Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Yesterday I did a bit of a search for Irish fashion websites as I was trying to put something together for this Wednesday’s paper – the column is going to be a cracker, I’ll tell you now, and I ain’t …

Mon, Nov 14, 2011, 15:30

   

Yesterday I did a bit of a search for Irish fashion websites as I was trying to put something together for this Wednesday’s paper – the column is going to be a cracker, I’ll tell you now, and I ain’t even talking about Christmas – and I turned up Irish Design Shop, a website, well, selling Irish designs.

It’s a really slick site and some of the products for sale there are, frankly, brilliant. I don’t even like craft, as a rule; I object to things that look “home-made” and even more to things that are home-made, as gifted by people who just can’t be bothered thinking about what one might actually like. I appreciate that may not be a very popular point of view. (Feel free to disagree in the comments!)

One of the items for sale on Irish Design Shop is this map of Dublin by Alljoy, a design company based in the city centre.

It’s a laser-cut paper print of Dublin city, with all of its trademark landmarks in tow – can you see the Molly Malone? Trinity College? The DART? I love it. I think it’s just such a sweet idea, really well executed and a really beautiful print that anyone should be thrilled to put on their wall. Top marks. I’ll have one for each room, thanks. At €48 each, that’ll give change of €200 . . .