Launching into summer with Hugh Wallace

by Gazette Reporter
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It was access all areas for guests at the launch of Sofa Workshop x Hugh Wallace at EZ Living Interiors in what is proving to be an exciting season of launches for the retailer.

The venue for the evening was its brand new store located in Dublin’s Belgard Retail Park which opened just days before attracting a queue of shoppers outside the building in anticipation of doors opening and the opportunity to browse the extensive collections of furniture, accessories and homewares. 

Sofa Workshop – David O’Brien, Emma Murphy & Hugh Wallace

It made the perfect backdrop for design and interiors enthusiasts, press and influencers to gather for an evening and experience in-person, the Sofa Workshop x Hugh Wallace collection  of timeless pieces, and to enjoy listening to the RTE Home of the Year head judge in conversation with interior designer and RTE Home of the Year 2021 finalist David O’Brien, and Emma Murphy; creative manager of EZ Living Interiors.

Among the guests wending their way around the collection of sofas, chairs and occasional pieces were fashion designer Brendan Courtney, interior designer Sarah Twigg Doyle, Instagram influencers Paul Kinsella of Life at No. 2, and Caoimhe McGinley of The Big Hill House, all taking in the finer details of the exclusive collection. 

Hosting the launch was EZ Living Interiors’ director Gavin White who joined guests to listen to the panel chat on how the timeless designs in the collection are a perfect complement to contemporary living. It proved to be an insightful discussion with friendly banter over design differences of opinion, garnering plenty of laughter from the audience.

Seeing the Sofa Workshop x Hugh Wallace collection sit within the broader context of super-stylish vignettes to inspire shoppers looking for direction on how to make products work together and style a room, Gavin acknowledged the talent and hard work of the visual merchandising team, often the unsung heroes of retail, and the marketing and creative teams.

Speaking of his pride in launching Sofa Workshop x Hugh Wallace, Gavin told the audience how the new Belgard store is the 20th nationwide. “This store was five years in the making and we are thrilled to finally open and be able to have such a lovely evening with friends of our business.”

Hugh Wallace’s architect’s eye made keen observations about ample seat length in the Mathilda chair and the seat width in the Momo, which he maintains not all chairs have. He happened to be seated on the collection’s Scott sofa at the time, upholstered in rich green velvet which he suggested as an option for homeowners if they’re not feeling brave about colour and to which they can easily add accessories.

David O’Brien, as the owner of a contemporary home, spoke of the challenges in trying to bring character to a new house. He also cited the versatility of the Scott sofa as an example of a furniture piece that works everywhere, calling it a legacy piece to move from house to house with you.

Describing his personal interiors style as sentimental design, he stressed the need to invest in core pieces like sofas but adding in vintage pieces to create a classic and timeless mix.

Emma Murphy rounded off the discussion referencing how almost 40 years ago EZ Living Interiors co-founder Caroline White was inspired to open a little shop on Cork’s Barrack Street to bring beautiful pieces to the people of Cork. Four decades later access to beautiful, design-led pieces for Irish homes has evolved across the island of Ireland. 

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