'An event like this can save marriages' - Brendan O'Connor welcomes visitors to house 2016
A large gathering of interior industry experts and personalities showed up for the launch of house 2016 at the RDS tonight.
The timing was right to launch Ireland's newest interiors event, Gareth Buckley of Eventhaus said at the event.
"This has been a long journey. Trying to launch an up-market interior design show is always fraught with danger but I think we've got the timing right," he told attendees.
"It has been a fantastic partnership with Independent News & Media and our sponsors Pinergy. We've had 3,500 visitors to the show already today so we're delighted.
"It's fair to say that would not have happened without the partnership."
Mr Buckley spoke of the success of the Inspiration Stage in particular.
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"It's where we have hand-picked the speakers of Ireland and further afield to talk about interior design trends," he said.
Editor of LIFE magazine Brendan O'Connor said the event exceeded all expectations. He spoke of the stress of doing up his own home and welcomed having all interior companies under one roof for consumers.
"That's why an event like this is so fantastic," he said. "It's not only going to save people a lot of time and energy, I think an event like this can save marriages.
"It reminds you that Ireland has always had great craftsmen, great artists and great artisans and you can meet and interact with those people and get their expertise.
"All of us at INM are very proud, it's exceeded our expectations.
"There were queues out the door today and it's only Friday.
"Make no mistake, this already is and is going to be an incredibly successful event beyond what any of us expected in the first year."
In attendance at the launch was architect and RTÉ presenter Dermot Bannon.
"The event looks brilliant. I'm really excited to see so many exhibitors," he told independent.ie.
"I think Dublin and Ireland really needs something like this where you can get all the good quality interior design companies together, because so many of them are spread out all over the country.
"It's great to get them in one room. It's great for me as an architect to wander around and just look at what people are doing.
"I think for the consumer as well, just to realise what's out there.
"I would know a lot of companies here and have dealt with them and really respect their work and it's great you can actually bring a client here and show them all that's going on."