The 82-storey residential tower on New York’s West 57th Street

Designers of the so-called ‘pencil towers’ should take a leaf out of Da Vinci’s book

Most exhibitions take place in the colleges themselves, though some branch out

From now until the end of June, art and design schools and colleges are setting up their diploma, degree and graduate shows

The drawingroom at Lyons House in Co Kildare

Property obsession, preposterous meals and chamber pots at the table were hallmarks of the era

Spacious six-bed home in Newbridge, Co Kildare, close to schools and golf courses

Carson’s No Surrender Ulster Marmalade: art you can eat, made with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association.

Artist Rita Duffy’s shop in Dublin is selling mementoes of the 1916 Centenary for €5

It costs €1 more to core a pineapple than it does to cut an apple, if the price of two gadgets means anything

Wordsworth: the poet had clearly worked out what it takes some of us years to realise, if we ever do: that loneliness is a precondition for creativity. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

Solitude is essential to art, whether you make it or just enjoy it. So embrace the loneliness

From Yinka Shonibare’s Recreating the Pastoral exhibition at Visual Carlow. Photograph: Aisling McCoy

The British-Nigerian artist’s work is laden with complex identity conundrums

The Tudor style is most evident in the enormous hall, complete with rich dark wood beams, Tudor roses carved into the fireplace and a minstrels’ gallery above.

This property on 0.3 of an acre is secreted off leafy Herbert Park. Built 20 years ago,its dark wood and Arts and Crafts inspirati(...)

At Liminal, you can see the timeless elegance of Derek Wilson’s ceramics

Year of Design showed good design is glorious mix of traditional and cutting edge

Four-bed timber frame property has Arts and Crafts appeal

Richmond Park House, a fine Victorian five-bed, is both opulent and welcoming

 Julie Danz and Vincent Tynan  at home in Foxrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Colour and texture are everywhere in the home the design duo with a curiosity about the world share with their two young children (...)

Laptops have made working from home a joy. Photograph: Thinkstock

Working from home may not appeal to everyone, but if it does here are some must-haves

Spacious Blackrock six-bed home on one-third of an acre, located close to schools, shops and restaurants

On one of Dublin 4’s finer roads, well-presented number 71 is in excellent order but with lots of felixibility

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

Galway, Limerick and the trio of Wexford, Waterford and Kilkenny are working on their final bids for 2020. But is it worth the mam(...)

When you see people ‘unexpectedly dressed like their surroundings’ it blurs the edges. Image: via Google

Alternatively, investing in blackout blinds can improve your sleep and aid weight loss

With chapters on wardrobes, corners, nests and ‘the phenomenology of roundness’, ‘The Poetics of Space’ is also a series of unexpected delights. This illustration is on  the cover of the Penguin Classics edition

An influential book by a French philosopher reminds us that small can be beautiful

Muddy wellies and rambling roses at the front door spell  real money. Photograph: Thinkstock

Sash windows and swagged curtains lend an air of money and taste

Shaping attitudes: Nicholas Serota (in front of a Cy Twombly painting). Photograph: Justin Tallis/PA Wire

The influential director of the Tate galleries still believes in what artists can do, and the public have backed his faith in thei(...)

This Co Meath house near Collon has been tastefully rebuilt and offers plenty of period features, while the extensive grounds are (...)

A sensitive renovation and makeover, costing €2 million, makes this Georgian gem, on the banks of the Blackwater in Fermoy, one of(...)

Peace and quiet, paddocks and a pond in west Cork haven for €895,000

The one thing that will make the world of difference when you’re able to sit up is a set of enormous pillows. Photograph: Thinkstock

You know you’re going to get the flu at some stage, so it’s worth having a strategy

Susan McKeown: “With such an ambitious and innovative project, it takes one person to begin it, to commit to making it happen.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Susan McKeown has been exporting Irish culture her whole career. So can her festival of Irish arts become part of the fabric of Ne(...)

The fridge is full of leafy greens and the fruit bowl is bursting with things to be extracted. Photograph: iStockphoto

It is easy to get sucked into the lifestyle promises they make but few worktops have space for them

Percy Place home has a traditional facade and a modern interior

Detail of ‘The Kiss’, by Gustav Klimt: it  is one of those pictures that you want to wake up with, but not necessarily have in your livingroom

In the past, even the smallest houses had “the good room”, where you could put all the stuff you didn’t really like, but which you(...)

Paris Syndrome describes the delusions, dizziness, hallucinations and anxiety caused by the intense expectations of tourists, coupled with the fact that the reality of their experiences may not quite come up to their imaginings. Photograph: Thinkstock

The French capital is a little overwhelming in its Frenchness

Heroes and blood sacrifice: Roger Casement as envisioned in Alan Phelan’s Our Kind

The cultural programming in Ireland’s art galleries is focused on what it means to be a citizen in today’s connected world

A pretty holiday home on the Currabinny peninsula looks out over the sea to the yacht club, a view that inspired the owners in (...)

Graphic designer Oonagh Young set up her gallery in Dublin’s Monto district in 2008, mortgaging her home to establish the contempo(...)

This vast estate on 255 acres in Co Laois includes a Victorian house with woodlands, a working farmyard and 1,100 metres of river (...)

Objects become imbued with strong emotional attachments, even if yours  have evaporated. Photograph: Thinkstock

Take a long hard look at each other. And if you’re really sure you’re going to part, you’re going to have to take a hard look at (...)

A five-bedroom detached redbrick home with wraparound garden for €1.4 million

According to the colour forecasters, pale and interesting is the way to go this spring. Photograph: Hillarys

Pale pink and baby blue are in for spring but one artist is going over to the dark side

And this little piggy went to join his family in the charity shop

You mention that you like china pigs: next thing, your windowsill has become a sty. What to do?

Do you really want enter into a routine in which every night you denude your bed of those disappointingly uncomfortable, frequently bead-fringed squares of stuffed silk

Gemma Tipton takes a look at hotel design and what it says about our desires and aspirations

Refurbished Torca Cottage on Dalkey Hill retains stunning vista over a century later

A fine Victorian in Killiney was once home to John Hughes, a founder of the Irish Press and later by Joe “Spud” Murphy, inventor o(...)

‘Hanging Heart’ (Magenta) by Jeff Koons, which sold for $23.7 million in 2007

Artworks are like people: you don’t have to like all of them. The best buying tip is to to trust your gut instincts

Honed down to essentials: ‘Woods’ by Ed Miliano, who says the ideas behind Japanese design are as much about living as they are about making

The influence of Japan on our design culture is deep and pervasive, so what is it that has so enraptured some of our most creative(...)

Home comforts: ‘We feel as though we’re actually sitting in the garden,’ says  Oliver Sears, in  the extension to his home in Ranelagh, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

This Dublin gallery owner describes his style as contemporary with strong classical influences, but for all his eclectic interests(...)

Want to explore the magic of this vast country in comfort? There is a way ...

4 Thornfield, Stillorgan Road, Donnybrook: on the market for €2 million

Donnybrook and Rathmichael properties are on sale with substantial price cuts

Non-shed house dog: President Obama takes Bo, the first family’s Portuguese water dog, for a run in the  White House. Photograph: Pete Souza/Reuters

How to ensure mucky paws don’t ruin your pad

 Rubberbandits: the pair say they are not comedians or entertainers but artists

The Dole Queue Dadaists’ critique of gallery art is worth hearing – if a little harsh

Angela O’Kelly at  home with some of her favourite black items, and some of her own jewellery. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The head of design at the National College of Art and Design has a passion for black, from her wedding dress to precious heirlo(...)

Country estate near Skibbereen, Co Cork, on 163 acres with a lake, beach and sky garden

A Victorian four-bed opens up to a special interior with a well appointed kitchen

This five-bedroom, end-of-terrace redbrick in Donnybrook has been sensitively renovated and comes with a separate suite for use as(...)

Kinara, 3 Priory Avenue, Blackrock

Beside the babbling brook: four-bedroom detached 1940s house for €1.75 million

The house where May and Frances live with Auntie Nellie (Niamh Cusack) is a former Garda superintendent’s house on Harcourt Terrace

How do you find authentic places to shoot a period drama such as ‘Rebellion’? You need to be creative, keep an eye to detail, and (...)

Dust Defying Gravity (2004) from the exhibition 3 Different Nights Recurring by Grace Weir. Courtesy of the artist

The wonders and mysteries of the empirical world become jumping-off points for an aesthetic voyage in Grace Weir’s retrospective(...)

An artistic retreat from ‘Cabins’ by Taschen

If your new year’s resolutions include undertaking any creative projects, the first thing you’ll need is a retreat from the world (...)

Five-bedroom property with large garden for €1.375 million

Three-bed detached bungalow with private garden for €695,000

Three-bed detached bungalow with historical links for €750,000

This five-bed property has been finished in fine style and includes a cinema room

As well as currently working on an animated short film, Genieve Figgis   has an exhibition opening in Los Angeles over Oscar weekend.

There's a nod to visual art, the stage, and even a robot-themed 3D printing company in Gemma Tipton's selection of people to watch(...)

Áine Divine painting Ian McKellen

No selfie or Instagram picture can capture the essence of a person the way a painting can. Here, experienced portraitists give som(...)

The Capital Paintings by Colin Darke (2004-2007). Courtesy of the artist

An exhibition in Cork explores how we perceive value in art and in life, raising intriguing questions about the art market in the (...)

Given more recent events, the shock of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January seems distant, but visiting Paris that month I learn(...)

Nora Hickey M’Sichili: “Paris is a very international city. I’m Irish, my husband is Zambian, so for me it was very healthy.” Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

In 2013 Nora Hickey M’Sichili got her dream job of running the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the French capital. Have recent events(...)

McCullough Mulvin designs: Bessboro House, Cork

An engaging and insightful new book celebrates the Irish building designs of McCullough Mulvin Architects. The Spanish publisher(...)

There are some artworks that slow you down. Standing in front of a Rothko takes time and can engender an emptying of the mind. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

In recent separate conversations with an architect, a novelist and an artist I was left wondering whether we have lost that once-v(...)

Gemma Tipton rounds up the best presents for your little darlings

Jane Prophet’s artworks Second Skin: Straitjacket & Parka in the exhibition Trauma at the Science Gallery, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Jane Prophet’s exhibition Trauma, about her personal experiences of being stalked, investigates the nature of obsession and is gui(...)

Lorna Ross is director of design at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dubliner Lorna Ross uses her design background to help develop patient services

This classic, five-bedroom redbrick underwent a complete refurbishment just 10 years ago and with its ample storage, modern extens(...)

From royal national studs to small equestrian centres selling horse milk, this beautiful region of France has much to offer horse (...)

Work from the series Markings: ox mountain sheep wool, Co Sligo, and branding fluid; by Brigitta Varadi and Noel Ruane

Can an art exhibition about climate change have any potency when it avoids polemic? The Irish Cultural Centre in Paris takes a gen(...)

From left: Issue 03: Body (2011). Cover image: Elina Brotherus/Model Study 15 (2004); Issue 11: Family (2014).  Cover image: Fred Hüning, from the series Drei/Untitled (Bathtub II), 2011; Issue 08: New Pictorialism (2013). Cover image: Madame Peripetie, from the series: Dream Sequence/Blood (2012)

The magazine, which is run by a team of just three, is gaining international recognition for its purist approach

 Limerick City of Culture 2015: that we don’t already have a national cultural policy isn’t quite as shocking as it might sound – many countries lack one.  Photograph:  Liam Burke/Press 22

On Monday more than 100 cultural leaders and thinkers assembled at the Irish Museum of Modern Art to discuss Ireland’s first natio(...)

The Big Slide:  a temporary structure in Stratford for children

Turner prize-nominated collective, Assemble, is a mix of architecture and public art. Now its co-founder joins a judging panel for(...)

West End house is owned by the parents of actor Michael Fassbender. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

West End House, on market for €1.5 million, was frequently visited by the actor who sometimes worked behind the bar

15 Dromeen Avenue, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Two four-bed semi-detached family homes – one in Beaumont, one in Harold’s Cross

Four-bedroom Victorian property was once owned by the British Army

Mangerton on Westminster Road has seven bedrooms, five reception rooms and a vast and lovely private garden

The home of retired physician Prof Austin Darragh on the Hill of Tara comes with a heated swimming pool in the garden, a stable y(...)

The Andy Warhol Authentication Board was widely criticised for its closed-door policy

The world of art authentication is a murky one and with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of euro riding on the outcomes, is(...)

Red Cliff House used as retreat for controversial former bishop of Galway

Chocolatier Mary Ann O’Brien and her husband Jonathan Irwin of the Jack and Jill Foundation are selling their family home, a large(...)

Five-bedroom 1960s property in Sutton with views of the bay for €1.8 million

Architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey won Riba prize for property

Spacious four-bedroom house has been renovated and features large back garden

Ben and Saoirse in Song of the Sea

Kilkenny’s elite animation house, makers of ‘The Secret of Kells’ and ‘Song of the Sea’, is competing with the best of Hollywood –(...)

Footballers’ Wives: one of the best things about it was that it never showed any football being played

Arts-show guests often seem afraid to say what they think. Like the football-free reality-TV show, we should forget about the art (...)

Dublin property includes lift, dumb waiter and a James Bond-style den in basement

Period features, intriguing cellars, a cantilever staircase and a cobbled yard are part of the attraction of this country house on(...)

What would it be like to live the dream life in a new home and to stay overnight in Glendale, where the designer’s inspiration com(...)

Built for themselves by an architect and a designer, this surprisingly secluded four-bedroom detached house in the heart (...)

15 Vesey Place, Dún Laoghaire: sea views to die for.

Five-bedroom Victorian terraced house has been beautifully refurbished

Before: The Hedge House by GKMP. Photograph: Alice Clancy

A new exhibition in Co Kilkenny aims to bridge gap between vision and function

Seahorses by Louis Masai

The project will involve the painting of 24 sites in the city. Can it unlock Waterford’s potential?

 If Dublin Contemporary, which was to have been a quinquennial event, had been a success, we would be looking forward to the next one in 2016. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Teaming up to promote Ireland’s art and cultural scene abroad is a win-win for artists, galleries and tourism

Detail from Exercise (Dunhuang), 2014, by John Gerrard

Two exhibitions in Cork celebrate George Boole, a son of the city and the genius who laid the foundation of all computer systems (...)

 Farhan Mohammad in his orchard in Wadi Gibel, South Sinai, Egypt

Irish filmmaker Bryony Dunne is making a the desert bloom on screen, linking the land of Moses to the Aran Islands

Four-bed semi-detached property for €735,000

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