April & The Bear Pops Up
Online shopping is the way forward, but there’s no doubt that when one of your favourite online interior stores pops up in the heart of Dublin, you run down there to touch and inspect everything! And that’s exactly what we did when April & The Bear, a store with a difference, took residence in Dame Lanes Fumbally Exchange. Founder Siobhan Lam was there to tell us a little bit about the pop up and all the wonderful things inside.
‘We wanted to do a pop up for all our lovely customers and really put a face to an email address, and also to introduce new people to the brand which is happening already. When this space became available I just had to get it, I love the aesthetics in here, it suited the interior finds we stock perfectly as well as the art prints.’
‘One of the new brands is Hubsch, it’s Danish. They have beautiful homeware, really well made with affordable price tags. They have lots of gorgeous cushions, copper, coloured glass, things that would look gorgeous around the home.’ Feather Cushion €45
‘We have a beautiful collection from Irish designer Jenny Walsh. It’s a set of 3 handmade Alderwood vases that you can make yourself. It comes in this gorgeous packaging that you open up and slot the pieces together, then put the little test tube in the middle. We’ve sold so many of those so I’m hoping we’ll get some more in before the pop up ends!’ Prices from €14+
Asymmetrical Copper Lamp Shade €90
‘This guy, our T Rex, is a collaboration with Irish artist Vincent Lam. He was in the store last Saturday as our first ‘Maker in the Window’ and was sculpting a raven like this. It’s such a stunning piece of art. I actually have one mounted in my hallway at home and anytime someone comes into the house they’re amazed by it.’ Every Saturday AP&B will have a different ‘Maker in the Window’ showcasing how their products are made.
‘Another Danish brand we have here is Madame Stoltz. We have some furniture, accessories and lighting from her which are beautiful. The lighting sells really well in here because they’re such interesting pieces, and it’s so hard to find really unusual lighting these days.’ Black & Copper Lamp €105
April & The Bear will be open at 5 Dame Lane until July 11th. You can also buy online at aprilandthebear.com.