Slice of the City - Issue 2 - Travel Leaders



The Only Place in Town Mats Klingberg of Trunk Clothiers on Daunt Books Out and About

The Good Shopper Makers' Dublin



From cosy woollen blankets and artisan-made glass, to elegant contemporary tableware, the streets of Dublin are filled with exceptional Irish design shops. 1. Since opening in 2010, Industry & Co. has become Dublin’s largest and best-known independent design store. Brother and sister duo Marcus and Vanessa MacInnes oversee the deli and the shop’s creative direction respectively. The store offers an array of new and upcycled furniture, beautiful Irish wool blankets, locally crafted jewellery and ceramics, and features a mix of local designers alongside some of the most talented makers from Europe, the US and Japan.; Industry & Co., 41 Drury St, Dublin, Ireland 2. Despite its location in the Georgian setting of Lord Powerscourt’s old dressing room, at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Article stocks some of the best contemporary Irish homewares around. You’ll find beautiful terracotta plates and serving dishes in soft blues and pastels, dainty coloured-glass drinking glasses, and elegant trays and coasters too. Most of what’s on offer is locally crafted, but you’ll find the odd exotic treat such as ostrich feather dusters amongst the china too.; Article, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William St, Dublin 2, Ireland 3. Seven Wood specialises in artworks, elegant stationery, and beauty and grooming products, as well as furniture and home accessories. Niamh Banks selects the products based on what she believes to be ‘functional, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing’, so you’ll find mid-century style rocking chairs and armchairs along with oversized floor lamps and parquet tables.; Seven Wood, 51C Dawson St, Dublin 2, Ireland 4. With a focus purely on Ireland’s rich textile heritage, Stable works with artisans from around the country to bring a luxurious edit of linen and woollen products. The brand’s Herringbone scarves for example, take 4-6 weeks to complete on looms at Donegal Yarns on the west coast. The brand’s collection also extends table linens, towels, throws and blankets but for a real piece of woven decadence, try on a kimono-style robe made from Huck linen; The Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Illustration by Léa Morichon

I think its success is down to a combination of three things: space, product and people. The space itself is beautiful and has an old-school charm – it feels more library than bookshop. Part of the building is over a hundred years old and it was originally an antiquarian bookshop – reportedly the first custom-built bookshop in the world. The people working in the shop love books and are great at giving recommendations. The way they promote the books and engage with their customers is very different from most other bookshops.

I’ve lived in Marylebone ever since I moved to London from Stockholm twelve years ago and Daunt Books on Marylebone High Street remains my favourite place in the area to this day. My first London flat was practically right above the bookshop so I couldn’t miss it. They always do a great job of inviting people into the shop with creative windows, so even if I hadn’t lived above it, I reckon I would have discovered it pretty quickly. When you’re looking in from the outside it always looks nice and cosy, so you’re often tempted to go in and see what’s going on…

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