Saturday, December 8, 2012

An exciting new initiative

Here's something that will be of huge interest to anyone who is remotely interested in design and believes in the importance of creativity in society: Design 21c has been established to cultivate the concept of 'design thinking' as a way to enhance and develop social structures, viewing the imagination as a resource that can improve the lives of Irish citizens. It's a not for profit charitable organisation that works with public bodies, academic organisations and members of the public to bring about positive change through design thinking. By consulting with members of the public they invent concepts and projects that challenge the current norm. I remember a while ago reading something that a trends forecaster was saying in relation to the effects of the r*****ion on society, about how a major renaissance is in the offing, since the international worldview, what we know and what we expect from the world, has been turned completely upside down. If you want to be a little part of that then why not start right here, by submitting your wish for Dublin, the change that you would love to see something that would enhance the lives of city dwellers on a daily basis. And if you're a graduate then think about a more hands on role by applying for the Designing Dublin project, which will take place from September to November this year. The closing date is 30th June, so get your skates on and apply here.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Hi everyone and welcome to my very first post in our new House and Home blog! It's a project that we've been meaning to kickstart for a while, but we've been pretty busy so it has been hard to get a chance to get stuck in. Anyhow - here we are, and hopefully you'll be seeing (and reading!) a lot more from us from now on.

Like I said, it's all a bit hectic with us at the mo, between getting the next issue of Kitchens & Bathrooms together, getting stuck into planning for the next issue of H&H and organising the student design awards (now in association with the Crafts Council) - it's all a bit crazy but it's lots of fun! I'm currently waiting impatiently for the March/April issue of H&H to come back from the printers. It's our Irish issue, full of all that's great about Irish design right now, with wonderful furniture and designs from Irish designers as well as great shops and some seriously creative women in our regular real people feature. I'm especially excited to see how our shoot in a tumbledown Georgian house on Henrietta Street looks in print. 

So...I'll let you know when it hits the shelves!