Sunday 17 December 2017

The pleasure list: dazzling harmony of silver and black

SOPHISTICATED: Aoife Walsh with a pendant from the 1759 rose gold collection
SOPHISTICATED: Aoife Walsh with a pendant from the 1759 rose gold collection
Chinese New Year
Chef cooking fish
Overend letter

Guinness and Newbridge Silverware have announced the launch of a new collection. The world's best-loved beer, and the country's premier silverware designer are collaborating to create something exciting: a premium collection of jewellery, homeware and gifts that reflects the rich history of crafting expertise and excellence that is synonymous with both companies.

The collection includes stunning jewellery, stylish, practical homeware, and desirable decorations, all with the kind of exquisite attention to detail we have come to expect from both companies. Aoife Walsh is the face of the 1759 campaign, including the highly sophisticated rose gold collection, which features pendants, drop earrings, brooches and bracelets, as well as two beautiful ladies' watches in black and white.

Meanwhile, the silver-plated jewellery range, also part of the 1759 collection, is a nod to the rich heritage of handcrafted silverware but with a contemporary and fresh twist.

Hops flower motifs (hops are used in the making of Guinness) are at the centre of this collection with intricate circular detail incorporated for a more modern look. Pieces for men include cufflinks and watches, while homewares is based around the practical but stylish, with knives, casserole, soup and roasting dishes, and kitchen accessories.

Year of the sheep is here

Beginning on February 19th, this will be the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese calendar, and those born during it (including Michelangelo, Mark Twain and Nicole Kidman), tend to be polite, filial, clever, wise, and kind-hearted, with a special sensitivity to art and beauty. To celebrate, Dublin City Council is hosting, for the 8th year running, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, from February 14th-28th. This is the biggest event of the year in China, and to mark it, Dublin will showcase ceremonial floating lanterns, live Dragon and Lion dancing, storytelling, amulet and kite making, Tai Chi and martial arts displays, and Chinese traditional music, dance and karaoke, as well as a cookery demonstration and food and craft stalls. Other highlights include a performance by acclaimed pianist Ji Liu, a lecture-recital with Irish-American mezzo soprano, Dr Aylish Kerrigan, and a public interview with knitwear designer Lainey Keogh who has applied her creative alchemy to her favoured medium - sheep's wool. As the Chinese say, Xin Nian Hao!

Eat out in the city with Dine in Dublin Week

Dine in Dublin is a week of intense focus on all things culinary in the city. Now in its 6th year, it runs from February 23rd until March 1st, and is aimed at helping the growing army of food lovers who live in and visit the city, to find the best places to eat, to experience something new and exciting, and discover more about the many talented chefs working in the restaurant scene. This year, Dine in Dublin includes a disco brunch at Drury Buildings, and an outdoor kitchen just outside Clery's on O'Connell Street, where chefs from restaurants such as Pichet, Opium, Whitefriar Grill, Mao, Marcel's and Saba, will offer live demonstrations, showcasing the very best of their most loved Dublin dishes. There is also the interestingly-named Dublin Food Porn Star, a selection of the best food photos sent in by the countless budding food bloggers and photographers.

Love letters straight from the heart at Airfield

A working farm in the heart of the city is something to be cherished, and Airfield inhabits its role with style. This month, to celebrate all things love, visit the exhibition With Love . . . x, of love letters and tokens, from the Airfield archive. The aim is to revive the lost art of writing love letters, and on view are the exchanges between Trevor Overend, owner of Airfield, and his beloved wife Lily, as well as letters from other family members and friends. "I wish my pet that it was in my power to tell you how much my heart is bound up in you and how deep and abiding is the love", goes one such missive. Alongside the letters will be examples of love tokens that were once exchanged to symbolise devotion to one's sweetheart; engraved coins and the original Irish love token, harvest knots. There will also be children's art workshops as part of With Love . . . x, where children can create their own love tokens. And, for those looking for a romantic meal, Overends Restaurant will open late, with a romantically themed menu inspired by the farm's seasonal produce.

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