Happy May! Summer is just around the corner, so to get you through the next few weeks until the good weather really kicks in, we have our monthly line-up of the best design events around the country.
April saw the ID2015 flagship show Liminal - Irish design at the threshold have its inaugural and hugely successful run at Milan Design Week, featuring on Dezeen as part of their coverage of the week long design-fest. Liminal travels to New York next for WantedDesign Manhattan, May 15th to 18th. Find out more about the exhibition and the designers involved here.
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things continues into June at the ID2015 Design Hub with a full programme of Design Bites talks, Design Workshops, Schools Days and Family Days which are proving very popular, so book your place at firstname.lastname@example.org. PORTFOLIO: Glass continues atthe Solomon Gallery until May 16th. Returning home after the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week, In the Fold is now on display at Kildare Village until June 12th. If you want to know what the future of Irish fashion looks like, this is an exhibition you need to see.
Around the country there's lots of good stuff to get involved in, so read on for your design event guide for this month.
- 30th April: NCAD presents Migrations, an exhibition of international textile works, guest curated by Jessica Hemmings and exploring the unique position textiles have as carriers of multiple cultural influences.
- 1st May: HOME/SICK opens at the Science Gallery in Dublin, looking at the meanings of home, from rubbish to robots and microbes to micro-dwellings and asking whether the changing nature of home is for better or worse.
- 6th May: In a one day exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, experience new work by jewellery designer Gisella Bianco, with a talk from Gisella the evening before (for more on the talk scroll down!).
- 8th May: A highly anticipated exhibition at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, curated by design duo Designgoat, Appetite for Design explores the very best of food design, building on the increasing global recognition of outstanding Irish produce from coast to coast, seabed to soil. As part of the exhibtion, four evening Eating Experiences with boundary pushing chefs are planned. Find out more and get your tickets here. There's also a full programme of talks, workshops and family days around the theme of design for food, find out more here.
- 5th May: In this talk from EUNIC, in partnership with ID2015, jewellery designer Gisella Bianco discusses the art of designing and creating an artisan product at the Italian Institute of Culture, ahead of the day long exhibition of her new work on May 6th.
- 6th May: In Designing Dublin at the RDS, Michael Phillips, Dublin City Engineer and Director of Traffic, discusses how a sustainable transport system plays an important part in how a city functions and how, through careful planning and design, it can influence how we experience and enjoy the city.
- 14th May: Urban Design and Natural Flows with Isabelle Daeron focuses on how taking an holistic approach to planning will allow you to make the best use of a site. In association with Alliance Francaise at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.
- 16th May: Designers talk with renowned Spanish experience designer Marti Guixe as part of the EUNIC lecture series. For more and to book click here.
- 28th May: Irish Architecture and the Built Environment: From Local Context to Global Excellence, organised by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, will explore and showcase the quality and diversity of Irish architects and construction professionals work at home and abroad across the themes of: sustainability, innovation and placemaking.
- 7th May: CX Dublin host Captivate – A CX Masterclass, a two hour working session to help you understand how to plan for and manage customer experience engagement to achieve increased customer satisfaction and deliver commercial objectives.
- 16th May: Join us at the ID2015 Design Hubs in Dublin and Kilkenny for National Drawing Day to start your own design journey with our drop-in drawing workshops.
- 28th May: As part of Bealtáine Festival Emerging (Older) Artist will focus on how an older group of people have discovered or reconnected with their creativity in later life.
- Throughout May the Mobile Baskets project continues, examining the development of traditional basket weaving methods to evolve contemporary solutions for transporting modern objects while cycling.
Words by Alex Calder.