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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Home
    Descriptive info: .. Who we are.. Wabi-Sabi in the media.. Getting Started On Your Project.. Selected Projects.. Hideaway House.. Rural Retreat.. Wabi-Sabi House.. Lightwell House.. Mews House.. Other Furniture.. Email Wabi-Sabi.. © 2012.. Wabi-Sabi Ltd.. Patrick McKenna, Principal.. Ph: 01-454-7011.. Mob: 087-236-0044.. E: info@wabi-sabi.. ie.. An.. Indexhibit.. site by.. willing/foe design.. Best viewed with Safari or Firefox.. Requires Javascript enabled.. Custom designed furniture..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Who we are
    Descriptive info: The Japanese view of life embraced a simple aesthetic.. that grew stronger as inessentials were eliminated.. and trimmed away.. -architect Tadao Ando.. Definition of the Japanese term.. Wabi-Sabi.. :.. Wabi.. stems from the root wa, which refers to harmony, peace, tranquillity, and balance.. Generally speaking, wabi had the original meaning of sad, desolate, and lonely, but poetically it has come to mean simple, unmaterialistic, humble by choice, and in tune with nature.. Sabi.. by itself means "the bloom of time.. " It connotes a natural progression, a patina that extinguishes the gloss.. It's the understanding that beauty is fleeting.. Wabi-sabi.. is an ancient design concept of paring back to the simple essentials.. It is understated and modest, a kind of quiet,  ...   that integrates into the house.. We offer a consistency of quality materials and joinery details throughout a house.. Designer/Owner, Patrick McKenna, honed his aesthetic and project management skills while working to rebuild housing in a post earthquake Kobe, Japan.. Since 2001, he has assembled and worked with a team of professional master joiners and cabinetmakers from Ireland, Czech, Poland, and Slovakia.. As a team,.. contribute expertise to the architect and client on joinery details, material sourcing, composition of materials and finishes to achieve the desired look and functionality of the furniture.. E:.. info@wabi-sabi.. ie.. Selection of archetypal Wabi-Sabi.. Simple clay cup.. Crafted dove-tail joints.. Aged oak table with patina.. Wabi-Sabi pottery with uneven gloss.. Timber cladding with patina.. Oak stair parts..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Wabi-Sabi in the media
    Descriptive info: The Irish Times Magazine article features Wabi-Sabi works.. The article titled ‘Uncrowded House’ discusses the full conversion of Crowded House band member Nick Seymour's apartment on Exchequer Street, Dublin with a feature storage wall for cleverly hidden storage that doubles to divide the noisy, active, street-side of apartment from the quite inner courtyard retreat side.. Irish Times Magazine.. ', March 24th, 2012.. The Irish Times Magazine of Saturday October 1st, 2011 features a bespoke kitchen by Fumbally Exchange based Patrick McKenna of Wabi-Sabi.. The article titled ‘No Glass Box’ features a renovation of a period home in Dublin 6.. Images by Stephen Tierney of Tierney Architects'.. ', October  ...   2010.. House and Home Magazine highlights several Wabi-Sabi projects in a 6 page article on transforming corporation houses called "Style Council", March/April 2010.. Patrick McKenna and Wabi-Sabi House are featured in RTÉ's '.. About the House.. ', November 2009.. House Magazine for architect-designed houses and interiors of Ireland highlights Wabi-Sabi design in an article on kitchens called "The Perfect Recipe", July 2009.. Eimear Nic an Bhaird takes a look at Wabi-Sabi joinery in the.. House And Home blog.. , May 2009.. House and Home features Wabi-Sabi House in their May 2009 print edition.. Wabi-Sabi principal, Patrick McKenna, is interviewed by Emma Cullinan in the.. Irish Times.. , February 2009..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Getting Started On Your Project
    Descriptive info: Initial Meeting.. Wabi-Sabi meet with the client and/or architect to discuss the overall project and specifics on design style, spatial planning, materials and finishes.. We present images from a vast portfolio at this meeting to stimulate ideas.. Free Design Consultation.. We take away the client remit.. At a second meeting, we present the initial plan drawings and a quotation.. Once there is a commitment to proceed, further detailed drawings will be created throughout the collaborative design process.. Getting Started.. Once the client has signed off on the final design, work can begin buying  ...   plumbers, electricians, tilers, etc.. Workshop Production.. Once all project specific materials are in house, workshop production can begin.. In the workshop’s controlled environment master cabinetmakers assemble the fitted-furniture to the exact specifications of the client’s house.. On-Site Installation.. Patrick and the Wabi-Sabi team work closely with the builder and architect to install the furniture in a tight time-frame and transform the interior of the house.. This is an exciting time for all involved in the project as the vision set out in the design is realised in a short few days of installation..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Hideaway House
    Descriptive info: Bespoke Design.. Wabi-Sabi engages with the client to learn about their lifestyle and preferences and to design a space that will fulfill their needs, functionally and design-wise.. For the wine-buff or the shoe lover, Wabi-Sabi integrates such needs into the design and helps the client decide how to put such items on display or to hide them away neatly.. Regular meetings with client and architect from beginning stages of project gave the furniture design a primary role and led  ...   Next.. Shoe closet angled for display.. Shoe closet tucked away.. Stairs and hall with hidden cloak and bathroom.. Wall of walnut panelling with self-closing bathroom door.. Solid walnut shelving for books on view.. Wall of sliding and folding doors to open, or close down living space.. Wine display.. Timber bench with drawer storgage under.. Folding doors.. Folding doors open to sitting room.. Bed head in walnut.. Wardrobes in walnut for continuity of materials.. Bathroom in walnut and quartz stone..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Rural Retreat
    Descriptive info: Natural Materials and Finishes.. Selecting the palette of materials is a creative and collaborative step taken with the client to consider a wide array of materials and finishes that will suit the personality of the house.. Warming wood finishes balance with functional stone and composite solid surfaces to create a palette that marries with existing features of  ...   considered at this stage.. Oak door and custom fashioned handle.. Oak kitchen and quartz worktops with simple glass display & shelves.. Secret fixed solid oak shelf.. Dining room unit with pass through to larder.. Solid walnut handle routed into door.. Extra wide oak pocket doors.. Bed and bedhead.. Bedhead pattern in detail.. Oak units with cantilevered durat vanity..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Wabi-Sabi House
    Descriptive info: For a client with an open plan kitchen – dining – living space Wabi-Sabi created a kitchen in a simple style that disguised a highly functional workspace.. Integrated appliances and handle-less spray painted flush doors give an unobstructed view of the garden.. The understated kitchen allows the intimate dining space and garden view to be the main focal points of the room.. This home features peaceful spaces that work well as a sanctuary for its owners who wanted a space that welcomed friends and family..  ...   as it grows up.. Project Architect: James Lawler, Melted Snow Architects,.. meltedsnow.. net.. Timber bench and oak wall units.. Kitchen set within alcove.. Stairs with storage under.. Kitchen with flush doors and quartz stone worktops.. Routed handle grip.. Seating at island.. Timber surround warmed by light.. Timber screen and door with table in context.. Screen allows light in sitting room.. Bookshelves in alcoves with solid timber fireplace.. View from garden.. Japanese sliding screens to separate stairs from room.. Bathroom unit with push-catch doors.. Stairs in detail..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Lightwell House
    Descriptive info: Craftsmanship.. Wabi-Sabi furniture is made in a boutique workshop by skilled master-joiners and cabinet-makers.. In the workshop’s controlled environment we assemble the fitted-furniture to the exact specifications of the client’s house and then work closely with the builder and architect to install the furniture in a tight time-frame to transform the interior of the house.. Design Collaborator: Clodagh Barry Interiors, Ltd.. Stairwell cladding scribed to stone.. Lightwell for stairs.. Radiator cover and panelled hall.. Panelling concealed bathroom.. Panelling concealed closet.. Study with integrated desk.. Solid walnut door detail.. Walk in closet..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Mews House
    Descriptive info: Simplicity.. Simplicity is at the core of Wabi-Sabi.. We keep the design clean and unencumbered, but not in a sterile manner.. Simplicity is realised with the use of a limited palette of materials.. Timber is the quintessential Wabi-Sabi material adding warmth and telling a story of the house as it develops  ...   this project give a distinct warmth to the design when met with the abundance of natural light from overhead.. Project Architect: Lisa McVeigh,.. dmvf.. Bench.. Solid oak panelled lightwell.. Stairs with hidden support.. Wardrobes built into wall.. Stereo unit.. Kitchen with surround.. Kitchen full height units.. Display unit.. Bathroom cantilevered unit..

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  • Title: Wabi-Sabi | Other Furniture
    Descriptive info: We are engaged by clients for smaller refurbishment projects such as kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobes and one-off furniture pieces.. This page shows a selection of work from a wide variety of projects that have been tastefully integrated into each client's home.. Grab your bowl of popcorn and enjoy the slideshow!.. Some of our best work has emerged from collaborative design efforts with the following Architects and Interior Designers.. Architects:.. Eunan McLoughlin,.. Eunan McLoughlin Architects.. James Lawler,.. Melted Snow Architects.. Sandra Nowlan,.. Studio  ...   SOSA Architects.. Marcus Reid,.. Denis Byrne Architects.. Desmond Hourihan,.. Willingfoe Design.. Brian O'Brien,.. Solearth Ecological Architecture.. Laurie O'Connor, Laurie O'Connor Architects.. Lisa McVeigh,.. DMVF Architects.. Tara Cooke,.. Tara Cooke Architects.. Emma Curley,.. Emma Curley Architects.. Kevin Gartland,.. Kevin Gartland Architects.. George Boyle,.. George Boyle Designs.. Peter McGovern,.. Henry J Lyons Architects.. Stephen Tierney,.. Tierney Haines Architects.. Fionnuala O'Connor,.. Urban Architecture.. Interior Designers:.. Nikki O'Donnell,.. NODA Interior Architects.. Oisin McManus,.. Ollas Design.. Clodagh Barry, Clodagh Barry Interiors.. Kari Rocca,.. Kari Rocca Designs..

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  • Title: Designer looks to Japan to keep it calm - The Irish Times - Thu, Feb 19, 2009
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The interior of joinery company director Patrick McKenna s D8 house is informed by ideas from the Far East.. Patrick McKenna grew up in Chicago.. He met Irish woman Aideen and they now live in Dublin 8 with their one-year-old son Conn (named after Patrick s great-grandfather Cornelius McKenna who emigrated to New York in 1865).. Patrick runs a company called Wabi-Sabi that designs and makes interior joinery from kitchens and built-in furniture, to doors and stairs (www.. wabi-sabi.. ie).. When did you buy the house and what attracted you to it?.. We bought it in 2004.. The neighbourhood was key.. We wanted to live close to town and be able to walk there.. I like these two-up two-down older houses and I knew that I could convert a small space and make the most out of it although bambino wasn t part of the picture at that stage.. There were not a lot of original features to keep because other people had been at it for 100 years, doing up the house in various stages.. The main thing for me was to maximise the living space while not totally eradicating the nature of what this house was.. We have redone the stairs but they are in the same place as they were.. We could have taken out the fireplace to square off the living/diningroom but that would have had cost implications and it also didn t seem necessary.. We knocked down the lean-to kitchen and built outward at the back and put a bathroom on top of the new kitchen.. There were two rooms at the front of the house which we reinstated into one and we converted the attic into an office/guest bedroom with en suite.. Did you stay in the house while work was being done?.. No, we lived in an apartment.. It would have been impossible because it is such a small space.. The building work took the bulk of a year, including the building works and then the internal finishing.. I did a lot of that.. How did you go about designing this room?.. We have done the sort of thing I do for clients which is to convert their space to make it more holistic: having common joinery and details throughout this room helps to understate the kitchen.. I wanted to feel like I was walking into a living space and not a kitchen.. The most important thing was to have a space where we could cook and entertain friends.. l like this back-of-house living with a lot of light coming in and the integration with the garden.. The idea was also to create a quiet space without lots of objects coming in on us.. In this space I asked, what are my personal needs and what do we really want to keep? You should not let design be dictated by the fact you have loads of stuff.. We have kept stuff to a minimum: we moved from a one-bed apartment so we were laughing with the  ...   very nature it is unique.. There are knots in it that you have to work around.. Modernism is primarily expressed in the public domain while wabi-sabi is in the private domain.. You do see very strict contemporary styles used in public building but lots of us don t want to live in homes like that.. In magazines you see a lot of these highly designed houses and, kind of go, do people actually live in those? I know that is a common feeling because I meet people all the time, when I m designing kitchens for them, who say they like that style but couldn t live with it.. I have put new contemporary items in this kitchen but have used good materials that will wear with time.. You have to balance a contemporary ideal with a wabi-sabi ideal and say, okay, I don t want timber worktops because they will get too chewed up.. So I went with a more durable surface, of stone.. Wabi-sabi sounds as if it ties in with the idea of leaving a.. trace de la main.. that the Irish engineer Peter Rice, who worked on the Pompidou Centre and Sydney Opera House, spoke of.. ?.. Peter Rice is related to my wife! He is the quintessential engineer in terms of architecture.. He embraced architecture and coincidentally worked on Kansai international airport in Japan (which is made on an island with pillars underneath).. You worked on this with the architect Jim Lawlor?.. Jim is a great guy because he s well versed with materials.. He had redone his own house physically built it along with a master builder so he had valuable knowledge on the ground.. Jim is a mate and we are still friends which is a good sign!.. He came around one weekend and we hammered in the batons on the garden walls using timber off-cuts from a house I was working on talk about hands -on service from an architect.. ADVERTISEMENT.. Latest.. 21:49.. Balloon boy parents plead guilty to hoax.. 21:34.. Tonga no match for second string.. 21:16.. Fort Hood suspect said to be paralysed.. 21:06.. Russian blast kills two.. 20:37.. Domenech dismisses his critics.. 20:29.. Morgan the star of the show.. 20:21.. Search for missing Cork student.. 19:52.. Two held after cannabis seizure.. Popular.. 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