Heal’s London launches “Design Ireland” initiative

  • Luxury British retailer partnering with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to present capsule of Irish furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles, glass and gifts in March 2016

  • Largest retail presentation of Irish made design in London in decades

  • Design Ireland initiative will feature three week long programme of in-store events including Irish designers and makers demonstrating their craft in Heal’s iconic windows

      Oak Trivet, Superfolk                      From Earth and Sky, Joe Hogan            Bowls, Adam Frew

    Gearóid Muldowney, Superfolk                          Joe Hogan                                      Adam Frew

Iconic London retailer Heal’s and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) have collaborated on presenting the largest retail showcase of Irish made design in London for decades. Design Ireland at Heal’s will be in the Tottenham Court Road store from Monday 7th March to Sunday 27th March 2016 as a celebration of Irish creativity.

DCCoI is working with Heal’s to curate a presentation of work by 20 of Ireland’s leading designers and makers across the disciplines of furniture, lighting, ceramics, textiles glass and gifts. Design Ireland at Heal’s will showcase the work of the selected Irish designers and makers during March, to coincide with Ireland being in the global spotlight for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world on March 17th.

Design Ireland at Heal’s is the luxury retailer’s first group presentation of the work of Irish designers and makers since the store held exhibitions of products designed at the world famous Kilkenny Design Workshops in 1967 and 1972. This 2016 initiative emerged as a result of successive DCCoI exhibitions at Tent London during London Design Festival.

Featured designers and makers include Ceadogán (woollen rugs), Catherine Keenan (glass), Superfolk (printed textiles and wood), Adam Frew (ceramics), Mullan Lighting and McNutt’s Donegal Woollen Mills (textiles), many of whom are gaining a growing international following. The work of Irish designers has attracted considerable attention recently as a result of the year-long Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) initiative backed by the Irish government promoting and celebrating Irish design around the world. 

A series of meet the maker events as well as live demonstrations in-store and in Heal’s iconic Tottenham Court Road windows will take place over the 3 week run, providing visitors to Heal’s a unique opportunity to meet the designers and craftspeople behind the products, see them at work and learn more about their designing and making process.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of DCCoI said: “We are honoured to be collaborating with the internationally celebrated British retailer Heal’s in presenting the Design Ireland programme. The work of the participating designers and makers, who range from family companies established for generations to brand new start-ups, has all been Designed & Made in Ireland and reflects the level of innovation and craftsmanship across the Irish design and craft sector.  We have seen a surge in recognition and appreciation internationally for the quality, diversity and provenance of work emerging from Ireland and are very excited by this opportunity to showcase contemporary Irish design and craft to discerning audiences in London during March 2016.”

Hamish Mansbridge, CEO of Heal’s said: “Heal’s is delighted to be curating a ‘Design Ireland’ collection as part of our Modern Craft Market for Spring 2016. We are working closely with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to feature some of Ireland’s most exciting design and craft brands, and we are thrilled to be bringing them together in the UK for the first time.”

Design Ireland at Heal’s will be instore from Monday 7th to Sunday 27th March 2016 in the retailer’s flagship store on Tottenham Court Road. www.dccoi.ie/DesignIrelandatHeals

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February 2016

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Notes to Editors:

Designers and makers participating in Design Ireland at Heal’s:

Furniture: Wood:
Simon Doyle Bunbury Boards
Adam Frew Lighting:
Andrew Ludick Mullan Lighting
Arran Street East Shane Holland
Glass: Stone:
BTU - Scott Benefield Hennessy &  Byrne
Catherine Keenan  
Jerpoint Glass Studio Basketry:
  Joe Hogan
Ceadogán Gifts/Jewellery:
McNutt's Donegal Woollen Mills me&him&you
John Hanly Scribble & Stone
Mourne Textiles Vivien Walsh

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 64 member organisations and over 3,180 registered clients. In collaboration with partner organisations, DCCoI convened Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 was a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design through signature events on the island of Ireland as well as in prestigious partner venues in international capitals of design and commerce throughout 2015. www.dccoi.ie  

About Heal’s
Heal’s has been designing, making and selling quality furniture for more than two centuries now, so it’s no surprise that it’s known as ‘the home of modern and contemporary designer furniture’. Starting out as a bed-makers in 1810, and later embracing the ideals of the Arts and Crafts movement, Heal’s has a long history of collaborating with prominent designers. Heal’s is as passionate today as it’s always been about introducing new ranges, discovering stars of the future and pushing the boundaries of outstanding contemporary design. www.heals.co.uk