For the first time ever, the work of contemporary Irish designers and makers will be presented in an Irish design pavilion at Maison et Objet by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) as part of ID2015, marking the first in a series of international presentations of Irish design.
Featuring new work from 21 Irish designers and makers in furniture, wood, glass, ceramics, textiles, lighting, stone and basketry, the collection showcases objects that exemplify simplicity of form, respect for materials and awareness of the end user, in celebration of Ireland’s rich design and craft heritage.
Highlights of the exhibition will include several exciting collaborations between Irish makers and internationally renowned designers. Reflecting an openness amongst designers and makers to learn from each other, these collaborations push boundaries, leading to the development of objects that fluidly combine contemporary ideas and traditional techniques.
Award winning architect and designer Andrew Clancy of Déanta Design has teamed up with boat builder Matthew O’Malley to create the Carvel Chair; pepper mills designed by Makers & Brothers were handcrafted by wood turner Matt Jones and contemporary cut crystal brand, J. Hill’s Standard, have developed two ranges with Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings.
Rooted in a heritage that has evolved over centuries, contemporary Irish design and craft continues to be shaped by three key forces – materials, landscape and people. Vernacular traditions endure and respect for local materials and the inspiration of place remain inherent in the work of contemporary designers and makers.