The future makers in Irish interiors

The future makers in Irish interiors
Darren Francis Cassidy pictured at work on an Urchin vessels, Skibbereen, west Cork Pic: Clare Keogh

From the extraordinary furniture maker to the groundbreaking architects, Jessie Collins talks to some of the names to know in interiors this year

Formerly a graphic designer, Darren Francis Cassidy is the new name to know in ceramics. After losing his job in the crash, a chance encounter with a friend made him realise that perhaps a job in something more practical and artistic could really be an option. He retrained, taking a night course in ceramics, creating a series of carved tiles before channelling his love of the sea into a range of sea urchin-inspired pieces that have been flying off the shelves of galleries and his online store. Capturing something totally unique about these marvellous forms, they are created with time and loving care, each one requiring at least four glazes to make it to the finished article. Currently working on a new series based around the Mermaid’s Purse, he also has his An Fharraige range of wall-mounted dishes that also powerfully evoke the coastline and the beauty of his native Skibbereen, where he is now based. Already selling to the US, Australia and Asia, you can find his pieces in Zozimus Gallery in Dublin’s Francis Street; Lavit Gallery, Cork; Mill Cove in West Cork and at

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