It's shaping up to be another jam-packed month of design-fuelled goodness all around Ireland this September. We also have lots happening in London for London Fashion Week and London Design Festival – but we'll have more on this tomorrow. For now, feast your eyes on this month's festivities, and sign up to our weekly newsletter for even more news on design events around the country.


Celebrate Your Local Design Hero

7th to 19th September: A celebration of Miroslav Havel who came to Ireland in 1947, as the first employee of the newly established Waterford Crystal. This exhibition at Waterford City Library reveals his extraordinary skill in designing, and shows for the first time, personal glasswork from the family archives. Running concurrently will be adult and children’s glass workshops and talks on the history of glass in the city. 

14th September to 14th October: An exhibition at Castlebar Library showing the design process from initial idea to product through the work of Lisa Ryder, a leather accessories designer.

26th September: Cootehill Library is celebrating the art of the teddy bear with Bear Essentials, Teddy Bear designers from Co. Cavan, with a Build Your Bear and Teddy Bear Hospital Party where children can experience teddy bear making, sewing and think about toy design ideas.



30th September to 2nd October: Rebase is a conference bringing together some of the leading figures in web, product and service design. In association with the ID2015, IxDA Dublin and NCAD, the conference will take place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham and aims to take a single unified look at design, examining the overlaps between disciplines and providing hard and soft skills for attendees to further their careers.

18th and 19th September: Waterford is at a turning point in its glass history. Its legacy of crystal production, has helped and hindered the growth of new directions for innovations in design, education, and production of glass. New advances and technologies that explore the availability of heritage, culture and skills in the town, can offer new possibilities and build liaisons to create a new future for glass in Ireland in design, education, and tourism. This symposium at Waterford Institute of Technology aims to engage members from various community and social groups both in Ireland and internationally in an effort to explain and experience first hand the advances in the sector, from that of factory worker to designer, creator, educator, engineer and entrepreneur. Find out more here.



14th to 25th September: Alternative Perspectives at the Hunt Museum explores how digital, augmented experiences can be designed to promote creative and personalised engagements with the museum's eclectic collection; and support the re-design and re-use of content created by museum professionals at this Irish museum to unlock stories for visitors in personally meaningful ways.  Event will be supported by ancillary programme.


Family Days

12th September: Furniture designer Simon Dennehy and his company Perch are changing how we think about chairs. Re-think how you sit, discover what makes the best seats and redesign your own seat. At 10.30am and 12noon at the ID2015 Design Hub, Dublin Castle. To book email: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie

12th September: Explore architecture through this Handmade Homes craft and design workshop at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. Suitable for all ages, to book call 056 7796151 or email: events@nationalcraftgallery.ie.



4th to 6th September: Design Caravans take over the infamous Trailer Park at Electric Picnic this year. Following a competition earlier this year, designers, inventors, graphic designers, film-makers, creators, architects and more have created 15 interactive Design Caravans for you to explore and unravel.

12th to 19th September: Culturetech in Derry is the largest technology and creative industries event in Northern Ireland. With talks, exhibitions, hands-on workshops, parties and more, the eight day festival brings together great thinkers and speakers from the creative and tech industries to share ideas, impart insight and inspire innovation. This year as part of ID2015, food design exhibition Appetite for Design travels to the festival, and there’ll be a design bootcamp and a day of talks on the benefit of design to business.

18th September: The annual evening of cultural fun that is Culture Night happens around Ireland on September 18th, join us at the ID2015 Design Hub at Dublin Castle and in the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny for Culture Night with a design edge.



3rd September: Next up in the Fresh Talent edition of Design Bites is Professor Rob Kitchin of Maynooth University, a principal investigator on the Programmable City project, which is undertaking a sustained programme of research on how software makes a difference to how social, spatial and economic life takes place.  Get the low-down on Smart Dublin at the ID2015 Design Hub, from 1:15 to 1:45. 

4th September: Dinner Dialogues is a series of talks interested in understanding the role of designer in responding to a context in which designers can act as knowledge brokers between different fields. Over the course of four dinners in the historic 9 Great George’s St, Dinner Dialogues will 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. Tickets are €20 and can be bought here.

5th September: Shoeniversity continue their popular course on developing a career in footwear. Gain a rare insight into working as a shoe designer and maker in the contemporary footwear industry with demonstrations in design, pattern cutting and making. The session is followed by an open studio where staff are on hand to answer questions. At Bantry House, Co. Cork. To book click here.

12th September: Fashion historian Ruth Griffin of the blog Rua Ruth will bring you on a saunter through the centuries to discover the The Lost Fashion History 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.

17th September: The last in the current series of Fresh Talent Design Bites is James King, discussing engineering design to save lives. His medical transportation pod –Medi-Pod – which is on show as part of Fresh Talent, is an aerodynamic self-cooling pod for transporting medical supplies via aerial drone or personal transportation methods. Discover the future of emergency healthcare at the ID2015 Design Hub from 1:15 to 1:45pm.



3rd and 4th September: The Mulranny Geodesign Workshop, part of an ongoing collaboration between UCD School of Architecture and Mulranny Community Futures, will pilot a locally led design approach to the built environment, landscape and coastal interfaces of Mulranny, Co. Mayo, using the Geodesign Model, part of a three to five year collaboration between Mulranny Community and UCD School of Architecture.

5th September: Come along to the launch of the annual Creative Arts and Crafts Programme on 5th September 2015, 10.30am – 2.00pm, at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. As well as meeting the tutors who facilitate the adult craft workshops throughout the year, you’ll see demonstrations of the crafts you can make when you book a place on a course.

12th September: Dublin-based design company Perch is dedicated to improving the quality of everyday living, through design. Focusing their research on applied human movement they have re-imagined furniture for workspaces, school and living. In this workshop you’ll re-think how you move and the furniture you use, opening you up to creative design solutions. At the ID2015 Design Hub, from 2pm.

17th September: Portfolio Lab III is designed for aspiring creatives – whether you’re a recent graduate or a final year student of any creative discipline with an advertising or design portfolio and want to get your work in front of leading Irish Creative Directors. This is your opportunity to cut through all of those emails and phone calls it usually takes to meet with, show your work to and gain constructive feedback from the superstars of Irish advertising and design. From 6pm at the Irish Times. Tickets are €20.

19th September: During this two hour workshop you'll learn the magic of herbs and their powers. You'll explore growing and caring for your herb garden, herbal tea recipes, uses in food and the best techniques and tricks to get the most of your herbs, fresh or dried. There’ll be plenty of hands on time and cocktails throughout! Places are limited to 20 – at The Mart on September 19th at 11am. Tickets €35.



Words by Alex Calder.

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