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

Kikkoman soy sauce bottle has a heavy base for stability, unobtrusive lettering and a delicate neck topped with a red plastic cap

Kenji Ekuan designed the bottle when cooking in US was becoming more international

Number 37 Mountainview Road: extended Ranelagh four-bed seeks €1.495 million

Number 37 Mountainview Road offers four bedrooms and attic across 239sq m

  The    Ericofon came in 18 colours, red and white being the most popular. Photograph: Alan Betson

Phone designed by Ericsson was purchased 2.5 million times before it was discontinued in 1972

Number 18, Priory Drive, in Blackrock: on the market for €895,0000

Blackrock house offers four-bed family home across 130sq m with fine garden

Kileen, 35 Green Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin is close to a range of family-friendly amenities, making it a house for life

Substantial Edwardian redbrick with four bedrooms and large rear garden

40 Mount Pleasant Square, Dublin 6, has been extended to nearly 2,400sq ft

Mount Pleasant Square terraced property has with large south-facing garden

A rare opportunity to buy a redbrick with period features on Palmerston Gardens

This detached house in a well-located suburb comes to the market in walk-in condition

73A Highfield Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Three-storey redbrick mews is strikingly modern with ample light and space

Eileen Gray designed the Blue Marine Rug   for her coastal house E-1027 at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the south of France

Eileen Gray’s rug is like a modernist painting, vivid in colour and rich in abstract detail

22 Temple Road, Dartry, Dublin 6: a prime address

22 Temple Road is a four-bed semi with 202sq m and a south-facing back garden

The Bauhaus lamp is made of glass and metal with curved surfaces and straight lines

76 Trees Road Lower, Mount Merrion.

Semi-detached 1940s 4-bed with potential for further expansion

22 Trees Road, Mount Merrion: nicely modernised five-bed with an amazing 242sq m of space.

Number 22 Trees Road is ready to go with five double bedrooms and 242sq m

Tara Brooch, courtesy National Museum of Ireland

Children supposedly found an eighth-century brooch on Bettystown beach

Number 4 Florence Terrace, Leeson Park Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Owners of 4 Florence terrace bought at the right time, renovating and extending it

Brooks B17 saddle: on fan sites riders talk about cycling up to 1,000kms to soften the leather and truly get the perfect personalised shape.

Each saddle takes three days from start to finish and production is still located in Birmingham

Private cinema in Marianella Clubhouse.

Marianella in Rathgar has mainly sold to downtraders from large houses in the area

9 Sallymount Gardens, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

Renovated and extended house in walk-in condition in quiet cul-de-sac

 12 Tivoli Terrace.

House has a long list of Victorian features and is full of potential

Anna G corkscrew, designed by Alessandro Mendini

Designed 25 years ago for Alessi, the quirky device has since sold more than 1.5m units

Plans for Astagob House, Porterstown Road, Dublin 15

Property in Dublin 15 with mimimum value of €1.1m has permission for major renovation

Exterior of Number six  St Anne’s Terrace has bright and airy living spaces combined with a practicality that considered an often overlooked element – good storage.

Bedrooms, utility and family bathroom at ground level, with living area upstairs

The weekly Blindboy podcast – recorded from a bedroom in his house – brings in numbers that compete with commercial radio.

Podcasts are contracts between audience and presenter that are proving very lucrative

Units made from glossy plastic ABS provide neat good-looking storage space

22 Nutgrove Park, in Clonskeagh, was renovated to  become more family-friendly

Four-bed property in Clonskeagh for €885k boasts large garden and high energy rating

Glenart on Richmond Avenue South, Dartry, extends to 3,283sq ft and  sits on a 0.3 acre mature site

Glenart, a five-bed home, sits on 0.3-acre site that provides great sense of privacy

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

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

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

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

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

16 Rostrevor Road, Dublin 6

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

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

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(...)

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