Liminal – Irish design at the threshold

17th – 25th October 2015, Eindhoven


Irish design is being represented for the first time at Dutch Design Week (DDW), Eindhoven, in October, as part of the evolving flagship design exhibition for Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).


Liminal – Irish design at the threshold features over 20 designers, architects, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines, as part of ID2015, a year long initiative backed by the Irish government promoting and celebrating Irish design in Ireland and internationally.


Following its inaugural run at Milan Design Week in April, where the exhibition was billed by Design Milk as one of two highlights of Zona Tortona, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold received widespread acclaim from international audiences in New York during NYCxDesign in May, and was included by international design publications Curbed, Dwell and Azure in their highlights of New York City’s official citywide celebration of design. Elle Decoration NL has listed Liminal as one of “5 events that you should not miss at DDW”.


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


With a breadth of disciplines ranging from the tech start-ups of Dublin’s silicon docks, through to architectural innovation and woven textile manufacture, Ireland today tells a fascinating story of design on the edge and design between the boundaries.


Highlights of the Irish Design 2015 exhibition at Dutch Design Week include Damien Murtagh’s ‘Arckit’, a groundbreaking, scaled, freeform modelling system enabling architects to physically explore designs and bring their projects to life with speed and precision. At DDW, an interactive space allows budding architects as young as 12 years of age to build amazing physical models using a professional design tool.


Operating in the world of cutting edge technology, Novaerus, developers of airborne pathogen control technology, are ensuring that Liminal has the cleanest air in Klokegbouw. Novaerus, who are working with innovative Irish design consultancy Dolmen on the development of their product range, are tracking and annihilating pathogens and viruses in real time.


Also on show is the work of a number of Oscar nominated and award-winning Irish animation studios. At DDW, visitors to the exhibition can go behind the scenes to see detailed breakdowns of CGIs on some of the biggest blockbuster movies.


Ahead of DDW, ID2015 issued an open call to designers and creatives working across the spectrum of design, research and interdisciplinary sectors to explore the unique potential of 3D print technology using the Mcor Iris 3D HD printers, the only 3D printer in the world to use ordinary business-A4/letter paper as the build material. One of Mcor’s printers is building the results onsite throughout DDW.


Constructed textile designer Claire Anne O’Brien creates three-dimensional knitted fabrics for interiors drawing on traditional techniques such as weaving, knotting and basketry. DDW sees the unveiling of her collaboration with Ceadogán Rugs, using the height and depth of pile to create a relief pattern that mimics a structured weave.


According to Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of ID2015, this Irish initiative with a global reach offers Irish designers a unique opportunity to highlight the significant role and impact that design has in every facet of life, shining a spotlight on the level of innovation, collaboration and new product development happening in Ireland right now. 

“The business model of showcasing Irish creativity through our flagship exhibition Liminal – Irish design at the threshold is proving successful in generating real commercial opportunities. The featured designers have the ambition and capability to expand into international markets and the experience and industry knowledge gained from participating in events such as Dutch Design Week will have lasting benefits for the sector as a whole,” she says.


Following the show in Eindhoven, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold will end its journey in Dublin, where it will be on show at the ID2015 Design Hub at the Coach House, Dublin Castle from November 19th until the end of the year.

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