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Design Doctor - Make Over my Room with Ciaran Sweeney

Monday, 26 March 2007


Today is the first of four room makeovers which The Afternoon Show did for four lucky viewers. Our designer Ciarán Sweeney has only 1 day and €1500 to work his design magic on the rooms! Our first room is in the home of Carol Martin, a single parent from Tallaght who wants a new sitting room, let's see how they got on!

Makeover recipient - Carol Martin
Carol is a single Parent from Tallaght.
Her young son, Liam was born 3 months premature, has cerebral palsy and has just had a kidney transplant. She didn't have the money to decorate her sitting-room. Carol's main problem was the lack of free space for her son to move around in. He has a walking frame and so he needs more room to manoeuvre! She wanted to be able to open up the doors joining the kitchen and living room in order for Liam to be able to get around more. Before the makeover the sofa was too big and blocking the doors. She also needed some storage for Liam's toys, possibly things he could lean on to help him get around. She hates the clutter in the room at the moment.
Carol likes neutral tones and hates anything fussy! She thought the room was too dark even thought there is a big window providing natural light. Liam doesn't get to go outside and play like other children she thinks light is really important for him.

Designer - Ciarán Sweeney
Ciarán Sweeney is a leading Irish designer specialising in the areas of fashion and interiors. He works in a highly labour intensive almost ancient manner. All Ciaran's pieces start with a drawing he then dyes, prints, paints and embellishes his garments and accessories with his drawings. Sweeney works from his studio in The Liberties area of Dublin city ,he works on a 7 metre table on some of the most precious fabrics and fibres from around the world. He is most known for his use of 19th century silk screen textile print methods. Over the last 12 years Sweeney has gone on to show his work in The United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, The USA, The United Arab Emirates and 2006 marked Sweeney's first show in Moscow, Russia at The State Museum of Architecture.In February of 2006, Sweeney exhibited in Madrid, representing Ireland in a unique show of international designers entitled 'Men in skirts' which ran in Retiro Park, Madrid and included John Galliano, Jean Paul  Gaultier ,and  Vivienne Westwood. In the same month was awarded a medal at The American Design Awards, California, USA .
The list of owners of Ciarán Sweeney pieces is as diverse as his fabrics and includes
The President of Ireland, Elton John, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Moya Brennan, Christy Turlngton, George Michael, Caprice, Brenda Belthyn
His corporate clients include: Irish Distillers, Nokia, The Ulster Museum, Vodafone
Guinness, PGA, Smirnoff. He has designed ranges in fashion and home for international outlets including Harrods, Liberty and Brown Thomas. Ciaran Sweeney also acts as Producer of the National College of Art and Design Graduate Show annually since 2000

Jason MacDonald - Carpenter
Jason is a qualified carpenter and runs his own construction company. He is a native Australian but has been living in Ireland since 1999. Jason was working in the construction industry before he set up his own company here in Dublin two years ago. He was one of our judges and experts on previous Afternoon Show strand "DIY Dads".

Next week we will be in Kildare making over a nursery for one very lucky mum!

Our Experts
For further info on Ciaran Sweeney contact:
Ciaran Sweeney Studio
Unit 12 E
IDA Centre
12 Newmarket Square
Dublin 8
Tel +01 4113953

Construction/Carpentry: Jason MacDonald is available for consultations and construction work. He can be contacted on 087 6893434

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