The Hottest Irish Designers
In the spirit of the recent St Patrick’s Day, we thought we would take a look at some of the Emerald Isle’s top Interior Designers and their work on iconic buildings.
We wouldn’t be doing Ireland any justice without mentioning first and foremost Irish Designer David Collins. The famous Dublin-born Architect died prematurely of skin cancer in 2013. David was an acclaimed Designer in the UK but bizarrely only achieved fame in his home country when Madonna attended his funeral in Monkstown.
Vogue Magazine described Irish Designer, David as “London’s Great Interior Designer”. It was also noted that he had created “some of the world’s most glamorous restaurants, bars and boutiques”. David only undertook several commissions in Ireland. One of the most notable being the re-designing of Kilkenny’s Langton’s Hotel – the famous hurlers watering hole!
Here in London, David was also responsible for refurbishing some of the most famous bars in town – Claridge’s, the Connaught and the Berkeley. The Berkeley even went as far as to name one of their restaurants after David – “The Collins Room”. Furthermore, the restaurant was then exquisitely redesigned in 2016 by Collins’s protégé Robert Angell. David Collins’ iconic and noteworthy signature style was known for being refined and luxurious, and this can be seen in the pictures of his work on the stunning Limewood Hotel, New Forest. He is most certainly missed!
Based in Dublin, Irish designer Suzie McAdam regularly features in Ireland’s favourite home and lifestyle magazines. Suzie worked on Senator Fergal Quinn’s RTE TV Show “Retail Therapy” where she also helped struggling retailers to re-vamp their spaces. Suzie’s designs have a contemporary edge, injecting even period properties with a fresh, young vibe. Suzie quickly established her studio as one of Ireland’s leading young Interior Design Consultancies – with an impressive portfolio of projects. Furthermore, Suzie has been responsible for several uber-trendy restaurants and bars in Dublin along with many high profile residential properties and remains one of the leading Irish Designers of today.
Emily Maher’s Lost Weekend Interior Design Practice was founded in 2006 and has designed residences in some of Dublin’s most sought-after areas. These include Blackrock and Monkstown. Lost Weekend also works on commercial interiors like the much-loved Kaph Café on Drury Street. In addition, Emily runs the Lost Weekend Design Store in Dun Laoghaire. She represents world-renowned brands such as Fritz Hansen, Knoll, Muuto and GAN. Lastly, Lost Weekend specialises in modern interiors and giving classic design styles a contemporary twist!
Sherrard Design was winner of the Institute of Designers in Ireland Residential Project of the Year Award in 2015. Irish designer and Founder, Gillian Sherrard prides herself on her professional approach being a key part of Sherrard Design’s service. With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Sherrard Designs is among the most respected Design studios in Ireland. Undertaking projects in Sandycove, Dalkey and Greystones among many others, Gillian Sherrard’s style is reliably classy and current.
Graham O’Donnell and Ann-Marie O’Neill
O Donnell O Neill was founded over 15 years ago and specialises in pragmatic and atmospheric Interior Design solutions for the Hospitality Industry. Winners of a multitude of Industry Awards, O Donnell O Neill “strive to create concepts that are unique and break the mould”. Some of their most noteworthy work being Dean Hotel, Harcourt Street, Dublin, The Stella Theatre, Rathmines and 9 Below in St Stephen’s Green. We definitely love the drama coming across in their projects below, most of all. When it comes to commercial design, these folks clearly are the benchmark to meet.
Here at Metier Rendezvous, we’re delighted to see Irish Designers having such fantastic success. In addition, with design-led boutique hotels, inspirational contemporary homes and unique retail areas popping up all over the country, these Irish Designers are doing an amazing job of truly reflecting Ireland’s new design identity. Therefore, we genuinely can’t wait to see what the next generation will bring.
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