Wednesday, 24th July, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

We ♥ Tim Gunn!!

We ♥ Tim Gunn!! Image

There will always be a place in our hearts for Tim Gunn – the American fashion consultant, television personality, actor and writer. Chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, before taking over as creative director for Liz Claiborne, Mr. Tim Gunn catapulted to fame as the revered fashion mentor on the award winning TV show Project Runway (2004 – ongoing). 

Ever dapper, ever the diplomat, Tim Gunn offers eloquently constructive advice to the designers on their weekly challenges - "Make it work," "Talk to me" and "It's a little costumey" being some of his signature catchphrases. His popularity on Project Runway led to the excellent spin-off show, Bravo's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, as well as his book A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

A Renaissance man, Tim visits the Metropolitan Museum of Art about once a week, loves dogs (especially mutts) and his favorite film is The Wizard of Oz. Thank you US Weekly for these factoids. 

Tim Gunn – style icon, role model and star!!

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Tuesday, 16th April, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

A Magic Carpet Blog: brought to you by the Nazmiyal Collection in New York City!

A Magic Carpet Blog: brought to you by the Nazmiyal Collection in New York City! Image

We wish to thank a most inspired writer Giuseppe Catanzariti for his wonderful article on Anthropocene by David Thomas Smith at The Copper House Gallery.

Giuseppe (what a great name) is the Marketing and Communications Representative at Nazmiyal Collection in New York City, they do specialise in antique Persian rugs.

He writes a most eloquent blog inspired by modern design trends and antique rugs for the Nazmiyal Collection. Featured this week is a fabulous piece on Anthropocene including an interview with our very own David Thomas Smith.

Giuseppe Catanzariti concludes that “Anthropocene is a unique artistic achievement that brilliantly combines elements of the ancient and the modern, of science and art, and of social responsibility and individual determinism”. 

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Thursday, 4th April, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

Love Ireland, Love Fire, Love Design!

Love Ireland, Love Fire, Love Design! Image

Wow! Environmental design at it's best by the super team at Fire! We were happy as frogs to work  on the design and installation of the stunning new Dublin Visitor Centre there at 17 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, didn't you know. 

Our skilled technicians Jacek and Daniel are pictured above fitting the truly sublime map, a collaboration with Fire and the Big Lebowski of illustration, Peter Donnelly. Stay tuned in folks as we will be posting more glorious detail on the Dublin Visitor Centre project on our Fire website, hot projects section!

Our thanks to photographer Adam Carroll for the great snap!

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Tuesday, 5th March, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

A fine design by Ultan Courtney - printed by Fire!

A fine design by Ultan Courtney - printed by Fire! Image

We were delira to see Ultan Courtney's beautiful poster art work featured at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Cloud Atlas Premiere held at the Savoy on Saturday 16th February 2013.

Pictured above is actor James D'Arcy near eclipsed by a stunning limited edition fine art poster by Ultan Courtney, printed at Fire.

Oh, for you nice film buffs out there, Cloud Atlas is a 2012 drama and science fiction film written, produced and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer. Adapted from the 2004 novel by David Mitchell, the film features multiple plotlines set across six different eras. 

Take a bow! 

Photograph Courtesy of Pat Redmond.

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Wednesday, 16th January, 2013 / Posted by: Orla

OFFSET 2013

OFFSET 2013 Image

OFFSET, the brilliant 3 day creative conference will take place in Dublin from Friday 5th- Sunday 7th April 2013 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

This happening happening celebrates creativity by bringing together the best in International and Irish creative talent in graphic design, illustration, street and fine art, film, photography and moving image.

Featuring a veritable smorgasbord of creative legends such as Bob Gill, Oliviero Toscani and the fabulous Niamh Sharkey, OFFSET 2013 will be the place to be.

And that's the truth, Ruth.

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Tuesday, 20th November, 2012 / Posted by: Yoshi

Thinking Outside the Box - Yoshi Talks Architecture

Thinking Outside the Box - Yoshi Talks Architecture Image

Hello again my good friends, Yoshi dog-in-residence at The Copper House Gallery on the beat with some paws for thought. Mark Wilson and all those nice people at fastcompany.com understand the importance of promoting the canine point-of-view in the world of design and architecture.

They posted a fantastic article about Kenya Hara, art director at Muji, who has a pedigree project called  Architecture for Dogs, for both dogs and their best friends.  Projects on the site take into account all creatures great and small, the Dachshund pictured above can talk to his best friend in comfort and style. 

A thoroughly thoroughbred idea!

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Friday, 19th October, 2012 / Posted by: Orla

Known and Unknown Pleasures…

Known and Unknown Pleasures… Image

Over 30 years ago, designer Peter Saville crafted the album cover for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. By lifting the image verbatim from a science book that depicts the very first reading of a pulsar from 1967,  Saville created an iconic visual.

A simple sporadic pattern with mysterious lines and peaks that communicates Joy Division’s discordant and haunting sound

This post was inspired by a feature by Mark Wilson from Fast Company

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Friday, 28th September, 2012 / Posted by: Leszek

Rich Gilligan - ‘DIY’ Dublin Book Launch

Rich Gilligan - ‘DIY’ Dublin Book Launch Image

Rich Gilligan is just flying with the launch of his new skateboarding book 'DIY' last night, at the prestigious Le Bal Gallery bookstore in Paris.

We weren't there (obviously!) but we hear the crowd and feedback were amazing. Right now, we're working with Rich to host an exhibition and artist's talk on the making of the book and are thrilled that the Dublin launch of 'DIY' will be in our new upstairs gallery space 'Archive at The Copper House'.

The launch is on the 11th of October and we have an exciting artist's talk and panel discussion the following night, 12th of October where Rich will talk about the making of his book and guide us through his four year journey. 

Tanya Kiang, director of The Gallery of Photography and Scott Burnett, creative director of Aad (Art & Design) will be joining Rich on the panel for a detailed discussion of the process of shooting and making a Photobook. Unfortunately Magnum Photographer Donovan Wylie will be unable to attend due to unforseen circumstances.

We're running a series of exhibitions and talks on making and publishing photographers and artists books so keep in touch for our next event, Albert, Ernest & the Titanic, in November.

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