Launch of second Design Ireland® store at Dublin Airport
Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) and Aer Rianta International (ARI) today announced the launch of a second Design Ireland® store at The Loop Duty Free, Dublin Airport.
On December 6th, Design Ireland® opened its new store in Terminal 1 retailing products that are all handmade in Ireland. Products from a total of 28 Irish designers of jewellery, glassware, prints, textiles, and accessories will be stocked in the store, and plans are in the works to expand this collection over time.
Both Design Ireland® stores are operated by The Loop Duty Free, with the store name brand under licence by Design & Crafts Council Ireland. DCCI’s Design Ireland® showcases the best of Irish design and craft to audiences worldwide, connecting them with Ireland’s makers, their studios, and their inspiration. The programme currently includes 309 brands selected by an independent jury for their high standards of design and manufacturing.
There is a further emphasis in store on the ‘Made Local, Made to Last’ campaign run by DCCI, highlighting the quality, originality and sustainability of Irish designed and craft-made products.
Following the success of the store in Terminal 2, opened in 2019, it was decided to collaborate again and bring this special offering of Irish design to Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. As a result of this exciting partnership, the Irish craft and design community has two dedicated retail spaces at The Loop Duty Free, Dublin Airport, as well as the opportunity to introduce Irish design to an international audience.
ARI is working closely with these Irish brands to curate the collection with some of the brands designing exclusive collections that will only be available at T1 and T2, so you won’t find them anywhere else! For special gifts for your loved ones or for you to treat yourself, both stores will be stocked with handcrafted items across a range of prices, that are not only beautiful but also sustainably made. From wall hangings made from recycled aluminium to prints on eco paper, you’ll find products of high quality, that are all locally produced, and will act as a personable memento of Ireland as you embark on your travels.
“At ARI, we are committed to championing the best of local to create a true sense of place across all our stores,” said Anthony Kenny, ARI’s Chief Commercial Officer & Deputy CEO. “The Design Ireland store in Terminal 2 has been a great success since opening its doors in 2019, so we are proud to extend the offering to Terminal 1 and to showcase the very best of contemporary hand-crafted Irish design to the thousands of passengers who travel through the airport each day.”
Rosemary Steen, CEO of Design & Crafts Council Ireland said: “We are delighted to once again partner with ARI and Dublin Airport to bring the work of Ireland’s highly talented and creative craft and design sector to such an international audience. Design Ireland showcases the diverse range of makers and high-quality products being produced in studios all over Ireland. Located in Dublin Airport the Design Ireland outlets offer travellers the perfect opportunity to take a beautiful piece of Ireland with them as a gift to themselves or to others.”
About Design Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) introduced the Design Ireland brand in 2016 to raise the profile of Irish design and craft at home and abroad. Brands are selected for their high standards of design and manufacturing by an independent jury of market experts. The wider programme includes the Design Ireland website (designireland.ie), promotion of the brand and makers at various trade and exhibition events in Ireland and internationally, and retail outlets run by ARI in Dublin Airport’s Terminals 1 and 2.
The Design Ireland ® Store at Dublin Airport is owned by daa PLC and operated by Aer Rianta International CPT, with the store name brand under licence by Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.
About Made Local
Design & Crafts Council Ireland developed the ‘Made Local’ initiative during the COVID pandemic to support the Irish design and craft industry – makers and retailers of Irish made products. 2022 sees the campaign ‘Made Local, Made to Last’ highlight the quality, originality and sustainability of Irish designed and craft-made products and encourages mindful purchasing, especially in the run up to Christmas. There are currently 1,393 makers and 350 retailers involved in the campaign, with numbers growing daily. All participating makers and retail outlets are listed in the ‘Made Local’ directory which is available at www.madelocal.ie
ARI is a leading player in the Global Travel Retail Industry. It owns and manages duty-free and duty-paid retail outlets in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas. From its pioneering beginnings when it opened the world’s first duty-free shop in Shannon Airport, Ireland, in 1947, ARI now employs over 3,500 people worldwide.
About Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland is the national agency for craft and design in Ireland, we support designers and makers to develop their businesses in a sustainable way, and advocate for the societal benefits of craft and design. DCCI’s activities are funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,500 registered clients.
www.dcci.ie / @dccireland