Year long programme commences with a touring exhibition from the Design Museum, London, celebrating the beauty of the production process
In the Making
The Coach House, Dublin Castle
30 December 2014 - 17 March 2015
Curated by Edward Barber, OBE and Jay Osgerby, OBE
In the Making, the inaugural exhibition of Irish Design 2015, opens on December 30th in The Coach House, Dublin Castle, to coincide with Dublin’s New Year’s Eve Festival. In the Making is a touring exhibition organised by the Design Museum, London, and curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.
Highlighting the breadth of Irish design significance, two objects have been commissioned by Barber and Osgerby 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.
Brought to Dublin in partnership with the Design Museum, London, In the Making is the first in a series of international design exhibitions being hosted in Dublin as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and designers nationally and internationally.
In partnership with the Office of Public Works, The Coach House at Dublin Castle will be a design hub for ID2015, showcasing Irish and international design exhibitions throughout the year.
Laura Magahy, Executive Chairman of ID2015 says: "In the Making is a really interesting opportunity for people to see what’s involved in designing objects - to get an insider’s view of the process. This is the first in a series of exhibitions to be presented at Dublin Castle in The Coach House OPW, Dublin's Design Hub for ID2015. Entry will be free to all exhibitions at The Coach House during the year. There’ll also be hundreds of exhibitions around the country throughout 2015, and we really hope that people will enjoy the year and join in this celebration of great Irish design!”
The exhibition has been curated by award-winning British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and has been realised by their architecture practice Universal Design Studio. In the Making captures over twenty objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Varying from a tennis ball to a French horn, a surprising range of objects have been chosen to be exhibited in an unfinished state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.
Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby comment: “We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product. We have a long standing fascination in nautical design and so were naturally drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the currach. The ancient technique of basket weaving is used to create the structure of this small river fishing boat and is a brilliant example of using a locally found material in a demanding and resourceful way.”
In the Making is the first of two Design Museum exhibitions that ID2015 will host and the first Design Museum exhibition in nine years to be held on the island of Ireland. It also marks the first occasion that In the Making has gone on tour. Open for just over three months while in London, In the Making had almost 60,000 visitors.
Alex Milton, Programme Director for ID2015 said: “We’re delighted to be bringing this exhibition to Dublin as the opening show for Irish Design 2015 from the internationally renowned Design Museum in London. It explores the notion of design for manufacture and reveals the unseen creative, technical and engineering processes behind the production of everyday and iconic objects, which is something ID2015 is keen to highlight. A pure celebration of making, it makes clear designers pleasure in the process of designing.”
In the Making runs from December 30th 2014 to 17th March 2015 in The Coach House, Dublin Castle.
To coincide with Dublin’s New Year’s Eve Festival:
Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st December: 10am - 5pm
Thursday, 1st January: 11am - 5pm
From 2nd January onwards:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 1pm - 5pm
To find out more, visit www.irishdesign2015.ie.
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Notes for Editors
About Irish Design 2015
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, is Patron of Irish Design 2015 and the initiative has been included in the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. 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.
Irish Design 2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; and Exhibtion Partners – DAA. To learn more, visit www.irishdesign2015.ie
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. The mission of DDCol is to promote and stimulate the creative and commercial potential of Irish design and craft and to work in collaboration with strategic partners in the ongoing development and growth of the sector.
To learn more, visit: http://www.dccoi.ie
About Edward Barber, OBE and Jay Osgerby, OBE
Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London-based studio in 1996 after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art. Their multidisciplinary practice challenges the boundaries of industrial design, architecture and art. Their diverse body of work includes collections for Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Venini and Flos; limited edition works; public commissions including the 2012 Olympic Torch and a £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint. Both are Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and Honorary Doctors of Arts. Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2001, Barber and Osgerby established architecture and interior design practice, Universal Design Studio. In 2012, they founded MAP, a company that specialises in research and strategy-led industrial design. All three studios work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary approach and share a thoughtful, materials-driven design process and passion for detail.
www.barberosgerby.com @barberosgerby www.universaldesignstudio.com @UDSTweets
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About the Design Museum
The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design. It opened in 1989 and its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. The museum has hosted exhibitions showcasing some of the most important pioneers of design including, Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, and Dieter Rams. The Design Museum plans to relocate from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, West London. The project is expected to be completed by 2016. Leading designer John Pawson will convert the interior of the Commonwealth Institute building to create a new home for the Design Museum giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions, showcase its world class collection and extend its learning programme. For more information, please visit: http://designmuseum.org