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In our March 2016 issue, we featured three Irish designers that caught our attention during the year-long Irish Design 2015 programme and proved that this country is a hub of creative talent. Because we just can't get enough of the land of the leprechaun and its buzzing design scene, we've rounded up another three creatives from the country to keep an eye on:

parfumarija

If you’re into small-batch fragrances, you’ll love the Dublin-based lab-like boutique of classically trained perfumer Marija Aslimoska. Parfumarija is what this Grasse-trained Macedonian refers to as a gallery of scent, and it’s where she curates and crafts artisanal fragrances that eschew mass market stereotypes. The focus here is on niche fragrances: ‘I choose to represent brands that are still small and proud to be doing artisanal work, whose creators I believe are there because they want to create art,’ she says.
Irish3 A look inside Marija Aslimoska's Parfumarija boutique

claire anne o’brien

Remember this name. Claire Anne O'Brien is a textile designer who’s reimagining the age-old craft of knitting and playing on the sculptural quality of wool. Her Casta chair – a woven version of a traditional Alpine chair in bright dandelion yarn – has been lauded at fairs around the globe.
Irish1 Claire Anne O'Brien's yellow Casta chair sits next to her knitted stools

indigo & cloth

Picture a nucleus for the best in artisanal lifestyle goods, fringe magazines and contemporary menswear sandwiched between a top-floor design studio and street-side coffee shop and you’ll get an idea of brand specialist, designer and retailer Garrett Pitcher’s Indigo & Cloth premises. We love the sleek simplicity of the chair he and his team designed under their label Dyflin for Liminal, an Irish Design 2015 exhibition. Part of a collaboration with Designgoat, the piece has a stark simplicity and timeless grace to it.
Irish2 This chair by Garrett Pitcher and Designgoat aims to bring Scandinavian simplicity into an Irish context

But don't just take our word for it, you can get all the info you need to plan your trip to this craft-centric island by getting in touch with Tourism Ireland. Alternatively give them a call on 011 463 1132. See page 26 of our March 2016 issue to view the work of Arran Street East, Joe Hogan and Cathal Loughnane and Peter Sheehan.