This episode focuses on how Ireland's wealth of beautiful materials and gorgeous landscapes influence Irish designers and makers. This episode showcases the most innovative and beautiful uses of Irish materials, from Helen O'Connell's tactile stone sculptures in Kilkenny limestone, to Joseph Walsh's stunning ash furniture that blurs the line between art and craft; from Mourne Textiles' timeless use of wools and tweeds, to Derek Wilson's understated, elegant ceramics. We learn how the economy of Irish craft over the years has taught contemporary designers and architects the value of simplicity, using a small palette of quality materials to create beautifully designed and made pieces.
For the first time, the Makers will pair up in the Faster Craft to create a coordinated couple's costume. In the Master Craft, they'll each show off their love for a furry friend.
The show kicks off with a dynamic taster of what the series has in store - namely the inside story of a crack team building a trailblazing, fully automated metro system costing $50 billion, by far the biggest and most advanced new railway opening anywhere on the planet in 2019. A dramatic scene with our main characters dealing with a crisis gets the ball rolling.
This week Richard's turning his attention to the noise, dirt and discomfort that he suffers while on public transport.
As a former colony and island at the edge of Europe, outside influences have always shaped our history, our culture, and our design. Angela and Sandra look at how centuries of migration, invasion and colonisation have resulted in a constant ebb and flow of influence from abroad. We discover a modern take on the Norman Tower House on the campus of Trinity College. We learn how Dutch graphic designers shaped Ireland's visual culture in the 1950s and how the Scandinavian Design Report in 1962 led to the setting up of the influential Kilkenny Design Workshops, bringing a wave of European designers to Ireland to help unlock a uniquely Irish design style. We see how Irish designers and architects embraced these outside influences, and in time went on to influence others as we go inside the award-winning and celebrated Bocconi Institute in Milan, designed by Grafton Architects.
The year 2018 is the 90th anniversary of Victoria's beloved Cruden Farm, a garden that Dame Elisabeth Murdoch nurtured for over 80 years. Paul Bangay and Maggie Beer help make it a special 90th birthday for friends and family.
Barbara and Craig have built two companies from the ground up, so when they decided to embark on their dream home, it wasn't surprising they threw out the rule book and decided to do it their way.
With the help of pun king Tim Vine, Richard braves a hurricane in a wind tunnel to assess the best in gust busting gadgetry.
David and Sarah are in love with Mt Tamborine, the place they were married 22 years ago. They're about to build a long-awaited home away from home there, on lush mountain acreage boasting a rainforest and creek.
The Makers will craft projects for both inside and outside the home. In the Faster Craft, they will transform a plain, blank wall into an inspirational and artistic installation for the home.
Explore the devices and tech designed to enable us to live full sized lives in an overcrowded world.
Mike and Megan, a passionate pair of creatives, are attempting to build a modernist house on a modest footprint. Mike designed the house himself to include only what they need, and only what they use.
If you haven't hired an overpaid, tea-swilling contractor called Dave - home improvement is time-consuming hard graft.
Peter is building an underground eco bunker that's self-sufficient, sleek and completely one of a kind. From the outside it will eventually look like a bush garden, but below ground, a man cave.
Holidays promise so much and deliver so very little. Can gadgets take the stress out of the vacation?
Parenting is bloody hard work - the day starts at the crack of dawn and goes on non-stop with the need to keep your kids clean, dressed, fed, entertained and injury-free. Finally, if you can get them to sleep at a Godly hour, you might be lucky to get an hour to yourself before collapsing in complete exhaustion and doing it all again the following day. There are hundreds of gadgets that claim to help - so could gadgets be the answer to taking the non-stop stress out of child care?
Tabitha and Chris always dreamt of living in the forest. They bought 120 acres of rainforest in Toolangi and are building a farmhouse that will be a sustainable, economical, fireproof and completely off-grid.
Angela and Sandra look back at Irish design, past and present, as they trace the beginnings of the modern Irish design. Long before words like design or brand were ever uttered in Ireland, we had our own unique way of doing and making things; traditional crafts and distinctive buildings told a uniquely Irish story. The first episode in the series features some of Ireland's most accomplished traditional craft makers from Joe Hogan's basket designs to Seamus Gills silverwork, as well as Irish designers whose work has found a global audience, like Orla Kiely, and award-winning architects who talk about their Irish influences as they write the next chapter in Ireland's design story.
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