As documented in our December issue, designer Trevor Finnegan has spent the last seven years working on Our Type, a project documenting the disappearing shopfronts, signage and typography of Ireland’s towns and villages.
Irish Shopfronts is an exhibition which was selected for this year’s Venice Biennale and documents pubs and lounge bars, general stores, fishing, camera and uniform specialists, fancy goods shops, greengrocers and ‘fruiterers’.
The shopfronts range in style from 19th-century, through to Art Deco gems and 1970s renovations.
Typefaces and colour palettes vary from county to county.
Many are now closed, but many still serve their communities, keeping the traditional Irish main street identity going that little bit longer.
Hen’s Teeth, Fade Street, Thursday June 14-21.