Liminal – Irish design at the threshold comes home to Dublin following acclaimed tours to Milan, New York and Eindhoven


As Patron of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins officially launched the ID2015 flagship touring exhibition which opens to the public at the Design Hub in Dublin Castle on Friday, 20th November. Liminal – Irish design at the threshold has achieved widespread international acclaim this year, having been presented at design weeks in Milan, New York and Eindhoven where it wowed audiences and was featured in high profile design publications such as Design Milk, Dezeen, Wallpaper, Dwell and Elle Décoration.


Liminal features more than 30 Irish designers, architects, companies and studios involved in collaborations across disciplines, and is the touring flagship exhibition for ID2015, the year-long initiative backed by the Irish government promoting and celebrating Irish design in Ireland and internationally. It explores the craft of collaboration across design disciplines and presents the exploratory journeys undertaken by designers. Moving through a series of venues around the world before concluding its 2015 touring programme in Dublin, and continually evolving during the year, the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of Irish design excellence and considers the possibilities for the future.

Following its inaugural run at Milan Design Week in April where it was billed by Design Milk as one of two highlights of Zona Tortona, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold was lauded by international audiences in New York in May where it was featured by international design publications Curbed, Dwell and Azure in their highlights of NYCxDesign, the city’s official celebration of design. Most recently it was presented at Dutch Design Week in The Netherlands in October, where Elle Decoration listed Liminal as one of “5 events that you should not miss at DDW”.


Highlights of the exhibition include ‘Arckit’, a ground-breaking, scaled, freeform modelling system allowing architects to physically explore designs and bring their projects to life with speed and precision; cutting edge technology by Novaerus, developers of airborne pathogen control technology, who are working with innovative Irish design consultancy Dolmen on the development of their product range; and demonstrations of 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. The Design Island app from IBM, the Official Technology Partner for ID2015, which helps users navigate and discover a myriad of design experiences across Ireland is also featured. Designed and developed by IBM Studios Dublin working in conjunction with ID2015 and Dublin design studios Atelier David Smith and Conor & David, the app is one of a number of legacy projects to be built upon in future years.


The innovative work being showcased in Liminal also includes Design Partners’ ‘Causeway’, a bespoke interactive creation for ID2015 with each corner of ‘Causeway’ controlling a beautiful animation that travels along a faceted topographical surface to represent a design island connecting to the rest of the world; Zero-G’s ‘Map of the State’ which charts the evolution of Ireland’s legislative, judicial, executive and local governmental structures over the past 100 years, creating a nuanced and layered infographic to convey complex data in a single view; and new work created through a collaboration between constructed textile designer Claire Anne O’Brien and Ceadogán Rugs, drawing on Ireland’s material heritage.


Speaking about the Dublin launch of Liminal – Irish design at the threshold, Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of ID2015 said:

“The business model of showcasing Irish creativity abroad through this flagship exhibition 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 presenting Liminal at Milan Design Week, WantedDesign in New York and Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven earlier this year will have lasting benefits for the sector as a whole.  Following its tour of international design capitals, we are delighted to bring Liminal home to Ireland and to present it in Dublin for Irish and international audiences in our captial city to enjoy as the final exhibition in our year-long programme at the Design Hub in the Coach House, Dublin Castle.” 


Ms. Hennessy added:

“Throughout the year we have been focused on highlighting the significant role and impact that design has in every facet of life.  The work featured in Liminal reflects the level of innovation and new product development happening in the design sector in Ireland, especially when companies operating in different disciplines come together to collaborate.  We want to maximise the potential for developing commercial opportunities and establishing strategic partnerships to ensure the ongoing development of this vibrant sector.”


Liminal – Irish design at the threshold is on show at the ID2015 Design Hub at the Coach House, Dublin Castle from November 20th until December 30th.

Opening hours:

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Sunday/Bank Holiday 12noon - 5pm

Christmas Closing: 24th – 26th December

Liminal will subsequently be shown at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny from April 8th to July 3rd.

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