Our new Penhouse website…

March 8, 2013

Penhouse Website

Well it has been far too long really, but we eventually found some time for ourselves here at Penhouse and our new Penhouse website is live!

Our blog posts will no longer appear here on this blogging site, but instead ou blogging will move to our new website here from now on, so its likely there will be less activity on this Fresh Air Blog.

We hope you had fun with us on this blog and you’ll continue to follow our Fresh Air ramblings & view our latest work projects on our new website at http://www.penhouse.ie.

As always we can be found in lots of social spaces so find your favourite and connect with us there. These 3 are our most popular…

Penhouse on Facebook

Penhouse on Twitter

Penhouse on Pinterest

Look forward to connecting with you…

Gill, Leonie, Gemma and Annette


The Big Egg Hunt – have you found the Penhouse Egg yet?

March 5, 2013

Lily's egg by Penhouse Design for The Big Egg Hunt, 2013

Oh what fun we have had so far! Creating this egg for Lily O’Brien’s and now its on display in a secret location in Dublin for forty days and forty nights for the Big Egg Hunt.

Lily O'Brien's egg in situ on The Big Egg Hunt. Thanks to Paul Sherwood for the pic

Lily O’Brien’s egg in situ on The Big Egg Hunt. Thanks to Paul Sherwood for the pic

Its all to support the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation, and any one of these beautifully decorated, giant eggs can be bought online or at the final auction (except ours which is already sold, sorry!).

Gillian Reidy from Penhouse with Eoin Donnelly CEO and Mary-Ann O'Brien from Lily O'Briens at The Big Egg Hunt launch, in Stephen's Green Dublin

We are adding to the fund-raising with your help. If you find our egg in Dublin just take 2 little steps:
1) Take a pic – with you and our egg in it
2) Send us your photo.
For each image we receive, we’re making a donation – and if we only get a few pics, sure we’ll still make sure its a decent donation – but it could be fun to collect an album of all your pics…

Gillian Reidy from Penhouse Design  with her egg for Lily O'Brien's at THE BIG EGG HUNT Dublin

Find out more about our egg decorating here on our Facebook album which details the stages of decoration and shows some more pics at the launch and in situ too – can you guess where…?

Find out more about the Big Egg Hunt in Dublin, see some more pics of the eggs here and join the fun.

Gill Reidy and Gemma Corcoran hugging our baby goodbye - The Lily O'Brien's egg for The Big Egg Hunt

Did you know, there is a sister hunt across the water in England… check out their eggs here

chocolate stamps!!

February 20, 2013


As you may be aware we are fond of a box or two of chocolates here now & again. Imagine our surprise when we heard the latest in the chocolate news from Belgium. The Belgian postal service has launched a range of chocolate stamps to celebrate the country’s popular national delicacy. The stamps taste and smell of chocolate!! The series of five stamps will cost €6.20 and are set to go on sale in time for Easter on March 25. Now, who do we know in Belgium????

3D Printed Children’s Art

January 29, 2013

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Scribbles stuck on the fridge door not enough? We recently came across a fab website called Crayon Creatures. Barcelona-based designer Bernat Cuni describes his new venture as  ‘a service to turn children’s drawings into figurines; nice looking designer objects to decorate the home and office with a colorful touch of wild creativity’. The idea came about when Bernat’s daughter asked him to make one of her drawings as a toy with his DIY 3D printer. The result was a beautiful 3D sandstone figurine! So if you have a budding young artist in your life, this is the site for you.

The Big Egg Hunt for Jack and Jill

January 25, 2013

What excitement! We’ve been asked to join the select few and decorate a giant egg for the The Big Egg Hunt in Dublin 2013. Time is tight (we only got the egg today), but the heads are buzzing with ideas. Its looks so lovely in the studio as it stands, plain white, like its just been laid, but we won’t get away that lightly…


We’re decorating it for our buddies in Lily O’Brien’s, so we need a bit of their chocolate love in the egg. We’ve also been sourcing materials so that we can create our design to withstand the elements for the big expo. Big thanks to Rob in Subvert who is helping us get the right colour Montana street art paints, looking forward to working with them…


Follow our action on Facebook here, we’ll most likely create an album of pics as we go along…

Have a Rockin’ Christmas

December 20, 2012


As we celebrate our sweet 16th this year, we made some rock and sweetened up our services. We hope you joined us and had some creative candy too. sweet162

Big thank you to all our valued clients and suppliers this year – without you we can’t be so creative, so we thank you most sincerely for allowing us this privilege. You’ve also helped us to sweeten up 2012 quite nicely with a whole host of happy additions to our offering, all of which shape who we are and what we do too. Here’s just 16 of these from 2012…

16 sweet things this year…

  1. We celebrated our sweet 16th birthday – Whoop!
  2. We won 3 national design awards, 2 new European tenders & a host of new clients!
  3. Sweet rebrand for Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, designed this year (to be unveiled in 2013)
  4. (As a result of number 3, our sweet tooth has been happy this year!)
  5. We ‘jammed’ at the Electric Picnic in September
  6. Two Penhouse players were tag rugby champions 2012 – sweet sports result!
  7. Sweet announcement – there’ll be ploughing at the ‘Penhouse farm’ – location of the NPC 2013!
  8. Annette made sweet apple juice from the Penhouse orchard
  9. We got some sweet praise from our clients – you know who you are – we thank you!
  10. Leonie took her holipops over the busiest 2 weeks in Penhouse this year! Sweet (for her!)
  11. We designed a suite of jewellery (with Helena Malone) for Culture Night
  12. We watched the sweet successes of Ireland at the Olympics
  13. Gemma’s enthusiastic bid for the Olympic showjumping team 2016 failed BADLY – bittersweet
  14. We volunteered our creative services to sweeten up a range of non-profit businesses
  15. Gillian crashed into Gemma’s car (oops!) but now Gemma is sporting a brand new bumper – sweet!
  16. We made Penhouse rock! If you missed out, please let us know and we’ll send you some – Penhouse Style.

sweetWe’d like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will close for 2012 on Friday December 21st and reopen in the New Year on Thursday January 3rd 2013. Enjoy the holidays…


Here’s some Christmas eye candy…

Have a look at these beauties or make your own one and and upload it too Christmas Gifs

Enjoy some sweet decorating with these virtual gingerbread men and women

Create your very own snowflake using a simple scissors and your creative skills

See where you’ll be celebrating Christmas this year… Ciaran sent this in to us (Thanks CW) – we reckon it works a treat for all you urban heads (but gets a little confused in the lovely outback areas here in Laois)… see if it works for you. Beautifully made (if you like your view it helps too!) Click here


and of course you can make your own Penhouse Reindeer – always a popular decoration and to-do activity this time of year…


Body Image Survey – DCYA

October 16, 2012

Just launched… a fun design job for us and a really interesting report to work on. It details the findings from a survey in Ireland with a broad range of young people and their opinions and attitudes to their Body Image. Interesting reading…

We produced a report and a synopsis book, A6 size, with the department and it was launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD. Read more about it here

Two of our montage illustrations for the Body Image design proved popular among the young people, so much so that we are producing a range of similar illustrations for another project for young people, due to be launched soon – anyone recognise their ‘bits’?

Kildare Arts Plan, 2012-2016

September 20, 2012

Culture Night 2012 saw the launch of one of our latest publications – Kildare County Arts Development Plan 2012-2016 – (Continue to) Make Inroads.

The design showcases the role of the Arts office in promoting and nurturing Arts Services throughout the county of Kildare. We produced a book with a 6 page cover which highlights the great work produced in conjunction with the Arts office over the last 5 years.

It also houses a dvd in the back and is accompanied by 5 great ‘role’ pins inviting members of the community to wear a pin that you can relate to and play a role to mentor, inspire, curate, respond or broker (we like to wear them all together!)

Sometimes a design starts off well but then as it evolves it turns into something special. We think this design has grown this way. Its always a great pleasure working with the guys in Kildare who were full of great ideas and jumped on board with all our suggestions too resulting in something we are all a little bit proud of.

Client Comments:

Can you please pass on our most heartfelt thanks to all of the staff in Penhouse who went above and beyond in helping us realise the new arts plan. The document really helps to highlight the work we are doing here. The feedback from people at the launch was excellent and we can’t wait to circulate the plan.”
Eoghan Doyle
Assistant County Arts Officer

Hi gals, back in the office today and got the rather delicious arts plan alongside the badges. We are thrilled and delighted with it all. We’ve had lots of lovely feedback from people, including the Arts Council.  It is felt that it was very clear, crisp and well laid out.  The people who confessed to only flicking through and not actually reading the text (gasp !!) felt that they had a good sense of the emphasis of the plan too !  The badges went down a treat also. Thanks a mill.”
Lucina Russell
Arts Officer,  Kildare County Council

Heritage Week 2012

August 20, 2012

Heritage Week 2012 has begun! Look out for their logo, designed by us here at Penhouse, at an event near you! We designed this brand identity for National Heritage Week with the Heritage Council 3 years ago and its one of our favourites. Each year we vary the colour palette a little for a slightly different look. 2012 sees a more rustic palette carried across all the marketing material, the website and now a great new app too, where you can easily find and view their events.Heritage Week is growing each year with a huge variety of different events for all the family. One of our favourite new local ones in Laois this year is the film-making summer camp but when you go online you can find other great events in every county all over the country. Log on and find one what’s happening near you… a lovely way to round of the summer holidays!

Olympic fun

August 1, 2012

Lots of Olympic Fun happening in London and beyond. We found this beauty and had to share! Simple idea by Gillette in Germany and good fun. Sure doesn’t everyone love an opportunity to stand into the gold position! See what happens when they reach to select the ProGlide Golden Edition razor…

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