Wednesday 26 June 2019

Star designer Clodagh puts her soothing stamp on 'The Donald's' hotel


Spa star: Clodagh Phipps is from Cong, Co Mayo
Spa star: Clodagh Phipps is from Cong, Co Mayo
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Donald Trump may leave Ireland more relaxed than he arrived and the answer could lie in Doonbeg - but beyond the golf course.

The White Horses spa at his west Clare hotel has been designed to capture the warmth of an old Irish house with textural spaces to soothe the soul.

Fashion designer-turned-interior designer Clodagh Phipps is the woman behind the spa sanctuary.

Born in Cong, Co Mayo, Clodagh believes good design supports wellbeing and can transform people's lives. Her personal philosophy grew after she spent months laid up after breaking her back in a fall from a horse as a teenager.

"I use every modality that I can bring to make the body feel better, and with it, the mind," says the New York-based designer.

Devotees of 'Architectural Digest' will be familiar with the work of the talented Irish woman who moved to America in 1985. Clients include Robert Redford for whom she designed a penthouse in New York.

Clodagh designed the Doonbeg spa in 2002 and went on to create some of the world's most important spas, including the Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal and Miami's East hotel.

Raised in the village that was Oscar Wilde's summer home, Ms Phipps has been a constant force in the design universe since entering the world of fashion at the age of 17 in Dublin.

With £400 from her mother, she became known solely by her Christian name and built a fashion brand with a base on Dublin's South Anne Street. Clodagh designed for Marianne Faithful, then girlfriend of Mick Jagger, and also for the then Taoiseach's wife, Maureen Lynch.

Her company, Clodagh Design, has an award-winning portfolio spanning more than 30 countries. She was 'green' long before it became the movement it is today and aligns herself with a wide range of eco-conscious projects.

Irish Independent

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