Celebrated Irish designer Joseph Walsh officially launched Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) in Tokyo today. The announcement was made at a reception hosted by Her Excellency Anne Barrington, Ambassador of Ireland to Japan, at the Irish Embassy residence in Tokyo. The event included a talk entitled ‘A Dialogue in Making’ which focused on how Walsh's elaborate work is realised and on the process and the dialogue between members of the team at Joseph Walsh Studio, two of whom are Japanese.
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year long initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design in just about every form. Through a programme of events and activities 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. 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 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:
- 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 as London and Paris Fashion Weeks, Milan and Dutch Design Weeks and London Design Festival
- An international trade fund which will enable Irish designers and companies to access international markets and create export opportunities
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. 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. We look forward to working with the Japanese Institute of Design Promotion and with Senken Shimbun in showcasing the work of talented Irish designers at events in Japan in order to introduce contemporary Irish design to discerning Japanese audiences,” she said.
Today’s announcement comes at the end of a busy first month in the ID2015 programme. January saw Ireland’s largest international trade fair Showcase: Ireland’s Creative Expo ® take place in Dublin from January 18th to 21st 2015, attracting buyers from all over the world, including Japan. Showcase was swiftly followed by the presentation for the first time of an Irish Design pavilion at the premier French trade show Maison & Objet in Paris from January 23rd to 27th 2015.
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About Irish Design 2015:
Through a year-long programme of events and activities exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design both in Ireland and internationally, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) aims to showcase the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. ID2015 is an island of Ireland initiative engaging the public, the design community and businesses and will promote Irish design in just about every form at home through events and exhibitions while also targeting the export market through trade missions and events in international capitals of design and commerce. As part of ID2015, Dublin 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. 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; Exhibition Partners – DAA; Technology Partners - IBM and Broadcast Partners - RTÉ. www.irishdesign2015.ie
About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland:
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. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 75 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie