The Mini became a symbol of freedom and fun. Photograph: GP Library/UIG via Getty Images

The new Mini, which nods to its origins to keep purists happy, is now made by BMW

31 Grove Lawn, Blackrock, Co Dublin

Complete redesign of three-bedroom home in south Dublin provides many more options

25 Mather Road South, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin

Bungalow has been tripled in size by its owners and is selling for €1.475m

The thermos flask’s practical appeal to a vast range of consumers   ensured its success

We could so easily be calling the flask ‘a Dewar’ after its original inventor

28 St Alban’s Park, Sandymount,  Dublin 4.

Sandymount four bed is comfortably styled with his and her dressing rooms and plenty of storage space

The front of Wilfield House, at number 45 Sandymount Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4

An elegantly proportioned home with plenty of period detail and scope to renovate further

By 1878 the company used what became known as  Tiffany blue not just for the cover of its annual jewel catalogue, but also for the gift boxes its jewellery was wrapped in.

The distinctive colour, cool and sophisticated, is now inextricably linked to the luxury brand

Number 7 Chestnut Road in  Mount Merrion is a well-maintained double-fronted four-bed semi-detached home that looks from the exterior to have more than its 122sq m (1,313sq ft)

Ample room to the rear and side for transforming number 7 Chestnut Road

16 Rostrevor Road, Dublin 6

Houses on Rostrevor Road don’t come on the market that often - for good reason

Three-bed period house in walk-in condition on Heytesbury Street on sale for €725,000

25 Belgrave Square in Rathmines, Dublin 6, has come to market for €1.65m

Victorian in Rathmines with scope to extend boasts large garden and original features

Contour chair

Australian Grant Featherston’s chair proved one of his best-loved designs

Designer-maker Scott Benefield from Co Antrim who has the North’s only artisanal glassblowing studio, BTU Studio

There was plenty of young Irish design talent at Showcase 2019, the annual Design and Crafts Council-supported trade show

A train runs through Sotobori Park in Tokyo’s Yotsuya district Photograph: iStock

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the RIAI has announced a competition for its new Ireland house in Tokyo

23 McDowell Avenue, Ceannt Fort, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

Extension added light and a lot of space to this mid-terrace house in Kilmainham's popular Ceannt Fort

The Nelson Platform Bench

Familiar and practical: The locker-room bench from the father of American Modernism

The living area at 17 Library Road in Dún Laoghaire – seating to the front before an inset woodburner, dining in the middle and contemporary fitted kitchen to the rear – has a polished concrete floor.

Price hike of €170,000 to €500,000 follows sleek upgrade

Bauhaus School, built by Walter Gropius (1925-1926) in Dessau, Germany

Underpinning the philosophy was that good design should be available to all

Clunk click every trip: Nils Bohlin’s three-point belt secured both the upper and the lower body. Photograph: Volvo

Volvo engineer Nils Bohlin transformed safety for car drivers and passengers

After being deeply unfashionable for years, tinsel is making a comeback. Photograph: iStock

The original Christmas decoration was made with real silver

 Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year, 16-1546 Living Coral

Firm says colour number will work on social media where its ‘vibrancy and buoyancy captivates our attention’

The Gate Lodge, Dundrum Castle, Ballinteer Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16

This little Victorian has old world charm and contemporary comforts

In 1930, William Hermanson patented the heat-sealed paper fibre tea bag, marketed in earnest in the 1950s when Joseph Tetley and Co began to mass-produce tea bags. Photograph: iStock

Two Milwaukee women filed for a patent for a ‘tea leaf holder’ – a mesh bag to hold tea leaves for a single cup of tea

Coco Chanel: At a time when perfume bottles were ornate and art deco-inspired, hers was pared back and simple. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When Coco Chanel was creating her iconic fragrance, five was the magic number

5 Airfield Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Attractive four-bed family home within easy walking distance of the village

55 Mount Pleasant Avenue Lower, in Dublin 6, returns to the market after just 18 months with a price hike of €20,000

Large Victorian four-bed is at the canal end of Mount Pleasant Avenue Lower

The Selectric revolutionised office life as productivity soared

Cambridge: punting on the River Cam

The English town is as much a tourist hub as a centre of learning, and has lots to do

Finn Juhl’s piece was a move away from the strict functionalism dominating Danish design

The half-Mini sofa   can be wheeled out to the patio on sunny days

€855k for a high-tech open-plan, quirkily furnished home in Churchtown

3 Victoria Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6: a large, completely renovated house for €1.295 million

3 Victoria Road offers five bedrooms and a generous 200sq m in Dublin 6

The Dun Emer rug which sold for more than €10,000 in Adam’s in 2016

Evelyn Gleeson established the guild as a hive of traditional industry

Stories of 2018: Nine new homes built on a strip that once housed a rope factory generated lots interest in downtown Googleland

Tycanna, 129 Dublin Road, Sutton, Dublin 13

Behind the attractive period façade, Tycanna is a modern, spacious five-bed home by the sea

The technique is as simple as the design – a shaped piece of sponge or cloth is dipped in colour and applied to the pot or plate

The motif is just enough to give the jug a decorative appeal without looking overworked

41 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4: house and mews is for sale for €1.35 million

Architect owner of 41 Upper Leeson Street was an active member of the legendary residents' association, and has decided to sell up(...)

12 Victoria Street Portobello Dublin 8

Dublin 8 four-bed comes with wine cellar, steam room and futuristic feel for €1.5m

Number 114 Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

This striking 1930s house was built in the international modernist style by JM Linzell

4 Sarsfield Street, Dublin 7

Victorian villa-style former rental in Sarsfield Street, Phibsborough, needs updating

Living room, 23 Glengarriff Parade, Dublin 7

Every inch of this extended 103sq m home has been considered and optimised

Design Moment: Ikea Lövet Table, 1956

The garden at Palmerston Park.

The renovation is so new, the decoration so smart, new owners won’t have to do a thing

St. Benedict’s, Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18

David Agar’s luxurious former family home in south Co Dublin is on the market

Bright, spacious family home with five bedrooms boasts large garden and tennis court

The simplicity of Harry Beck’s map is what makes it work so well

Number 33 St Kevin’s Road, Portobello, Dublin 8

A major selling point – apart from its location – is the ODOS-designed extension

Number 79 Rathgar Road extends to  230sq m/2,476 sq ft.

New owners will have very little work to do with this house bought in 2011 for €775,000

Arkendale, 6 Arkendale Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin

This century old redbrick in Arkendale Road used to be in six flats, then it became three living spaces, now the entire has been r(...)

Bic biro: its transparent casing allows users to see how close they are to running out of ink. Photograph: iStock

Bich Cristal Biro became global brand in 1953 when the ‘h’ was dropped from name

South Circular Road property comprises three-bed home and one-bed flat below

29 Ormond Road, Dublin 6

Fine four-bed redbrick period home ticks a lot of boxes in a much-sought-after area

Today the zip market is a €11.2 billion industry dominated by Japan’s YKK Group. Photograph: iStock

It took over 20 years before tailors began to use the zip for trousers instead of buttons

52 Leeson Park, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Art-filled, colourful residence where artists, academics and writers were entertained

South Circular Road property has rare two-car garage and a fully renovated interior

Number 8 Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8

Film-maker owners have installed a basement cinema and attic conversion in this canal bank original dating from the 1800s

Well-known figures such as former astronaut Chris Hadfield are featured in TG4’s ‘Tá Gaeilge Agam’ campaign

It is difficult to see how ‘Tá Gaeilge Agam’ campaign might boost viewer engagement

Eileen Gray classic inspired by ocean liners

Better Call Saul: “The test advertising didn’t feature paid commercials: instead, it consisted of a trailer for a Netflix original show, such as Better Call Saul, shown before an episode of a series, for example Friends.”

Users pay for video streaming service and don’t want interruption. It’s not what they expect

Wassily chair by Marcel Breuer

Marcel Breuer’s design boldly emerged at a time of Victorian clutter and lavish decor

Stool 60

The perfect coming-together of utilitarianism, minimalism and technical innovation

The Bookworm, by Ron Arad. Photograph: Kartell

Ron Arad’s Bookworm is much more than a bookshelf – it’s a wall sculpture

75 Grove Road, Dublin 6

‘We knew we had to hit the ground running, and get going’

The Jif Lemon is on the shelves all year – and probably in the back of cupboards – but its sales spike every year around Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, at the start of Lent.

In the 1950s, plastic was seen as a wonder material and the lemon juice container was very modern

Wall hangings by Lucienne Day, one of Britain’s foremost designers of the mid-20th century.

Day sold her Calyx fabric design for £20. It became a classic, hung in homes

Sturdy canvas and rope bag was instant hit – the first batch of 30,000 sold out in less than two hours

14 Long Lane Dublin 8: one-bedroom house seeks €475,000

Long Lane one-bed cottage facing old Meath Hospital offers colourful renovated 73sq m

‘U’ magazine: The August issue will be the final news stand one for a magazine that was launched 40 years ago

While print is retreating in the face of digital – the readers are online, and that’s where the ‘U’ brand is going – there’s unexp(...)

Dublin Airport in 1952: the curved five-storey building is regarded as the finest example of the International Style in Ireland.

International Style structure captures glamour of early commercial flight

A Center Parcs “subtropical swimming paradise” – a vast indoor swimming pool with slides and water rides

Resort has its work cut out to improve brand recognition and to drag families to midlands

The multi-purpose tool typically includes a tweezers, scissors and mini-knives

The Adidas football boot designed in 1953.

The football boot designed by Adi Dassler for the West German team was worn during the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland, where they b(...)

The Doolin House, Co Clare

Ennis agency seeks €365k for The Doolin House, an award-winning home on half an acre

Victorian four-bed with unusual layout has been extended to nearly 2,000sq ft

53 Clanbrassil Street Upper, South City Centre, Dublin 8: 164sq m, 1829-built home is for sale for €895,000.

Great central city home of 164sq m features a 24m-long rear garden

Antelope Chair, 1951: Light and elegant with an enduring design

It has the look of mid-century US lawn chair but Antelope was designed for rainy Britain

Kenyon Homfray, Forward Cut Close Contact Saddle, 1990.

Exhibition includes 40 objects ranging from wrought iron pieces to Carrickmacross lace

30 Louvain, Dublin 14

Extensively-renovated six-bedroom bungalow in Ardilea in walk-in condition

31 Mountainview Road, Dublin 6

Sellers did plenty work to improve attractive three-bed semi with period proportions

Penthouse, Shelbourne Park, South Lotts Road, Dublin 4

Spectacular views of the city a real bonus in Shelbourne Park three-bed apartment

Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern is the first exhibition dedicated to the celebrated Irish designer. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

The Irish designer’s work features in a first major retrospective at London’s Fashion Museum

Terraced three-bed house has been fully renovated since it was last for sale

Loft 2, The Grainstore, Drumcondra, Dublin 3: a former industrial building celebrating original features.

Grainstore loft in former Distillery Building transformed by its architect owner to a hip 2,000sq ft apartment

Number 4 Church Lane, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Number 4 is a four-bedroom family home on three storeys with 340sq m of space

The four-bed bungalow at Tullaghan, Co Leitrim

Upgraded four-bed bungalow has panoramic views of sea and countryside

Glenheather, Brennanstown Road, Dublin 18

Glenheather’s owners are downsizing and hoping to build a smaller house on the side garden, although the South Korean embassy has (...)

Range of sizes and prices as 11 apartments in William Beckett House go on sale

No need to sell off the family furniture when moving to this well proportioned three-bed

Rockwood, Ballycraddock, Dunhill, Co Waterford

German company engineered four-bedroom house and assembled it in just a few months

Five-bedroom redbrick comes with private garden entrance to Merrion Cricket Club

Five-bed redbrick with modern extension to the rear an ideal family home in Dublin 6

The Shanagarry Chimney in Dublin’s Milltown is the last remaining structure of the Old Dublin Laundry. The Luas Green Line runs across the adjacent Nine Arches viaduct

Shanagarry Chimney is just one of the eye-catching lots in the BidX1 online auction

Stringer home boasts trademark features with stained glass and cast iron fireplaces

Clear contrast continues right throughout this end-of-terrace Victorian house

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