This September, with two of the world's major design events – London Fashion Week (LFW) and London Design Festival (LDF) running concurrently, London is going to be a hotbed of design – and this year, it's all about the Irish.
On the 18th and 19th of September, ID2015 will present Unfold: collections from eleven established Irish fashion designers at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, as an official on schedule event as part of LFW. The 11 designers unveiling their SS16 collections at Unfold 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. Click here for more on each designer.
Also on September 19th, as part of LDF, the V&A Museum this year hosts The Ogham Wall, an ambitious Landmark Project created in collaboration with ID2015 which sees Irish design represented for the first time at the V&A during LDF. Created by Grafton Architects, winners of numerous international awards including the 2008 World Building of the Year Award, and working in conjunction with Graphic Relief, the installation was inspired by the Irish Ogham alphabet, dating from approximately the 4th century AD. The installation is monumental in scale, consisting of 23 concrete fins stretching to a height of three meters, standing in the atmospheric surroundings of the V&A’s Tapestry Gallery. Each cluster of fins relates to a letter in the Ogham alphabet and each letter symbolises a native Irish tree. The Ogham Wall will be on display at the V&A for the duration of LDF, until September 27th.
On September 22nd to 27th at the Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, an exciting collection of nine new souvenirs challenging the perceived notions of Ireland, championing contemporary Irish design and supporting local production will be unveiled as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle at LDF. The Souvenir Project, commissioned by ID2015, is being curated and creatively directed by Jonathan Legge of Makers & Brothers. The project looks to question what an Irish souvenir might be and presents a collection of contemporary objects with meaning and depth that carefully explore the local context whilst advocating creative collaborations between Irish designers and makers.
From September 24th to 27th, at Tent London in the Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, as part of LDF, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland will present Ó. 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. The exhibition will feature beautifully designed products in stone, glass, ceramics, wood and textiles from over 20 designers who are passionate about materials and production and who possess a strong sense of place.
Over the coming weeks, we'll be giving you a glimpse at some of the new work being created for the Irish events at LDF and LFW this year on our Instagram profile, and if you won't be in London for this year's design-o-rama, we'll keep you updated on all the Irish goings-on at LDF and LFW through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.
Words by Alex Calder.