Competitions and Meet the Maker

We are lucky to work with a bucket load of talented Irish designers and makers. Over the next while, each Monday (shush, it’s still Monday, I swear!), we will be handing the reins over to one of the designers we work with and they will tell you a little bit about themselves. So without any more delay, off we start!
Meet the Maker: Warren of Coolree Designs.

I set up Coolree Design in 2018, after spending over 10 years working with some of the industry’s leading designers and makers. Working on a daily basis with designers like Jon Goulder gave me a unique insight into the world of international design. Together with these designers, I made unique, bespoke pieces of furniture. On returning home to Ireland, I knew I wanted to set up my own design & manufacture practice.
My goal is to create not only bespoke pieces of furniture but also well designed products, that are affordable to the general public. All our products are handmade in our Kildare workshop, with the focus of each piece being on -simplicity & beauty...

 

 

These are no ordinary candles, these are La Bougie Kaffir Lime and Samphire Candles. Smooth, rich, complex scents that last hours and hours and hours, transforming your home with bursts of lime, lavender and samphire. And with about 8 different fragrances to chose from, there is something for every nose. ** Keep an eye out over the next few days as we will be announcing a pretty exciting collaboration with very talented Lucy Hegarty - the brains (and nose) behind La Bougie. You’ve been warned **

 

 

Goodbye BORED games, hello board games! For those of you who are regulars in the shop, you may sometimes see us *testing* this on quieter days. This game is a hands down winner for us. It is deceptively simple meaning you can play it with a whole range of ages. It is a memory game that changes with each play; it is competitive and really addictive. Unlike other memory games; because the top and bottom part of the counters change each time you play, you get buckets more play out of it. And the drawing are gorgeous. And it is all plastic free and made with 90% recycled card and fsc and pefc-certified forests and is made in the EU.

 

 

The shop might be empty but it is so nice to see your orders coming in online. Lots of people sending out little pressies to their future selves and loved ones 💕 We have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure all our lovely things are up on the website and easy to find. And sure, hopefully it won’t be toooooooo long before we can get back in to the shop and package up and post all your orders. In the meantime, thank you for your support and for supporting small independent business - we all really appreciate it. As a bit of a thank you we extended our free postage until the 12th of April - just use the code DELAYEDGRATIFICATION.

 

 

COMPETITION TIME!!!! ever wanted to design your own scent? well here's the chance! We have teamed up with Lucy of @labougiecandles in this very special competition. Lucy was an executive chef who trained to become a perfumer and a candle maker, then fell in love with an irish farmer. Her crop candles are inspired by the farm she lives on in ballinspittle in cork. She’s agreed to produce a new crop candle exclusively for designist, we just need to help find scent So, what smell reminds you most of Ireland in Summer? Whether it is the smell of warm jam sandwiches on the beach or the musty book smell of Trinity library or the inside of Grogan's on a friday eve, we want to know! What are YOUR favourite smells? You have until midnight on 13th of April to send your suggestions. Then Lucy will select her top 5 for us to all vote on. The final winning smell will then be turned into a limited run of exclusive crop candles for Designist. we will even throw a few freebies to the person with the winning suggestion. SO get your smells on.

 

 

Spring is in the air; daffodils in full bloom and we are all stuck at home. It’s the perfect time to get the garden into shipshape order. We have seeds to grow wild flowers, paper pot makers and bird feeders to help our feathered friends. If food is more your thing, why not try an edible seed mix or dwarf basil? Both taste amazing with a drizzle of Sarah & Olive olive oil on them. Nom.

 

 

wearedesignist We have teamed up with Lucy Hegarty of La Bougie Candles to produce a new crop candle exclusively for Designist; we just need to give her the inspiration of what the scent should be. What smell reminds you most of ireland in summer? Lucy was an executive chef who trained to become a perfumer and a candle maker, when she fell in love with an irish farmer. Crop candles are inspired by the farm she lives on in ballinspittle in Cork. The deadline is midnight on 13th of April 2020. Then Lucy will select her top 5 for us to all vote on. What do you win?? Well your fragrance will be turned into a limited run of exclusive crop candles for designist, and you get a handful of them to gift, burn, lying sniffing them, or sure, whatever ya want to do with them. To enter go to our original competition post, like it and add your suggestion as a comment. Get your smells on !! !!

 

 

The sun is out! Let’s dust off those picnic blankets and head out into the sunshine - even if you can only get as far as your back garden. Sure, who cares where you are - just pop on a summery playlist, close your eyes and imagine somewhere more tropical. Here are some of our suggestions to pimp up that picnic. The ingenious soirée aerator will make any wine taste fantastic; while the oval oak carafe adds some class. For those tunes our new tumbler Bluetooth speakers packs real punch - they are really easy to use and sound so good. And then there is my personal favourite- these very classy picnic glasses, with all the glamour of fine cut crystal but moulded from unbreakable plastic to suit those boozy ( or not so boozy) lazy days out

 

 

“It is not enough that we build products that function, that are understandable and usable, we also need to build products that bring joy and excitement, pleasure and fun, and, yes, beauty to people’s lives.”

Don Norman