Sustainability in action
The 2023 winners of the Irish Business Design Challenge show sustainability in action and highlight the growing value of the circular economy.
Farrell Furniture, winner of the medium category winner
Established in 1961 in Ardee, County Louth, Farrell Furniture is a specialist supplier of furniture and fit-out services to the commercial office, rental and residential sectors.
It won for its ‘Do more with less’ project, in which it partnered with the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Atlantic Technological University.
The project reimagined and refurbished the Arthur Edwards-designed Crannac chair, which has been widely used in public sector offices for over 40 years.
It reverse-engineered this iconic staple of public offices, bringing new life to these chairs while safeguarding their design heritage for future generations.
Westcountry Willows, winner of the micro category
Based in County Roscommon, this husband and wife-led business specialises in making handmade basket products using local naturally-grown and renewable willow.
In an innovative addition to its product range, Westcountry Willows has developed a new, hand-made coffin woven entirely from willow.
As well as being sustainable, the willow coffins are lightweight and easy to transport, lowering the environmental cost of transporting them. Each one is also handmade, with a unique and personal touch.
“All of our coffins are made with the utmost care and attention, meaning customers can be confident their loved ones will be laid to rest in a place of dignity and peace,” the company says.
It is an honour to be able to recognise these companies for the amazing work they have done to transform their businesses into such models of sustainable and circular design.
Head of Design at Design & Crafts Council Ireland