublin