Sunday, October 14, 2012

Putnam's Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, New York.

Putnam's is a self styled bar and restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. It has an old saloon feel to it.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hot Bird - Brooklyn

I have been passing by this funky little place for a few weeks now and never knew it was a bar till my room mates brought me there last night. From the outside it looks like a boarded up site but if you go around the corned you can see the dramatic entrance. There is a huge outdoor patio area with painted picnic benches. The interior has an old industrial feel to it with large garage doors, exposed ducting, industrial style metal pendant lights and old large machinery parts doted around the room. Even the small toilet reminded me of a toilet you might find in an old car repair place. 

Turns out it actually was a Auto Repair shop and the name for the bar came from a Fried Chicken shop that was in Brooklyn in the 80's. It was called Hot Bird and they had large advertisement around Brooklyn that still exist today, like the one on the building below. So the new owners of the bar obviously saw the the opportunity for some free advertising for their new place and opened there bar in the building next door to the large sign. 

Brooklyn lined up for the food from Alan Harding's new truck at Hot Bird. Photos by Clay Williams.

HOT BIRD - inside views (night)

Elsa Cocktail Bar - The East Village New York

I went to this little cocktail bar in the East Village the other night. The atmosphere is amazing it has all white walls and dim lighting and creates a lovely relaxed vibe. They have some cute little  interior design touches for example they have an old singer sewing machine and miss matching mirrors. 


Photo by Dave Ratzlow 

Images retrieved from

Purl Soho

Purl Soho is a cool little knitting and fabric supply store. Hope you like it as much as I do!!
This is the web address for the shop
They also have a cool blog


I bought some felt and some thread and made some lovely citrus coasters. I got the design for them  from there website. 

ABC Home

Stumbled upon the most amazing shop today it is a mix of old vintage finds, modern furniture, gift and general homeware products as well as some jewellery and cloths. I spent about an hour and a half just walking around looking at all the wonderful products they have. Below are some photos of the shop but they can not capture how amazing the it is to just walk around and explore the space. 

ABC Carpet & Home

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Logo Design

I created this logo for a restaurant project. The concept for the restaurant design was Guinness and I took the name for the restaurant from the trade of making barrels, a person who makes barrels is known as a Cooper. 

D4 Kitchens - Final year project

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Le Corbusier and Busaras Dublin

Busaras Dublin 1953 Architect  Michael Scott 

Maison Suisse - 1932
Architect - Le Corbusier 

Cite De Refuge - 1933
Architect- Le Corbusier

It is very evident that Scott was influenced by the designs of Le Corbusier. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The National Gallery London

Trafalgar Square on a beautiful Spring Day 
We went to the national Gallery today, it was great to see all the amazing paintings and I have to say Boulevart Montmartre by Night - 1897 by Camille Pissarro was my favourite of the day. Camille Pissarro was the leader of the French Impressionist movement. The Images above does not do the painting justice.  

Muriel's Kitchen South Kensigton


While out for a walk on Sunday morning in South Kensington London I can across this lovely little coffee shop. The interiors of the cafe are gorgeous. Later I found out that the Muriel's Kitchen was designed by Macaulay Sinclair an interior architecture and design agency based in London. I absolutely love the colour palate it creates such a warm comfortable atmosphere.   There is such detail in the design and I was particularly excited by the colander  light shades.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Culinary School Project - Stage 1: Concept

My final project is to design a culinary school. I have chosen to use the concept of a garden allotment and will be designing the school for the Irish celebrity home cook Donal Skehan. 

I want the design to be fresh, bright yet rustic. Mixing modern sleek with old. Below are some images of my concept models.