Design Crush: April and the Bear
My addiction to homeware sites reached a dangerous level when I recently discovered the gorgeous, Irish-based site aprilandthebear.com. Run from a design studio in Portobello, April and the Bear offers homeowners and interiors enthusiasts an array of home goods that ooze character and charm.
The brainchild of Designer Siobhan Lam, this online treasure trove has an eclectic mix of home trinkets and treats that are sure to tickle your fancy! From art prints to accessories, furniture, jewellery and more, each piece in the collection is unique, meticulously crafted and as Siobhan puts it 'sure to bring a smile to your face'. I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Siobhan, who gave me an insight into all things April and the bear...
Thanks so much for meeting with me Siobhan, can you tell me a bit about April and the Bear and how the site came about?
April and the Bear is an online lifestyle and homewares emporium, filled to the brim with beautifully eclectic homewares, exclusive art prints, edgy jewellery and thoughtful gifts. The idea for the store stemmed from my inability to find the type of homewares I wanted to fill my home with - so I decided to start selling them myself! Each product in the A&TB collection has been carefully selected for its quality, unique aesthetic and its ability to bring a smile to your face.
What is your design philosophy?
Surround yourself with what you love - forget trends, your home should reflect you.
How would you describe your style?
My style is constantly evolving but I do ADORE the industrial aesthetic there is something endlessly appealing about that raw look, I also really enjoy introducing a darker colour palette to a home. I think it adds so much atmosphere and metallics like copper and brass really make an impact when introduced to that colour scheme.
How did you get the design bug?
I'm a very visual person and have always been caught up with aesthetics - be it a perfect shot in a movie, a Tim Walker fashion story or the perfect symmetry of a well-laid dinner table. This certainly has led me to interiors/design but also my Mum has a wonderful sense of style for both interiors and fashion so I think I may have got the bug from her!
What inspires you?
Inspiration comes from everywhere - design blogs, fashion photography, my dog...
Where did the name April and the bear come from?
It came from the fact that I'm born in April and from the nickname 'Bear' that I call my hairy but lovely fiancee Jamie!
Who are your favourite designers at the moment?
I'm a little obsessed with a recent A&TB collaboration with model-maker Vincent Lam. With a desire to create pieces that are distinctly different, we created an intricately-detailed dinosaur head wall mount. This savage beauty has been designed, hand-sculpted, moulded, cast and painted in Kildare, Ireland – with much care and attention and it is exclusively available at April and the Bear.
What are your current favourite pieces from your collection?
The black raven designed by Ottmar Hoerl, our nautical inspired rope mirror, new artist Susana Parada's designs and our bespoke dinosaur head wall mount.
What pieces are on your homeware wish list right now?
I'm very taken with one of our new arrivals - it's a stunning industrial metal trolley that would work really well as a home bar. I'm just trying to work out where it could go!
You have a range of great prints available on A&TB, if you had to pick your favourite quote which would it be and why?
My favourite typography print has to be 'I don't know what I want but I want it so bad' - it's one of my first designs and it describes a state of mind that really resonates with me but at the same time there's a whack of 'grumpy teenager' off it too which I love!
To find out more about April and the Bear you can visit aprilandthebear.com
Siobhan's own home recently featured on the new RTE show 'Home of the Year' - highly recommended viewing!
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Happy humpday peeps :)