Wednesday, March 17, 2010

meet eoin lyons...

to many of my irish readers, 'eoin lyons' is likely someone who needs no introduction at all...

i've met eoin a few times, namely at the design and interiors fair in the rds, dublin and also at his book launch in brown thomas...he's a great guy, nice to chat with and quite humurous...


until recently i was the proud owner of both of his books...his latest book i couldn't part with so it will be winging it's way to me this july...

continuing with my daily q&a sets for this week, like the others i asked eoin to tell me a little bit about himself...

Eoin Lyons is an interior decorator, journalist and author. He studied graphic design and began writing for The Irish Times in 2001, focusing on interiors for five years with the occasional foray into fashion writing and styling. As a journalist he has contributed to publications such as Image Interiors, The Gloss, House & Garden UK, Living Etc and The Sunday Times Style. Eoin has published two best selling books about interior decorating - Style Source Ireland and Home Comforts. His interior work has been featured in Image Interiors...


Describe your work…?

I like to take objects of different periods and styles and make them seem part of a coherent whole. I hate the Christian Liagre style of decorating where the designer does everything and you don't even have to add an ashtray. The aim is to create a cultured atmposhere that reflects the owners tastes, travels and interests...


What are you excited about in the world of design today…?

Nothing.The past is more inspiring. In particular the first half of the 20the century. Michael Mortell's gallery is the most inspirational place in Dublin. He has brought together fine pieces from those years by designers such as Sue et Mare, Raymond Subes and Charles Catteau but also items from other periods such as a Chinese head scultpture from the Min dynasty, a set of Georgian silver candlesticks and ceramic plates by Picasso. The eclectic nature of his collection reflects the deocrating style I love most...

What do you think about the current state of interior architecture / interior design in Ireland?

I hope people are more interested in quality and craft now that ever before. The disposable holds no attraction...


What's your stance on neon beer signs...?

None...

What is the most important object in your day to day work...?

My red fabric covered notebook, a gift from a friend. I can't function without a notebook and pen...


eoin...thanks a million to you also for taking the time to connect with me and let me learn a little bit about you and your work...while we may never know how much you like or dis-like neon beer signs, it has to be said that when it comes to your written works, interior design and styling skills...the bar is set really high...


i look forward to reading more of your articles, and following your new ventures with eoinlyons.com...

5 comments:

mise said...

It's good to hear Eoin's views and meet another Irishman in interior design. I'm enjoying this series of yours.

custardbydesign said...

i'm very glad to hear it mise...

tune in tomorrow and friday for the remaining q&a sets...and as usual, my monthly q&a set at the end of the month...

happy st patricks day to you...

jaboopee said...

What I'd like to ask Eoin is ...
Where o where has the interior section of the irish times gone?
With perhaps 2 exceptions (zita sping did one and alannah gallagher did another) there has been no interiors featured for over a year now.
Has the lady editor decreed irish people are not interested in interiors?

It'snot just Ireland, to make matters even worse the Observer has dropped it's interiors section following it's recent make- over 3 weeks ago .

Can you ask some questions for me Richy ?

Joanna said...

lovely work!

custardbydesign said...

jaboopee - i will indeed - i'll pull together a wee investigative report and i'll have an answer soon...

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