The work of talented Irish craftspeople is being presented at Brown Thomas as part of CREATE, the store’s fifth annual celebration of Irish creative talent.  This year, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland has worked in collaboration with Brown Thomas in expanding CREATE to include Irish designers across the disciplines of furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass and gifts as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015).

CREATE will showcase the work of 65 Irish designers from Tuesday the 7th of July to Sunday the 16th of August throughout the entire flagship Grafton street store.  For 2015, Irish furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass and gifts are being presented in a stunning display on the 3rd floor featuring designers such as BTU Studio, Chloë Dowds Ceramics, Caulfield Country Boards, Foxford Woollen Mills, Little Tree Crafts, Brookwood Pottery, Jerpoint Glass Studio, Irish Linen House, Slated, Cloon Keen Atelier and many more.

The iconic Grafton Street windows will also be dedicated to Irish design and craftsmanship, featuring pieces including the “Enignum XVI Shelf” in olive ash by internationally renowned furniture designer Joseph Walsh, while contemporary rugs by Ceadogán designed in collaboration with ceramicist Andrew Ludick are displayed on the Brown Thomas staircase.

A series of in-store demonstrations by designers has also been planned over the coming weeks, offering visitors to Brown Thomas the chance to meet the designers and craftspeople  behind the products, see them at work and learn more about their designing and making process.

The CREATE initiative was launched by Brown Thomas in 2011 with the primary aim of supporting the best of Irish talent, taking them out of the studio and onto the shop floor. It gives the chosen designers a unique opportunity to have their work sit alongside some of the world’s most prestigious international brands and gain invaluable experience from Ireland’s leading luxury retailer. CREATE has been instrumental in helping emerging Irish designers establish their brand.

Commenting on CREATE, Brian McGee, Acting CEO of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said:

‘Over the past number of years the meaning of luxury has been changing and the modern, international consumer cares more about the finer details. Where things come from and how they are made have deeper relevance and the provenance behind the brand and an assurance of integrity are the new touchstones of luxury and exclusivity. In disciplines such as fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, glass and furniture, Irish designers and craftspeople are making waves in competitive international markets. It is therefore very exciting for DCCoI to see Brown Thomas, Ireland’s premier luxury retailer, launching CREATE as a store-wide initiative in 2015, the year of Irish design.’

Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly Corkery who leads the annual CREATE initiative said:

‘We are extremely proud this will be the fifth year of CREATE at Brown Thomas and that it has become the annual event for emerging Irish designers to showcase their collections. This year we are also delighted to be able to celebrate Irish Design 2015 by expanding the range of design disciplines presented and having CREATE in all of our stores.’

CREATE will feature on all floors of the Dublin store.  Designers and craftspeople who will also be featured in pop-ups in Brown Thomas Cork and Limerick from 7th July to 16th August include Brookwood Pottery, Jerpoint Glass Studio, Caulfield Country Boards, Irish Linen House, Foxford Woollen Mills, Slated, Hennessy & Byrne, Cloon Keen Atelier and Duffy Bookbinders.   


For further press information please contact:

Aoife Smith, Sorcha Furlong or Emma Kelly at Elevate PR on 01-6625652 or aoife@elevate.ie / sorcha@elevate.ie / emma@elevate.ie 


Notes to Editors:

Schedule of in-store meet the designer events/demonstrations:


  • Saturday 4th July –      Slated
  • Sunday 5th July –         Little Tree Crafts
  • Thursday 9th July –      Hennessy & Byrne
  • Friday 10th July –         Saturday Workshop
  • Saturday 11th July -     Chloë Dowds Ceramics and Waterford Crystal
  • Sunday 12th July -       Chloë Dowds Ceramics
  • Thursday 16th July –    Slated
  • Friday 17th July –         J HILL’s Standard
  • Saturday 18th July –    Red Rufus
  • Sunday 19th July –       Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Thursday 23rd July –    Irish Linen House
  • Friday 24th July –         BTU Studio and Jerpoint Glass Studio
  • Thursday 30th July –    Hennessy & Bryne
  • Friday 31st July –         Tricia Harris
  • Saturday 1st August –  Little Tree Crafts and Waterford Crystal
  • Sunday 2nd August –   Irish Linen House
  • Thursday 6th August – Caulfield Country Boards
  • Friday 7th August –      Brookwood Pottery
  • Saturday 8th August –  O’Riain Pottery and Clook Keen Atelier
  • Sunday 9th August –    Red Rufus
  • Thursday 13th August – Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Friday 14th August –     Chaim Factor and Jerpoint Glass Studio
  • Saturday 15th August – Red Rufus
  • Sunday 16th August –  Saturday Workshop and Duffy Bookbinders


  • Saturday 4th July –      Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Sunday 5th July –        Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Saturday 18th July –    Jerpoint Glass Studio
  • Sunday 19th July –      Duffy Bookbinders
  • Saturday 25th July –    Slated
  • Friday 31st July –        Irish Linen House
  • Friday 14th August –   Hennessy & Byrne


  • Saturday 11th July –    Slated
  • Saturday 18th July –    Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Saturday 25th July –    Jerpoint Glass Studio
  • Saturday 8th August –  Irish Linen House
  • Saturday 15th August – Hennessy & Byrne


Full list of CREATE Designers:


CRAFT Designers:

  • Brookwood Pottery by Elaine Fallon
  • BTU Studio
  • Catherine Keenan
  • Caulfield Country Boards
  • Chaim Factor
  • Chloë Dowds Ceramics
  • Cloon Keen Atelier
  • Duffy Bookbinders
  • Foxford Woollen Mills
  • Hennessy & Byrne
  • The Irish Linen House
  • Isobel Egan
  • J. HILL'S Standard
  • Jack Doherty
  • Jerpoint Glass Studio
  • Karl Harron
  • Killian Schurmann Glass Studio
  • Little Tree Crafts by Joe Jennings
  • O'Riain Pottery by John Ryan
  • Red Rufus Sock Dogs by Christina Sanne
  • Saturday Workshop by Edward O'Clery
  • Shane Holland
  • Slated
  • Tricia Harris
  • Waterford Crystal


Ready to Wear, Accessories, Milliners & Shoes:

  • Adam Henderson
  • Aisling Ahern
  • Art on Fashion® by Celine McGill
  • Bláithín Ennis
  • Daniel Roden
  • Davina Lynch
  • Derek Lawlor for Ethologie
  • Giovanna Borza
  • Jessica Bagnall
  • Jill De Burca
  • John Shevlin
  • Laura Kinsella
  • Mariad Whisker
  • Maria Dorai Raj
  • Michael Mullins
  • MONA SWIMS by Carla Johnson
  • Natalie B. Coleman
  • Rebecca Marsden
  • Richard Malone
  • Ros Duke
  • Rose Rankin
  • Smyth & Gibson
  • TISSUE by Hannah Mullan and Gráinne Finn
  • Vivien Walsh

Other designers with work displayed as part of CREATE:

  • Alison Kay
  • Andrew Ludick
  • Aoife Mulhane
  • Cara Murphy
  • Ceadogán
  • Chikere Ohako
  • Claire-Anne O’Brien
  • Déanta Design
  • Derek Wilson
  • Joseph Walsh
  • Kate O’Kelly
  • Laura Quinn
  • Mike Byrne
  • Naomi Cassidy-Nagle
  • Peter Sheehan
  • Stuart Cairns

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