12.12.2014

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) and daa today unveiled Design Island, a new photographic exhibition at Dublin Airport celebrating the breadth of Irish creativity as part of the upcoming Irish Design 2015 programme.

The series of 300 photographs by award winning Irish photographer Peter Rowen captures 24 designers at work in their studios all over Ireland, presenting evocative images of their location, the raw materials and tools of their trade, the design process and completed product, along with the designer’s portrait.

Design Island depicts many internationally renowned and award winning Irish designers across a broad range of disciplines such as furniture designer Joseph Walsh, architects O'Donnell + Tuomey, animators Brown Bag Films, engineering group Arup and fashion designer Helen Steele.

Commenting on the exhibition, Karen H­ennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said:

“Presenting Design Island at Dublin Airport is a huge privilege for Ireland’s design sector.  The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and promote Irish talent and creativity and enforce a first and lasting impression of design in Ireland. I would like to sincerely thank and commend daa for partnering with us on this initiative as one of the highlights of our programme for Irish Design 2015 which will be launched in December.”

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said daa was delighted to support the exhibition.

“Irish design and creativity will be showcased to more than 21 million passengers between now and the end of 2015 and I’m sure our customers will enjoy Peter Rowen’s wonderful photographs over the coming months.”

The images have been installed in arrivals in Terminal 2 (T2) and will be mounted in the T2 departures area early next week, with Terminal 1 following shortly afterwards. Design Island will include 300 photographs depicting many of Ireland's top design and craft practitioners at work in their respective disciplines to reflect the breadth of the ID2015 initiative.

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