Friday, 24 January 2014

Discontinued Stock Sale "Crochet Cloud"

The Crochet Cloud lighting collection was one of my first design to be developed after finishing college and joining the Malthouse Design Centre. It has proven to be a great starting point in my design career with the collection having been featured on many major design blogs and website including Design Spotter and Inner Design. The Crochet Cloud has appeared in a number of features and articles since its production including features in the House and Home Magazine, The Sunday Times, Irelands Interiors, Homes and Living Magazine, you can read the full articles from the press page on my website,  The Collection was developed through my interest in how flat sheet material can be constructed into three dimensional form through a variety of techniques. I was influenced by many great sculptures and designers with the same design philosophies as myself. The collection of pendant lights achieve their form through a technique of slotting 12 identical two dimensional modules together which have been sliced in a specific manner to create an overall sphere form. This form is create as a result of geometric mathematical systems. To add texture and pattern to the form, a photograph of Irish crochet has been digitally printed and transferred onto the plastic in variety of different colours.  As many of you may know I have been working on the Gráinne Lyons Design brand and have developed further lighting collections and modular candle holder collections since, which I have blogged about previously. All these new developments are based on the same theories and philosophies, however these designs all sit as a family together.  It is because of that reason that I have decided to no longer produce the Crochat Cloud collection and to concentrate on moving the brand forward with a full range of lighting and homeware which work with one another. All stock is limited so please email me for enquiries, availability and sales.
Will keep you all posted on further developements to the Gráinne Lyons Design brand and further additional to the new complete homeware and lighting range.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Forge Dublin to Connect Designers and Manufacturers

Forge is a creative initiative started by three design led businesses; Rosemary Ryan of The Malthouse Design Centre , Elizabeth Fingleton of Klickity and Simon Keogh of Urban Assembly.It is a one day design forum taking place on Saturday, November 2nd, which aims to connect product designers with Irish manufacturers to promote collaboration among them.

 Forge aims to establish clear routes to market for product designers by capitalising on existing Irish manufacturing bases leading to mutually beneficial relationships. This one day event will offer a platform which helps manufacturers expand the possibilities beyond their everyday operations to discover a new pathway to growth through collaboration with designers. There are significant opportunities to share design and manufacturing insider knowledge, co-create products and work together to bring them to market.

 Forge acts as the starting point to achieve this through informal group discussions and presentations from experienced designers and manufacturers. Speakers on the day will include Paddy Tobin from Nadura Design and head of the design programme at GMIT Letterfrack, Furniture designers Peter McCann and Steurt Padwick and founder of the very resourceful website, FindItMakeIt, Tara Whelan.


Forge will take place in The Coachhouse, Dublin Castle this Saturday, Novemeber 2nd. Tickets are available to buy from the Forge Dublin website at a discount price of €50.00 if booked before Thursday 31st. An event all designers and manufacturers should not miss.

 Hope to see you all there,

Monday, 30 September 2013

Glow Getter - My First Solo Trade Fair

I am both really excited and nervous to be taken part in my first solo trade fair during  this year’s Irish Furniture and Interiors Fair at the RDS, Dublin from the 6th-8th of October.  I will be using this as a platform to launch a number of new products which I have designed including the new collection of “Glow” lampshades which I launched during the summer.
“Glow” is a flat pack, reversible lampshade which have been inspired my Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. The self-assembly lampshade consists of 12 individual modules that slot together to form a 400mm sphere structure and requires no additional fittings for assembly.
“The planar modules used, produce forms that appear complex yet have a basic underlying principle. The “Glow” lightshade was created through an exploration of a particular process rather than a predetermined outcome.”
Made using polypropylene, it is 100% recyclable. The white polypropylene has been treated with a coloured backing meaning that the internal surface of the light glows in colour. The coloured backing also allows the light shade to be reversible and can be changed to suit the user’s mood. 
Material: White Polypropylene
Internal Colours: Black, Grey, Purple, Teal and Red
Dimensions: 400mm diameter

The very latest collection I have designed is the “Joyn” modular candle holder system which has been designed so that it can be joined and arranged like a puzzle in many variations. For anyone attending the show, this will be the first opportunity to see the Joyn collection which will go on sell the end of October and with some luck at the Irish Furniture and Interiors Fair will be on sale in a number of different stockist throughout Ireland in time for Christmas.
Its modular shape has been design so that it to work with a number of different shaped surfaces with endless arrangement possibilities. Joyn is available in two different styles; one holding 3 tea lights and the other holding 4 tea lights and a pillar candle in the centre. The candle holders will be sold as individual holders or as a set and will be available to buy from my website . Made from birch ply, it has been treated with a fire resistant lacquer for the user’s safety.
Material: Birch Plywood
Dimensions: 170mm x 170mm

The Gráinne Lyons Design stand will be situated at in the New Design Ireland section in the Main Hall at stand ND1. The New Designer Section in the Fair will give people attending the opportunity to keep a head of all the latest products being produced by Irish designer makers.
The Irish Furniture and Interiors Fair will be taking place in the RDS, Dublin from the 6th – 8th of October.
Hope to see you all there,

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Reversible, Self-Assembly Lampshade Range

The latest collection to be launched by Gráinne Lyons is the “Glow” lightshade. “Glow” is a flat pack, reversible lightshade which have been inspired my Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes.

 “My interests lie in how construction techniques and form can combine to create structures which in essence are quite simple but make the most of visual form. Three dimensional design aims to establish harmony and order in design which generates visual excitement as its purpose. Taking this approach to my designs I am able to visualize the piece as a whole including its visual form from all angles and directions.”

 The self-assembly lightshade consists of 12 individual modules that slot together to form a 400mm sphere structure and requires no additional fittings for assembly.

 “The planar modules used, produce forms that appear complex yet have a basic underlying principle. The fabrication of my design is just as important in my projects as the end result. I aim to evoke a certain unity within my pieces to show that each individual module is important to the structure of each piece as a whole. The “Glow” lightshade was created through an exploration of a particular process rather than a predetermined outcome.” 

 Made using polypropylene, it is 100% recyclable. The white polypropylene has been treated with a coloured backing meaning that the internal surface of the light glows in colour. The coloured backing also allows the light shade to be reversible and can be changed to suit the user’s mood. 

 Material: White Polypropylene
 Internal Colours: Black, Grey, Purple, Teal and Red 
 Dimensions: 400mm diameter 
 Price: €79.95 

 All products have been made using materials which have been sourced and manufactured in Ireland and are available online through Grainne’s website

`Glow` by Grainne Lyons Design. Reversible, Flat-Packed Lampshade

`Glow` by Grainne Lyons Design. Reversible, Flat-Packed Lampshade

`Glow` by Grainne Lyons Design. Reversible, Flat-Packed Lampshade

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Must Sees during Milan 2013

With the Milan Design Week fast approaching, this year once again sees top manufacturers and some of the most promising designers from around the world display their designs and products.
Salone Internazionale del Mobile will take place between the 9th - 14th of April this year with many events taken place around Milan along side the main event.

We have decided to give you a sneak peek of some of the top events we would recommend visiting if your lucky enough to be going.

British designer Tom Dixon is back again this year with MOST at the Museum of Science and Technology. MOST provides a curated creative hub, promoting forward-thinking culture, commerce and creativity against the extraordinary backdrop of historic exhibits based on technological innovation. Brands showing include Tom Dixon together with Piet Hein Eek, Saunder Muler and online design brands, Designboom, Dwell and FAB. The brand showing will be exploring new materials, technologies, production techniques and distribution systems to the public. The space will also cater for the thirsty public with Tom Dixon’s Grand British Tea House situated in the shop space. Dixons new "Eclectic Tea Set" will be used to serve out tea and lunch to the public.

Showing also this year, are Dutch company Moooi. Moooi have prepared an entire collection of refreshing new designs and surprising experiences that will be held at Savona 56 from the 8th to the 14th. Moooi is taking up residence in the space and transforming it into a stylish assembly of colourful living quarters, new product displays, lounges together with an artistic exhibition. As well as their own products, the FRAME Moooi award nominees will also be on display with an exclusive ceremony and VIP cocktail evening included to mark the occasion.
Designs by Moooi

New on during this years Milan design week is a special collection of `New British` design showcasing at the Vivienne Westwood flagship store in Corso, Venezia. The design installation has been the collaborative work of the British fashion designer and one of the biggest design brands during London Design Week, 100% Design.  The installation will provide evidence of a revived focus amongst these young designers on craftsmanship, high quality materials and skills, sustainability and innovative design solutions which are timeless and charming to the fore. Amongst other’s you’ll find works by Plant & MossJames Smith Designs, Young & NorgateDecode London, and Bethan Gray.

G&T table by Be than Gray

Monday, 1 April 2013

One Year On

Sorry it's been so long since I have posted on the blog, its been such a hectic start to year but one I cannot complain about.

So much has happened in the last 12 months since setting up the Design-Press and Gráinne Lyons Design that it has proven that hard work, determination and passion will get you on the path to where you want to be. Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5.00pm and on weekends.
Have faith in yourself, if you come up with a new idea that you believe in, don't allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it.

Not long after setting up my blog I joined the Malthouse Design Centre where I set up a studio and began working on my own designs amongst a hub of other great young designers. With all the excitement and creativity going on within the walls of the Malthouse I got stuck into work pretty much from the first day. Upon arrival, The Light Fantastic exhibition was in its final stages of setting up and all the designers were putting the finishes to their final prototypes for the show which opened on the 17th of May. And like anyone who knows me, it wasn't long before I was following suit. Three weeks later I had the starting point of a lighting collection on show at The Light Fantastic. The show was a great success for all involved and as there were many people attending within the design sector in Ireland and editors from many of Ireland's leading newspapers and magazine, it was a great starting point for me to network.
Within a couples of months I was selling my finalised lighting collection the "Crochet Cloud" into number of well-known art and design retailers around Ireland including Designist, The Jam Art Factory, The Irish Design Shop and recently The Science Gallery and Dennison Design in Co.Kerry.

Since then the lighting collection has been featured in a number of national newspapers and magazines along with the newest of my products the "Bouquet" wine glass holder. The purpose of the wine glass holder came about when trying to design a product which would target the Christmas market. As wine is one of the top sellers at Christmas and is the gift of choice for many it was a no brainer. I wasn't prepared for the reaction I got and was overwhelmed by the interest. The "Bouquet" was featured in the Sunday Times magazine as one of the top Christmas gifts for 2012 and is currently selling within one of Ireland's oldest family run wine merchants, Mitchell&Sons as well as online from The Corkscrew.

Just last month Gráinne Lyons Design was featured in the designer profile section of Irelands Home, Interiors and Living Magazine and here I am, one year on, and in the process of designing a new lighting range which is coming to its finalised stage and prototypes are being made as I write this(blog post to come). With lots of exciting things coming up in the next few months, one I am particularly excited about is the Furniture and Interiors Fair in October. I will be doing my first solo trade show within the new designers section at the show in the RDS and hopefully another hardworking year will pay off and get me another step closer to where I aim to be both in business and in design.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

From handbags to hammocks - Louis Vuitton

French fashion designer Louis Vuitton launched his collection of travel furniture and accessories at this years Miami design week. Hanging chairs, lamps and handbags which transform into foldable furniture have been designed especially for the 16 piece collection. 
Designers including Maarten Baas, Atelier Oi, Patricia Urquiola, Christian Liaigre and  Nendos Oki Sato all collaborated with Vuitton to create this unique sophisticated collection for the fashion conscience globe trotter.