Fresh from the success of its inaugural run at Milan Design Week, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold has been achieving wide acclaim from international audiences in New York during NYCxDesign, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design.

The exhibition, which was officially opened by Barbara Jones, Consul General of Ireland in New York, features over 20 designers, architects, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines and is being presented at the international design event WantedDesign in Manhattan, from 15th May to 18th May 2015.

This is the flagship show from Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government promoting and celebrating Irish design in Ireland and internationally. Liminal’s first outing was in Milan in April where it was billed by Design Milk as one of two highlights of Zona Tortona at Milan Design Week 2015.

Taking the theme of liminality, which refers to spaces that lie between the known and the unknown, this exhibition explores the craft of collaboration and presents the exploratory journeys undertaken by designers. Moving through a series of design venues, starting in Milan, and followed by New York, Eindhoven and Dublin, the exhibition demonstrates Irish design excellence across disciplines and considers the possibilities for the future.

Minister for Business and Enterprise, Ged Nash TD said:

The aim of Irish Design 2015 is to bring visibility to Ireland’s dynamic design businesses, supporting them in selling their goods and services in competitive foreign markets and ultimately creating jobs at home.  The response to Liminal’s first outing at Milan Design Week highlights the success of Irish Design 2015 in promoting the work of talented Irish designers on the international stage.  The continued evolution of the exhibition as it tours to other high profile international design events will be instrumental in positioning design at the heart of our creative economy and in growing Ireland’s reputation abroad as a source of innovative design products and services.”

According to Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of Irish Design 2015, exhibiting ID2015’s largest project to date is proving to be an excellent introduction to key international contacts for Irish designers.

“The work featured in Liminal reflects the level of innovation and new product development happening in the design sector in Ireland, especially when companies operating in different disciplines come together to collaborate.  We are seeing real commercial opportunities emerging from Ireland’s presence at Milan Design Week, with the potential for developing international trade and establishing strategic partnerships. The business model of showcasing Irish design through a group exhibition is proving successful, enabling Irish companies to have a presence at prestigious international design events which would probably be difficult for them to do independently.  We are thrilled with the response to Liminal in both Milan and New York and we look forward to seeing further commercial opportunities unfold as the exhibition continues to evolve,” said Ms. Hennessy.

Visitors to Liminal in New York are enjoying Irish design highlights such as ceramicist Andrew Ludick working with contemporary rug designer Ceadogán Rugs in transforming the intricate nuances of Ludick’s small scale ceramic pieces into dynamic textiles with a strong graphic signature. Peter Sheehan and Cathal Loughnane are also exhibiting the History Chair, a fully resolved fusion of function, emotion, technology, human connection and mastery of materials.

Claire Anne O’Brien furniture has been warmly received, drawing on Ireland’s material heritage and traditional techniques to make playful investigations into structure and form using the unique properties of knit. A collaboration with Seed Labs Inc. and Design Partners has developed an innovative new technology that will revolutionise how we interact with our living and workspaces.

In a collaboration between Thomas Montgomery and Perch, a thought-provoking solution for workers in the 21st century resulted in the eye-catching ‘Float’ seating, based around the idea of encouraging and improving information and interactions in the workspace.

Following the show in New York, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold will travel to the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven before ending its journey in Dublin later in the year.

For further information please contact:

Elevate PR 01 662 5652

Aoife Smith aoife@elevate.ie / Sorcha Furlong sorcha@elevate.ie / Tara Walsh tara@elevate.ie 

Download the Press Release here.


Liminal Curators:

Louise Allen – Head of International Programmes, Irish Design 2015

Alex Milton – Programme Director, Irish Design 2015

Angela O’Kelly - Head of Design for Body and Environment, National College of Art & Design (NCAD), Dublin


About Irish Design 2015:

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long initiative backed by the Irish government exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design throughout Ireland and internationally in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. The programme for the year includes presenting the work of Irish designers at high profile events in design capitals including London, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong/Shenzhen.  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. ID2015 partners include Founding Partners – MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners – The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners – OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; Technology Partners – IBM; Transport Partners – Bus Éireann Expressway and Media Partners – RTÉ. 

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