Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long initiative exploring, promoting and celebrating the talent behind Irish design in the island’s first ever global design showcase.

Through a programme of events and activities engaging the public, the design community and businesses both in Ireland and internationally, ID2015 aims to highlight the very best of Irish design in order to drive job creation, grow exports and increase competitiveness. 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 creativity of Irish designers to a worldwide audience.

The exciting programme presents the work of Irish designers at high profile international events in design capitals including London, Paris, Eindhoven, Milan, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong/Shenzhen. ID2015 promotes design in almost every form, reflecting the diversity of Ireland’s established and emerging designers.

The island boasts numerous internationally renowned and award winning designers including: ground breaking furniture designer Joseph Walsh, whose international reputation has been increasing in the world of fine art; architects O’Donnell + Tuomey who are the 2015 recipients of the Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious architecture award; Oscar nominated animation studios Brown Bag Films and Cartoon Saloon; fashion, accessories and homewares designer Orla Kiely known throughout the world for her unique retro prints and signature designs; and leather accessories designer Úna Burke whose hand-crafted, sculptural work has been bought and commissioned by a succession of stars such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Heidi Klum.

ID2015 is an Irish Government backed initiative with a global reach. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD says: “In Ireland we have many great businesses producing excellent design. The challenge for Government is to showcase these brilliant businesses around the world. That is why we have named 2015 the year of Irish design, and why we are supporting a comprehensive programme of national and international events. Irish Design 2015 aims to promote the very best of Irish design, supporting Irish businesses in selling their goods and services in competitive foreign markets and ultimately creating jobs at home.”

ID2015 will see over 300 design installations, conferences, exhibitions, talks and more take place on the island of Ireland and at global design events. The best talent in Ireland across a broad range of design disciplines - from product and industrial design, architecture and design engineering to fashion, costume and set design, animation, gaming and ICT design – will be profiled throughout 2015.

Selected highlights of the year-long international programme include:

  • Second Skin: City Hall, London 16th – 25th March 2015: An exhibition exploring the links between consumption and production, showcasing collaborations between four leading Irish fashion designers, woollen mills and textile producers, digital fabric producers, tailors, retailers and up-cyclers. 
  • Global Irish Design Challenge Launching 17th March 2015 (St Patrick’s Day): The ‘Global Irish Design Challenge’ invites designers who have Irish lineage or a strong affiliation to Ireland, to design a 2D or 3D object. The object is to provide a solution to a range of design challenges that reflects their understanding of and interpretation of contemporary Ireland. From Saint Patrick’s Day, 17th March, designers worldwide can register their interest to participate at www.irishdesign2015.ie – online entries will go live in April and run until September 2015.
  • FuoriSalone, Milan: Zona Tortona 14th – 19th April 2015: The ID2015 flagship exhibition, Liminal – Irish Design at the Threshold, will bring a dynamic selection of work to Milan that has not been previously seen or experienced, featuring over 20 design collaborations across a diverse range of disciplines and highlighting excellence in design alongside the evolution of the design process.
  • NYCxDESIGN: WantedDesign, New York 15th – 18th May 2015: Following on from the exhibition in Milan, a number of new design collaborations will have evolved and will be unveiled in New York as the second phase of Liminal – Irish Design at the Threshold.
  • London Festival of Architecture (LFA) 1st – 30th June 2015: The Irish architecture and built environment sector will be represented through a curated pavilion with a talk and events programme. LFA 2015, for which Ireland has been selected as the inaugural Focus Country, will be the first of 3 international outings of New Horizon, a series of presentations of the work of emerging Irish practices, selected by curators Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick. Venues for London are Kings Cross and the Design Museum, presenting 5 practices: Emmett Scanlon, Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and Hall McKnight.
  • PORTFOLIO: Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris 12th June – 12th July 2015: This exhibition will showcase contemporary work from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO programme which features makers selected by an independent panel for achieving excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill by comparative international standards.
  • NYNOW, New York 15th – 19th August 2015: A cross-section of Irish design disciplines will be showcased, representing quality, production and creativity, and placing Ireland on the world stage as a leading source of innovative products for the retail industry.
  • London Design Festival: V&A and Tent London 19th – 27th September 2015: In partnership with London Design Festival, ID2015 will present an exciting headline installation that will take centre stage at the V&A. This will be complemented by a significant presence at Tent London showcasing contemporary Irish design.
  • Chicago Architecture Biennial 1st October 2015 – 3rd January 2016: The second installment of New Horizon will feature 3 Irish practices - GKMP, A2 Architects and Ryan Kennihan - with a pavilion and accompanying events programme.
  • Dutch Design Week: Eindhoven 17th – 25th October 2015: As the final instance of Liminal – Irish Design at the Threshold, this exhibition will see the culmination of collaborative design projects initiated as part of ID2015.
  • Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture: Hong Kong/Shenzhen December 2015 – March 2016 (Dates TBC): The final New Horizon event presenting Irish architecture and the built environment sector will feature Urban Agency and AP+E with a pavilion and talks and events programme.

For further details on these and all Irish and international events and activities, visit irishdesign2015.ie.

Laura Magahy, Executive Chairman of ID2015 says:

“We welcome the Government’s support of Irish Design 2015 and we look forward to working with our partners in delivering a programme of activities that will engage the public, businesses and designers. There are hundreds of events throughout the year highlighting the importance of design in enhancing our lives, our environment and our society while promoting Irish design and designers. We really hope that people enjoy the year and join in this celebration of great Irish design!”

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 and raise our overall global competitiveness,” she says.

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.

The initiative aims to:  

  • Create 1800 jobs over three years through sales of design-led products and services
  • Generate an additional €10m in design-based exports
  • Generate 200 new design-led business start-ups
  • Facilitate more than 300 companies in international trade missions and design based trade events
  • Engage with an audience of over 3 million at home and abroad


Notes for Editors

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. 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. 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. To learn more, visit irishdesign2015.ie .

About DCCol 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 DCCol 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.

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