AkzoNobel: the cash and share offer from PPG was “unsolicited, non-binding and conditional”, Azko said. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/United Photos/File Photo

Dutch paints and coatings maker Akzo Nobel rejected a €21 billion bid from larger US rival PPG Industries on Thursday, saying instead it wanted to “un(...)

Green theme: The colour of nature featured strongly at the Maison & Objet interior design trade fair  in Paris

Maison & Objet, the interior design trade fair held biannually in Paris, is the benchmark of interior style for the coming year. The January show(...)

Suzie McAdam: paint combinations make furniture and artwork “more vivid”. Photograph: Ruth Maria Murphy

Interior designers always say paint is the easiest and cheapest way to update a room. However, getting the colourscape right isn’t easy and most of us(...)

Top tip: ‘green is very happy with grey schemes, adding lots of depth without being too showy’

Go Green While blue accents dominated cushions, curtains, throws and rugs for the past few seasons, green tones took centre stage at the recent int(...)

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt with relay team-mate Nesta Carter: Boys and Girls worked with Bolt on a campaign for Digicel. Photograph: Greg Baker/AFP/Getty

Boys and Girls is one of the Irish advertising agencies off to the Cannes Lions festival for the first time this year, as “a kind of reconnaissance”, (...)

Gillian Sherrard and her Victorian home in Sandycove which she reconfigured

This year has seen a huge jump in entries to the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) awards, says president Mark O’Riain, himself a former winn(...)

Black, or at least dark, is the new grey, according to interior designer Lisa Marconi. She’s put her words into action too in the home she and husb(...)

Kasandra O’Connell, head of the IFI Irish Film Archive: “We will go through every single can [of film containing advertisements made for Irish screens from the 1960s to the 1980s] and make an assessment.”

More than 2,000 damp and mould-infested advertisements made for Irish screens from the 1960s to the 1980s are set to be restored following the Irish F(...)

Brave and bold: Vibrant Dulux shades on the back wall is in Dulux Pink 21RR 35/354 and the mid wall section is in Dulux Orange 70YR 30/651

We’re constantly told that paint is the cheapest and most effective tool for transforming a room yet as a nation we’re notoriously conservative abo(...)

Gavin Slark: “I left school not knowing what I wanted to do, and probably thought I could make it as a drummer.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Gavin Slark, the sturdy chief executive of the Grafton building materials group, strides into a meeting room at its south Dublin headquarters. With(...)

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