An exciting collection of nine new souvenirs challenging the perceived notions of Ireland, championing contemporary Irish design and supporting local production are to be unveiled during London Design Festival 2015. The Souvenir Project, specially 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.
On display at Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, The Souvenir Project is part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle and features exciting new work and exclusive collaborations between over 20 Irish makers and designers across a broad range disciplines. Playful, useful or simply curious, the resulting objects engage on many levels and reflect Ireland’s rich, dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape.
The Souvenir Project collection which will be exhibited and available to purchase during LDF will include:
– The reinterpretation of the classic Nicholas Mosse flora and fauna sponge-ware patterns by animator and director Johnny Kelly to mark the historic outcome of Ireland’s recent referendum on same-sex marriage.
– A series crystal vases by J. Hill’s Standard that are cut with new graphic patterns, developed by Studio AAD, representing curious Irish expressions used to describe the many ways rain falls in the Emerald Isle.
– Brandubh: the reimagining of an ancient Irish board game by celebrated architect Tom dePoar, resulting in a portable set with 13 playing pieces formed from compressed peat by Hill Picket Studio.
– A series of patterns developed by design studio Superfolk based on Ireland’s celebrated dry stone wall constructions and applied to Irish linen by Print Block.
The Souvenir Project is one of a number of Irish design events in London this year as part of ID2015. A selection of work from The Souvenir Project will be dual sited and available to view at Tent London as part of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s fourth exhibition at LDF, Ó, meaning 'from' in the Irish language, the exhibition will feature beautifully designed products in stone, glass, ceramics, wood and textiles from over 20 designers who are passionate about materials, production and a strong sense of place, including Snug, Ceadogán, Aodh Furniture, Superfolk and Mourne Textiles. ID2015 is also partnering with London Design Festival in presenting The Ogham Wall at the V&A. Designed by Grafton Architects in collaboration with Graphic Relief and sponsored by Techrete, the ambitious landmark project weaves narrative and culture with monumental design.