14th – 19th April 2015 
FuoriSalone: c/o Vetraio, Opificio 31, via Tortona 31, Milan 

Liminal – Irish design at the threshold features over 20 designers, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines, and presents them for the first time in Milan. 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. 

Presenting a pivotal chapter in Irish design, Liminal explores, identifies and showcases Irish creativity, and how designers, companies and studios are moving across the disciplinary boundaries and the limits of what design was, into what design can become.  

As design increasingly seeks to create holistic experiences and narratives, Ireland is placed to play a significant role in 21st century design, helping meet the challenges of tomorrow. Liminal provides a timely platform for creative change on the island of Ireland.  

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, Dublin and Eindhoven, the exhibition demonstrates Irish design excellence across disciplines and considers the possibilities for the future.  

Highlights of the Irish Design 2015 exhibition in Milan range from exclusive launches of new furniture collections resulting from collaborations between Perch Design Studios, Thomas Montgomery and Labofa to the incredible story of Mourne Textiles whose award winning fabrics and rugs were first exhibited at La Triennale di Milano in 1951 and will be brought to Milan once again through a collaboration with Notion design studio.  

Work by Annie Atkins, famed for her graphic design in films including the Oscar winning The Grand Budapest Hotel, will provide a visual twist for all tastes, as will the collaboration between product designers Designgoat and chef Katie Sanderson. Design Partners are set to unveil a world premier in technology that will revolutionise how we interact with our living and work spaces, while Studio AAD will provide a visual narrative that contextualises and highlights the breadth of Irish design.

Notes to editors: 

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  

Opening Hours: Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th April, open 10.00 to 20.00 

Download the list of Liminal exhibitors here.

Press preview: Monday 13th April 15.00 to 20.00

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 and Media Partners – The Irish Times


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For further information and high res images please contact: 

Katherine Sandford-Anderson | Sandford PR | (UK) katherine@sandfordpr.com 

Leslie Curtis | Sandford PR | (UK) leslie@sandfordpr.com (UK) 

Cristina Belmonte | Sandford PR | (All other media) cristina@sandfordpr.com  

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