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  • A pair of gold rings.

    A pair of gold rings.

    I have had in mind to get these pieces photographed for a long time now, and serendipitously they came back to us last week for a service and a polish.

    They incorporate a lot of the elements that we love in bespoke rings. There was a basic preference for two different colours of gold, which happens a lot and most people assume presents a difficulty that can't be worked around for a pair of rings to be a set. We took a single shape that is cut to make two individual rings, the division between the two colours of gold follows a different curve, so each ring is predominantly one colour with a small hint of the second ring. 

    We also had a contour line run diagonally across the rings and set a small channel of orange diamonds along this edge.

    The colour of the diamonds adds a lovely degree of subtlety to the pair. For highlights a coloured diamond can make a very strong statement when it is working in conjunction with the colour of the metal. For this design I think a white diamond would have been too stark while the orange brings a nice warmth to the rings.

  • Water Land exhibition

    the Waterland exhibition continues in Waterways Visitor Centre in Dublins Grand canal Basin until the 30th of November featuring some of the finest examples of current Irish craftmanship, with work by Alan Ardiff, Da Capo, Michiel DeHoog, Róisín Gartland, Séamus Gill, Joe Hogan, Brendan Hogg, Niamh Jackman, Emmet Kane, Ayelet Lalor, Alison Lowry, Pat McBride, Misery Hill Studio, Liz Nilsson, Elizabeth O'Kane, Henry Pim and Zelouf&Bell.

    If you visit then be sure and call in to us directly across the road and say hello.

  • Bellboy


    found this really nice site this morning,
    some lovely attention to simple shape and very clean detail.
    I love the form of the chair, & the clean lines and corner detail on the blocks.

    The elegance of the shape underneath this table particularly caught my eye, the flow of the two lines is beautifully done, but it jars a bit against the weight and material of the top, like two different tables that have been mashed together. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I'd love to see this with a transparent top or  wooden framed aperture so you could see through to the shape underneath and explore from more angles.
    But that's just us being picky.
    : )



  • awesome visuals

    The second in the series of Dais by Sonja Lennon and Christian Ammann
    can be seen here, and it includes some beautiful visuals with our Embrace-3 ring


  • Studio visit in the Design Tower

    it's been a while, our blog-playing has been distracted with Tumblr and Instagram
    and mainly reading the fascinating exploits of others,

    so back in the saddle and we highly recommend checking out the current Studio Visit feature on the Design Tower blog with Alan Ardiff.



    - what is the moon, what is the stars Joxer ? 



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  • back once again...

    It's been a while, work has been all consuming for the last few months.
    You get a chance to lift your head from your bench for a moment and realize that it's the end of December and christmas is only days away.

    We've been lucky enough to make some really unusual and inspiring pieces this year, and we've even managed to get a couple of them photographed before they flew out of the workshop.
    I will enjoy posting them over the coming months.
    There are a few pieces which are close to my heart for the subtleties and nuances that were involved in discovering the designs.

    For now, and to get back posting, I thought I'd show one of my personal favourites.
    This has been in my mind for the last 15 years, ever since I came across the existence of the only issue of Cabaret Voltaire, the first publication by Hugo Ball and the birth of the DaDa movement.
    Apart from its historic context, I was taken by the graphic simplicity and the composition of the cover by Hans Arp.

    I always wanted to see the graphic block lifted as a 3d object and set off the background, and it ties nicely to some of our ongoing thoughts about jewellery and its context when it isn't being worn. 

    This deserves to be seen/enjoyed, and when it isn't being worn, it shouldn't be in a box in a drawer. Why not have an artwork become a wearable object, to spend most of it's time back on the wall as an artwork.

    stay tuned...

    ; )
  • Inaugural Design Tower Summer School



    We are very excited to be involved in the Design Tower Summer School. It is an opportunity for people to get very focused tuition and introduction to working with materials, conducted by makers in their own workshops, and get to meet the people engaged in other workshops and share stories of your experience.
    Do you want to make a bag for your laptop?
    or try your hand at sculpting the human head?
    or designing and making your very own piece of jewellery?

    We are all looking forward to welcoming you into our world of making.
    For our own course you can contact us here.

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  • A unique and extraordinary event !






    On the 2nd of June on the ground floor of the Design Tower there will be a lunchtime concert.
    It will be performed by 5 members of the RTE concert orchestra.
    And uniquely, they will all be performing with instruments made by luthier Michiel DeHoog from the Tower.

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  • Bruce Metcalf show opening



    American jeweller Bruce Metcalf has a show of his work opening in the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny this coming friday. He has been consistently inventive and inquisitive in his work for going on 4 decades. It is really interesting to see how his work has evolved or developed over time which you can see browsing through his site here.


    70s


    80s


    90s


    00s

    Bruce will be giving a talk about his work at 5pm this friday before the show opens, which is bound to be both intriguing and illuminating.

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  • no, your eyes do not deceive you...

    Our favorite tailor just posted this on his own blog, and we absolutely love it!
    Exactly what we like about refinement, and playing with ideas out of context. When you spend all day looking at round brilliant cuts, this is what you should wear.



    Wild doesn't even vaguely have to mean badly made, and highly skilled does not equal staid or boring. Way to go TE!

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