McCabe Design are running up to a busy week, with member’s of the team on their way to MIPTV in The Palais de Festival in Cannes, to supervise the construction of exhibition stands for a host of our clients from as far reaching countries as Canada, America, England and Iran. We’re looking forward to our 6 monthly meetings with our clients, and to a smooth build up to what is a very busy week for them. If you are one of the busy exhibitors, keep an eye out for Orla, Ali and Ken as they work their way around the Palais, if you have any enquiries we’ll be happy to stop and have a chat 🙂
McCabe Design recently took part in the Hospitality Expo in the RDS, Dublin, and we are proud to post our innovative stand design here! Designed to set ourselves apart, we decided to take an unusual route and created the walls of the stand from IKEA storage boxes. These tiled walls incorporated images from our portfolio,signage and a display screen rolling through recent projects. Working within a 3 x 3 meter space, the stand was intended to create an impact visually, without cluttering the small footprint. We feel this was achieved successfully, and we were delighted with the feedback received. With more exhibition projects approaching fast, we look forward to posting more stands in the coming months.
We our delighted to announce that a new member has joined our design team!
Paul Finnegan, having recently graduated from DIT in 2009, where he received First Class Honors in Interior & Furniture Design, joins the team in the role of Interior Designer. Paul has already proven his talents with design proposals for Waterford Crystal, Lifestyle Sports, O2 Retail and the concept design for Swan Cinemas which opened December 2009.
Paul also won Interior Design Student of the Year 2009 from DIT which was sponsored by ourselves at McCabe Design Partnership.
Liberty Hall, Dublin
Paul’s design thesis proposal was to transform Liberty Hall in Dublin into a five star luxury, design led hotel to be operated with the Morgans Hotel Group – the originators of the “Design Hotel” concept in 1984. By removing the existing interior of the theatre within Liberty Hall, Paul has created a dramatic new entrance to the building.
The existing pre-stressed roof structure has been retained and sprayed white. Five 10m high illuminated glass columns divide the lobby in two with the Lite Bar, the Nite Bar and the Restaurant stacked on one side of this enormous hall. The lobby also features a glass floor with swimming pool below.
Lite Bar features a 20m long bar and has custom designed modular furniture system on tracks that can be arranged to suit the mood whilst catering for large and small groups. The system includes two seats, a low table, glazed panels and light fittings. The seating is designed to promote interaction between the hotel guests.
Nite Bar has a duel personality. During the day, it serves as a conference facility/function room for the hotel. As night time approaches, the edges of the room’s profiles gently illuminate as it transforms into a trendy cocktail bar. The colour of the light changes smoothly through the spectrum or can be set to one colour, depending on the desired ambience.
The Restaurant is elevated on the top of the stack, giving the patrons an elevated view of the lobby. A dramatic atmosphere is achieved by the use of lighting and the contrast between the new installations and the existing roof structure.
The core concept of the entire project is “Interaction” – Interaction of Shape & Form, Interaction of Spaces/Activities within a Space, Interaction of the independently run enterprises which share the site (Gym, Hotel & Cafe), and finally, the Interaction of people within these spaces.
The bedroom suites occupy the majority of the tower and take advantage of the breath-taking view over the capital. The bed itself seems to float above a luxurious yellow carpet. The window sills have been deepened to provide informal seating (there is enough clearance for one to stand/walk too). The console table has been ‘stuck’ into the sill at an angle – it can be used from both sides, using the window to rest your back.
In the basement, there is a private member lifestyle gym, featuring a top of the range spa experience. Hotel guests will also have direct access to these facilities. the 2 lane, 25m pool is located directly below the glazed floor in the lobby – whilst the glass is not directly see through, the light and shadows cast create an atmosphere unique to the project.
Check out www.paulfinnegan.com for further projects and information.
McCabe Design prides itself on being valued consultant in both the interiors and exhibition design fields, and as part of this we are looking forward to taking care of a number of important clients at this years MIPCom market at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Members of our exhibition team will travel to France this week in preparation for the markets commencement next Monday 5th October. We have been involved in this vibrant entertainment content exhibition for many years and we continue to grow, depending on the quality of our design, build and customer service. To see some of our clients stands in more detail, please visit www.mod.ie, and we look forward to meeting you there!
With tired feet, excited minds and packs full of business cards and brochures, we traipsed away from this years 100% Design. But we had huge smiles on our faces as we stepped back out into the blistering sunshine that September afternoon, as we felt fulfilled by what we had encountered. Broken into 3 sections, this years exhibition covered 100% Design, 100% Materials & Details and 100% Futures. We were most impressed by the representation of countries such as Norway and Poland who had showcased their countries talented designers, and we were also intrigued by some work presented by recent English graduates, who’s ideas were less commercial but highly innovative. The GrayConcrete stand was impressive in its simplicity, and we are going to look for ways to include this material into our future designs (www.grayconcrete.co.uk) and we enjoyed the craftsmanship and retro stylings of &Then Design (www.andthendesign.co.uk)
On we ventured to the Truman Brewery of the now hip Brick Lane in North East London, to TENT London. A younger brother of 100% Design, this exhibition combined innovative furniture and digital presentations. We found this part of the festival particularly enjoyable, not only due to its fine location, but due to the number of unique and well crafted products within. Much more focused on up and coming talent and ideas, we took away details of Zoe Murphy’s bespoke printed furniture (zoemurphy.com) and of an ingenious new gadget called Wattson that will help us all focus on the amount of electricity we are using around our homes (http://www.diykyoto.com/uk).
Though the exhibition had been described as smaller this year, we felt the quality of products on display were high. So many studios around London were also part of the design trail, really enhancing the feel that the entire city was involved in the festival this year. We look forward to getting our teeth into some of the new products and to visiting again next year…and hopefully to be greeted by the same wonderful weather!
It has been a busy month in McCabe Design Partnership, and we are again proud to announce completion of a number of key projects for the company. We have been involved in updating the interior branding of four Honda showrooms, in Dublin, Navan and Cork. Our longstanding partnership with Honda Ireland has continued successfully and we are looking forward to future projects together.
We have also undertaken the role of exhibition designers for Enterprise Ireland’s current International Markets Week exhibition. We have worked with the team in putting together spaces in Shannon and Dublin, which are currently bustling with business representatives from around the country. International Markets week provides opportunity to companies to meet with Enterprise Ireland’s international marketing staff to discuss development in global markets. We will hope to post photo’s from this project soon.
Yippee, we’ve made our booking and are all ready to jet over to London at the end of September for the well respected 100% Design exhibition and Tent London as part of London’s Design Festival. We’re looking forward to learning about new products and materials that are coming onto the market and hopefully spotting some talented Irish designers that will be showcased. Keep an eye out here for our news after visiting, we’ll ,make sure to post some photo’s our favourite finds from the visit.
So at last we have joined the masses and entered the world of blogging! We are looking forward to updating both our clients and design-led minds on our work and the work we admire from around the world. Not only will you see photo’s of our new projects, but discussion points on manufacturing techniques, and comments on new designs from leading designers around the world. We look forward to starting this news forum and hope we can encourage debate 🙂
Come back soon to read about how this experiment unfolds!