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De­sire for cross-pol­li­na­tion is a char­ac­ter­is­tic of good de­sign­ers. If you are a good de­signer — be it in in­te­ri­ors, ar­chi­tec­ture, graph­ics, what­ever — why be re­stricted to de­sign­ing one thing for your en­tire ca­reer? There are de­sign spe­cial­ists who want to en­ter fash­ion; ar­chi­tects are par­tic­u­larly drawn. Pau­ric Sweeney was train­ing to be an ar­chi­tect be­fore he be­gan de­sign­ing light­ing, jewellery, clothes and, fi­nally, ac­ces­sories. So when ar­chi­tects An­drew Grif­fin and Michael Ban­non ap­proached me with their watch range, Push, and their busi­ness, which they hope to ex­pand into other ar­eas of fash­ion and ac­ces­sories de­sign, I took them se­ri­ously. Th­ese guys are in their late 20s and have al­ready achieved a lot.

Upon grad­u­at­ing from Bolton Street, they quickly built strong rep­u­ta­tions as ar­chi­tects. Both do fur­ni­ture de­sign projects for in­te­ri­ors com­pa­nies. An­drew is part of the col­lec­tive that de­signed the ex­tra­or­di­nary Ice­berg apart­ment com­plex in Aarhus Har­bour, Den­mark. Michael, of the Ban­non fam­ily of Dublin jewellers, has long had a dream of sup­port­ing young de­sign­ers and in­no­va­tive jewellery de­sign. With Push, they hope to get a new creative busi­ness model rolling.

Push watches have a strongly minimalist, Six­ties aes­thetic. In ‘chunky’, or medium sizes, priced at just €49 and €35 re­spec­tively, and made in black, white, or rain­bow colours with sil­i­cone straps, they are set to be­come a cult prod­uct. When lit, the strik­ing blue dig­i­tal dis­play makes them bril­liant for dark in­te­ri­ors. They are avail­able from Ban­non Jewellers in Black­rock, Co Dublin and Grey­stones, and on­line at al­ways­push.com. Ten per cent of all prof­its go to the Ir­ish Can­cer So­ci­ety.

“As an ar­chi­tect, there is huge em­pha­sis on sus­tain­abil­ity and the en­vi­ron­ment,” An­drew ex­plains. “We want to en­cour­age Ir­ish tal­ent by lead­ing by ex­am­ple and also by bring­ing peo­ple to­gether from dif­fer­ent creative back­grounds. We are open­ing of­fices on Es­sex Quay in Dublin, and we hope to hold talks and get a creative cen­tre go­ing.”

Part of the guys’ ded­i­ca­tion to Push is that Michael is giv­ing up his ca­reer in ar­chi­tec­ture. “I love ar­chi­tec­ture. But I love do­ing this, too,” Michael says. “Pack­ag­ing in jewellery is a hugely im­por­tant as­pect of the pur­chase, but it is hugely waste­ful of ma­te­ri­als. So we were de­ter­mined to de­sign a box that used less pa­per, no glue, gave peo­ple the in­for­ma­tion they needed, yet was at­trac­tive. The idea is to al­ways push bound­aries. To think cre­atively and try new things.”

Push does.

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