Eoin Shanley set up Copperfish in Delgany, Co. Wicklow in 2016. He began working with old and reclaimed wood under the tutelage of a former coach builder and master joiner during the restoration of a 200-year-old, thatched cottage in Leitrim. At the time, Eoin found it difficult to find lighting that he liked and started to make his own.
The approach and philosophy used in the restoration of the cottage has flowed through to Copperfish in the use of local and sustainable materials. Each lamp starts with beautiful Irish storm-fallen or salvaged timber, selected for its character and provenance. We combine that with natural materials like copper and rope and environmentally friendly LED retro style bulbs, to create unique and distinctive lighting.
Each piece has its own story which is handwritten on a card accompanying each lamp and is wrapped in environmentally friendly "honeycomb" paper with a stylish cardboard outer box.
Lamps are available from our online shop or workshop in Co. Wicklow as well as in a range of stockists around Ireland. For commissions and bespoke pieces please contact us directly.
With the cottage we felt we were restoring a piece of our heritage for future generations. It’s the same with our lamps – the wood we love has history, character, and the traces of where it came from. We take this wood and we bring it back to life in a new form and it feels really good to be doing that.