The Hippo desk tidy (35cm long) is a storage pot with an appetite for small and frequently mislaid items like keys, watches and lip balm. It’s made of turquoise and gold polyresin and costs €33 from redcandy.co.uk.
The time-honoured sofa bed was once an uneasy compromise between a bulky sofa and a not-so-comfortable night. Designs have improved on both counts. The Joules Windsor Supreme 2-seater comes in 19 colours of cotton or velvet and costs €2,109 from dfs.ie.
The doughnut-shaped Varmblixt serving bowl with lid (30cm) is part of Sabine Marcelis’ designer collection for Ikea. Priced €35, it’s made of translucent orange glass and combines well with a smaller opaque version in green (€20). Both from ikea.com/ie.
The base of the Liberty table lamp (€345) is made from an old wooden beam reclaimed from a building in the Liberties, Dublin, with copper piping referencing local brewing and distilling industries. Handmade in Co Wicklow by copperfish.ie.
The Peacock tray (39cm) is designed for Swedish brand Jamida by Asta Barrington. It’s made of Scandinavian birch wood, miraculously dishwasher-safe, and costs €39 from article.ie.