Makers & Brothers: The Shed Opening
On a sunny Saturday morning in June, my friend Liz and I are driving around a small South Dublin neighbourhood, and regardless of the fact Google maps has brought us individually, to this exact point, we're convinced we're in the wrong place.
After ditching the cars to search by foot, we soon see the sign we've been looking for. At the very corner point of the estate, sheltered by a large canopy of green leaves, sitting to the front of a large iron gate: Makers & Brothers.
The sign leads the way to the famous tin shed, set in the distractingly beautiful grounds of this home come workplace. The workplace in question is that of Jonathan and Mark Legge, founders of online homeware retailer Makers and Brothers.
For the most part the brothers run their business as an online store, selling crafted home and lifestyle wares of superior quality. However, despite the continuing success of their online venture, the duo appreciate the value of a physical presence and the importance of experiencing their products in actuality. So to offer customers this tangible experience, their mobile shed travels to trendy locations like East Village in New York, Soho House Berlin and Design Department store SCP in London, showcasing works from their own range and those from leading Irish and international designers.
On this glorious Saturday, the shed opened it's doors at their home in Dublin. Charcoal roasted sausages and homemade elderflower cordial satisfied the constant flow of shoppers perusing the offerings of the tin building.
Crafted, quirky and beautiful items like Connemara whiskey stones, earthy ceramics and glass blown vases are neatly dotted around the shed, offering an out-of-the-ordinary shopping experience.
But it's divergence from the ordinary is what makes this design business particularly special. Special in the sense that you instantly understand both the brand and its personality - you see its roots, where it has come from and most importantly who it has come from. Not only do Jonathan and Mark embody the brand's endearing quirkiness, but the whole team have an infectious passion as they relay the story of each piece and its maker. Never before have I been so enamoured by the contents of a shed.
To see the full Makers & Brothers range or to make an appointment to visit the shed check out their site www.makersandbrothers.com