Retrospect is situated on 'Cows Lane' between Christchurch Cathedral and Dublin Castle and is a welcome oasis from the noise and bustle of city life. This ultra modern pedestrian area is home to a community of eclectic, enthusiastic and independent retailers. We specialise in vintage furniture, lighting, mirrors, glass and accessories and showcase the best design from the 1930s to the 1970s with an emphasis on teak and rosewood mid-century Scandinavian. Our shop displays all the periods together with funky retro lighting sitting comfortably alongside elegant thirties and fifties furniture.

With over 20 years experience, having our roots in the trendy 80s Mother Redcaps Market, we were the first shop in Ireland to specialise in mid-century-retro and as a result have an extensive network of suppliers throughout Europe and the UK. Each item is handpicked to fit our criteria of quality materials, workmanship and simplicity of design. While we do sell designer items we are not hung up on designer labels but more interested in quality pieces with a strong design aesthetic.

All our furniture is cleaned and restored before presentation on the shop floor and most importantly all our lighting is thoroughly checked and where necessary re-wired and ready for immediate use. A unique and value added aspect to our small family business is the intimate customer service we provide. Our customers have the re-assurance of a well established, traceable and accountable vendor. We stand over all our items and treasure our reputation for customer service beyond the call of duty.

Deliveries for small and medium-sized items can generally be arranged; at cost - via trusted service providers. For more detailed information on our Delivery policy please see Terms and Conditions.


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I reget to inform you all our Cows Lane shop closed at the end of June. I hope to be back on my feet soon with a new shop. Please email for further details or inquiries.



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Unit 2, Cows Lane, Templebar, Dublin
Telephone (01) 6726188