As part of his new series Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes, which returns to our screens this Sunday, Dermot Bannon got to peek into some of the most extravagant and impressive homes in London, Sweden, and Australia.
With a job that involves so much traveling, you could expect that the architect would have his finger on the pulse of all things home and decor. And yet, when we met up with him earlier this week there was a glaring blind spot in his expert knowledge of design.
Dermot Bannon isn't sure who Marie Kondo is, or how she does a KonMari.
"I have heard of her, she’s a tidier, isn’t she?"
His interpretation of KonMari, the organising technique that has made the 34-Japanese consultant and author a household name, is somewhat more elaborate than the reality of it.
KonMari involves taking all of one's belongings in one category at a time - clothes, home wares, devices - and sorting through them, keeping only those that "spark joy".
We can imagine Dermot - advocate for open plans and easy, accessible living - bringing a touch of KonMari into his design ethos, but maybe he'll need to watch the Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo first.
"Yeah, I don’t get the whole thing because really all I know is that she takes all the clothes out of the wardrobe, she does something with a magic wand and then she folds them. Does she give them life or an energy, or…?"
Watch Dermot Bannon's Incredible Homes this Sunday on RTÉ One at 9:30pm.