'A show like this was badly needed' - house 2016 comes to a close after drawing thousands of visitors
Published 22/05/2016 | 17:09
Ireland's newest interiors event house 2016 has come to a close after drawing thousands of visitors over the three day weekend.
The Independent News & Media event, which opened its doors on Friday in the RDS, was welcomed as an innovative idea by its exhibitors.
Tadhg Dineen of Tara Crystal Chandeliers was one of over 160 with a stand at the event, which also included talks from industry experts such as architect Dermot Bannon and paint expert Annie Sloan.
"It's been a good show," Mr Dineen said. "A show like this was badly needed. I do shows around Ireland every month but with house, the quality of stands has risen and the clientele has risen.
"They're a good clientele, they're looking for something different. If it's made in Ireland and it's hand-crafted, all the better, they really appreciate it."
David Snape of The Wooden Floor Company was impressed with the initiative also.
"It's fantastic, it's great to see a show dedicated to most of the higher end things, particularly after the recession to show off what we can do," he said.
His business, which sells across Ireland and the UK, supplied 2,000 metres of wooden flooring for James Bond movie 'Spectre'.
"They had a fair idea of what they wanted, we gave them a colour chart and they basically went no, no, no and then out of maybe 100 colours, they picked two or three floors that you can see in the film for a split second," Mr Snape explained.
"It was a really cool experience to be involved in the movie business, from retail flooring to a major movie.
"It's great for our company as well because we have a James Bond in all of our shops, so you can actually buy the floor that we supplied in the James Bond film for your homes."
Tina Brown of Granary House Interiors - which recently set up a showroom 15 minutes from Dublin Airport - was there to promote the new business.
"It's gone very well, we've had lots of great reaction," she said.
"It's been very busy and we made loads of new contacts so it's good, we're really happy."