The Irish company, owned and operated by brothers Jonathan and Mark Legge, is based in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Started in 2011, the Legges founded the business upon the belief that there is a demand for authentic, handmade objects of Irish origin which are forged with integrity and depth.
Especially championing local craft, Makers & Brothers offers inspirational and thought provoking products, placing Irish craft in an international design context.
Brown Thomas Dublin welcomes Makers & Brothers between Tuesday April 9th and Monday 6th May. A carefully curated selection of their Irish craft designs will be available, housed on the Living Floor (level 3), in the form of the brand's iconic headquarters called 'The Shed'.
The pop-up shop will feature locally handcrafted objects of use that are simple, beautiful, nicely odd and made with love.
Irish makers whose crafted collections will be displayed in the pop-up shop at Brown Thomas include Irish textile designer Claire-Anne O’Brien's Knitted Irish Animals (€62) exclusively for Makers & Brothers. Based on native Connemara animals, 'Brigid the Sheep', 'Fionn the Fox' and 'Liam the Hare' have been knitted and assembled by hand using thick luxury Irish wool from Kilcar, Co. Donegal.
Studio Donegal's tweed cushions (€48) offer a contemporary interpretation of the traditional 'Snail Trail' pattern. Kilkenny based family business Jerpoint offers multi-coloured jugs (€60) that have been individually mouth blown and hand shaped using techniques and tools that are centuries old.
Donal Moloney's hand crafted Irish beech wood iPhone cases designed to fit iPhones 4, 4S and 5 and priced at (€39) are simple, elegant and eminently functional. Each case has been hand crafted from start to finish in his Co. Kildare workshop and finished with natural oil to develop a beautiful patina over time.
Developed by Makers & Brothers and produced exclusively by James Carroll, the gouged stool collection (€110) uses locally sourced Birch and Ash wood and offers a classic shape with three legs and a wonderful gouged top surface. Based in the Wicklow Mountains, James works with the natural features of each piece of wood, never creating the same stool twice.
Customers are also invited to experience interactive events in 'The Shed' pop-up where the brothers will present demonstrations, including:
Saturday, 13th April and Sunday, 14th April: Customise and build a Gouged stool
Saturday, 20th April and Sunday, 21st April: Laser engrave your wooden iPhone case
Saturday, 27th April and Sunday, 28th April: Meet maker Claire-Anne O’Brien and tag your very own Knitted Irish Animals featuring 'Brigid the Sheep', 'Fionn the Fox' and 'Liam the Hare'.