Our interests and influences are broad, and this is undoubtedly a reflection of the curious and thoughtful individuals that we are lucky enough to know. This festive season, we have invited some of these friends to talk about the objects they love, their homes and the gifts they like to give. For us, the excitement of this project comes from gaining further insight into some interesting creative minds. We often choose products for the way they make us feel, so we look forward to hearing how others react to our offering.
Continuing our Christmas gift guides is Ciara Flood, the more elegant of the three directors here at Makers & Brothers. A former fashion buyer, Ciara’s taste is refined and always memorable — constantly looking to the new whilst referencing the old. With a career in buying comes a great deal of insight into choosing gifts, and in particular gifting thoughtfully. Without doubt a helpful selection, and one that we are delighted to share.
Do you have a particular memory of a special gift received in recent years?
I don’t want to be accused of favouritism by singling anyone out! To be safe, I’ll just say that self-gifting is a really nice treat. Every once in a while, you have to take the time to reward yourself, and self-gifting is a brilliant way of doing that.
"More atmospheric than a candle, there’s something really captivating about the smoke as it rises."
Do you remember the first gift you were given?
I think it was probably a handmade card — when you’re a kid, you work with what you’ve got! But whatever it is you’re giving, there should be that same level of thought in it.
"When you're not sitting on it, it's perfect as a platform for flowers and plants, it's almost like a gallery plinth."
What makes you feel at home?
A fire, a candle, a blanket, a bath! Home for me is about familiarity, much-loved objects that I return to daily. Fill your home with things that bring you joy every time you use or see them, you’ll never go wrong that way.
"Nicely analogue, but super easy to use."
Words by Ciara Flood
Portrait by Doreen Kilfeather