Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year long initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design in just about every form, has officially begun. Through a programme of events and activites engaging the public, the design community and businesses both in Ireland and internationally, ID2015 aims to showcase the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness.

As part of ID2015, Dubin has been designated World Design Hub 2015 by the International Association of Designers, providing Ireland with a platform to promote the skills and talents of Irish designers to a worldwide audience.

  • ID2015 will see over 300 design events, conferences, exhibitions, talks and more take place on the island of Ireland and internationally. Highlights of the programme include:
  • The Design Island exhibiton of 300 photographs celebrating Irish creativity at Dublin Airport which will be seen by more than 21 million passengers by the end of 2015
  • Presentations of the work of Irish architects and people working in the built environment at biennials in London, Chicago and Hong Kong/Shenzhen
  • Showcasing Irish designers at major international design events such London and Paris Fashion Weeks, Milan and Dutch Design Weeks and London Design Festival
  • Ireland’s largest international trade fair Showcase: Ireland’s Creative Expo ® at the RDS, Dublin from January 18th to 21st 2015, followed by a presentation of work by contemporary Irish designers and makers at the premier French trade show Maison et Objet, Paris from January 23rd – 27th 2015
  • A series of Irish and international design exhibitions throughout the year at The Coach House at Dublin Castle which is a design hub for ID2015, in partnership with the Office of Public Works
  • A Celebrate Your Local Design Hero initiative encouraging libraries to celebrate well known designers from local areas through events, workshops or mini festivals
  • Other elements of the progamme aimed at developiong the design sector include:
  • An international trade fund which will enable Irish designers and companies to access international markets and create export opportunities
  • A digital platform which will act as a one stop shop for people interested in finding the latest tools and techniues for applying design, making connections with peers and finding out about the latest research
  • The development of toolkits and programmes for design-led education initiatives from primary to third level, aimed at ensuring the ongoing development of design talent and expertise in Ireland
  • ID2015 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. The initiative aims to:
  • Create 1800 jobs over three years through sales of design-led products and services
  • Generate an additional €10m in design-based exports
  • Generate 200 new design-led business start-ups
  • Facilitate more than 300 companies in international trade missions and design based trade events
  • Engage with an audience of over 3 million at home and abroad

Laura Magahy, Executive Chairman of ID2015 says:

“We welcome the Government’s support of Irish Design 2015 and we look forward to working with our partners in delivering a programme of activities that will engage the public, businesses and designers. There will be hundreds of events throughout the year highlighting the importance of design in enhancing our lives, our environment and our society while promoting Irish design and designers. We really hope that people will enjoy the year and join in this celebration of great Irish design!”

According to Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, ID2015 offers a unique opportunity to promote Ireland’s well recognised strengths and international reputation for design and creativity.

“Events and activities both at home and abroad throughout 2015 will position Ireland at the heart of a design-focused, forward-thinking creative economy. Our international programme aims to highlight the quality of Irish design to audiences around the world in order to generate export opportunities,” she said.

The inaugural ID2015 exhibition, In the Making, is now open at The Coach House at Dublin Castle and runs until 17th March 2015. In the Making is a touring exhibition from the Design Museum, London, curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, capturing over twenty objects mid-manufacture and putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Highlighting the breadth of Irish design significance, two objects have been commissioned for In the Making’s stay in Dublin: a traditional Boyne River currach by Meitheal Mara, and the Triathlon Total Knee System, an artificial knee joint, by Stryker, with accompanying short films of the production process.

For details on the full calendar of events, view the programme here.

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