Sunday 21 January 2018

Over 150 professionals at the ready as RDS opens its doors for interiors event

INM's Cliona Carroll and Arlene Regan at the Irish Independent Lounge
INM's Cliona Carroll and Arlene Regan at the Irish Independent Lounge

Ciara Tracey

A NEW festival is about to open up the world of interior design to the homes of Ireland.

House 2016, the country’s newest interiors event, kicks off from 12pm today in the RDS and runs until Sunday.

The event caters for everyone with tastes from the eclectic to more classic designs.

Over 150 interior professionals will be exhibiting and offering expert advice during the festival which runs until Sunday.

Exhibitors include Colour-

trend, Global Village Interiors, Pollard Design, Kevin Kelly Interiors, Red Earth and Arena Kitchens.

Open to the public, house 2016 will offer insider knowledge to the latest home trends and let people see the show- stopping styles that the best designers are talking about.


The best in the business will take to the Inspiration Stage across the weekend to divulge their savvy makeover tips.

Among the line-up is Dermot Bannon, presenter of RTE’s Room to Improve, who demonstrates how to improve living spaces through architecture so that a problem house becomes a perfect home.

Other participants include Annie Sloan of Chalk Paint and Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design.

“I am extremely excited to be attending the house event this year,” said Annie Sloan. “I am a staunch supporter of independent shops and I feel that Ireland understands their importance and has also always supported my practical approach to painting for the interior.”

Roisin Lafferty, a judge on RTE’s Super Garden, said it has been a great year for her studio and she is “looking forward to sharing some inspiring design ideas” this weekend.

Contemporary art also forms a key part of the schedule, with top Irish artists including Orla Walsh, Jane Ryan and Gill Hennessy showcasing their work at the Art Loft.

In advance of the event, brought by Independent News & Media, the Interiors Association of Ireland has launched findings that 83pc of people believe consumer expenditure and confidence is on the rise.

Of those surveyed by the Association, 40pc have carried out improvements between €2,500-€25,000, with 20pc spending over €40,000.

“After a long depressed market there is now an upturn with growing consumer confidence,” said Angela Connolly of Conbu Interior Design and President of the Interiors Association. “They are looking for quality products and services, energy efficiency and smart storage solutions.”


Day tickets are €10 at the door and €8 online at Under-12s go free when accompanied by an adult




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