Louisa Guinness’s Dublin
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The Louisa Guinness Gallery is unique in that it is dedicated to jewellery made by famous contemporary artists and sculptors. Commissioning custom made pieces from the likes of Anish Kapoor, Gavin Turk, Antony Gormley, Lucio Fontana, Sophia Vari, Marc Quinn, Jeff Koons, Pol Bury And Ross Lovegrove, each piece is a rarity, a mini sculpture, rendering them highly collectible pieces of wearable art. Entirely handmade in either London’s Hatton Garden or Artist’s Studio, many of the pieces are one-offs or from limited edition batches.

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Louisa Guinness
Courtesy of the Louisa Guinness Gallery and Jane Mcleishkelsey
 

“Designing cufflinks, necklaces and rings presents a unique opportunity for artists to express their creativity in a different medium,” says the gallery’s founder, Louisa Guinness, who is present every step of the way. “Each new project is an artistic challenge. I invest myself totally in the creative process from the first sketch to the final object,” she adds.

The London gallery has also amassed an impressive collection of historic jewellery by the modern masters such as Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst. “I first discovered Picasso, Braque and Niki de Saint Phalle jewellery in my mother in law’s private collection, then on the fingers and around the necks of friends,” she explains.

The launch of her gallery 10 years ago was a radical but logical career move for Louisa who worked as a stockbroker for over a decade. The entrepreneur grew up surrounded by art and design and had always been a collector of art, design and photography. Initially she began showing pieces by the modern masters, before venturing further and working directly with her contemporaries. Marking the gallery’s 10th anniversary, Louisa has opened a beautifully designed space by Maybank and Matthews in Mayfair. Clearly following in the footsteps of her inventive and entrepreneurial Irish ancestors, who better than Louisa to take us back to her roots and lead us through the streets of Dublin in this month’s City Barometer?

 
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Esensual Living : What makes Dublin different from any other city in the world?
Louisa Guinness : The Irish – and because it is a capital city so close to the mountains and the sea

EL : Describe life in Dublin?
LG : Work hard play hard

EL : Do you have a favourite view?
LG :View of Dublin Bay from Killiney hill

EL : What is your favourite neighbourhood and why?
LG :Ranelagh – It is close to town, has great restaurants, culture and some beautiful Georgian buildings.

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Courtesy of the Louisa Guinness Gallery and Jane Mcleishkelsey
 
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Courtesy of the Louisa Guinness Gallery and Jane Mcleishkelsey
 

EL : Can you describe the culture of food and what local food dishes are a must try?
LG : Sea food chowder and Dublin Bay prawns or a good Irish stew. Washed down with a glass of Guinness. Or Oysters in the temple bar food market on a Saturday. Nothing beats Irish soda bread and smoked salmon either.

EL : Can you describe the perfect night out in Dublin?
LG : A trip to the projects art centre to see some great contemporary theatre followed by a late night session in the long hall pub or the horse shoe bar in the Shelbourne hotel

EL : Are there many festivals and cultural events in Dublin, do you have a favourite?
LG : Loads! Dublin Dance festival, Fringe festival, JDIFF- Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh gardens…. I couldn’t name a favourite!

EL : In the Dublin cultural scene, what stands out to you?
LG : IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Hugh Lane Gallery in terms of Art, but more generally I am always astounded by the variety of what can happen in a small city

EL : What do you do to relax and unwind in Dublin?
LG : Walk around Howth Head followed by fresh fish at King Sitric

EL : Your favorite city escape?
LG : The Steam Museum at my parents house which is 20 mins outside Dublin. There is a really great Steaming Kettle tea shop with fresh cakes that my mother bakes every day in the summer. The garden is open to the public and a lovely place to walk. My father has put so much energy and life into the museum, it is a mini heritage park to the life of the steam engine and brought up to date showing modern day engines as comparisons.

EL : What can you not live without when in Dublin?
LG : An umbrella and sun glasses.

EL : What is indispensable to live in Dublin?
LG : A sense of humour.

EL : Which are your home Essentials for a week end in Dublin?
LG : The climate being what it is in Ireland, I would have under hand Kajaal’s Karl cashmere throw or the chic Cecchi&Cecchi Philippe throw!

CITY GUIDE - DUBLIN
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L'gueleton
 

BREAKFAST

L’gueleton

I go there for brunch. They have the most delicious French cuisine

www.lgueuleton.com

 

LUNCH

San Lorenzo’s

A wonderful New York style Italian restaurant with a fun atmosphere

www.sanlorenzos.ie

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San Lorenzo
 
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Chapter one
 

DINNER

Chapter one

Classic and delicious

www.chapteronerestaurant.com[...]

 

DRINKS

Etto

A wonderful small, Italian inspired, wine bar and restaurant. Relaxed atmosphere and delicious food… make sure to book ahead!

www.etto.ie

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Etto
 
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Clement and Pekoe
 

CAFE

Clement and Pekoe

A lovely tearoom with the most extraordinary choice of teas and freshly ground coffee from all over the world

www.clementandpekoe.com

 

BAR

Horse Shoe Bar at the Shelbourne Hotel

With its famous horseshoe shaped bar, it is a landmark. It also serves the best cocktails and beers.

www.theshelbourne.ie

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Horse Shoe Bar at the Shelbourne Hotel
 
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imma
 

MUSEUM

IMMA

The Irish Museum of Modern Art, beautifully situated and curated.

www.imma.ie/en

 

ARCHITECTURE

The Bord Gais Energy Theater

Designed by the famous New York architect Daniel Libeskind on the Docklands, it is emblematic Dublin’s new contemporary look.

bordgaisenergytheatre.ie

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The Bord Gais Energy Theater
 
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The Hugh Lane Gallery
 

GALLERY

The Hugh Lane Gallery

The recreation of Francis Bacon’s studio is fantastic

hughlane.ie

 

BOOKSHOP

The Winding Stair Bookshop

On Dublin’s North Key, it is also a great restaurant

winding-stair.com

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The Winding Stair Bookshop
 
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Brown Thomas
 

BOUTIQUE

Brown Thomas

This is a must on a trip to Dublin. Founded in 1848 by Hugh Brown, it is today Ireland’s most exclusive department store.

www.brownthomas.com

 

BOUTIQUE

Parfumarija

At 25 Westbury Shopping Mail, Exclusive perfumes and colognes designed by 21 Spaces designers and an atelier where to meet a skilled perfumer Marija Aslimoska

parfumarija.com

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Parfumarija
 
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Shelbourne Hotel
 

HOTELS

Shelbourne Hotel

A grand hotel, the best as far as tradition goes. I am normally there for a drink rather than to stay as I usually stay with my family. But the bar is always full and there is always fun to be had.

www.theshelbourne.ie

 

HOTELS

The Marker

A few steps from the Bord Gais Energy Theater, on the Grand Canal, The Marker makes for a spectacular and luxurious contemporary experience.

www.themarkerhoteldublin.com[...]

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The Marker
 
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Temple Bar Food Market
 

MARKET

Temple Bar Food Market

Open every Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm at Meeting House Square… A unique shopping experience with a friendly atmosphere, where vegetable and fruits sellers are willing to share their family recipes

www.dublinstemplebar.com

 

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