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Home Décor tips and techniques • A kitchen that works

Uniformity Exhibition Women of 1916 • Centenary Mise Éire

Artist and costumier Tina Cassati • Summer collections 2016

Sub-Antarctic adventures • Athens Authentic Marathon


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n recent years there had been much talk about the demise of print media. Despite this perceived current trend, I never accepted the theory that readers no longer wanted a beautiful magazine to tuck into a handbag, take to the coffee shop, or read on a bus, train or plane. Subscriptions, sales and confidence may have collapsed during the recent global recession, but in recent years more magazines have been launched globally than ever before. It may be a surprise for some that print is making a comeback but the current demand is not for the traditional style magazine, instead it is for more aesthetic publications whose arrangement of content, photography and design provide attractive and intelligent content for the modern reader. Anthology was created from the belief

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Tina Cassati takes her inspiration from historical sources, particularly from the Elizabethan costumes, fairytales, folklore and the Renaissance. Her love for costume and theatre is manifest in her pieces. The result is beautiful; intricate works with an array of colours and textures that immediately catch the eye. (p.20).



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niformity’ is a collection of distinctive designs celebrating the women of 1916 and the unique story of the Cumann na mBan volunteers and their involvement in the events of the Easter Rising. It features the work of Griffith College 2nd year fashion students. The collection and the women that inspired it provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of these women, who in addition to fighting for independence were also battling the social stereotyping of the time. Each piece tells the story of one of these heroic women.

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Nora Connolly O’Brien (1893-1981) Designed by: Lexy Hunt

Nora cooked breakfast for the signatories of the 1916 proclamation at Liberty Hall on the morning of the Easter Rising. She was then sent to Co. Tyrone by Patrick Pearse to re-muster the Northern Division of the Irish Volunteers. When this attempt failed, she returned to Dublin with her sister only to arrive hours after the leaders had surrendered. Daughter of James Connolly, Nora was known as the ‘Courier to the North’. As part of the ‘Howth gun running’, she drove a lorry full of arms to Belfast and this journey inspired the tyre thread motif on the dress.

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Constance Markievicz (1868-1927) Designed by: Christian Iannelli

Undoubtedly one of the most important female figures of the Rising. Her rank was Staff Lieutenant and she became Second-in-Command to Michael Malin in the garrison at St Stephen’s Green. As one of the leaders of the Rising, Countess de Markievicz was sentenced to death. This was commuted to penal servitude for life because she was a woman. She was imprisoned until June 1917. The back of the coat-jacket is softly draped, but it’s strong and powerful to the front and features a statement pocket large enough for the revolver gun she carried.

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Elizabeth O’Farrell (1884-1957) Designed by: Natasha McGregor

A nurse and member of Cumann na mBan, Elizabeth was one of three women, who remained in the GPO until the end of the Rising, where she cared for the wounded including James Connolly. At 12.45 pm on Saturday 29th April, she was asked to deliver the surrender to the British military. She emerged into heavy fire on Moore Street which abated when her white flag was recognised. Accompanied by a priest and three soldiers she brought the order to surrender to the insurgent positions throughout the city. The design represents the flag Elizabeth surrendered with blowing in the wind, creating different shapes and deviating gradually.

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Rose McNamara (1897-1966) Designed by: Cathy McEvoy

Rose served as the Officer in Command of a female battalion at the Marrowbone Lane Distillery. When the order came through to surrender, the women were encouraged to go home and could have evaded arrest but instead they marched down four deep in uniform, along with the men. She presented herself and 21 other women to members of the British army and confirmed they were part of the rebel contingent. The design is based on the aesthetic details of Rose’s 1916 uniform combined with the sensory experience of being in a distillery during gunfire.

Nancy O’Rahilly (1878-1961) Designed by: Siu Hong Mok

Nancy joined Cumann na mBan in 1914 and was elected to the Executive Committee. Her husband, The O’Rahilly was the only leader of the 1916 Rising to die in action. As he lay dying, he wrote a message to his wife on the back of a letter he had received in the GPO from his son. She was pregnant when he was killed and the child was born in July 1916. She supported her husband’s politics and became very active in the cause after his death. The sombre silhouette represent s her loss and sorrow while the embellishment on the chest symbolises the pain and sorrow within that could only be transcended by the eternity of love. 8 summe r 2016 a n t h o lo gy

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Margaret Skinnider (1892-1971) Designed by: Róisín Bowling

Born in Scotland to Irish parents Margaret was a gifted markswoman and took up her place as a sniper on the roof of the College of Surgeons. The only female wounded in action, she was shot three times in the shoulder on April 26 as she was leading an arson attack on the British-occupied Harcourt Street. This is represented by the hole in the dress. Her uniform was cut in half to treat her wounds and this inspired separating the uniform to display her wound as a badge of honour.

Mary Spring Rice (1880-1924)

Designed by: Safiye Salih Born into an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family in London, Mary was the daughter of Thomas Spring Rice, 2nd Baron Monteagle of Brandon, and a great-granddaughter of the British Chancellor of the Exchequer. She was actively involved in the Howth gun-running, helping to ship weapons to be used in the Rising from Germany into Ireland. Together with Molly Childers, she raised £2,000 towards the purchase of 900 Mauser rifles from Germany. She sailed on the Asgard to collect the guns and helped to unload them in Ireland. The angular shapes of the sails of the Asgard inspired the designer who formed twists and folds in the panel of the coat.

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A vibrant city with great charm

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View of the Acropolis from the Plaka District


recently visited Athens for the first time but it most certainly will not be my last visit. It’s a fantastic city for lovers of both history and architecture and of course, for foodies. One of the oldest cities in the world, it was the birthplace of Socrates, Pericles, and Sophocles. Even if you are not a fan of ancient history or Greek mythology, you will still be mesmerised by the sights, welcomed by friendly locals, all topped off with wonderful weather. Though Greece is still recovering from a well-documented economic crisis, many quarters of the ancient capital feel vibrant and energetic. The most visible consequence of the crisis is the creativity of the Athenians. Sidewalk cafÊs and bars


were brimming with customers; creative young restaurateurs, designers and gallery owners setting up shop and happy pedestrians carrying shopping bags. From silver smiths to craft stalls, amazing street art and flea markets - the people of Athens are reinventing themselves. The locals also make visitors most welcome and from the moment I arrived in Athens until the moment I left, I encountered nothing but warmth and friendliness. Getting around, there is a fantastic metro system, which covers the city and connects to the airport. It is clean, smooth, very fast and great value for money. Athens is famous worldwide for its lively nightlife, but it would be advisable not to get too carried away because there are some classic sites that should not be missed and here is my top pick of the finest attractions of the city.

Acropolis Whether viewed early in the morning when the sun hits the high, rocky hill or beneath a magical full moon, few sights in the world compare to Athen’s Acropolis. The most emblematic building is the Parthenon, but it also contains a number of other fascinating things to see, including the Erechtheion, the Propylaia and the temple of Athena Nike. Apart from the historic significance, it is well worth a visit just for the magnificent view of Athens, with the city sprawling as far as the eye can see. Walking below the Acropolis at night is an opportunity to view it at its very best, bathed in golden floodlighting.

plAkA Inhabited since antiquity the Plaka district, also known as old Turkish quarter, is virtually all that existed when Athens became the capital of Greece. Under the shadow of the Acropolis and spreading out to Syntagma, this village is almost like an island within the city, and it is the perfect way to experience authentic Greek culture. The area is the most character-filled part of the city boasting truly unique scenery with several cafes, ancient trees, narrow streets and stone walkways. The area is well-known for its food, boutique shops and cafes. syntAgmA squAre Here is home to the Hellenic Parliament Building and the place to see Greece’s famous traditionally costumed guards, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dressed in short kilts and pom-pom shoes, every hour on the hour the guards enact

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a high-kicking ritual when they change. On Sunday at 11am, a whole platoon marches down Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias to the tomb, accompanied by a band. A fountain, ancient statues and two large grassy areas with park benches offer the picture perfect place for photos and picnics as well as having the convenience of stops for the main bus, metro and tram networks. Ancient AgorA Ancient Greek democracy can actually be traced to this spot. This was the heart of the ancient city, a marketplace and civic centre, the focal point of administrative, commercial, political and social activity. Socrates expounded his philosophy here, and it is said that Saint Paul visited the Agora in 49 AD to win converts to Christianity. Among the site’s extensive excavations are beautiful monuments and temples, a concert hall and long, colonnaded arcades and a fascinating museum. A must visit here is the Temple of Hephaestus, the best preserved Doric temple in Greece. clockwise from top:

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nAtionAl ArchAeologicAl museum Ranks among the top ten museums in the world and houses the world’s finest collection of Greek antiquities. Its impressive col-


lection of treasures offers a view of Greek art and history, dating from the Neolithic era to classical periods and is housed in a beautiful neoclassic building. The beautifully presented exhibits include exquisite sculptures, pottery, jewellery, frescoes and artefacts found throughout Greece and are displayed mainly thematically. Allow plenty of time to view the vast and spectacular collections of over 11,000 items. mount lycAbettus Climbing Lycabettus Hill, the city’s highest vantage point, is one of the best ways to spend an evening in Athens. There is a spectacular view of the whole city, the Aegean Sea, the islands, and the hills north of the city. All of the historical sites are visible, such as the Acropolis, Olympic Stadium, Parliament Building and the National Archaeological Museum. Facing the viewing platform is the tiny white-stuccoed chapel of St. George, a restaurant and café. Nearby, carved into the rocks on the north-facing slope, Lycabettus Theatre stages openair concerts. As the sun sets behind the mountains, the Acropolis and other ancient sites will light up for the night.

the track. Around 140 AD, the stadium was updated with new marble seating by Herodes Atticus. After hundreds of years of disuse, it was completely restored in 1895 to host the first modern Olympic Games the following year. This modern-era Olympic Stadium was created in the identical fashion as the Panathenaic Stadium, with 47 tiers of seating and a rounded southeast end. There is seating for 70,000 spectators, a running track and a central area for field events. It’s occasionally used for concerts and public events, and the annual Athens Marathon finishes here. right: A typical Plaka street view; below: Athens Acropolis.


Acropolis museum The Acropolis is now mostly in ruins, but almost 4,000 objects excavated from the area can be seen at this bold four-level glass-floored museum. Designed by architect, Bernard Tschumi, his concept was to design a simple and precise museum with the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greece. The result is a staggering contrast of old and new, a perfect complement to a world of ancient Greek artefacts, monuments and sculptures from the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The collections are presented in a modern, innovative setting which aids their capacity to tell stories about ancient Greek life, religion, culture and mythology. Situated at the base of the Acropolis, it has the largest collection of Greek architecture and ancient findings from Roman and early Christian Athens. pAnAthenAic stAdium Ancient Athens’s largest building; it was originally built around 335 BC as a venue for the Panathenaic athletic contests, where runners competed in races around anthology summer 2016 13


hen visiting Athens, I had been advised on the importance of having my accommodation well located, ideally close to the major attractions. On my search, I luckily came across the New Hotel, which is located 2 minutes from Syntagma Square and within walking distance of the main sights such as Plaka, the ancient historical centre, the Acropolis and Kolonaki’s upmarket cafÊs and boutiques. Apart from the location, the thing that attracted me to this hotel was its unique and funky style. The property, formally the Olympic Palace Hotel, has recently been transformed into something very special by the award-winning Brazilian Campana Brothers, Humberto and Fernando. These distinctive designers are known for their unique intermingling of craft-meets-con-

temporary and recycled-meets-high design furniture. Unexpected combinations of found objects and recycled pieces of furniture and fabric off-cuts from the former hotel are integrated with handmade chairs and lamps to give a blend of art, sculpture and design that combines the charm of tradition with modern amenities. The minute we arrived at the New Hotel, the tone was set and I knew that I could not have made a better choice. The very friendly porter immediately took our bags and offered cool water and delicious chocolates. The reception staff were welcoming and the atmosphere was very relaxed. I was in awe of the unconventional decor where every wall and piece of furniture is a like an individual work of art. Walls are made up of intricate pieces of criss-crossed wood, apparently pulled from chair legs and arm rests, music equipment, and banisters. A glass divider

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Five-star Luxury and Historic Charm in Athens

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between the reception area and the restaurant is oddly designed with recycled sconces, wall lamps and lampshades creating a glass lamp wall. The bedrooms are very modern but inviting and comfortable and it is here that you can really sense the absolute luxury and exclusivity of this hotel. The futuristic faceted brass washbasins designed to look like fragmented rocks and the sleek jagged full length mirrors draw your immediate attention. Another focal point is a tall chair with a back like a ladder made of recycled wood. Each room is based on one of three traditional Greek themes. The ideas for these themes were decided upon when the designers teamed up with undergraduate architecture students from the University of Thessaly, who gave them an insight into local culture. The first theme pays homage to Karagiozis, a mischievous Greek folklore shadow puppet. Carved cut-out style gold figures are mounted on the room walls like a moving fairytale. The second theme embraces the ‘evil eye’, a bead charm that supposedly has the power to avert evil influences or bad luck and is known to have been a fixture in Greece dating back to at least the 6th century BC. Finally, the third theme uses assortments of historic

postcards to remember the custom of sending travel mementoes. The random collection of retro-tourism on display from the ‘50’s to the ‘80’s, offers guests a glimpse of old Athens through a very modern design twist. The breakfast spread is excellent with an incredible array of fresh fruits, organic homemade granola, delicious creamy Greek yoghurt, Greek honey, eggs (scrambled, fried or omelette), as well as traditional breads and pastries baked daily in the hotels own in-house bakery. The ‘New Taste’ restaurant, where breakfast is served also features an authentic Espresso Bar, serving Napolitano Passalacqua coffee, full of of flavour and aroma and a full-bodied taste.

The ‘Art Lounge’on the rooftop floor in addition to wonderful food and cocktails has a panoramic view of Athens. It also has a unique Art library with more than 2000 art book titles. The comfort and scenery of the space makes it but a great place to work, have a drink or go for dinner in the evening. Among the other facilities available are a gym and spa which includes a Jacuzzi and steam bath. There is also WIFI internet access in all areas and a business centre on the lower ground floor. If you’re planning a trip to Athens and you want to stay at a stylish hotel with real character, then New Hotel should be at the top of your list. We really enjoyed the hospitality and the cool design of this lovely boutique hotel.

Some of the original features of the building are retained such as the exquisite winding 1940’s marble staircase.

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Running in Classic Style My marathon debut at the Athens Authentic Marathon wo r d s pat r i c k by r n e p h oto s s eg a s

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unning a marathon had been on my ‘to do’ list for years and I was slowly coming came to the realisation I would NEVER get it off my list, because I just couldn’t get motivated to do the training. That was until a friend announced that he was training for the Athens Authentic Marathon. Running the route of the very first marathon with the finish line in the historic Panathinaiko Stadium, which was built entirely in white marble for the first modern Olympics in 1896, was enough to get me off the couch. I wasn’t going to miss out on this opportunity. The idea of a marathon race was introduced when the organisers of the modern

Olympic Games were looking for a great popularising event that would recall the ancient glory of Greece. The event created was inspired by the run of the fabled Greek soldier Pheidippides, who is said to have run from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against the Persians in the Battle of Marathon. This battle took place in 490 BC, during the first Persian Invasion of Greece. According to legend the young Athenian ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming “Joy to you, we’ve won” and there and then collapsed and died. This was my first visit to Athens and


left: Running to victory in front of the glass-made statue of Dromeas; above: Marathon start; this image: Tomb of Marathon; right: Ceremonial lighting of the Marathon Flame

on arrival it was immediately obvious why this city is known as the cradle of Western civilization. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, anyone making the journey for this special marathon should allow time to visit some of the historic monuments, museums, art galleries; theatres and temples not to mention to experience the fantastic local food. The day before the race, there was a ceremonial lighting of the Marathon Flame at the Tomb of Marathon, a burial mound where the bodies of those killed in the battle, were cremated and buried in this collective tomb. The Marathon Flame is a symbol of human will and international peace and promoting the ideals of the Marathon race all over the world. Travelling to Marathon for the ceremony was quite daunting, as I realised that I would have to run this distance the following day. Following the ceremony, we visited the Marathon Run Museum, which chronicles the history of the Olympic marathon race, from 1896 up to today. The unique

collection of over 3.000 exhibits includes the red cap of Greek Olympic champion of 1896, Spiros Louis. Also on display are the personal heirlooms of the legendary marathon runner, Stylianos Kyriakides, who came first at the Boston Marathon in 1946. He took advantage of his fame while in the United States to raise money to provide food and shelter to the Greeks, who were experiencing severe poverty issues from the Second World War. Over one million Greeks from all over the country lined the streets of Athens to greet him on his return. On the morning of the race, as I made my way to the start line with a record number of 16,000 runners from all over the world, it struck me that I was about to have the privilege of running the Athens Authentic Marathon along the original route. This would be a dream come true for so many and the experience made all the hard work and training definitely worthwhile. Even if I was a seasoned runner, I don’t think this race would be where

‘A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, anyone making the journey for this special marathon should allow time to visit some of the historic monuments, museums, art galleries; theatres and temples not to mention to experience the fantastic local food.’

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top: Marathon start above left to right: Minori Hayakari of Japan finishes first in the women’s category; Opening ceremony at the Tomb of Marathon; Runners pass the glass-made statue of Dromeas, known as The Runner

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I would try for my personal best. The scenery along the historic course is beautiful but very challenging, as it uphill from the 10km mark to the 31km mark, the toughest uphill climb of any major marathon. Spectators gathered along the route clapped and cheered and were great to keep the runners motivated as the hills grew steeper. Following the steep incline, the course then went downhill towards the city of Athens, where the route was packed with people cheering us on. Approaching the Olympic Stadium for the final 400 metres, I thought about the principle of taking part in, not just this particular event, but in any marathon, that there is room at the

finish line for all of us and it isn’t all about winning or losing, it’s about the experience and being in it together. The entire race was filled with encouragement from bystanders and competitors committed to helping us all get to the finishing line. Entering the Panathinaiko Stadium, I soaked up the atmosphere of the cheering crowd and was brimming with joy. Whether it was the fact I was entering the stadium that hosted the first ever modern Olympic Games or the fact my legs knew an end to their torture was near, I was full of emotion. Full details for the 2016 Athens Classic Marathon can be found at:


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ife is full of surprises and sometimes unexpectedly we may discover an interesting book, a new friend or an artist’s work that will enrich our lives. Such an experience can be as beneficial to our existence as sunshine is to flowers. Getting acquainted with the work of Tina Cassati can transport you into a magical world of fantasy and escapism from the realities of everyday life. Her creations may be fairytale-like in appearance but this is an artist who also manages to make strong statements in her work by combining materials, methods, concepts, and subjects that challenge traditional boundaries in a fusion of philosophy and symbolism. Her artwork, created with traditional themes and modern techniques, brings us to a place filled with captivating fantasy, like with Alice in Wonderland, where nature and pure delight will feed our creative souls.

‘For me it is very important to have an enthusiasm and love for your work, to have the courage to live life with your own beliefs and visions and not to be influenced by what others think of you’

Artist and costumier, Tina Cassati talks to Tatsiana Coquerel about fantasies and fashion, influences and inspirations and her dream project ‘Giardino di Arte’ images tina cassati

Which contemporary artist or designer in your opinion best represents the combination of fashion and art? Isabelle de Borchgrave. She is a Belgian artist who creates exquisite sculptures and paper replicas of historical fashion. Her work is of a very high standard and a great example of combining fashion and art. Would it be right to say that art, for you, is like a rainbow that makes you smile, even when your soul is sad? You could say that. Art has many facets and it can certainly bring joy. For you, what makes life beautiful? For me, life is beautiful when I am alone and surrounded by nature and I can sense the wind caressing the leaves on the trees or when I get to enjoy observing the sea, feeling myself being carried away from the worries of life. For me, life for me is beautiful when I lay on the grass admiring the beauty in flowers and insects and so I like to use this inspiration to sketch and create my costume designs. Life is beautiful when I have the freedom to enjoy the simple things that take

away the monotony of everyday life and I can escape to find the tranquillity and inspiration to allow me to think and create. Nature is a great inspiration for you. Do you travel a lot to discover different sources of inspiration? To find inspiration you do not need to travel a lot or go very far. For me it is impossible to live a single day without inspiration. You need only to open your eyes and absorb things around you with a sense of joy and curiosity. I like to discover new things around me in everyday life, literature, exhibitions, museums, historical buildings and so on. There are so many sources of inspiration, even one lifetime is not enough to discover and experience all of them but for me, one of the most extraordinary influences will be always nature. Are you more attracted to urban or rural settings? There are so many places that I am drawn to, it’s difficult to choose. I love the sea but also love historical places and buildings. What is your dream project? I have been working on my dream project now for about two years. I can only say that it involves a new direction in my art anthology summer 2016 21

and is very different to my other projects. It is more about objects of art and installations. I would also like to focus on painting with oils in the near future, but one thing at a time. To create a piece of art you need a lot of time and passion.

‘Over and over again, I am amazed by women from the past whose strength still influences us today’

Do you think your work is enjoyed by both men and women? Based on the interest and feedback, I can say, that both men and women enjoy it. Can you tell us about your latest project ‘Giardino di Arte’? I have worked on the project ‘Giardino di Arte’ (‘Garden of Art’) from 2012 to 2015. This time was a turning point in my career when I was experimenting a lot with costume design, photography, mixed media and collage. The project was influenced by a tragic event in my life. My son died a few years ago and this project is dedicated to him. It has helped me to deal with my grief and to learn to live with the loss. This expe22 summ e r 2016 a n t h o log y

rience changed my view on many things in life and on my vision of art. This year I have started working on the second part of this project ‘Giardino Segreto’ (‘Secret Garden’). I have written the story and it will be visually interpreted in my costume designs.

Your work is inspired by Elizabethan costumes. If you had lived in the Elizabethan era, what direction do you think your work would have taken? It is very difficult to say. Women from this era had a very tough life. Over and over again, I am amazed by women from the past whose strength still influences us today. I am also fascinated by the fashion and craftsmanship from this period. What do you think you need to be successful as an artist in 21th century? This depends on what success means to the individual person. For one person success means earning lots of money, others place importance on virtual success

such as just achieving numbers of ‘followers’ and ’likes’ and others are greedy for commissions and contracts. Each artist has to be answerable to themselves as to what makes them happy or what success means to them. For me it is very important to have an enthusiasm and love for your work, to have the courage to live life with your own beliefs and visions and not to be influenced by what others think of you. It is also important to be true to yourself but also remain open to new things in life and to find satisfaction in what you are doing and at the same time take responsibility for your art. If you can make yourself and others happy, then your work is a success. What is your motto in life? Live in harmony with nature.

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Brain Health Kick-start your Way to a Healthy Brain

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any people like to engage in activities and healthy eating programmes which it is hoped, will have the added benefit of making them feel better as well as looking wonderfully fit and toned. In recent years there has been much debate on the enormous importance and benefits of achieving and maintaining a healthy body in an effort to hopefully protect us from illness and give us an extra zest for life. But how do we keep our brains healthy? Many people forget that, in all its complexities, the brain is one of our most vital organs and if we imagine going to the gym to put our bodies through a good workout, there are many things we can do to strengthen this ‘muscle’ and help prevent the effects of

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cognitive decline and disease. Recent scientific research shows that efforts made to keep our hearts healthy can also have the added benefit of keeping our brains fit and healthy. In other words, the factors that can cause heart disease such as high cholesterol, lack of regular physical activity, smoking, excessive alcohol intake and high blood pressure can also cause degeneration of the brain. Advancing age does not always have to lead to a sharp decline in mental functioning. We all know people who are in their 80’s and older who are still engaging socially with family and friends, some who still work either in a paid or voluntary capacity and maintain their independence. The brain does not remain stagnant throughout one’s life – it can, in fact,

learn to adapt to new experiences. While it also must be realised that people will demonstrate differing results to the same tests, it is true to say that research into the effects of certain factors on the brain have all shown to improve its ability to reduce the risk of dementia. These include increased physical activity, adopting a heart healthy diet, managing heart health risks, challenging the brain with new mental activities and being more socially engaged. Results from a 2014 clinical trial of older adults at risk of brain impairment showed that implementing a combination of these lifestyle choices led to a decrease in cognitive decline. So what can we do to improve the health of our brains? Well firstly it is important to understand that it is never too late or indeed even too early to start a new plan of action and engage in changes to our lifestyle that may reap positive benefits for us as we advance in age.

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‘It is important to understand that it is never too late or indeed even too early to start a new plan of action and engage in changes to our lifestyle that may reap positive benefits for us as we advance in age’

Stay Socially Active.

What may come as a surprise to some is that social interaction is also strongly regarded as an enjoyable yet vital factor in improving brain health. Being more socially active and maintaining regular engagement with our family and friends may reduce our risk of deterioration in mental ability and it has also been shown to help in the battle against depression and disability. When these social activities are combined with physical activity, the effect can be even more beneficial. This could involve something as simple as having friends over for a cup of tea to getting out and engaging in local community or voluntary events or joining a walking club. Just ensure that it is an activity you enjoy so that you will be more likely to keep it up.

Adopt a Healthy Diet.

Stay Physically Active.

Any kind of cardiovascular exercise that causes a rise in our heart rate, pumping oxygen through our whole body may be linked with improving our chances of preventing the onset of a condition such as dementia. The type of exercise undertaken can be anything from gardening to housework, just as long as it is aerobic. There is no necessity to take out a gym membership as walking, running and dancing are just as effective. It is advised however to exercise for 30-45 minutes at a time and to do so at least three times a week.

Eating a heart healthy diet has also been associated with improvements in both physical as well as cognitive health. This type of nutritional programme promotes a greater intake of fruit and vegetables while lowering the consumption of fat. In particular the Mediterranean plan has shown some possible health benefits. This diet advocates not only fruit and vegetables but nuts, grains, healthier fats like olive oil in place of saturated fats, a lower intake of salt and red meat and regular portions of poultry and fish. However, while there appears to be less research into the link between a healthy diet and improved brain function, it is still widely believed by many medical and scientific experts that what is good for the heart is also beneficial for the brain.

Stay Mentally Active.

Challenging your brain is perceived by experts on the field of aging and cognitive development as another way of benefitting your brain function. For example, learning a new skill where your mind has to work moderately hard at understanding and remembering a new strategy, facilitates mental stimulation and can help in delaying the mental ageing process. If you do the same activities all the time without presenting new learning challenges to your mind, you are not giving your brain a chance to exercise itself and it will function as lazily as any underused muscle. But on the other hand, if you take up a mentally engaging hobby, for example learning a new language or a musical instrument – then you are really challenging your brain, as this task focuses on learning new techniques and vocabulary. Inadequate sleep because of work, family or even sleep disorders such as insomnia can also interfere with mental awareness. It is important also to avoid excessive consumption of alcohol, which can lead not only to short but also long term brain impairment. While research is ongoing and it is difficult to prove the results of studies on brain health conclusively, it is safe to say presently that a strong association exists between certain lifestyle choices and cognitive health. In plain language, there are simple steps that we can all take, no matter how young or old, to build up our brain ‘reserve’. So let’s give our grey matter the respect it deserves, for all the hard work it does for us and say, ‘roll on old age – we‘re ready for you’! anthology summer 2016 27

International summer 2016 collections International fashion designers show their exclusive collections on the European runways. Anthology selects the pick of the best.

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Erdem The variety of silhouettes and textures are inspired by the Victorian era, from the structural to very soft, sheer lines. Vines of flowers in multiple panels and layers of fabric forming long, tiered, ruffled skirts set the tone for this beautifully romantic collection. The playful summer dresses are trimmed with broderie anglaise, guipure lace and intricate embroidery.

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Escada Continuing its founding principles of sporty luxury and offering a sense of effortless elegance in how women dress. Colours are classical: from black and white to delicate soft pink and orange, there is something to appeal to every woman’s sense of style. The collection is full of glamour, elegance, sophisticated silhouettes and contemporary, luxury chic.

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Ulyana Sergeenko Tall silhouettes sculpted by architectural bustiers and wide shoulders create the alluring fine lines of this collection. As always, the designer references the history and traditions of her native Russia as inspiration for her collections. Showcasing the work of Russia’s petites mains, embellishments are exquisite. In some pieces the fabric of a garment itself is embroidered all over.

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The designer was inspired by rural Japan and 18th century France. He strikes the right balance between tailoring and feminine accents, which he fuses with sleek work wear shapes. There is a sense of youth and carefree charm to these relaxed clothes. Denim features strongly from roomy coats and high-waisted pants to structured dresses.

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Úna Burke In the centenary of Dublin’s ‘1916 Easter Rising’, military references are used as inspiration. The designer aims to enhance the wearer’s posture and give a feeling of empowerment, strength and courage. These distinctly complex leather constructions are designed for the customer who appreciates quality and creativity. Crafted entirely by hand and made using only the best vegetable tanned leathers and solid brass fittings.

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Delpozo Adorned with beautiful details, elegant dresses with delicate ruffles and fringes in palettes of both soft pastels and vivid colours with a hint of crisp white depict fantasy and delicacy at its best. Linen and poplin are mixed with chiffon and organza. Pure clean lines embody the apparent simplicity of this beautiful collection.

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I’m Isola Marras ‘Sporty Chic’ best describes this collection of tropical floral prints that stand out in maxi and mini dresses, shorts, circle skirts, and oversized jumpsuits. Ready to wear pieces fit for a party by the sea in a plethora of sunny colours: yellow, hot pink, cobalt blue, purple mixed with a little black and white.

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Sinnott Kitchens A family-owned business, Sinnott Kitchens has 40 years expertise and experience in the design and manufacture of bespoke kitchens and furniture. Since its establishment, the company has kept up-to-date with the latest design trends and built a reputation for providing individual attention to every single project they undertake. A personal stamp of artistry and passion continues to be in every piece produced at this long-established business. The aim is to constantly strive to maintain a genuine respect for past traditions but keep an eye on new technologies and current trends in style, materials, techniques and exclusive finishes. The ethos is that quality and environmental protection go hand-in-hand, and both are core to the company’s ethics. By using only the best quality sustainable timber and materials, the furniture produced lasts a lifetime and is kind to the environment. The wide-ranging variety at the impressive showroom, on the Kells Road, just 6 miles from Kilkenny, varies from con-

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temporary modern to country traditional and classic traditional, hand-painted and in-frame kitchens. Also available is a great choice of appliances including the Smeg, Aga, Neff and Siemens brands. In addition there is an extensive range of flooring, panelling studies, bedrooms and vanity units, which are made to measure. In recent years, Sinnotts have expanded to offer full interior design services. With renowned brands such as Farrow & Ball and Cole & Son, clients are offered a wide range of inspirational colour schemes and finishes from the vast palette of paint colours and artisanal wallpaper designs. Offering a complete service, Sinnotts will project manage a new build or renovation from concept to completion. For many years they have also serviced the commercial market including the fit-out of bars, restaurants, hotels and offices and have been privileged to work on many exciting projects. From initial consultation to final delivery, clients are guaranteed to enjoy the

process, with a commitment to intuitive and creative designs that are on-time and on-budget, combined with a total commitment to the customer. Sinnotts have the edge in delivering an impressive end-result that the home owner will be happy with for many years to come. The design process gives great consideration to ensuring that the finished product will be the perfect fit for the customers life, reflecting both individuality and day-to-day needs. The design team work in collaboration with clients, which helps them feel comfortable in making suggestions and offering their own ideas. The aim of the company is to do everything to exceed customers’ expectations. Endless recommendations from delighted clients are testament to the pride in the quality and craftsmanship of the fine furniture, bespoke kitchens and interiors service provided at Sinnotts.


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Handcrafted Furniture

Handcrafted in Ireland, Avant-Garde, Contemporary and Traditional Designs


weeney Handcrafted Furniture is a long established family-run business with three generations of the Sweeney Family currently working together, to offer customers an exceptional and personalised service. Kitchen designs are not limited to a particular style and virtually any look aspired to can be created to complement your home, taste and personality. To suit individual requirements specialities offered include custom cornice details, custom integrated lighting and curved units to name but a few. Each kitchen is hand-crafted to order to ensure each customer gets a tailor-made kitchen uniquely created to suit individual requirements and space. Materials regularly incorporated to deliver unique and inventive designs include glass, stainless 38 summ e r 2016 a n t h o log y

steel, copper and stone which complement the crafted wood pieces to perfection. In-house cabinet maker and designer Paul Sweeney will offer expert guidance from conception through to installation. In careful consultation with the client each kitchen is crafted to create a solution to meet specific requirements and design taste. There are an infinite range of services, materials and finishes on offer that can be combined to suit individual storage and design requirements. Each piece is handcrafted to order from raw materials at the workshop, just outside Wexford town. All the staff at Sweeney Handcrafted Furniture pride themselves in working hard to provide a guaranteed, knowledgeable, trustworthy and reliable service, managing the entire kitchen fit out from beginning to end.

A visit to the extensive showrooms and workshops at Larkins Cross, Barntown, Co. Wexford is advisable where you will find a display of beautifully handcrafted bespoke kitchens and furniture to admire. To ensure individual attention, it is recommended to make an appointment in advance on 053-912 0933

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A kitchen that works Achieve the perfect look for one of the most important spaces in your home words jeannie croucher illustrations tatsiana coquerel

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he contemporary kitchen continues to evolve as our lifestyles become more relaxed and walls between our kitchens and formal dining rooms come down. Gone are the days when kitchens were almost exclusively for cooking and separated from the rest of the home. Your kitchen must fulfil many roles and is used not only for preparing and cooking food but also for family meals, entertaining guests and storing gadgets. The need to accommodate all these activities is why designing the ideal kitchen is no small task! It may seem as simple as choosing some cabinets and countertops and deciding on a colour scheme, but there’s a lot more than that to be considered. Of course, there are huge advantages to hiring a professional kitchen designer. They will help you avoid costly mistakes, make the space useful and functional and will be up to date on all sorts of new

ideas and products. However, it is a good idea to do some preparatory work ahead of your first meeting, so that the designer can create an overall plan to fit with your vision. Contributing your own ideas will also give the finished product your unique stamp. The best way to start your planning is to think of the layout and features that fit your household’s lifestyle. This will depend on how much cooking you do, how many people will be cooking at one time. For example, do you plan on using your kitchen as an area for entertaining, how many people will be gathering in the room and how will they move around it? Think about what works and doesn’t work in your existing kitchen. Look through magazines, scan the internet, and visit kitchen showrooms to get ideas. Keep a file of the designs and products that you like and make a list of all the things you would like to have in your dream kitchen.

‘It may seem as simple as choosing some cabinets and countertops and deciding on a colour scheme, but there’s a lot more than that to be considered’

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‘Countertops are no longer merely a work surface, but a key element in the design and luxury of your home’

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When considering your layout, take into account the work triangle, which connects the three main areas of the kitchen: cooking appliances, refrigeration storage, and clean up area (sink and dishwasher). These three points and the imaginary lines between them, make up what kitchen experts call the work triangle. The idea is that when these three elements are in close proximity to one other, the kitchen will be easy and efficient to use. There are of course exceptions to this rule: in single wall kitchens, it is impossible to achieve a true triangle, but efficiency can still be achieved through the configuration of the three zones, and how far apart they are. When it comes to kitchen cabinets, you will have options of storage solutions and accessories to meet your every need. The market is brimming with products, gadgets

and decorative trim of all kinds, colours and finishes. You can choose from varieties such as traditional solid timber, hand-painted, contemporary high gloss or stainless steel. A painted kitchen gives the option of a re-paint and a change of colour. Walk-in larders have become very popular and provide useful storage space for food, kitchenware, a second fridge, recycling bins etc. Another option to be considered is the island area, which can incorporate a breakfast bar, dishwasher and general storage and will also provide a prep sink and a chopping and food preparation area. Countertops are no longer merely a work surface, but a key element in the design and luxury of your home. Choice of material, colour and texture need to be considered. You may want your kitchen’s worktop to complement your


cabinets or you may prefer a contrasting colour - try as many different samples as you can, and you may find something you never considered before. Lighting and electrical outlets are very important from a practical point of view, so once the plan of work stations or your triangle design is in place, you will have an indication of where the outlets and lighting should go. Lighting is also important to give your kitchen a welcoming and inviting tone and will make it a comfortable space in which to spend time. A kitchen floor should not only be able to withstand constant traffic but also make the personal style statement you want it to make. What kind of flooring do you like the look of? How about wood or ceramic? Have you considered cork or stone? Each of these materials has their own advantage and your design professional will be able to advise you. So let it be known what your priorities are for example durability, easy maintenance, warmth or colour choice. Style, size, energy efficiency, functions and warranty are just a few of the points to consider when choosing kitchen appliances. Is your preference for a traditional range or wall oven and separate hob? The location of your hood will depend on whether or not it is vented to the outside. The style of hood has an impact on the overall look of the kitchen: a modern

chimney-style hood lends a contemporary feel to the general look, while a hood built into or underneath a cabinet is a more traditional choice. You will also have to decide if you would prefer to cook with gas or electricity. When it comes to selecting a fridge, there’s never enough room to store beverages and food so you’ll want to choose the largest that fits into your kitchen design. Look for models with greater preservation power, duel refrigeration, an ice/water dispenser and high efficiency. Important considerations for a dishwasher are capacity energy-efficiency, quiet mode and delayed start.


Creating a smooth workflow should be a primary objective in kitchen design. The best way to achieve this is to create a work triangle. This concept was developed in the 1940s to address the efficiency and productivity of the kitchen space between the major work centres: Kitchen Sink – Cooker – Refrigerator. It was developed by the University of Illinois School of Architecture and the theory is still the foundation of modern kitchen design.

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Spendlove Kitchens

Revitalising the Heart of the Irish Home


here are lots of reasons to update your kitchen, but apart from the attraction of sleek designs and shiny appliances, a design with high performance can be only be achieved by creating appropriate solutions in line with the requirements of the person who will use the kitchen. With this in mind Nigel Spendlove, when setting out to design a kitchen takes the approach that he is as much a problem solver as a kitchen designer. His design process starts with what he refers to as the ‘hotspot’. This is the place in the room that the foodie naturally wants to be positioned. Work Stations and appliances are then positioned accordingly ensuring that the cook has to move as little as possible to access everything needed for the task at hand. Nigel knows kitchens, because he has spent his life either working in or designing them. He spent 25 working in the family business, The Wicklow Arms, one of the forerunners of bar food in Ireland. This was one busy kitchen as 800 Sunday lunches were served each week. In addition to the constant stream of regulars, the popular venue also attracted a host of musicians and movie stars, due to its proximity to Ardmore Studios Getting back to the subject of kitchen design, Nigel likens the contemporary kitchen to the old Irish way of living. “There was one living room in the house, with a pot over the fire and everyone congregated there. Gone are the days of the formal dining room, where food arrived out of a space which was solely the domain of the cook. Now families gravitate to the bright lights and tasty aromas of the hardest working spot in the home. The kitchen is now the most multifunctional room in the house, encompassing many different

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tasks both efficiently but also with charm and grace. It is essentially “the little black dress” of the family home. A room where children do their homework while having access to the contents of the fridge, a room for family meals, late breakfasts and candlelit dinners, a place to bring friends for a chat and cup of coffee.” Customers who need guidance are immediately put at ease by the unique approach and charming personality of this creative kitchen designer. Spendlove Kitchens offer assistance on the complete process from the earliest planning stages through understanding how to select and arrange a floor plan to choosing cabinets and appliances.

Authorised Dealer for Schuller and Nobilia Triton House, Greystones Harbour, Co. Wicklow Phone 01-2870500 Email:


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Michael Farrell Kitchens Beautiful, Bespoke…


he term ‘bespoke’ is an expression we hear a lot recently when referring to kitchens, but what does it actually mean? Simply put, the term means a high degree of individual customisation to offer something unique. Michael Farrell Furniture in Wexford offers this service and here you will find the term is taken by its literal meaning, as every item is made specifically for each customer. Each kitchen, or indeed any fitted furniture ordered is carefully designed and crafted in the workshops, with every detail tailored to the requirements of the customer. Details to be considered can include door style, colour, material and dimensions and all will be made to order. This level of quality and service is delivered by employing dedicated designers and craftspeople and providing a workshop space where these craftspeople can expertly create beautiful furniture, blending both traditional hand skills and utilising modern manufacturing technologies. Working from their factory nestled in

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the foothills of Mount Leinster in Wexford and with a showroom in the Meadows and Byrne store just outside Wexford town, the company employs 20 full time staff. The entire team are dedicated to the design, manufacture and installation of the highest quality ‘bespoke’ fitted kitchens and furniture for the home. One would imagine that individually designed and tailor-made furniture is prohibitively expensive, but this is not necessarily so. David Farrell, who is manager and second generation in this family business disagrees, he says: “Our belief here is that these beautiful bespoke kitchens and handcrafted furniture should be available in a price range that will suit most of our customers. In general our kitchens are less expensive than lower specification, imported, out of the box equivalents. Our work also has the added benefit of offering more options and more flexibility in turn-around time. There is also the added satisfaction and warm feeling of supporting manufacturing in Ireland”.

Visit or call into the showroom to experience the truly bespoke furniture of Michael Farrell Furniture. For appointments telephone 053-916 8333 Drinagh Industrial Estate, Wexford


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Recent Co. Carlow renovation by OnCraft Kitchens - creating an open-plan living and dining space of three existing rooms

Project: Detached house - built in 1998 and refurbished open-plan living space. As we do with all our customers, we used the initial consultation to get ideas of what our clients wanted from their new kitchen design. We discussed how they wanted to use the room, what they liked and also what they didn’t like. This was our starting point in designing a kitchen space that was specifically suited to their individual needs. Our clients wanted a design that would be both functional and beautiful. Having built their house in 1998, they recently decided to open up the space by combining three existing rooms to create an open-plan living with dining space. They were very keen to really maximise the use of their interior space and while the original kitchen served its purpose, they wanted a better layout with well-designed and practical storage. The old kitchen had poor lighting and not enough workspace, so the plan was to open up the space as much as possible, adding light and an airy feel to the whole space, and designing the layout around a large island unit with a hob and lots of work space. Clever storage in the island and the addition of a double larder unit allows the space to stay clutter-free. The tall pull out larder beside the oven maximises

storage space, keeping the layout both practical and convenient, while maintaining a stunning visual appeal. Incorporating slim-line tall cabinetry to the room added extra storage and enhanced the feeling of space. While the kitchen is a practical working kitchen, it also has a feeling of relaxed elegance. The old kitchen was solely a working space, so the idea was to create a more sociable family space for everyday living. The layout of the island allows for seating for four people and the addition of the window seating area utilises all areas of the room, allowing it to become the hub of the home. The units are painted in Colortrend Alabaster White and the island and tall cabinets in Dark Noir, adding a vibrant contrast, to bring energy and personality in to the room. The doors are In Frame Shaker style with polished chrome cabinet knobs and plate cup handles on the drawers and the worktops are Quartz Lagoon. The open shelving opens up the corner space, and continues the use of a pop of colour and the interesting variations throughout the room. The end result is a stunning in-frame kitchen sitting proudly in the centre of this family home. Appliances: Samsung Standalone Fridge Freezer and NEFF oven and hob

Client’s perspective ‘Very good experience…OnCraft were very professional and efficient and had great suggestions and ideas. We are delighted with our new kitchen. The layout is great in terms of efficiency of use and storage.’ 48 summ e r 2016 a n t h o log y


‘At OnCraft we focus on designing spaces that are suitable for the customer’s individual needs, as well as offering design ideas and solutions that may not have previously considered. We spend time discussing the finer details of how our clients will use the space. Our custom made cabinets are made in our workshop in Co. Carlow by our team of skilled cabinet makers, using modern machinery and traditional techniques.’ Kilcoole House, Rathoe, Co. Carlow Web: Tel: 059-914 8678

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Egan granitE & MarblE Main Street, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath

Manufacturers of Granite & Marble worktops, vanity units and bar counters Tel: 057 9333946 / 9332167 | Fax: 057 9332978 | Email:

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Beauty Routine Detox Making the big switch from chemical to natural words edel cassidy illustration tatsiana coquerel

Natural cosmetics are not all that expensive and, in fact, some of these products are more affordable than synthetic ones. When you use cosmetics with more natural ingredients, you’re getting higher quality products that contain skin nutrients such as vitamins A, B, D and E that keep the skin healthy and fresh-looking. The most common nutrients are natural oils like argan or maracuja oils, which moisturise the skin, then green tea for

‘lipsticks can now be found packaged in aluminium tubes that are not only chic but also recyclable’


eauty companies have historically received a bad reputation for unethical and environmentally unfriendly business practices that include animal testing, unsustainable sourcing and chemical pollution. Despite this negative press most of us slather, lather, massage and spray an average of fifteen cosmetic products on to our bodies every day. Our reliance on make-up, skin care and toiletries means that a cocktail of 4½ lbs of nearly 130 different varieties of chemicals are absorbed into our bodies through our skin each year. Recently, there have been fears about lead and other heavy metals in lipstick and it is estimated that women ingest as much as 7 lbs of lipstick over a lifetime. That’s a fairly horrifying thought - imagine the fat content never mind the chemicals! The good news is that lipstick that gets into the mouth is broken down to some

extent by the enzymes in saliva and in the stomach. It is the chemicals that become absorbed through the skin that cause the real trouble because they can get straight into the bloodstream and in that regard there is no protection. Apart from avoiding some of the suspect ingredients that certain cosmetics contain, there are other reasons to rethink your beauty buys. We all know that packaging waste is a major issue and the staggering amount of it that we discard has quite an impact on the environment. Many eco-friendly beauty brands have made it their mission to only use ethical and environmentally responsible packaging as well as bona-fide clean ingredients. Whenever possible, opt for cosmetic packages, whether plastic or cardboard, that bear the recycling symbol. A variety of lipsticks can now be found packaged in aluminium tubes that are not only chic but also recyclable.

rejuvenation, chamomile to soothe irritated skin, and shea butter which repairs damaged skin cells. The edible ingredients in natural skincare generally have a delicious taste. This is a great advantage especially for products like lipstick, whether we are unconsciously ingesting it or having it kissed off. The skin is the body’s largest organ and it drinks up everything that is sprayed or rubbed onto it. So, if you see ingredients on cosmetic labels that you wouldn’t feel comfortable spooning into your mouth, is probably not a good idea to use them. Before you make a purchase, visiting a company’s website can tell a lot about their values and ethical principles. Does the company test on animals, for example? How committed is it to reducing its impact on the environment? Does it endeavour to remove or reduce harmful chemicals from ingredients lists and replace them with safer alternatives? How you select your beauty and personal-care products is important for your well-being and they should be as pure and devoid of toxins as possible. It is important to become an attentive label reader and learn as much as you can not only about what you put into your body, but also what you put on your body.

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th e m o n e y ch an ger s


m a r inu s va n reyme rswael e

( follower

of ) the bilbao fine arts museum

The Business of Purchasing Art:




Profit or Pleasure? words edel cassidy image © bilboko arte ederren museoa


n the preface of his only novel, ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray,’ Oscar Wilde proclaimed, ‘all art is quite useless’. An Oxford University student named Bernulf Clegg was so intrigued by the statement, that he wrote to Wilde and asked him to explain this now famous quote. To his surprise he received the response, ‘A work of art is useless as a flower is useless. A flower blossoms for its own joy. We gain a moment of joy by looking at it. That is all that is to be said about our relations to flowers. Of course man may sell the flower, and so make it useful to him, but this has nothing to do with the flower. It is not part of its essence. It is accidental. It is a misuse. All this is I fear very obscure. But the subject is a long one.’ Since ancient times, ownership of art has represented a display of wealth and power. The Renaissance was characterised by the rise of materialism and a growing demand for consumer goods. A new social class made up of rich merchants and bankers, the nouveau riche of the day, increased the demand for art and art became a traded commodity. Adorning rooms with paintings and sculptures was no longer just about the aesthetic value, but was also about a demonstration of reputation and social status. Artists also benefitted from this perception, especially in early modern Europe when they relied on patronage. However, this generally meant that the artist did not have creative freedom as a patron dictated not only the subject matter, but also the materials or pigments to be used. For example, ultramarine blue was a very rare and expensive pigment, but many patrons would insist on it as it was the colour used for Virgin Mary’s robes. Buying art these days still generates a feeling of victory, cultural superiority and social distinction. However, the vast majority of buyers purchase works of art


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simply because it gives them pleasure of one kind of another. This includes art that will be displayed in public places, in the office or in the home. So works are generally purchased just to look good in a specific place. When art gets to a considerable price point, however, it is only common sense to think about the investment value and resale potential. All investments come with risks and therefore require careful consideration, so sometimes buyers will seek the help of art advisors. Even so, not a lot of art dealers buy to resell but will add the purchase to their overall investment portfolio. It’s certainly not a get rich-

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle quick scheme and can be an unpredictable investment. Art is therefore viewed in the long-term asset class for various reasons. Firstly, it is subject to changes in trends and fashion, it is not a liquid asset, meaning that you cannot always sell it when you want or need to, and it does not produce an income. Secondly, selling art has been long association with debt, death and divorce and no one wants to look like they need the money. However, the value of art is not just in monetary terms and investors are usually art lovers who want to enjoy their purchases as well as buy works that will increase in value. There is the added risk, that even with the best of advice, it can all go terribly wrong. In 1970, the National Gallery in Dublin purchased the famous

painting, The Goose Girl for £500 and it was thought to be the work of the Irish artist William Leech. The painting was the subject of a long running debate in art circles and eventually in 1996 the gallery confirmed that it was the work of a lesser-known English artist Stanley Royle. So should this discovery affect the value of the painting, and should the value have anything to do with fame or popularity of the artist? Or should the value be in the work itself? It is still the same painting that it always was, even though it may change the reason that there is an interest in it. Art is most certainly an asset in the broadest sense of the word. Its aesthetic, cultural or historical value can be limitless. It might be financially valuable too, but just because some people happen to own art that is worth more today than what they paid for it, does not mean that buying art in order to make money is somehow easy to pull off. Becoming an art collector is a process and prior to starting out, as with any investments, it’s a good idea to undertake a little research. The best way to get started would be to become a member of a gallery or museum or at the very least, get on their mailing list. It would be usual for them to then keep you informed of events such as exhibitions, lectures and art classes, and here you will also get to meet with others who share your interest. Your first purchase will probably be the most daunting, but it’s good to know that you won’t need pots of money to get started. Art galleries and emerging artists need small collectors and then therefore tend to facilitate this or this type of customer. At a fundamental level, the best advice is to listen to your heart and buy what will bring you pride and pleasure, because art that gives you joy will pay you dividends every day.

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code blue

Get the look

The summerscape is reflected in luxurious shades of blue. The softer tones bring to mind thoughts of relaxing vacations, while the lively hues signify lots of activity and adventure. Yet blue is appropriate for luxe classics favoured by the stylish, city-dwelling man. 2

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1 Linen Jacket, McGee, €299 at Arnotts 2 Woven Belt, Andersons, €80 at Brown Thomas 3 Body wash, Molton Brown, €22 at House of Fraser 4 Starfish Pattern Shirt, A Fish Named Fred, €120 at

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Louis Copeland 5 Modmar suit trousers, Ted Baker, €158 at House of Fraser 6 Socks Gift Box, Happy Socks, €25 at Brown Thomas




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16 7 Zenith El Primero Watch, €7,300 at Weir & Sons 8 Lace Loafer, Swims, €139 at Louis Copeland 9 Check Walker Umbrella, Fulton Shoreditch, €37 at House of Fraser 10 Silk Tie, Duchamp, €99 at Arnotts 11 Eau Sauvage Eau de Toilette, Dior, €64.50 at Brown Thomas 12 Denim Jacket, Tiger of Sweden, €247 at Harvey Nichols 13 Loves Coachella Cap, €9.99 at H&M 14 Tropica Shirt, Penguin, €85 at Arnotts 15 Denim toe cap trainers, €45 at River Island 16 Handmade Jeans, Jacob Cohen, €419 at Louis Copeland 17 Printed buckle swim shorts, €25 at River Island 18 Sweatshirt, Vivienne Westwood, €403 at Harvey Nichols anthology summer 2016 55

Mise Éire

words mary hayes

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young Irish vocalist has recently captured the attention and the hearts of the nation. Sibéal Ní Chasaide’s haunting and moving rendition of Mise Éire during ‘Centenary’, RTE’s celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, has left us in no doubt that there is a bright future ahead 56 summ e r 2016 a n t h o log y

for this 17-year-old traditional Irish singer. Mise Éire, a poem written by Padraig Pearse in 1912 was set to music by Sibéal’s uncle, the renowned composer, Patrick Cassidy. The song had previously featured as part of the score for ‘1916 The Irish Rebellion’, a three part RTE/PBS television documentary series, which

was narrated by Liam Neeson. The hugely acclaimed ‘Centenary’ concert was broadcast live from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin. The stated aim of this polished production was to tell the story of modern Ireland through music, dance and song. Some of Ireland’s greatest musical talents performed an 18


chapter concert, reflecting events of the Rising and its aftermath. Many would like to think leaders of the Rising whose ambitions and dreams were linked to a rich Irish culture, which they promoted and greatly appreciated, would have been justifiably proud in particular of Sibéal’s poignant and breath-taking performance. The sound and vision on stage of this young girl, in a flowing white dress, singing such an emotional and beautiful melody in Gaelic, in her pure vo-

cal sean-nós style, with the iconic images of the GPO in flames on a screen in the background, surely could not fail to stir the heart of even the hardest cynic. The sombre scene was completed by a dancer dressed in military costume with a Red Cross armband emerging from the flames waving a large white flag, gracefully and symbolically depicting the courageous journey of Elizabeth O’Farrell as she carried the message of the surrender of the rebels to the British military. It was indeed a symbiotic relationship between singer and composer which managed to convey the words of and emotions of the song, personifying Ireland as a poor lonely woman who has been sold by her children and left broken hearted. Ironically, Sibéal who is a fifth year student in Coláiste Íosagáin, Dublin and whose family is immersed in Irish music her father Odhrán O’Casaide is a lecturer in the Irish Traditional Music Programme in DIT - would probably never have thought of herself as a likely candidate for such a huge public performance. She was extremely shy when she was a young girl learning to sing, and was reluctant to perform even in front of her fellow students at singing classes. Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta, her teacher obviously recognised her talent and potential because she offered to come to the young singer’s home and started to give her private tuition from the age of six. Now this rising star, who is a native Irish speaker from the Gaeltacht in Ráth Cairnin, County Meath and studies the harp at DIT, is looking forward to a bright future with the release of her own album this coming summer. Her big break has been facilitated by her uncle and composer of ‘Mise Éire ’, Patrick Cassidy, an accomplished and highly respected composer with many film scores to his credit such as ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Calvary’. Born in County Mayo, Patrick



has an immense amount of musical experience to his credit when it comes to composing music for highly significant and historic occasions as he was also commissioned to write ‘Famine Remembrance’ in 1996 on the 150th anniversary of the Irish Famine which was performed in front of celebrities and dignitaries alike. Having studied the harp and piano, Patrick first came to prominence when he composed the major symphony, ‘Children of Lir’ which was the first of its kind ever to be written in the Irish language. When on a trip home from Los Angeles where he is now based, Patrick heard Sibéal singing and knew then that he would like to work with her. However the real impetus came when he was commissioned to write the music for the previously mentioned ‘1916 The Irish Rebellion’ series and he thought again of his niece. The combination of Sibéal’s experience in traditional Irish singing and pure vocal style, complemented by Patrick’s evocative melody set beautifully to Pearse’s poetic and haunting words, was a winning combination. At the end of her performance as her ethereal figure disappeared off stage the words of William Butler Yeats, from his poem ‘Easter, 1916’ were fittingly beamed across the stage, ‘A terrible beauty is born’. Sibéal’s stunning delivery of this beautiful patrick cassidy composition is surely is a symbol of the future of Ireland that President Higgins spoke of when he addressed the audience at ‘Centenary’. “Casann an roth. The wheel always turns. What generations have created – beautiful, flawed and full of promise – we now entrust to the next. We wish them well as they make music, and continue to dream.” the song is featured on the album

of the soundtrack to ‘1916 the irish rebellion’.

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Sub-Antarctic A visit to some of the most remote islands on earth words and pictures patrick jordan


n a bright summer’s morning, a lone piper bids farewells to the crowd with a familiar Scottish tune in front of a large ship. Luggage is hauled onto the deck and is bundled away to the cabins. Relatives of those departing wave from the quayside and excited passengers wave back, ready for a journey into the unknown. In case you’re wondering, I’m not referring to 19th century Scotland and poverty-stricken families departing for America, never to see their relatives again. The place I’m talking about does have Scottish roots and was modeled on the historic city of Edinburgh, but is about as far from the Scottish Highlands as you could possibly get. The ship is departing from the town of Dunedin on

“One does not discover new lands without consenting to leave sight of the shore” André Gide

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New Zealand’s South East coast with its Russian crew and a local pilot. Welcome aboard the Spirit of Enderby. A former Russian Government research vessel, it is fully ice strengthened and boasts a bar, library, lecture theatre and even a sauna. As the ship is piloted out of the majestic Dunedin Harbour, the fifty passengers enjoy the view from the deck and get to know each other, commenting on birds while binoculars and cameras point eagerly towards the skies. Passengers come from all over the world with people representing Australia, Europe, USA and of course New Zealand. Our expedition leader for the next two weeks, Rodney Russ, reports over the tannoy that a pod of dolphins are breaching the water close to the ship and which

Adventures causes a scurry of excitement amongst the passengers. After a few hours, the Spirit of Enderby, now finally in open seas turns towards the south and we begin our voyage to the Islands of the Subantarctic, some of the world’s wildest places. We are on an expedition to visit these distant islands, see the abundant wildlife and to be captivated by tales of centuries-old shipwrecks and other island lore. A few hours later, as we sit down to dinner, we pass Stanley Island, the last gasp of civilization south of New Zealand. We have now hit the ’Roaring Forties’, so-called because of the latitude and it’s notorious weather conditions. In order to get to ‘far-flung’ places you have to cross ‘far-flung’ seas, which results in some of the passengers succumbing to seasickness, keeping the ship’s doctor busy for day or so until we all find our sea legs. First stop are the Snares Islands, about 200kms South of New Zealand. Wonderfully dramatic, these fog-shrouded

islands are home to unique species such as the Snares Penguin and Snares Snipe. Designated as a World Heritage Sight by Unesco, the Island was discovered by Captain George Vancouver aboard the HMS Discovery in 1791. We take a tour on the five Zodiac boats which the vessel carries and which are the only way to gain access to all of these islands. Invigorated and refreshed after our early morning excursion, we clamber back aboard the mother ship where we are greeted with a hot lunch from the ship’s talented two young chefs. Doing anything on board ship while it’s rolling and turning is difficult so how


these two are able to cook up restaurant-quality food three times a day is beyond me. There is a splendid array of colourful fresh food at breakfast, a comforting and warming lunch and a three-course dinner that includes venison, steak and a variety of seafood. Wine is, as always, optional. Days at sea are peaceful, and an added bonus to the trip is that the Expedition Staff deliver on board lectures most afternoons on topics ranging from marine and mammal life to the history of human interaction with the islands. Some of the staff and guides use their training as biologists to provide insights into current

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research on the many fascinating birdlife and animals we are able to see. The packed audience attests to the interest of both passengers and crew. There is also some free time to read books in the library, nap on your bunk bed or survey the swooping birds from the bridge. Next stop on the list is the Auckland Islands, an archipelago that lies 465kms to the south of the mainland. Evidence exists that Polynesian travellers first discovered the island in the 13th century. Having an interest in history I am fascinated to hear the story of The Grafton, which was a schooner that left Sydney in the 1860’s to investigate mining and sealing opportunities on the islands. On the 1st January 1864, the ship sank after a 60 summ e r 2016 a n t h o log y

storm and the men aboard became castaways on the island. There was another shipwrecked crew on the other side of the island and, strangely, both groups were unaware of each other’s presence. After twelve months had passed on the island, three men undertook a daring mission to sail to Stewart Island on one of the ship’s dinghies. A mission that was successful despite five days of bad weather. In the end the surviving members of both groups were rescued. Our Auckland Islands experience thankfully doesn’t end the same way, but we do have the opportunity to take a long hike around the perimeter of Enderby Island, which lies at the top of the archipelago. Greeted by some curious sea

lions, we start our walk onto the remote island, which is comprised of eroding volcanic remains from eruptions that occurred 15 million years ago. Sitting by the coast eating our lunch, our eyes fixated on the birds endemic to the untouched island, we feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. Back on board the boat, every evening, the two experts on bird and marine life encourage us to tick off a list of the species we had seen that day. These range from the awe-inspiring Albatross, that can fly for 12 hours without flapping its wings, to the mighty Orca whale which we see breaching the water off the coast of one of the islands. It is also a great time to chat, beer in hand, to fellow passengers and to swap stories on things seen and heard and relax before dinner, a meal guaranteed to send us all comfortably to sleep in our cabins. Our Auckland Islands experience ends with a hike up to a viewpoint above Carnley Harbour. We visit the remains of lookout huts built in World War Two by the New Zealand government on the lookout for German war ships. After lunch on the boat, the anchor is raised and we head back out to sea, en-route to our next island destination. Six o’clock in the morning and the tan-


noy springs to life. It’s the soothing tones of the hotel manager who is working on the ship with her tour guide boyfriend. Today, she informs us, is the day we visit Macquarie Island and for many it will be the highlight of the trip. Part of Austral-

ian territory, the island is about half-way between New Zealand and Antarctica. The first half of the day is spent meeting the Australian Antarctic Division. These hardy souls man the research station all year round and it was their role to introduce us to the amazing wildlife on the island. Before coffee and scones in their Mess Hall, we are lucky enough to see a weather balloon being launched by the meteorology unit. This plays a major role in predicting the weather for Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Next we are brought to Lusitania Bay where things become really interesting. There are penguins everywhere. Rodney tells us that in one colony alone there are 30,000 of them. Also there are elephant seals as far as the eye can see. To my amazement, I encounter young seals, called weaners, cuddling up to people, melting hearts and prompting the taking of many photographs. It is hard to describe how moving it is to be on an island beach surrounded by so many birds and sea mammals. So many things flash through my head. I imagine it’s like being back in the time of dinosaurs. We are on their turf and, outnumbered for once, we humans aren’t the important ones here and at this moment. Our last stop is to be Campbell Island,

which reputedly has thirty days of sunshine a year. We are lucky enough to be on the island for one of those days. In Camp Cove we visit a Sitka Spruce tree, dubbed by the Guinness Book of Records as the loneliest tree in the world. Located 700kms south of New Zealand, the island is considered the Albatross capital of the world with no less than six species found there. Campbell Island is rich in historical exploration, mystery and even ghost stories. We eagerly lace up our hiking boots to climb on the boardwalk up to Mount Honey where we spend hours looking at the mating rituals of the nesting birds. It is a fitting finale to our visit to the Subantarctic Islands. Memory cards full, and brains awash with memories, we board the ship for the last time and head for home. In the two weeks since we left Dunedin, friendships have formed. The sound of laughter echoes through the boat as she makes her way through the dark night and the endless ocean. For many this is a trip of a lifetime and the next day, when we wake in the harbour of Invercargill it feels like we have lived a dream. Sadly, we depart and go our separate ways, leaving the rough seas and remote places behind, now etched in our memories for years to come. anthology summer 2016 61

The grown-up getaway a great escape … Tucked into the natural beauty of the Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Hotel is perfect for a stylish escape to the countryside. And it’s just 30 minutes from Dublin. From €155 per person sharing, this Grown-up Getaway includes a sumptuous dinner in Sika Restaurant, a luxurious overnight stay with a relaxing breakfast overlooking the Sugar Loaf Mountain and 20% off ESPA treatments. t: +353 1 274 8888 e: Terms & conditions apply. Subject to availability. This offer is valid midweek only until 30th April 2016. 20% discount available on ESPA treatments only.




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at Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa Looking forward to the summer ahead, Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa celebrates its place in the world: escape is on your doorstep...

CELEBRATE Your Special Day: Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is much, much more than just another wedding detail to be booked. It adds character and style to your wedding. It offers the warmest of welcomes for your guests and total peace of mind for you. Moreover, it offers the chance to create a totally immersive occasion of all your family and friends.

CELEBRATE The Sense Of Place: Close to the city, Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, in the shadow of the Sugar Loaf, nestled in a Co Wicklow valley, has the ambience of the country. Powerscourt makes you feel right at home, yet it’s better than home: luxury, superlative service, space, peace and quiet and pampering when you need it, understated glamour and elegant dining when you want it. CELEBRATE A Grown-Up Getaway: Escape and engage: take time out to talk and spend time with your partner, a loved one, friends. The major thrills can be modest ones: a romantic dinner a deux, low-key cocktails in a stylish setting, relaxing in front of the fire, whiskey in hand, contemplating a full Irish breakfast in a 5-star luxury suite.

CELEBRATE In A Private Oasis: With the undertones of a serious spa, ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel is all about rejuvenation and blissful pampering: gloriously effective massages, facials to lift and firm, body treatments that relax and restore – a wonderful experience to indulge in on your own or in company. Rainforest showers, tepidariums, saunas are state of the art... the pool even sparkles with Swarovski crystals. And now you can recreate the ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel pampering experience in your own home, as the hotel boasts the first stand-alone ESPA store in Ireland. Avail of the exclusive skincare workshops, designed to help you select exactly the right product for your skin’s needs, and enjoy the benefits of ESPA’s award-winning products every day of the week. CELEBRATE And Dine: Powerscourt promises a wonderful stay, yet the food is reason enough to visit. There are lots of dining options and much of the ingredients are locally sourced. Chef Peter Byrne heads up the main Sika restaurant plus there’s McGill’s Pub for informal meals and the Sugar Loaf lounge for lunch and snacks and don’t forget afternoon tea. And there’s private dining: celebrate special occasions with friends and family in a contemporary, elegant setting. CELEBRATE Fresh-Air Freedom: Take full advantage of Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa’s wonderful location by staying put and contemplating the extraordinary beauty of Powerscourt Gardens, voted No 3 in National Geographic’s World’s Top 10 Gardens. Walk the pretty wooded avenue from the hotel to view the spectacular landscaping and terracing for which the gardens are famous. Within the confines of these mesmerising grounds, there is plenty to keep you occupied too: visiting the 398ft Powerscourt Waterfall – the highest in Ireland, riverside walks, riding and fishing. And just a short walk away, two championship golf courses at Powerscourt Golf Club, voted Best Parkland Venue 2014.

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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa

A majestic haven exuding timeless elegance and sophistication

Location Perched on an outcrop above the beach of Praia da Rocha in Portimão and originally built in 1918 this stunning house, once a family home, overlooks the ocean. The Bela Vista which was the first hotel in the Algarve in 1934 has been recently renovated and is located 45 minutes from Faro International Airport and 2 hours from Lisbon International Airport. This historic property is surrounded by some of the most beautiful beaches of Europe and is just a few minutes away from the Marina de Portimão which is designed to cater for yachts up to 50 metres long and is Portugal’s preferred super yachts destination. Guests can also enjoy some of the world’s most prestigious golf clubs that boast breathtaking views and are located close to the hotel. A modern shopping centre of more than 100 stores is also nearby, while the city centre of Portimão offers a wide range of more traditional shops. 64 summ e r 2016 a n t h o logy

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The Hotel The building that houses the Bela Vista Hotel has belonged to the same Portuguese family since it was constructed. The property first opened as a small hotel of just 15 rooms in 1934, keeping much of its striking interior intact, from the painted wooden ceilings and the wall tiles to the stained-glass windows in the turret. The acclaimed interior designer Graça Viterbo, who has extensive experience in the independent luxury hotel sector, recently took on the challenge of revamping the stately historical house. The new design incorporates many of the original elements which, juxtaposed against striking contemporary decor, capture the feel of the grand past. Artistic surprises greet you behind every door and around every corner and a walk along the corridors can be a truly visual experience. The lobby is home to one of the quirkiest grand pianos ever seen, but the most noticeable feature throughout the hotel is the use of tiles,

which work to blend the modern and classical with a new interpretation of style. The light-filled rooms capture all of the senses with bright splashes of blue paint and explosions of colour reminiscent of Spanish and Latin American interiors, together with warm wooden tones and an abundance of patterns and textures.

Guest Rooms The individually designed and spacious guest rooms are no exception to the exacting standard of this most impressive hotel. While the spirit of the old place asserts itself in the form of high ceilings and ornate wallpaper, contemporary furniture and bold hues generally prevail. The amalgamation of blues, whites and yellows in striking patterns, stripes and polka dots, using varied materials, unique designs mixed with heavenly furnishings create a visual delight.

enjoying the fresh decor of the hotel restaurant. Grilled meats and seafood are predominant on the menu, which guarantees freshness and authenticity.

L’Occitane Spa A visit to the Hotel Spa is a great way for tired holidaymakers to revitalise and re-energise in between activities. The renowned French brand, L’OCCITANE, chose Bela Vista Hotel to set up its unique SPA in Portugal. There are plenty of facilities and treatments to choose from, including body wraps, face treatments, sauna facilities and 5 treatment rooms including two rooms for couples, sauna, Hammam and a wet relaxation area which provide the perfect setting to relax and unwind.

Restaurant The Vista Restaurant features a wide selection of dishes inspired by a unique combination of flavours, textures and colours of national Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine. Led by the award-winning Chef João Oliveira, the kitchen is creative and sophisticated and all dishes are strikingly presented. Diners can enjoy eating on the terrace area, or inside while


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Faraj Luxury overlooking the ancient City of Fez


et in the heart of Fez, the spiritual and religious capital of Morocco, the Palais Faraj was built on the site of a Moorish palace and today retains its regal splendour. Just a half an hour from the international airport of Fez Saiss, this former palace is majestically perched on the south hill with magnificent views of the city including the 1200 year old Medina and the distant mountains. A truly unique location for a truly unique hotel. This architectural gem has been recently refurbished by Jean-Baptiste Barian, who is a specialist in Arab Andalusia architecture and who also worked for King Hassin II. Work of local artists, stucco laces, marble floors, and royal arches blend wonderfully with personal touches from the hotel’s owners, Driss Faceh and his wife acquired from their travels around the world. The boutique hotel offers 25 individually designed stylish suites. Some have their own private balconies or terraces

with stunning views of the city while the rest benefit from large windows. All are designed in the Moorish tradition with stucco lacing, Zellige tile work, marble floors and intricately carved and painted cedar doors and ceilings. Soft furnishings and muted tones contrast with vibrant colours and beautiful stained glass, to create a traditional charm, while modern amenities include air conditioning, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, a mini-bar and Wi-Fi. The property is also home to SPA Oriental, offering a wide range of luxury treatments using 100% natural organic argan, ghassoul and orange blossom products. Massages, body scrubs and facials are popular, as well as the traditional Turkish bath. Other facilities include a library dedicated to the city of Fez, and classes on Fassi cuisine, cosmetics, brocade weaving and pottery. The souks, cafes and restaurants are within easy walking distance. L’Amandier Restaurant, located on the hotel terrace, with views of the old Medina, serves cuisine rich in flavours respecting the traditional Fassi cuisine. La Terrasse Restaurant, on the roof of the palace serves both breakfast and dinner. anthology summer 2016 67

Marion Cuddy’s Fashion emporium

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‘I learn from young designers listening to their dreams and their visions and then I realise myself that I still have visions and dreams’ words tatsiana coquerel


ublin is a fast-paced modern city that carries the influence of its rich history and culture, all of which contribute to its unique character and creative voice. It is also full of women who really want to experience the real colours of the fashion world and Marion Cuddy is one of the few retailers who can truly speak their language. She introduced her eponymous store Marion Cuddy, Irish Designers Emporium in 2010 in the Powerscourt Shopping Centre in the heart of Dublin – a concept space that showcases and attracts fashion designers who are both established and recently graduated. The shop and label’s aesthetic is a reflection of this entrepreneur’s own enviable personal style. There is an eclectic mix of bespoke fashion, current designs, interesting shapes, beautiful fabrics and colours. In conversation with Tatsiana Coquerel, she speaks of her individual style, her strong connection with her clients and her vision and dreams. As Marion reveals the story of her career, her extremely sharp business sense is evident. It is also clear that she has a great understanding of what her target market demands, and therefore uses these skills in her choice of stock for her store. Clearly demonstrated in her shop, is how much wants to keep with the current wave of young fashion designers and their creations through her very strong bond with them, while learning from them at the same time.

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You have been in retail for more than thirty 30 years. Could you tell more about your business and how it started? I’ve always had a passion for fashion and would have spent lots of time in shops as a customer. My retail experience started in 1995 working for the Danish company, Pia Bang. Here I got to know the demands of the fashion industry and in particular the retail sector. Three years later, after being out on maternity leave, I decided on a change in my career path. I co-ordinated fashion sales for different shops and designers and started to build up stock. It was a time of the Celtic Tiger and changes in the economy affected the fashion retail sector. I organised sample sales with a focus on the upmarket and more luxurious labels. It was in October 2010 that I launched my concept store in Powerscourt and the main challenge for success was to bring the customer base that I had built up and I was lucky enough that they followed me.

What do you think makes your shop unique? Service is the key to the success of my business. Through my experience in the fashion business I know the needs of the customer. My clients are women that are passionate about fashion and willing to buy bespoke pieces. No matter who comes in, I always offer the same level of service. They might not buy now, but they definitely will come back or they will tell their friends about the store. What labels and designers do you stock? I stock both established and emerging designers. Every year I am on the lookout for new designers and I visit graduate shows where the collections are very unique from the point of creativity. However, there is a fine line between creativity and what will work commercially. Natalie King would be an example of the good ready-to-wear fashion. Catherine Kelly’s designs are beautiful, very feminine pieces with careful attention to detail. I like to stock both haute couture and ready-to-wear collections.


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garment. My goal is to find the right balance between look and price and be there to offer clients the best advice. What is your favourite part in your job? Seeing a happy customer walking out of the shop and knowing that their purchase will make them feel like a million dollars. Rebecca Marsden

What is the best style advice can you offer a customer? Natalie King

Do you have clients for haute couture? Yes, David O’Malley, Richard Malone, Derek Lawlor work with my clients to create bespoke pieces. First of all we start with the trend forecast and then they bring their imagination, skills and creativity to the designed piece, while working closely with the customer. You regularly host exhibitions and fashion shows. Which ones, for you, were the highlights of the last year? I decided to do two exhibitions last year. Entwined Entities was the first one and David O’Malley was a creative director. We put a lot of time and work into this exhibition. It was very dark and gothic and fashion pieces were installed as they would be in an art gallery and it was a very enjoyable experience to walk through it. Then a very different exhibition Shimmering Beginnings showcased the collections of Ireland’s recent fashion graduates from NCAD and Griffith College. The theme was self reflection and the designers used white fabrics to recreate art through fashion.

You said that you ‘love supporting young fashion designers – as much as they learn from you, you learn from them as well’. What exactly do you learn from them? The most important about young designers is that they think outside the box. They are very creative and I observe how they come up with ideas as they work closely with the client. I watch them being creative, making a garment or preparing for an exhibition. I notice they are also very adept with the use of social media. I learn from young designers listening to their dreams and their visions and then I realise myself that I still have visions and dreams. What is the biggest trend for 2016? Colours everywhere. What is the hardest part of your job? Get it right for the customer. It has to be both interesting and a work of art but, at the same time, a wearable and functional

To step out of their comfort zone, be different and not be afraid to experiment. I try to convince my clients to try new and different fashion pieces and usually they fall in love with the idea. Who inspires you? I like Grace Coddington who is the creative director of American Vogue. She is a great example of a woman with a remarkable sense of style, attitude and creativity. I am motivated by women for whom age is not a barrier and who live their lives as they please. Age should not stop you from feeling amazing but instead it should give you greater confidence and a sense of humour to be able to accept yourself the way you are.

Marion Cuddy’s Irish Designers Emporium currently stocks collections from: Gertrude Sampson, Caroline Mitchell, Natalie King, Derek Lawlor, Richard Malone, Elaine Madigan Cashmere, Polina Yakobson, David O’Malley, Hazel Comyn, Rebecca Marsden, Margaret O’Connor, Suzie Mahony, Mariad Whisker, Tish Carroll and Lisa Ryder. anthology summer 2016 69



Widely used as a preservative and antimicrobial chemical in consumer products as well as cosmetics, to limit the growth of bacteria and mould. WHERE FOUND: Antibacterial soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, cleansers, and hand sanitisers. WHY TO AVOID: The chemical, which is classified as a pesticide, can affect the body’s hormone systems, especially thyroid hormones. Widespread use may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents and making bacteria antibiotic-resistant.



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Preservatives used in a wide variety of cosmetics to prevent the growth of microbes. WHERE FOUND: Moisturisers, foundations, hair care products, and shaving creams. They are also used as fragrance ingredients, but consumers won’t find that listed on the label. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets, so manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients in a fragrance. Labels must contain the word ‘fragrance’ but not the details as to what that fragrance contains. Watch out for any ingredient ending in paraben. WHY TO AVOID: Parabens are suspected of interfering with hormone function and can mimic estrogen. They can interfere with male and female reproductive functions. In addition, studies indicate that methylparaben applied on the skin reacts with UVB leading to increased skin aging and DNA damage.


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of dozens of undisclosed chemicals. WHERE FOUND: In addition to being used in perfumes, colognes and deodorants, they are also included in nearly all cosmetic and personal care products, even in some products marketed as ‘unscented’. WHY TO AVOID: Studies show that fragrance mixes are associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system and some are linked to cancer and neurotoxicity.


Sometimes referred to as SLS, it is used in cosmetics as a detergent and to make products bubble and foam. WHERE FOUND: It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers, mascara and acne treatment. WHY TO AVOID: It is known to be a skin, lung, and eye irritant and can have a lasting effect on the epidermis of the skin by damaging the hair follicles. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines which is a carcinogen.

A group of chemicals used in hundreds of products to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. WHERE FOUND: The main phthalates in cosmetics and personal care products are dibutyl phthalate in nail polish, diethyl phthalate in perfumes and lotions, and dimethyl phthalate in hair spray WHY TO AVOID: They are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, early breast development in girls, and reproductive birth defects in males and females. Unfortunately, it is not disclosed on every product as it is added to fragrances and therefore as part of the ‘secret formula’ is not listed.

FoRMALDEHyDE-RELEASING PRESERvATIvES Chemical compounds that slowly release formaldehyde and are often used as an antimicrobial preservative in cosmetics. WHERE FOUND: Nail polish, nail glue, eyelash glue, hair gel, hair-smoothing products, baby shampoo, body soap, body wash and colour cosmetics. Look out for Formaldehyde, quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, polyoxymethylene urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol) and glyoxal. WHY TO AVOID: These ingredients are a concern because they slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde that can be inhaled, which the International Agency for Research on Cancer is classified as a known human carcinogen.



Not referring to the cute little gizmos used for hanging out your clothes, but to PEG as in polyethylene glycol which is a polyether compound. WHERE FOUND: The PEG family of synthetic chemicals function in cosmetic formulations as cleansers, emulsifiers and skin conditioners. WHY TO AVOID: Carcinogenic contaminants are the primary concern, but there is also evidence of genotoxicity and if used on broken skin can cause irritation and systemic toxicity. Also, PEG functions as a “penetration enhancer,” increasing the permeability of the skin to allow greater absorption of the product but this unfortunately includes the absorption of harmful ingredients.


LEAD / HEAvy METALS Some metals play important roles in normal functions of the body. For instance, iron is necessary to enrich the blood with oxygen. However, heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and nickel do not have normal physical functions in the body and they may have serious negative effects. WHERE FOUND: The main culprits are lipstick, lip gloss and mascara. It is also found in other colour make-up products

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including foundation, blush, eye pencil and eye shadow and sunscreens and whitening toothpaste. WHY TO AVOID: Lead is a proven neurotoxin, linked to learning, language and behavioural problems. It has also been linked to miscarriage, reduced fertility in men and women, and delays in puberty onset in girls.

animal and human placenta is about as wacky as it gets. Apparently, it contains especially high levels of proteins and enzymes including alkaline phosphatase and collagen - a substance widely used to stimulate skin growth and in some cosmetics to combat wrinkles. WHERE FOUND: In rejuvenating creams to restore and maintain the strength and thickness of ageing skin which presumably keeps it soft as that of a baby’s. It is also used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair. WHY TO AVOID: Studies show that these hormone-altered products are linked to endocrine disruption such as precocious puberty and early sexual maturation, and a risk of breast cancer. Even though, most manufacturers that add this very odd ingredient to their cosmetics only use minimal amounts I, for one, will not be putting it on my wish list anytime soon.

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An organic compound that belongs to a class of chemicals called salicylates, which prevent direct skin exposure to the sun’s harmful rays by absorbing ultraviolet light. WHERE FOUND: Sunscreen and skin care products with sun protection WHY TO AVOID: Can impact the body’s hormones in particular estrogens. It may also irritate and worsen certain skin conditions and skin diseases such as folliculitis, eczema, acne, and psoriasis.


Every now and then, beautifiers start bizarre new trends that promise to cure all your skin care dilemmas. The use of

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A day to remember Planning a memorable wedding words mary hayes


rides always love to be told that their wedding was the best that the guests have ever attended. However, to achieve this accolade, the bride must change her mentality of the day being all about her and focus more on how the guests will enjoy themselves. From the moment a couple get engaged, the classic line is, ‘It’s all about the bride’ - but actually this is not the case! The couple are taking on the role of host and hostess for the biggest party they’ll probably ever

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throw. So what is the role of great hosts? To make sure their guests are comfortable and enjoying themselves. It is possible to spend a small fortune on a wedding and still not have a great atmosphere. The best weddings are not the ones where the most money was spent, they are the weddings where the bride and groom were both happy, relaxed and attentive to their guests. Here are some guidelines on ways to plan a wedding day that will be both fun and memorable for everyone.



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This is usually worked out by the wedding planner, or if you don’t have a planner engaged, it is absolutely essential to create a timeline yourself. It is a great way to manage and co-ordinate everything to ensure that every element is ready to happen when it’s supposed to, starting with breakfast, then hair and make-up, right up to the end of the celebrations. The timeline can then be adapted and given to drivers, photographers, videographers, caterers etc. with key relevant times for each of them. If you do not have a wedding planner decide on a specially chosen family member or friend to be the point of contact for these professionals. This person should have a very detailed schedule with phone numbers for all vendors and venues.

self in Put yours of your guests the shoeWedding guests are carefully selected from friends and family, and are spending lots of money and perhaps using their precious work holidays and travelling distances to be there on the special day. It’s simply good manners to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. A bride may consider the wedding photographs the most important aspect of the wedding. However, guests will not be happy to have to stand around for hours while endless pictures are taken. Eventually they will wonder where the couple are that they were invited to come to celebrate with. Consider putting a welcome kit together for out of town guests. This could include a map, information on interesting sites, things to do, local history, recommendations for restaurants, etc. This may encourage guests to spend more time at the location and make the whole experience a very memorable one. anthology summer 2016 73


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The groom should not be left out of the planning. Nowadays, grooms like to be involved and contribute to decision making. They like to know what’s going on, they want to look good and they want a say in the proceedings. The food and beverage side is particularly important to most grooms. It is a good idea for a bride to ask her fiancé what he remembers most about weddings he has attended. What elements of the day did he particularly love or hate? Which wedding stands out the most, and why? At what wedding did he have the most fun? The answers to these questions will give a good idea of what is important to him.

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e senses Feast th Feasting guests are happy guests. It is important to tend to all your guests senses and taste is obviously an important one but not the only one. Scented candles, fresh flowers, unique and innovative food displays and beautiful music all are opportunities to treat your guests to a memorable experience. Everything that touches the senses, look, feel, sound, smell, all deserve careful consideration.


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Suppliers play a huge part in making a wedding day run smoothly. From creating elegant bouquets, to making the bride look at her most beautiful, to capturing every memory in photos and on video, each supplier works tirelessly, so take care of them. It is not just the mannerly thing to do but it will affect their contribution. For example the photographer may be working for ten hours on the day, so a meal would not go astray, and if this is provided a much better job will probably be delivered.


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From your style of invitations, to your choice of music every decision should be a personal one for the couple. It is not necessary to conform to standard practise or tradition for either ceremony or reception. One example would be not to have a seating plan. After all most wedding guests are adults and should be able to figure out where to sit. This can be great fun and create more integration between the groom’s and the bride’s guests. What about an unusual wedding favour? A wedding I recently attended provided the guests with Crocs to change into for dancing. This was also a nod to the groom who had been wearing Crocs when the couple met. Great idea! No sore feet the following day and I still have my Crocs as a keepsake and reminder of the day.

high End on aPlan a definite and memorable ending to the wedding party rather than just letting it fizzle out. This can be something as simple as a beautifully presented snack and a night cap handed out at the end of the night. If the plan is to have a two-day event, a relaxed brunch for the following morning is a great idea. Presenting guests with a little goodie bag for their journey home would be novel and greatly appreciated.

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The Wedding Shop

Top tips for compiling your wedding gift list


amily and friends have a natural desire to give a wedding gift to commemorate your big day. Many of your guests may not know your particular style and taste or what you actually need and therefore will be at a loss in knowing what to buy. A wedding gift list will guide them in the right direction and will take the stress out of buying that ‘perfect gift’. • It’s a good idea to compile the list well in advance and certainly before the invitations go out so that notification cards can be included in the wedding invitations. • Include a good choice of less expensive items in addition to a few more luxurious items to allow for every guests budget. If there is a really special item that may be too expensive for one person, it’s a good idea to allow guests to make a contribution of €50 or €100 to this item.

gifts as well as for those who may wish you buy something a bit more fun or more personal to you. • Compiling your list can be a bit daunting but don’t be afraid to ask for advice from your Wedding List Advisor. Decisions must be made as to what you really need and what you would love to own. Be mindful that your needs will most likely grow throughout your married life. A dinner service for four people may be sufficient at the moment but may not in years to come when entertaining extended family and friends. The Wedding List Advisor is there to help you and will have a wealth of knowledge of the various brands and products to choose from.


‘Our new showroom has been designed with our couples in mind, allowing them to relax and enjoy the process of creating their wedding list with the added benefit of seeing a wider range of products in an expansive and luxurious setting.’ tickets or even a castaway experience on a private island while on your honeymoon. • The list should be left open for at least a month after the wedding date as there may be some guests who were not able to purchase during the lead up to the wedding. Most importantly enjoy. These are gifts that you will enjoy and treasure during your married life together.

• A novel idea would be to let your guests contribute to cookery classes, theatre

• Create a list that is slightly bigger than would you would expect to receive. This way those who leave it until the last minute will still have plenty of options. Allow for different tastes by creating a list that inspire both those who like to give more traditional

The Wedding Shop has recently expanded moved to a new showroom at: 19 Clare Street, Dublin 2 Appointments: (01) 661 9045o

Dunleavy Bespoke D unleavy Bespoke design and make luxury, handcrafted furniture from their workshop in Co. Kildare. Founded in 2009 by brothers Tim and SeĂĄn Dunleavy, the exclusive Dunleavy Bespoke aesthetic is one of contemporary artistic luxury, creating elegant and comfortable living spaces as individual as their clients. Hand-made entirely from their workshop, idyllically set in rural Kildare, their pieces harmonise both traditional and modern cabinet-making techniques. Benefitting from over 50 years of professional experience, their team of master craftspeople boast some of the finest woodworking and fine cabinetmaking skills in the country. Quality is their ethos, and their designs now sit in homes, museums, embassies and corporate buildings around the world. Using premium quality native and imported hardwoods, along with exotic and decorative wood veneers, luxurious fabrics and leathers and stunning marble - a meticulous attention to detail is observed at all times. The process of commissioning a

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piece of furniture is a rewarding journey, for client and craftsman alike. As each design is in itself an original, their process evolves differently with each client and commission. Whether it is a contemporary twist on a traditional dining table, a highly customised home office, exquisitely crafted occasional tables, beautifully upholstered chairs or a boardroom table, the Dunleavy’s approach each commission with superior flair and originality. Prospective clients are welcome to visit the workshop and showroom to discuss design ideas, view samples and see examples of existing work.

To make an appointment or to speak to one of the team: email or visit Dunleavy Bespoke Caragh, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland +353 (0) 87 2738814


Fiona Turley Gallery Crafts Since it was opened in 2000, Gallery Crafts has become a destination store where locals, tourists and day-trippers come to enjoy a selection of beautifully designed crafts and stunning gifts produced by national and international designers and craft makers. Collections of amazing jewellery, impeccably stylish fashion accessories and unique home accessories are all to be found together with original paintings on silk by the shop’s owner, Fiona Turley.


An honours graduate in textile design and interior fashion from Ulster University, she also had gained many years’ experience in both retail and wholesale before

‘As an online customer you will have your gift beautifully wrapped with the same care taken for our in store customers.’ setting up Gallery Crafts. Despite the many other demands on her time, she has always found time to paint and her work has been featured extensively in exhibitions while also being sold through craft fairs and leading craft shops. Through her art she has had wonderful experiences including working on a project with ‘Seaworld’ in Florida and with the Kilkenny Group. This wealth of diverse experience has been a major factor in shaping the style and vision of her business. Fiona also loves to travel and is influenced by other cultures and continues to be inspired by the beauty of everyday things. She is currently working on a collection of design-

er scarves and accessories with a Dublin based company. So exciting times ahead!

The Brush & Spoon This is a newly opened casual dining space adjoining Gallery Crafts. The artistic talents of Fiona and the culinary expertise of Chef Jennifer O’Gorman combine to offer a thoughtful and creative breakfast and lunch menu. Fiona and her team are always on hand to offer their wealth of experience and knowledge to assist customers in making the right selection of gifts for those they need to impress. Whether visiting the online store at or popping in to see us at Gallery Crafts in Kilworth, a warm welcome awaits you! Gallery Crafts, Kilworth, Co.Cork Tel: +353 (0)25 27972 find us on Facebook

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Mylestone Interiors

ie and most of the items purchased through the website will be delivered the following day. Mylestone truly is for everyone! It’s a place where professional interior designers and those wishing to redecorate or enhance their homes in a stylish but affordable way, come to get decorating inspiration and design solutions. Instore consultations can be booked by appointment, where plans, favourite colour schemes and ideas will be discussed to help achieve

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ylestone Interiors is an Irish Interiors, Design, Furniture and Accessories Company, offering furniture and interior design solutions for a diverse range of domestic and commercial projects. The comprehensive range of services includes everything from a simple room makeover, to a full home remodel or a complete turnkey service. The flagship store located in Killarney, Co. Kerry, a must-visit location, is not just a place where you will find unusual and unique furniture, lighting and decorative accessories, but is also a place where you will find inspiration to decorate your own space and find your personal design style. The store houses a wide variety of contemporary and traditional lifestyle products that sit beautifully amongst the fine furniture and bespoke design pieces. The sourcing of each item is given special care and attention with customer satisfaction in mind. The objective is to provide exciting pieces that will fulfil the desires, needs and expectations of the customer along with providing functional, durable and timeless interior solutions. All of these beautiful objects can be viewed either in store or online at www.mylestoneinteriors.

the right solution for your home. There is access to a large library of fabric and wallpaper books, including the Farrow & Ball collection, for which Mylestone are agents. East Avenue Rd, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland To book an Appointment: Tel +353 64 6626331 Visit on online store at: www.

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Tips and techniques to transform your home words edel cassidy

Resist over-furnishing Minimalism certainly isn’t for everyone but it doesn’t take much for a well planned room to turn to what might resemble a dumping ground for bits and pieces of furniture and accessories. Gracious living means space should allow a person to manoeuvre with ease. A room should never look or feel cramped and furniture should be appealing as well as functional. Sometimes, it’s not just a matter of too much furniture, but the location of the furniture itself. If, after rearranging the furniture, your space still feels tight then remove a piece or two. Focus should be on uplifting the room with fewer but higher-quality pieces that you really love and will be used often.

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Ignore convention to achieve a personal style Breaking rules is always fun and sometimes it’s good to ignore some principles in favour of creativity. Having some guidelines may give a good starting point for furnishing and decorating. On the other hand, creative furniture design and unconventional home decorating ideas, unusual details and accents are a fantastic way to design a truly interesting home. Overly designed rooms don’t really translate into a homely or comfortable setting. A slightly haphazard furniture or accessory arrangement can create a dresseddown look but still have plenty of style and unique character.

Create a focal point One of the greatest ways to capture the essence of a room is by adding a focal point - a feature or aspect that commands immediate attention which the furniture and decorative items can be arranged around. Without a focal point, the room can feel uncomfortable and confusing, with no single place to rest the eye. It is important that the focal point does not overpower or compete with other furnishings, but is in proportion to other items in the room so that the final effect is balanced. Whether it’s an architectural feature, a texture, a colour or a light fixture, putting the spotlight on one of these elements will help create a visually interesting and pleasing room.

Hang artwork at the correct height Hanging art properly is a must if you want to take full advantage of your investment. Galleries and museums hang artwork so that the centre of each piece is at the average human eye level, which is 57 to 60 inches from the floor. Hanging a grid of pictures or photos is a great way to make a big statement. Here the same rule applies, arrange so that the collection is centred at eye level, too. A symmetrical grid layout will take some time and calculations. Have patience and keep about 2 to 3 inches between frames.

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Edit your keepsakes You’re either a person who likes to hold on to mementos or you’re not. Some people feel very sentimental and have a hard time giving up keepsakes. Lots of us either allow these objects clutter up our homes or have them stored in the garage or attic. It’s easier to hold on to something than let it go. But the reality is, things have to go sometime especially if they just don’t fit in with your decor. So why not start making those decisions now, before a fire, a flood or future relatives make them for you?

Vary the scale Harmonise objects of different shapes and sizes with irregular arrangements. A tall or large object can be balanced with several smaller ones. Nestle the items together to increase an arrangement’s visual appeal and overlap shapes to create layers. There is no right or wrong way and no magic formula but ideally you will see different heights and different textures being used when done well. Another option is to choose items from the same colour palette to unify unrelated objects. To play it safe, arrangements of three or five always make for a more pleasing effect than even numbers.

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Pick the paint colour last Wait to see what all of the upholstery, curtains, artwork, and other trimmings in the room are before choosing a paint colour. By picking the colour first, restrictions are created when looking for the right things to match. Get the room planned, and when all the elements are together in the space they will be, in the lighting they will be in, then is the time to select the paint. Colour cues can be taken from fabrics, whether it’s cushions or an occasional chair or rug that has a pattern or print on it.

Create layers of stylish lighting Professionals build layers of lighting to create interest, intrigue and variety. In a room where everything is lit evenly, nothing stands out. Just as interior designers work with colour and texture, they will also play with downlights on artwork, uplighters to highlight architectural elements and energy-efficient strip lights to turn shelving into a feature of the room. An inexpensive accessory can look glamorous, if backlit properly. With the correct lighting, objects can come alive.

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Ken Jackson Interiors At Ken Jackson Interiors we design and manufacture luxury handmade furniture, we create bespoke furniture solutions in unlimited styles and upholstery. We design unique pieces to cater for our clients individual needs and we pride ourselves on the attention to detail and the craftsmanship used. As we build each piece from the frame up, styles and details can be customised to produce a piece of furniture just for you. Our pieces work well in both traditional and contemporary settings.

Our showroom in the Marina Commercial Park is open six days a week and we look forward to welcoming you to view our furniture, and where customers may also avail of our in house Interior Design and curtain making service. We have a large library of fabric books offering a wide range o colours and designs in velvets, cottons, silks, linens and wools from the leading fabric brands, Designers Guild, Colefax and Fowler, Romo, Zoffany etc. We also stock ranges of wallpapers, carpets, rugs, mirrors lamps and accessories to add the finishing touches to your home.

Ken Jackson Interiors , Unit G5, Marina Comercial park. Centre park road. Cork. Ireland. Email: Tel: +353 (0)21 4314963 Fax: +353 (0)21 4310038 86 sprin g 2016 a n t h o lo gy


Invite some calm into your home… Irish Interior Wall Art from Clonlea Design


he idea of introducing “a window of pure calm” into your home, making it a place where you can fully relax is so appealing. Well that is exactly how customers have described the effect of the fine art canvas prints and interior textiles created by artist and interior designer, Elaine Tomlin of Clonlea Design. A native of Dublin, Elaine prides herself on creating and designing interior products which include limited edition giclee canvas prints, interior textiles such as cushions and table runners and greeting cards. Using current interior trends, Elaine’s prints, such as her best-selling “Aspen Afternoon”, are available to buy in high-end interior furniture and gift retailers and she has recently launched her own website where her latest collection can be viewed. Her abstract prints are very popular with customers and retail buyers alike because of the soothing, calm feelings they evoke with palettes of warm creams, dreamy greens, blues and greys. Elaine admits to liking, “all things light, clean and calm” which she keeps in mind while painting and has even applied that same

concept to the interior design of her own house where many of her paintings hang, beautifully complementing her New England style house and exquisite interior design. The landscapes of enchanting wood-

lands, alluring lakes around Glendalough and beaches, such as Brittas Bay in County Wicklow, are the inspiration behind the subject matter in Elaine’s paintings. She prefers a medium of acrylic on canvas mounted on individually handcrafted white wood frames and each limited edition print is signed and numbered. Coming from four generations of sculptors and painters, Elaine combines her artistic talent with a keen knowledge and flair for interior design to create prints and textiles that would be a wonderful addition to any home as well as making gifts for special occasions and weddings. W: T: +353 86 3898829 E:

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A Bespoke Lifestyle


espoke Sofa Company Dun Laoghaire is sitting comfortably as the new market leader in designer custom sofas and chairs. Trading successfully in Drogheda Co. Louth for the last 20 years, their expansion into the landmark ‘Clubhouse’ building in Dun Laoghaire has seen them quickly establish themselves as South-Dublin’s go-to place for style and individuality for the home. A demand for locally crafted, high-quality furniture has generated huge interest in the company and their latest venture, ‘Bespoke Sofa 2’ will see them raise their profile yet again. In a recent chat, furniture designer and owner Jerry Wilson shared with us some thoughts about the clients he serves and current trends in Irish furniture. “Discerning clients seeking that bespoke lifestyle are willing to travel further than ever before to get exactly what they want….some from as far away as West Cork and the Aran Islands. Recently we completed an order for a client with homes in Bermuda and the South of France after he found us online. We feel our company’s continuing success lies in our ability to manufacture whatever style of sofa or chair a buyer needs and to do it quickly“. An expanding customer base makes it clear that Irish shoppers want to support Irish manufacturing and purchase locally

Bespoke Sofa Company produced goods where possible. Consumers have learned during the recent recession that buying sub-par, less expensive furniture is a false economy and that a mass produced look is commonplace in every second home. Clients are now willing to spend that little extra to ‘futureproof’ their purchases from needing replacing. “It is clear that we in Ireland have become more travelled and open to new ideas. People wish to express their individuality through their choices in style and colour…. this is where we come into the picture.

Individual tastes and styles mean that we rarely, if ever, produce two of the same thing”. Jerry’s team, who are hugely passionate about their work, were in attendance at this year’s Self Build Exhibition in City West, Dublin and Mill Street Arena, Cork where Jerry was invited as guest speaker to offer his advice on furniture production and the leading trends in Irish sofa design. He added “the firm is achieving fabulous results for those investing in its re-upholstery service which is second to none. For consumers who have originally bought well, re-upholstery represents a keen saving compared to buying new. Our ability to change leather suites to fabric has ensured us explosive levels of growth as people seek to brighten their lives with sumptuous, soft touch, warmer and more colourful fabrics”. ‘Bespoke Sofa 2’ will be opening in the Lighthouse Building within Dun Laoghaire’s newly designated design quarter in June 2016. You can find Bespoke Sofa Company at: The Clubhouse, 1st Floor, 19 Lwr. George’s Street Dun Laoghaire (above Aga and Fired Earth). Tel: 01 663 6363,

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Tiles & Bathrooms

alo Tiles and Bathrooms have been in business for over forty years, supplying tiles and bathrooms across the Irish market. Each brand stocked across the network of 12 showrooms in Ireland, has been chosen for their unmatched quality, design and durability. Tiles are sourced from trusted manufacturers in Italy, Spain and Turkey and the company pride themselves on only bringing products with the highest quality certifications to their showrooms. Halo Tiles are the sole agents for Vitra in Ireland, the largest manufacturer of ceramic products globally and their vast range, when coupled with the exquisite range of Gala bathrooms from Spain, offer limitless possibilities. The premium range of tile and bathroom solutions available will work to enhance and complete any living space, whether commercial or residential. The collection is always growing, so why not visit one of the nationwide showrooms where you will be welcomed by friendly and knowledgeable staff or view on the website



implex is going widescreen with the eye catching SP16 Wall Mounted electric fire, a contemporary design that makes a real style statement. The letterbox-style fire has a sleek black finish for an up-to-the-minute look and features the manufacturer’s award-winning ’Optiflame’ effect with a glowing log bed. It adds the perfect finishing touch to a contemporary interior design or a striking modern twist to a more classic room. For an even more streamlined look, the chassis can also be inset so that the frame protrudes into the room by only a few centimetres, maximising the fire’s impact as well as preserving precious living space. To avoid energy wastage, the fully concealed 2kW fan heater can be operated on a half heat 1kW setting. The fire can also be used without any heat, as the flame effect

is fully independent of the heat settings, and this costs only about as much as a few light bulbs to run, allowing the cosy glow to be enjoyed without overheating the room

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Diverse Golfing Challenges on Ireland’s Wild words ivan morris


onsidering the twists and turns I had been through, it made a pleasant change to come around the corner at the entrance to the Co. Mayo village of Mulranny and see the golf links bathed in the sunshine right in front of me and a glistening Clew Bay straight ahead. The Wild Atlantic Way may be the best marketing idea ever thought up by Failte Ireland - not least because it is a repackaging of something always seen as beautiful and unique; the world’s longest defined coastal touring route, stretching for 2,500kms along Ireland’s western seaboard. My aim was to play the courses I did not already know on the Wild Atlantic Way route and Mulranny just happened to be one of them. Another was the delightful Connemara Isles course at Lettermore in County Galway. Cruit Island in County Donegal has waterside holes that rival Pebble Beach and Lisselan, near Clonakilty in County Cork, is a parkland as pretty

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as a picture. That every one of these is a 9-hole course was a bonus. It never took much more than 90-minutes to complete my round and I was on my way to my next destination. Of course, when you play at the ‘big ticket’ courses, it usually takes five hours or more to complete 18-holes. Playing 9-holes leaves a lot more time for seeing and doing other things. One course that I had to play was The Old Head Golf Links at Kinsale; one of the most manicured and photographed golf links in the world. Even if you aren’t a golfer, it’s well worth going to see and having a leisurely luncheon there, enhanced by the incredible view. Ranked as the No. 1 most spectacular golf course on the planet by Links Magazine, the course is built on a craggy, narrow, headland that juts upwards for several hundred above the Atlantic Ocean and a distance of two miles out into it. For a golfer afraid of heights, it feels as if you are playing at the edge of the Earth

and you might fall off at any moment. There are some terrific holes especially the L-shaped, par-4, second hole but you wouldn’t want to be a learner golfer taking it on. The 574-yard, par-5, 12th hole that runs right along the edge of the cliff is acknowledged as one of the world’s great golf holes. I couldn’t tell you for sure because I was too afraid to look. My excuse was that I was keeping my eye on my ball. I changed my journey rules a little bit and also played at Dooks. Every time I go there, I learn a new shot and wonder how I could ever have thought that the course was ‘easy’ the first time I played there. Ireland is a golfer’s paradise. The country is jam-packed with ‘want-to-play’ golf courses. Some of them are famous all over the world and others are relatively unknown ‘hidden gems.’ Playing golf over new ground may have been the focus, but it won’t be the last time that I golf my way along the Wild Atlantic Way. There is so much to offer and it isn’t all golf related.


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Anthology magazine issue 1  

a collection of beautiful experiences

Anthology magazine issue 1  

a collection of beautiful experiences