Contemporary Irish design and craft to debut at New York’s Shoppe Object in August

Posted 31.07.19

  • Six Irish design and craft brands selected to participate in New York’s newest independent home and gift show, August 10 – 12, 2019
  • Design Ireland® to present contemporary Irish design and craft at this fully curated show in the heart of Manhattan

Image (clockwise from top left): Caulfield Country Boards; Hanna Hats of Donegal; Diem Pottery & Design Studio; Foxford Woollen Mills; Copperfish Lighting Company; Field Apothecary

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) has announced that six Irish design and craft brands will be showcasing their work at New York’s newest curated home and gift show, Shoppe Object. Each of the six brands designs and makes in Ireland and has been specially selected by the fair’s curators to participate in this considered and trend-focused show. Shoppe Object first took place in 2017 and has already become a leading indicator of emerging trends, attracting discerning buyers and influencers from across the US and beyond.

This year’s Shoppe Object takes place at Pier 36 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York, August 10 - 12. The Irish presence at this show presents a unique opportunity for the selected brands to meet with any existing customers and establish further relationships with discerning trade buyers and key press, and to engage with like-minded brands and producers.

The six Irish brands at Shoppe Object 2019 are:

The Irish brands are making their debut at this show through the support of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers. DCCoI’s strategic aims include growing the international reputation and the commercial potential of Irish design and craft abroad.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, commented: “The Irish presence at this fair is a key element in our export strategy, positioning Irish design and craft within the vibrant US marketplace. Shoppe Object provides an invaluable opportunity for these six Irish brands to meet exclusive buyers and influencers in person. We wish each of the participating designers and makers every success at the show and look forward to seeing commercial opportunities unfold for them. We greatly appreciate the support and assistance of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Enterprise Ireland in bringing these Irish designers and makers to New York.”

All six of the brands exhibiting at Shoppe Object are also featured on, the online platform developed by DCCoI to showcase the best of Irish design and craft and to connect audiences all over the world with Ireland’s makers, their studios and their inspiration.

Brian McGee, Market Development Director at DCCoI, said: “We are delighted to feature at Shoppe Object which has quickly established itself as an influential show dedicated to celebrating and supporting the progressive retail and design community. This show provides a refreshing alternative to the more traditional trade fair by focusing on offering an engaging experience in a boutique environment. The ethos of Shoppe Object is very much aligned with that of the Design Ireland® brand, focusing on the inspiration and materials behind beautifully designed and made items imbued with authenticity and provenance. These resonate with how consumers are seeking contemporary products that offer meaningful experiences and tell a story of the inspiration, the maker and the materials.”

Shoppe Object takes place at Pier 36 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York from Saturday 10 to Monday August 12 2019.


For further information, please contact: 

Lily Killeen at FleishmanHillard Dublin at or on 01 618 8444

Notes to Editors:

High-res images and further information about the Irish designers and makers being presented by Design Ireland® at Shoppe Object are available here:

About the featured Irish designers:

Caulfield Country Boards
Caulfield Country Boards prides itself on being a small, unique, family-run Irish business. Run by brother and sister Pearse and Louise Caulfield, its contemporary tableware and kitchen accessories are practical, charming and innovatively designed. Pearse and Louise produce high-quality, long-lasting, distinctive pieces that will enrich kitchen experiences and enhance social dining occasions. All of their creations are designed and made in Carnaross, Co. Meath from sustainably sourced hardwoods including ash, beech, elm and walnut.

Copperfish Lighting Company
Eoin Shanley set up Copperfish in the picturesque village of Delgany, Co. Wicklow in 2016 where he works from a small studio. The company creates stunning lighting from salvaged and storm-fallen timber, selected for its character and provenance. The beauty of materials and the elegance of forms and components give each lamp a sculptural presence that brings texture and warmth to interior spaces.

Diem Pottery & Design Studio
Thomas Diem is a second-generation potter and designer. Born in New York but living in Ireland since childhood, Thomas set up his own pottery studio in 1997. Thomas and his team in the studio believe that the objects we use have a great effect on our lives. Their work brings functional style with a distinctive earthen quality that will elevate everyday moments. The range is handcrafted in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

Field Apothecary
Field Apothecary is a boutique capsule range of essential oil-based candles from Field Day, one of Ireland's leading producers of scented candles and home fragrance. Created in Ireland with up to 11 essential oils in each one, Field Apothecary Irish Candles are made with 100% soy wax and are hand-poured in small batches.  Set up by Alix Mulholland and based in Newtownards, Co. Down, Field Day has been producing stylish and fragrant hand-poured candles, soaps, hand care and home fragrance for over 15 years.

Foxford Woollen Mills
From the mossy greens and earth tones of the River Moy, Co. Mayo to the explosion of colours in the hedgerows across the country, Foxford reimagines the changing palettes of the west of Ireland for modern homes and winter wardrobes. Founded by the Irish Sisters of Charity in 1892, Foxford Mill has woven beloved throws, scarves and blankets for generations. Its ability to infuse tradition with contemporary style has made Foxford a beloved brand and a benchmark of quality in Irish design. Run by Joe Queenan, Foxford Woollen Mills is one of the last working mills in Ireland.

Hanna Hats of Donegal
In 1924, David Hanna Snr. established a tailoring company in Donegal on Ireland’s northwest coast. Hanna Hats’ journey began in 1964 when it started handcrafting bespoke headwear. David’s son John continued creating innovative tweed products using the age-old tradition of craftsmanship. John’s children carry their father and grandfather’s vision as a third-generation family business. Original designs are assembled by hand in Donegal and the natural fabrics used reflect the soft and muted shades of the local landscape. Steeped in history and heritage, each creation is a little piece of luxury from Donegal.

About Design Ireland®
Design Ireland® is a premium brand created by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) that showcases the breadth and quality of Irish design and craft to both a global and an Irish audience. As a current and informed cultural curator, Design Ireland® discovers and shares the best work created in Ireland for people who want to buy and gift authentic, quality products. Accomplished makers across Ireland are creating craft of the highest quality, and Design Ireland® provides visitors to the site with ideas, inspiration and information on where to buy these beautiful, authentic Irish products.

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has over 60 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients.

SHOPPE OBJECT is New York’s semiannual independent home and gift show. With a curated roster of visionary brands and makers presented in an elevated boutique setting, SHOPPE OBJECT is the ultimate resource for premier merchants and influential editors. Born of a vanguard spirit to celebrate and service the progressive retail and design community, SHOPPE OBJECT is a gathering of fellowship, an expression of ideas, and a physical manifestation of a shared ethos – dedication to and reverence for the good, the beautiful, the inspired, the innovative, the well-made. Instagram: @shoppeobject

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