This year, many of us have rediscovered the importance of gathering around the dinner table; with this in mind, Wicklow-based design company Bear Creation has just released a beautiful new collection of unique tableware using locally-grown wood. If you’re on the hunt for some striking new additions to your dinner table, or for a one-of-a-kind gift for a foodie friend, you’ll definitely want to check this out.
Now more than ever, people want products that are sustainable, locally-made and unique; this new collection, which features a simple design with a focus on radius and curves, certainly hits the mark. We love the puzzle board (€150), which comes in four pieces and makes a gorgeous centrepiece. Also featured is an appetiser pan, €40; seasoning dishes, €20 for the pair; and a large serving tray, €120. All products are made from olive ash, chosen for its distinctive grain, which has dark and light shades going through it, making each piece truly unique. Each piece is finished in oil, and can be treated at home to extend its lifetime.
Bear Creation has previously designed products for Dylan McGrath’s restaurants, Firehouse Bakery and Bread 41, amongst others. Facing a drop in demand from commercial clients due to Covid-19, the company adapted its focus to homeware, drawing on the knowledge gained in working with top-end restaurants to create pieces that work well together while keeping the focus on the food.
“We realised during this time just how important the togetherness of dining is,” said owner Brian Tyrrell. “It became an essential part of every day and helped us all get through the lockdown.
“It’s important now more than ever to support Irish makers,” Brian continued. “Ireland has the talent and the ability to manufacture amazing products in this country. We need to show the world what Irish manufacturers can do. I want to make ‘Irish made’ a badge of pride.”
Sustainability is a central mission at Bear Creation. All products are designed and made in Wicklow, using wood that was grown, cut and kiln-dried in Wicklow. Plastic-free packaging is used throughout and online goods are packed in sustainably sourced cardboard and packaging. Larger pieces are delivered in a reusable cloth wrap, taken back after delivery. Recycled wood is also used where possible; the brand’s famous sushi boards, for instance, are made from offcuts from a door factory.
Find the full range at bearcreation.com.
All photos by Ailbe Collins and styled by James Seaver, with food prepared by Dan Cruickshank and supplied by Gold River Farm (salads), Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese, Ballymakenny Farm (potatoes), and Firehouse Bakery, and flowers from Bumblebee Flower Farm.