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Stylish Homes: Art Deco with Ciarán Sweeney

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Today we begin a new strand on The Afternoon Show called "Stylish Homes". Over the next 6 weeks, we will take a look at some of Ireland's most stylish homes and give viewers an idea of how they can recreate a similar look in their own homes. Each of our items will be themed, beginning today with Art Deco and moving to Contemporary, Eco, Gothic, Minimalist and finishing with Shabby Chic.
Presenter Ciarán Sweeney has visited each of the stylish homes and is in studio to recreate the look.

Ciaran Sweeney:-
Ciarán Sweeney trained at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin where he majored in printed textiles.
Within a year of graduation in 1994, the former waiter, staged his first one man show 'The Drowning of Ophelia 'in a Dublin gallery. The show received rave reviews, a packed audience and his story began to unfold.
At the age of 26 British Vogue described Sweeney as a leading light of Irish fashion, 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.

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 creations includes The President of Ireland, Madonna, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, The Corrs, Moya Brennan, Altan, Dinah Carrol, Brenda Belthyn. His corporate clients include Guinness, Smirnoff, PGA, Irish Distillers, Nokia, The Ulster Museum, Vodafone.

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.
Ciaran is currently working on a interior collection for Gallery 13, Los Angeles and continues to show his work both in fashion and interiors in Ireland and abroad. Sweeney is a regular contributor on design and lifestyle issues in print and tv media and also lectures in the department of visual culture in The National College of Art Dublin.

Learn from a Master

This five week course will introduce you to the world of fashion and textile making with Award winning Irish Fashion, Textile Artist and Designer Ciaran Sweeney. You will leave the course with your very own designed silk scarf and tshirt

Ciarán has worked with national and international clients and celebrities over the last decade including Brenda Blethyn, Jackie Collins, Moya Brennan, President Mary MacAleese, The Corrs and many more.

Come and learn from Ciarán at his studio , a great alternative to the gym, you will learn about colour, dyes and fabrics and meet some interesting people along the way

The course will run from May 4th for 5 weeks every Monday evening 6-8pm. Introductory price 400 euro

for further info or tel 0868138036

We'll begin with some genuine Art Deco era antiques, giving a sense of the party era of the 1930s and then move to more achievable, high street buys that will give you the look for less.

Colour Schemes
Matt Vinyl Emulsion from Crown Paints 2009 Classic Collection

Colour 1:- E0.04.76 Matt Vinyl Emulsion from the Crown Paints 2009 Classic Collection
Colour 2:- CN.02.67 Matt Vinyl Emulsion from the Crown Paints 2009 Classic Collection
Wallpaper in Mocha, €14.00, B & Q

On the walls
Sunrise' Box Canvas, €93, Debenhams

Sunburst mirror, €180, Meadow's & Byrne
Wall shelf, £96.89/ €107.00, Ikea

Tub chair, €350, Meadows & Byrne
Valencia Console table, €245, Dunnes Stores

Coffee table, €395, Meadow's & Byrne
Stockholm cabinet , £185.96 /€205.00, Ikea
Mario Tub chair, €180, Dunnes Stores

Uplighter "Colmar" €16.40, B&Q
Chrome plated light, £29.26/€32.00 , Ikea

J.M. Bevelled Mirror Lamp Square, €70, Debenhams
"Palia" light, €92.70, B&Q

Little touches
Candle Stick set, €62 for 2, Debenhams

J.P. Circular Bowl with 5th Avenue Lily, €116, Debenhams
Red Poly Rug, €279, Star by Julien Macdonald

1. A very rare English burr walnut portable drinks cabinet, €2,850, Niall Mullen Antiques
2. A rare silver plated cocktail shaker in the form of a bell (C. 1925), €575, Niall Mullen Antiques

The History of Art Deco:-
. Coming of age in the flapper era, Art Deco seized hold around 1925 and remained popular until the onset of World War II. The name came from a 1925 Paris design fair, called the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes - "Art Deco" for short.

. Art Deco inside and out leaves a slick, citified impression, a celebration of geometric shapes done in rich marbles, chrome and ebony sweeping towards the sky. Although it is decorative, the style borrows nothing from classical architecture. Instead, it emphasizes a linear, angular, vertical appearance.

. Predominantly used in city skyscrapers and apartments in Miami, New York and Los Angeles, Art Deco employs narrow, vertical-focus windows, geometric shapes above the roofline and building facades arranged in a series of setbacks to underscore the geometric form.

. Art deco style interior design has its roots in the 1920's and 1930's. This sleek style influenced architecture as well as furnishings, sculpture, fashion, jewelry, and visual arts. Art deco then lead directly into the glamorous designs of 1940's Hollywood.

. Art deco style interior design is a streamlined, geometric style which often includes furniture pieces with curved fronts, mirrors, clean lines, chrome hardware, and glass. This elegant style began as a Modernist response in opposition to Art Nouveau style which featured elaborate, flowing natural forms plus female imagery and Tiffany lamps.

. Art deco makes use of angular, balanced geometric shapes, such as the classic skyline imagery of the 1930's Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. Renowned artists that helped to define art deco style include Erte, Adolphe Mouron (aka Cassandre), and Tamara de Lempicka.

. The atmosphere of pre-World War I Europe was a major influence on this style which was a reaction to the hasty societal and industrial advances of the early 20th century. Paris was the hub of Art Deco style, due in part to the artistic creations of Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Jean-Jacques Rateau, Eileen Gray, Edgar Brandt, Jean Dunand, René Lalique, Maurice Marinot, and Cartier.

. After a 1926 hurricane ravaged Miami, Florida, architects designed whole city blocks in the art deco style. This architectural experiment resulted in Miami's distinctive tropical influenced art deco design.