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Clodagh

18th September 2013

Named as one of the top 100 world designers by Architectural Digest, Clodagh has come a long way from her home in Ireland. We talk to Clodagh about her designs, products and living in New York.

WHERE DID YOU GROW UP IN IRELAND?

I was born in Oscar Wilde’s family summer home, Moytura House, on Lough Corrib near Ashford Castle. It was a lovely Victorian house, but we were a downwardly mobile family, so we moved when I was about seven.

AS AN IRISH DESIGNER HOW DO YOU FIND THE LIFESTYLE AND DESIGN SCENE IN NEW YORK?

Ireland has a huge influence on me through music, the changing light, subtlety of colors that are often veiled in mist, and the eternity of the stone buildings.  Nothing is ephemeral.   In New York City, there are many ethnicities, attractions, and images.  I use my camera to collect the images. Manhattan is interesting to me since no one stays in one place for very long.  It’s a combination of minimalism (if you have little space), highly efficient design, glamour and excitement.  It’s an adrenalin rush with influences everywhere.  It’s almost overwhelming.  That’s when meditation comes in!

AS WELL AS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER YOU ALSO CREATE FURNITURE AND PRODUCTS?

When I couldn’t find something that I needed or wanted for my projects, I just designed it.  We now have more than 20 licensees including bathroom tubs, basins, vanities, and tiles; carpet broadloom and tiles; rugs; furniture; lighting; hardware; faucets; textiles and more.  I choose my licensee partners for our shared social values and concern for the environment and philanthropic endeavours.

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