The Year In Review
It has been an amazing year for Makers & Brothers. Year three and we are finally getting used to the idea that we are shopkeepers...and maybe a bit more. So much evolved over the last 12 months and these are a few of our highlights.
We returned to New York and ran a week-long retail event in the garden of The Standard, East Village. James Carroll joined us and carved a beautiful series of spoons from local Catskill walnut. Wallpaper listed the event as a must see for NY Design Week and we enjoyed living in Brooklyn for a short period of time.
With the assistance of woodturner Matt Jones, we designed and developed a simple peppermill with a column of beautiful Irish ash. The original batch sold out while we were in New York and continues to be a favourite. A limited edition series was developed in spalted beech and was selected for exhibition in London. The series was listed as a highlight of London Design Week by Craft magazine.
The Tiny Gift Shop
The InterContinental Dublin (formerly Four Seasons Dublin) asked us to help them rework their hotel giftshop and thus a project we like to call The Tiny Gift Shop emerged. It occupies a small corner of their lobby, offers our edit of local favorites and is proving popular with visitors.
There was a Summer Shed opening, the busiest yet. We opened the doors and were delighted to bring onboard our favourite local fish shop who supplied the crowd with the most delicious lobster rolls and elderflower cordial.
More New Products
The Marmoreal Board by Dzek and Max Lamb became a much loved new product as did our award winning whiskey tumbler. The Whiskey Tumbler was originally designed for Jameson Select Reserve and in November was a winner at the IDI awards in Dublin. Since production began, the Irish Handmade Glass Company have mouthblown over 8,000 tumblers. The tumblers sold out within a week but we will to have them back in stock later this month.
Alex Eagle is the wonder behind The Store x Soho House Berlin. She approached us late last year and asked if we would join her team of collaborators for her soon to launch project - The Store. Our Shed now sits proudly polished and corrugated opposite the book shop. It has been open to members and guests since December 2014 and in March 2015 it will be open to all.
Makers & Brothers & Others
The final highlight was the return of Makers & Brothers & Others to Dublin. It went so well for us in 2013, we thought we'd give it another try in 2014. We gathered a selection of products and partners we wanted to share, opened the doors with whiskey and a smile. It was great fun.
A busy year has just ended but what is to come has us very excited and ready for more.