The best of Irish design is showcased in four venues across London during September.


Irish design is in the spotlight in London this month, with four initiatives taking place in high-profile locations across the city for London Fashion Week (LFW) and London Design Festival (LDF) as part of the Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) international programme of events and activities.


On the 18th and 19th of September, 11 established Irish fashion designers will be showcased at Unfold at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, an official on-schedule event at LFW, in an international commercial showroom environment. The 11 designers unveiling their SS16 collections as part of Unfold at the ICA are NATALIEBCOLEMAN, We Are Islanders, Emma Manley, 
Jill de Burca, Helen Steele, Honor Fitzsimons, Chupi, Maria Dorai Raj, Laura Kinsella, Martha Lynn and Capulet & Montague.


Opening to the public across town at the prestigious Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum on the 19th of September is The Ogham Wall, an ambitious Landmark Project, that sees Irish design represented for the first time at the V&A during LDF. Created by Grafton Architects, working in conjunction with Graphic Relief, the installation was inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, dating from approximately the 4th century AD. The imposing forms of The Ogham Wall will fill the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery until September 27th.


September 22nd sees the unveiling of The Souvenir Project, an exciting collection of nine new souvenirs challenging the perceived notions of Ireland, championing contemporary Irish design and supporting local production.  The Souvenir Project was specially commissioned by ID2015 and has been curated by Jonathan Legge, Makers & Brothers.  It will run until Sunday 27th September at Rochelle School, Arnold Circus as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle for LDF.


From September 24th to 27th, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland will present Ó, an exhibition of new work from Ireland’s designers and makers, at Tent London as part of LDF. Ó, meaning ‘from’ in the Irish language, conveys the story of Ireland as a source of creative ideas and making, and explains how its craft heritage inspires new and contemporary design.


Ó will feature beautifully designed products from over 20 designers who are passionate about materials and production and possess a strong sense of place.  The work being showcased at Tent London will include furniture from Snug, Aodh Furniture and Klimmek & Henderson; luxurious woollen rugs from Ceadogán; ceramics from Jack Doherty and Andrew Ludick; contemporary lighting from Mullen Lighting; stoneware products in Connemara Marble from Hennessy & Byrne; colourful glass from Catherine Keenan and textiles from Foxford Woollen Mills and 31 Chapel Lane.


ID2015 is working to create an international platform for Irish designers to develop new sales opportunities and build their brand profile internationally through new media opportunities.


Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of ID2015 said that providing established and emerging designers with opportunities to present their work internationally is vital to sustaining and growing the Irish design and craft sector and that the experience and industry knowledge gained from participating in these events in London will help to progress the industry at home.

“Through the Irish Design 2015 programme, we are seeing real commercial opportunities emerge for developing international markets.  Following the fantastic response to the work of designers showcased during Ireland’s presence at the International Fashion Showcase at London Fashion Week earlier this year, Milan Design Week, Wanted Design at New York Design Week and the London Festival of Architecture, we are delighted to be introducing the latest work from established and emerging Irish designers to discerning audiences during London Fashion Week and London Design Festival in September. These designers have the ambition and capability to expand into international markets.  We look forward to seeing opportunities unfold from our presence in London, building a legacy for the ongoing development of our innovative and vibrant craft and design sector,” she said.


Unfold: Irish Designers Collective at the Institute for Contemporary Arts

Part of London Fashion Week

18th and 19th September

More details here.


The Ogham Wall at the Victoria & Albert Museum

Part of London Design Festival

19th to 27th September

More details here.


The Souvenir Project at Rochelle School

Part of London Design Festival

22nd to 27th September

More details here.


Ó at Tent London

Part of London Design Festival

24th to 27th September

More details here.





Notes to Editors:


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, promoting 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.

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; Transport Partners – Bus Éireann Expressway; and Construction Partners – SISK.

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