LiminalIrish design at the threshold


Liminal – Irish design at the threshold features
over 30 designers, companies and studios.

Ireland’s creativity in areas such as literature, music and art is world-renowned. But in Ireland we also have many great businesses producing creative products and services using excellent internationally competitive and innovative design. The Irish Government’s ambition is to showcase these world-class businesses and support them in selling their goods and services internationally. It is important that we recognise the difference that good quality design can make to the long term competitiveness of individual enterprises and the economy as a whole, and promote this agenda to our greatest advantage.

Bringing Irish design to the world is based on bringing the very best of design across all disciplines to key international design weeks, architectural biennales and fashion weeks. The idea of designating a year to celebrating and promoting Irish design emerged from the Global Irish Economic Forum in 2013. The Government backed this proposal, supporting a comprehensive programme of national and international events and activities throughout 2015. The aim of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is to bring visibility to Ireland’s dynamic design businesses, supporting them in trading in competitive foreign markets and ultimately creating jobs at home. The initiative is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland.

As the flagship exhibition for ID2015, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold offers a unique platform for showcasing Irish innovation and creativity to discerning audiences around the world. The continued evolution of this exhibition throughout the year has resulted in new work being shown in each location on its touring programme. The response to this exhibition’s previous outings at Milan Design Week, WantedDesign in New York and Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven highlights the success of Irish Design 2015 in promoting the breadth of Ireland’s design talent on the international stage.

As the year long programme for ID2015 comes to a close, presenting this exhibition back home at the Design Hub in Dublin Castle will allow Irish audiences to enjoy and take pride in the exciting work emerging from Ireland’s vibrant design sector. Liminal – Irish design at the threshold plays an instrumental role in positioning design at the heart of our creative economy and in growing Ireland’s reputation abroad as a home for innovative design products and services.

Ged Nash, TD
Minister for Business and Employment

Showcasing Irish design to the world is central to all of the events and activities taking place this year as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015). Through an extensive year-long programme, we are presenting the work of contemporary Irish designers at major international design events and through trade missions, developing commercial opportunities and establishing strategic partnerships for the ongoing development of this vibrant sector.

As an Irish initiative with a global reach, ID2015 offers Irish designers a unique opportunity to highlight the significant role and impact that design has in every facet of life, shining a spotlight on the level of innovation, collaboration and new product development happening in Ireland right now.

The business model of showcasing Irish creativity abroad through our flagship exhibition Liminal – Irish design at the threshold is proving successful in generating real commercial opportunities. The featured designers have the ambition and capability to expand into international markets and the experience and industry knowledge gained from presenting Liminal at international design weeks this year will have lasting benefits for the sector as a whole. Following its tour of international design capitals, we are delighted to be showing Liminal in Dublin as the final exhibition in our year-long programme at the Design Hub in the Coach House, Dublin Castle.

Collaboration with public and private partners both in Ireland and abroad, for which we are extremely grateful, has been central to the planning and delivery of the ID2015 programme in order to ensure a legacy from this year. With continued support and investment in design and working with our partners, ID2015 has the potential to act as a catalyst for significant change in Ireland’s competitiveness in the global marketplace and in creating employment opportunities over the years to come.

Karen Hennessy
Chief Executive, Irish Design 2015

  • 5 Liminal
    April 8th -
    July 3rd
  • 1 Liminal
    April 14-19
  • 2 Liminal
    New York
    May 15–18
  • 3 Liminal
    Oct 17–25
  • 4 Liminal
    Nov/Dec 2015
  • 5 Liminal
    Apr/Jul 2016