Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 - Tranquil Dawn

Biophilia connects living spaces with nature, creating calm, wellness-promoting places

Distinctively engineered black office chair filled the cubicles of tech start-ups in Silicon Valley and beyond

Anna Greevy, one of the first air hostesses with Aer Lingus, in 1954:  Cabin crew work in very particular and challenging environments and skirts can be impractical and inhibiting. Photograph: Jack McManus

Bernice Harrison: If female cabin crew can now avoid skirts, why not schoolgirls too?

Memphis First Chair, 1983: The base and back are enamelled wood while the curved frame is metal.

Bold and colourful, but not as garish as many postmodern Italian pieces by Memphis

Cleverly extended 1930s house is on sale for only the third time since it was built

As we enter a new decade, once again the forecasters are playing it safe with an inoffensive shade of azure

The rear view mirror or, according to US electrical engineer Elmer Berger, the ‘Cop Spotter’. Photograph: iStock

The motor car had been around for 35 years before the advent of the rear view mirror

Mules carrying the luggage during a trekking tour through Morocco

It’s hard to think of anywhere as close to Ireland that is as culturally different as Morocco

The thermostatically controlled blanket quickly became a popular wedding present

 Martini glass:   decorative and practical

Glass first displayed at exhibition in Paris is highly decorative and visually sophisticated

The Kodak camera was invented by George Eastman in 1888. Photograph: Courtesy Kodak Eastman Museum

Light and portable, it prompted discussions about ownership and personal image rights

Rear garden

Three-bed semi in attractive Donnybrook location with mature gardens

Eileen Grey’s Bibendum chair. Courtesy Laurence King Publishing

New book celebrates the influence of female designers of the 20th century

Shandon, Crosthwaite Park South, Dún Laoghaire: five-bed home for sale for €1.925 million.

Boutique owner’s Crosthwaite Park home, improved and extended over 20 years to a comfortable five-bed on a fine garden site

Manufacturing of Q-tips cotton swabs is  returning to the use of paper sticks.

Leo Gerstenzang’s invention was initially called Baby Gays

Rear bedroom

Leeson Park Avenue last sold 10 years ago when its investor buyer embarked on a major renovation programme

Mount St Anne’s is one of the most successful and sought after developments in south Co Dublin

S-Chair. Photograph: Tom Dixon

Mix of tactile craft and modern steel in an elegant sculptural form was viewed as startlingly original

22 Glenomena Grove, Booterstown, Co Dublin

Renovated four-bed in an area popular with families requires little work

Originally, all the cushions were a single bright colour, typically yellow or red.  Photograph: Vitra

Made with 18 cushions covered in brightly coloured vinyl, it proved too costly to make

The Bungalow, Nutley Road, Dublin 4

Location and relative scarcity in this area are the major plusses of this bright, well laid-out three-bed home

This house changed hands in 2012 with the new owner renovating the property

Room to Improve’s Dermot Bannon (left), with Mary Hayes and Joe Kenny, who feature in series 12. Photograph: RTÉ and Coco 2019

After 12 years of the home improvement show the foundations seem to be sinking

Number 3 Green Park faces Milltown Gold Club and has been a rental for the past 10 years.

Kenny-built original facing Milltown Golf Club has been substantially renovated and extended

  Trevor Baylis, inventor of the clockwork radio etc, in Dublin, for W E. Photograph:Pat Langan

First prototype made in garage delivered 14 minutes of sound

Number 20 is a spacious, contemporary light-filled three-bedroom home with 146sq m of living space.

Returned emigrant hit upon a shop on a Dún Laoghaire side street and negotiated a sea of red tape to transform it to this smart th(...)

15 Waterloo Lane, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Number 15 on Waterloo Lane was formerly the residence of the Bulgarian ambassador and is bigger than your average mews

The European flag: its stars represent the ideals of unity, solidarity and harmony.

Myth surrounds its origin – including speculation that the stars were inspired by the 12-star halo on a statue of the Virgin Mary

2 Stillorgan Park, Blackrock, Co Dublin: a wonderful suburban semi-detached home.

Number 2 Stillorgan Park offers 2,600sq ft and generous front and back gardens

This design takes up little space

This spare design would have seemed wildly radical during a period of rich textures

Roebuck Hill House with eight bedrooms, a mature walled garden and pool on 1.2 acres was bought at auction in 2014 for €1.19 milli(...)

Sakura, 110 Churchtown Road, Dublin 14

Sakura, at 110 Churchtown Road Lower, until 12 years ago was a modest 1930s bungalow, then the owners rebuilt it as a 420sq m drea(...)

Number 4 Estate Cottages, Shelbourne Road, D4 has 110sq m of living space.

This €865k Shelbourne Road home cleverly balances living and sleeping accommodation

Bauhaus Museum Dessau: the new museum officially opened on September 8th. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

The opening of the Dessau museum coincides with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the design movement

Number 72 Brighton Square, Rathgar, Dublin 6. The floors throughout have a smoked, limed finish for that designer touch.

House replumbed and replastered while 53m (174ft) rear garden has been landscaped


Kildare equine estate has 36 acres of paddocks and playing fields and a main house built just 16 years ago

Number 2 Crannagh, Prospect Lane, Milltown, Dublin 6.

Owners waited until 2017 to renovate – then gutted house and reconfigured the interior

Beogram 4000: the simple and striking beauty of Jensen’s design influenced all others that followed

Jensen’s turntable for Bang & Olufsen introduced a minimalist aesthetic to home audio equipment

15 Botanic Road.

Mid-terrace redbrick with three double bedrooms and double garage

Vicky McClure features in the new M&S campaign.

Outrageous price conversions likely to leave Irish shoppers underwhelmed

Era-defining: lava lamp

The era-defining Astro lamp was the idea of Edward Craven Walker, who went on to found lighting company Mathmos

91 Marlborough Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

Mid-terrace three-bed Victorian redbrick on Marlborough Road

Upstairs the main bedroom is a suite with its own bathroom and extensive built-in wardrobe and it opens out on to a deep balcony overlooking the back garden.

Stunning home in popular estate, notable for its attention to interior detail and manicured gardens

26 Castlewood Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6: family-friendly four-bed is  a protected structure

26 Castlewood Avenue is back on the market for the second time in two years with four bedrooms and 205sq m of designed space

Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland head Charley Stoney: “That’s a lot of skills, experience and wisdom that walked out the door.”

Cannes Grey Lions competition seeks to get older people to return to advertising sector

Since Hunter wellies got fashion traction the range of colour and styles has increased.

Model and fashion icon Kate Moss did wonders for the wellington boot company

7 Mather Road North, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

Five-bed redbrick on Mather Road North with gardens is a good fit for those trading up

Knot cushion by Ragnheiður Ösp Sigurðardóttir: a long knitted tube . . . knotted.

Icelandic designer’s simple knitted cushion has comfortably become a design classic

 Polyprop chair, 1962

Classic stacking chair designed by Robin Day was made from a daring new material

Kubus storage containers came in different sizes and shapes for different types of food.

If introduced today, Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s glass containers would be seen as the solution to the scourge of plastic containers

Helvetica was originally called Neue Hass Grotesk – the name change came in 1960

The font developed by Swiss man Max Miedinger took over the world

The Arco light was designed in 1962 and has been in production since - a sign of its enduring appeal

Inspired by street lighting the Arco light rises from a heavy marble base to give it balance

Bondi-blue iMac: a revolutionary design

Jony Ive’s Bondi-blue iMac was something no one imagined computers could be: fun

This aeriel shot shows the track snaking through the grounds with a large parking area adjacent.

The €325,000 ‘quirky restored’ home on a eight acre property includes a 1km racetrack

Finish designer Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen wanted to ‘clear up the slum of legs’ under traditional tables

Reception room opening to the rear garden

Thoroughly private home with dramatic roof-space extension and balcony

10 The Crescent, Galway

Four-bed with original features is one of six double-fronted houses built as holiday homes overlooking Galway Bay

56 Park Avenue, Dublin 4

Number 56 Park Avenue in Sandymount has plenty going for it once given a lick of paint

Research by a DCU academic found RTÉ was the most prolific user of push notifications among Irish media outlets. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni

Notifications are a valuable tool but finding right balance in how to use them can be tricky

Old good audio casette isolated on white with soft shadow + clipping path

An invention by Philips changed the relationship between consumers and music

Two-bedroom period home with suntrap garden has a secluded suntrap garden

The 2018 Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures show a weekly circulation for the RTÉ Guide of 43,195. The last Christmas edition sold 300,000 copies.

Media&Marketing: State broadcaster set to sell listing magazine that defies all the odds

The Nakashima bench, 1961.

Designer was looking for the soul of the tree so his furniture could give it a second life

13 Iris Grove, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin

Renvoated four-bedroom home on a third of an acre of mature grounds

Gorse Cottage, Oughterard, Co Galway

Extended cottage with a pretty interior comes with separate sauna and hot tub

K2 kettle by Rusell Hobbs

Sleek and shiny, the K2 was made of chromed steel

Zippo lighter: Production received a major boost in 1941 when US troops were equipped with Zippos.

Lighter came – as it does now – with an unconditional lifetime guarantee

Inside the Cow house in Portlaoise.

The Cow House near Stradbally is a playful take on big house living in a very small space

Old Kasper, Kinlen Road, The Burnaby, Greystones

Historic Victorian property in Wicklow ideal for downsizing or expansion

45 Palmerston Road, Dublin 6

Four bedroom property in Rathmines with ample potential retains attractive features

Tetra Pak produced 20 billion units in 1977.

The success of the famous triangular box was thanks to the inventor’s wife’s sausage-making skills

34 Clare Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.

All the hard work is done in this three-bed terraced house

No 2 Seapark Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

The spacious eat-in kitchen is floored in the same herringbone parquet as the hallway

View from conservatory.

Radical rethink of living and outdoor space makes most of canal views

In 1972 the demands of TV encouraged the International Tennis Federation to introduce the easier to see yellow tennis ball. Photograph: Getty

Filling the core of the ball with pressurised gas marked next significant improvement

Birkenstocks: not the prettiest footwear but arguably the most comfortable

Wildly popular design is based on the cast of a healthy foot in the sand

55 Orwell Park, Rathgar, Dublin 6 offers 267sq m for €2.75 million.

55 Orwell Park offers 267sq m and ample accommodation over three floors in Dublin 6

The fireplace in the living room could be replaced with a more restrained Edwardian version

Innisfallen is ready for decorative updating or equally do nothing and move in happily

Corona chair and stool

Minimalist classic uses the least material possible to cover the series of oval cushions

Thorndale, 31 Temple Road, Dublin 6.

This knockout Victorian has freshly landscaped gardens, a new geothermal heating system and practically sits on the Milltown Luas (...)

Number 17  Leeson Street Upper was once an end-of-terrace house, but a  curious one-room-deep Regency-style  house, number 17A, was added on

Spacious renovated mid-19th-century house is just a short stroll from St Stephen’s Green

Number 42 Hannaville Park, Terenure: The front garden is gravelled over but there’s plenty of scope for lovely planting as is clear from other gardens on the street.

Edwardian four-bed charmer has had just two owners since it was built in 1910

ESU bookcase by Charles and Ray Eames. Photograph: Vitra Collections AG

US design couple Charles and Ray Eames made their name by using industrial materials for home furnishings

The family bathroom.

Detached Victorian was in walk-in condition but its French owners added luxurious touches like a double shower/sauna

Mount Salem, Leopardstown Road, Dublin 18.

Four-bed house with single storey to the front and two storey to the rear

The family room.

Victorian semi has a spacious interior and an unusual connection to its neighbour

Bakelite radio. Photograph: iStock

Designers made the material into objects ranging from telephones to door knobs

Built in the 19th century this is a solid Victorian, with a gracious interior across 530sq m (5,704 sq ft)

Lismoy is a large detached, six-bedroom three-reception property in need of modernisation

Prouvé’s Standard Chair comes in a variety of colours. Photograph: Skandium

A self-proclaimed ‘factory man’, Jean Prouvé was the master of utilitarian design

The kitchen.

This four-bed terrace redbrick has a bright, white light-filled style that has earned it a place in interiors magazines

Living room

Attractive design throughout in redesigned three-bed home in turnkey condition

62 Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.

Semi-detached 1950s four-bed with double garage retains its original layout, but shares a strip of land with six neighbours

Gaetano Pesce H5&6, 1968. Photograph: B&B Italia

Designer got inspiration for the groovy 1960s design after squeezing a shower sponge

Tanglewood, Falls Road, Rathmichael, Co Dublin

Tanglewood was built on a lavish scale with lots of party space such as a bar, snooker room and what must be one of the largest an(...)

3 Sugarloaf Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow

Restored Victorian home has mountain views

3 Ellerslie Villas, Sidmonton Road, in Bray, Co Wicklow,  extends to 3,488sq ft  over three floors and comprises five bedrooms, two spacious livingrooms and an eat-in kitchen

Five-bed period villa was built as a holiday home for affluent Dubliners

For people who don’t cycle regularly, the thought of a three-hour bike ride might seem daunting

From the new Noma to the city’s latest talking point, a waste centre with a ski slope

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