Is it really October already? We can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. Once again, we have another design-filled month coming up with events around Ireland and around the world, from architecture in Chicago to film in Milan to the best of Irish design in Eindhoven. It's a month filled with talks and exhibitions, take a look through the listings below, and don't forget to check out programme throughout the month for more.


Celebrate your Local Design Hero

16th October: Japanese Paper Craft
Combining literature, in the form of old books and the skills of our local Design Hero Naomi Fleury, children will have the opportunity to breathe life back into the pages of old disused books by combining upcycling and origami. At Central Library, Saint Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. Booking is essential via 074 91 24950. 



Throughout October visitors to the ID2015 Design Hub at Dublin Castle are invited to enter the Platinum Design Competition. Think like a designer and submit your response to one or more of our four challenges with your own innovative designs. 

The competition will be judged in the categories:
- under 8 years, 8-12 years
- 13-18 years
- over 18 years
- and, professional designer.
Winning entries will be exhibited in the Design Hub during Design Week, 2-7 November 2015. For more information, email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.


19th to 25th October: Universal Designed Homes 

Community Engagement Week have organised a series of seminars to increase awareness and public understanding of the challenges of minimum standards and promote debate about universal designed homes, with field visits to Lifetime Adaptable Plus Homes in Galway and facilitated tours of pilot schemes at Coole Park, Greenview Heights and Chluain Ard. The programme kicks off on October 19th with a half-day symposium at Town Hall Theatre, Galway. There will also be a community design Hack a Home workshop exploring the differences between a standard house and a universal designed home, as well as the potential for universal design in everyday life.

27th to 31st October: 3D3 Print Conference

D3D at Creative Spark, Dundalk, aims to explore the future for 3D printing internationally and excite users about the potential applications of 3D printing within their business or work practice. The conference will focus on the growth and availability of 3D printing globally and explore applications of 3D printing for designers and makers, and for businesses in every sector from medicine to food. Speakers will explore themes of collaboration and social innovation through design and will look at how Ireland is currently engaging with the 3D print revolution and how it can maximise the benefits to industry, education and community. Book here.

30th October: Déanta 

A one day conference at GMIT, Letterfrack, Co. Galway, bringing together designers and professionals from multiple disciplines to discuss the journey of design from conception to market. Thirteen speakers, from professional designers to retailers to representatives from organisations such as Enterprise Ireland and the Innovation in Business Centre, will share their wisdom on how to successfully realise design ideas as products in the marketplace. Book here.


1st October to 7th November: Platinum: the A'Design Award Exhibition

This exhibition features the 2015 A’Design Award platinum winners, the highest calibre award available, representing a diverse range of design disciplines. These winning projects invite debate on what good design is and can be. Platinum provides a set of rich case studies for Irish designers, companies and clients to consider, examine and discuss. Platinum, A’Design Award Exhibition demonstrates the power of design to solve today’s often complex problems through innovation. Design can, at it’s best, be a powerful catalyst for universal change. To coincide with this exhibition, gallery visitors are invited to submit original designs to the Platinum Design Competition. Visit the exhibition, exchange ideas and propose your own useful, impactful and meaningful design solutions to a number of challenges. Imagine, create and submit your design to begin your own journey towards being an award-winning designer. At the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle.

Until October 9th: Designblok

An exhibition of contemporary Czech design prepared by Designblok, held in the unique industrial space of the new Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin. This one-of-a-kind show presents a selection of the best of contemporary Czech design.

Until October 10th: Invent Showcase

The new Irish Invent Showcase celebrates contemporary Irish inventors, reinventors and their inventions. Visit the exhibition to discover the stories behind Irish inventions like the Internet of Things designed Smart Cooking Scales – Drop, and Sugru, the mouldable glue that turns into flexible rubber. This Irish Invent Showcase is part of the Startup Gathering celebration, supported by the team at Startup Ireland. At 1 Grand Canal Square, Dublin until October 10th.

2nd to 4th October: ID2015 at Expo Milano 

The work of Irish designers across a broad range of disciplines will be showcased at Expo Milano from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October. The Irish Pavilion at Expo Milano will host a series of exciting events and talks highlighting the diversity of contemporary design emerging from Ireland.

3rd October to 3rd January: New Horizon_architecture from Ireland opens at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial

Selected by curators Nathalie Weadick of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and Raymund Ryan of the Heinz Architectural Center at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, New Horizon_architecture from Ireland will present the work of three practices - A2 Architects (Peter Carroll and Caomhán Murphy), GKMP Architects (Grace Keeley and Michael Pike), and Ryan W. Kennihan Architects - for the first time in Chicago. In response to the Biennial's theme, 'The State of the Art of Architecture', the three Irish practices have been tasked to make an intervention – part installation, part exhibition – in the Chicago Design Museum. The architects have collaborated on constructing a temporary mirrored canopy, designing and fabricating a generous communal table, and presenting a selection of work from their offices in Dublin. The intervention takes inspiration from Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe’s geometric modernism and shines a light on the art of architecture and specific interests of this new generation of architects. They play with preconceptions of old and new, Ireland and America, labour and pleasure, the room and the city. A programme of accompanying events will explore cultural, social and political connections between Chicago and Ireland.

9th October to 10th January 2016: Ó 

Ó, meaning ‘from’ in the Irish language, is an exhibition telling the story of Ireland as a source of creative ideas and making, and explains how its craft heritage inspires new and contemporary design. First presented at the London Design Festival in September 2015 and curated by Steven McNamara, the exhibition features beautifully designed work in stone, glass, ceramics, wood and textiles from almost 30 designers who are passionate about materials and production and who possess a strong sense of place. At the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

14th to 20th October: Solas 

Solas is a travelling, juried exhibition showcasing works from Glass Society of Ireland members which highlight the intersections between glass, light and design. The work is selected by Dr. Audrey Whitty of the National Museum of Ireland and Susanne Jøker Johnsen, project director of European Glass and Ceramic Context. The alchemic process of glass making has produced one of our most diverse materials. Glass has the ability to be transparent and opaque, to be liquid and solid, to be microscopic and monumental; it lends itself to many possibilities, from architecture to tableware. 

17th to 25th October: Dutch Design Week

Irish design will represented for the first time at Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, in October, as part of the evolving ID2015 flagship exhibition Liminal – Irish design at the threshold. Featuring over 20 designers, architects, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines, Liminal explores, identifies and showcases Irish creativity, and how designers, companies and studios are moving across the disciplinary boundaries and the limits of what design was, into what design can become.


Family Days

3rd October: Wearable Circuits

How can you wear wires and batteries? Designer Tara Whelan shows you how to make your own badges and stitch conductive thread through them, making safe circuits that connect to batteries and can light up while you are wearing them. Stitch, sew and glow! At the ID2015 Design Hub. To book, email designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.
17th October: Building Spaces
How are buildings designed? It often starts with an idea that takes shape in a sketch model. Architects Maria Tarsouli and Myrto Dowling lead a fun workshop designing and building 3D models of spaces out of card and other simple materials. At the ID2015 Design Hub. To book, email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

31st October: Scaredy Cups

Have a scare at tea-time with this Halloween inspired workshop. Ceramic and homeware designer Anthony Horrigan helps us design and illustrate our own individual scary pattern, which you can then learn to transfer on to a plain ceramic cup to create Scaredy Cups. At the ID2015 Design Hub. To book, email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.



16th to 18th October: Waterford Festival of Architecture 
The festival programme includes public talks, tours, exhibitions and demonstrations over three days and an outreach programme to schools. 



15th October: Irish Architecture and the Built Environment

The RIAI Review will mark ID2015 with a special publication that expands the focus on Irish architecture to a wider focus on Ireland’s rich contemporary design culture and the built environment.



1st October: Awarding Good Design with Dr. Onur Cobanli, Founder OMC Design Studios and Dalia Sadany, Chairman Dezines Consultancies, President IAD & Founding Chairman ASDA

Two A’Design Award jury members, Onur Cobanli and Dalia Sadany, discuss the A'Design Award and Competition, and introduce some of the interesting Platinum winning projects in the exhibition. A'Design Award seeks to provide a fair, ethical and competitive platform for companies, designers and innovators from all design fields and with different experience levels to compete on, while also offering the opportunity to showcase their innvoative projects to a global audience. At the ID2015 Design Hub. To book, email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

2nd October: Dinner Dialogues

Society currently faces extensive, large-scale and complex challenges, challenges which design processes are suited to addressing. Design thinking can open up dialogues between a number of fields, including policy and planning, community development, sociology, anthropology, human geography, and development studies. Dinner Dialogues are interested in understanding the role of designer in responding to this new context, a context in which designers can act as knowledge brokers between different fields. Over the course of four dinners, Dinner Dialogues would like to bring together a range of practitioners from the design and non-design communities to discuss various themes, including what we mean by 'good design' and the role of design in tackling complex social issues. At 9 North Great George's St, Dublin. Book here.

6th October: Pecha Kucha Leitrim

Join thinkers and creators from different fields for this second series of Pecha Kucha talks at the Leitrim Design House/Dock Carrick on Shannon and Leitrim Sculpture Centre, for quickfire presentations on topics close to their hearts.

7th October: Design Thinking and Innovation
Kilkenny was a centre of  design innovation in the 1960s with the launch of the Kilkenny Design Workshops creating employment and working with industry both nationally and internationally. Does Kilkenny now have another opportunity to stand out from the crowd as a centre of design innovation? There’s a shift underway in large organisations, one that situates design as a cornerstone of success. This event is not about aesthetics in design but rather about applying the principles of ‘design thinking’ to the way people work. Design thinking is a problem-solving approach that focuses on the user. It can be applied to products, processes and services across all disciplines. At Billy Byrne's Garden Room, Kilkenny. Book here.

15th October: Cyc-lok Bicycle Parking System with Sean McNulty, CEO Dolmen Design

Sean McNulty discusses the Cyc-lok Bicycle Parking System, a Gold A’Design Award winning project designed by Dolmen Design and Innovation Consultancy. Cyc-lok was inspired by the need to find a space-efficient way to manage on-street bicycle storage. Cyc-lok's key design innovation is its unique flat-pack, modular construction system, inspired by the efficiencies of flat-pack furniture. It is manufactured using flat or nesting elements, which can be stored & transported with maximum efficiency and built on site in minutes with no additional processes. This hugely reduces the cost of storage, transport and assembly and results in a highly marketable, globally implementable business model. At the ID2015 Design Hub. To book, email designhub@irishdesign2015.ie.

29th October: Architecture Factory with Mark O’Riain, Rua Architects & President IDI

Marc O’Riain discusses The Architecture Factory, a Platinum A’Design Award winning project designed in 2013 with RKD Architects. The Architecture Factory houses Cork Institute of Technology’s Interior Architecture and Architectural Technology courses in a former warehouse building. The repurposing of a disused factory to an educational space was achieved by using six shipping containers to divide the large factory floor into open studio spaces, while the containers themselves also function as offices for the lecturers. At the ID2015 Design Hub. To book, email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie



3rd October: The Lost Fashion History of O'Connell St 
The Lost Fashion History of Dublin Tours are a unique series of tours which explores Dublin's stylish past. Fashion historian Ruth Griffin of the blog 'Rua Ruth' will bring you on a saunter through the centuries to discover the style of the different quarters of Dublin. Find out more about the places where our most important fashion designers lived and worked, our trend-setting residents and the histories behind the city's premier shopping streets, Georgian Squares, rag-trade and textile districts. Book here.



1st October: Grow Your Design Business 
Working with the IDI and Skillnets, Derek Howard and Niamh O'Connor have exclusively focused this workshop on the challenge of growing a design business. This session will cover growing design businesses, with an emphasis on networks, pitching, pricing, increasing client loyalty, getting the best from people and developing personal profiles and reputation in the marketplace. At the Fumbally Exchange, Dublin.

3rd October: What’s a Wearable? 
Wearables are smart objects or garments, designed to be worn on the body, that offer immediate access to digital data. Innovations in wearable technologies are happening continually, and occasionally new developments have the power to really change how we live our daily lives. In this workshop, designer Tara Whelan talks through some of the interesting wearable technologies that exist now and challenges participants to devise a new wearable they feel could really change lives.

17th October: 4D City Walk

To coincide with Open House Dublin, architect Alan Mee leads an exploration of Dublin city by foot, examining the city's architecture and uncovering the buildings that have been or could have been through the aid of digital technologies. '4D City Walk' investigates urban design in the physical city paying attention to its adjustment over time. Bring your smart phone or tablet on this walking workshop to uncover intersections between the digital and physical worlds.

31st October: Design for Production

What are the differences between designing products for studio crafting and designing for mass production? Ceramic designer Anthony Horrigan leads a design and development workshop on designing product for large-scale production, with a focus on ceramic tableware. Anthony is a tableware and giftware designer for Irish ceramics company Belleek Pottery, and previously worked for Aynsley China and Marks & Spencer.



Words by Alex Calder.

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