Like so many young boys raised on a diet of westerns, I harboured casual dreams of being a cowboy. Of being under starry skies and riding through the (...)

 Louis Armstrong (fourth left) and his Stompers in  Chicago in 1927. Armstrong arrived from New Orleans in 1922. Photograph:  PhotoQuest/Getty Images

Irish visitors to Chicago this year will find their eyes drawn to the 1916 banners fluttering from lampposts on Michigan Avenue, the Windy City’s main(...)

Marcel Breuer’s Club Chair B 3, 2nd version, 1926. Photograph: Hartwig Klappert, BerlinStiftung Bauhaus Dessau.

There is an arresting photograph of Marcel Breuer sitting in the upper-floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. It is 1967, a year aft(...)

In its heyday, Sam Stephenson’s home, No 31, a converted coach house off Leeson Street,   was the party house in Dublin.

About 100 years on, though somewhat less on these shores, it looks as if Ireland is finally falling in love with modernism, if the muddied vistas of c(...)

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

Painstaking, time consuming, spiritual? Splashy flashy Manga mixtures? Big eyed Anime? And what about schoolgirl kitsch? Japan is an enigma, but a hig(...)

Shielmartin Cottage is a bit of a misnomer, as the property extends to more than 269sq m (2,895sq ft). It was constructed in the 1960s by architect A(...)

Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey at home in Rathmines. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey received texts, emails and tweets over the last few weeks as their names were carefully carved on to the marble wa(...)

One historical example of biophilic design in Ireland is Christchurch Cathedral. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In his 1984 book, Biophilia, American biologist Edward O Wilson described the term as humanity’s “urge to affiliate with other forms of life”.This “ur(...)

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast which was designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects

Multiple award-winning Dublin-based architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are to receive Britain’s Royal Gold Medal in recognition of their l(...)

Brandon, a most unique 240sqm (2,582sq ft) house lies on the sleepy Station Road in Glenageary. The current owners, architect and interior designer co(...)

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