‘Design Ireland’ pavilion launching at Maison & Objet 2016, Paris

Posted 18.01.16

‘Design Ireland’ pavilion launching at Maison & Objet 2016, Paris

New work from 22 of Ireland’s designers and makers selected to show in the prestigious Design à Vivre section of Europe’s most important trade fair for the home

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland working with Ireland’s creative entrepreneurs to grow international opportunities22 Irish designers and makers have been selected to showcase their new contemporary work in the prestigious Design à Vivre section at Maison & Objet, Paris which takes place 22 – 26 January 2016.
Their new designs will be shown to the global audience of trade buyers from over 40 countries as part of the Design Ireland pavilion curated by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI).

Design Ireland (Hall 7, E176/F175) will feature work Designed and Made in Ireland across contemporary furniture and lighting, stone, glass, ceramics, wood and textiles.  A common theme running through the work is the considered use of materials and skilled craftsmanship.

This is DCCoI’s second year presenting Irish design and craft at Maison & Objet. In curating Design Ireland for the 2016 show, DCCoI enlisted the help of John Redmond, Creative Director of the world famous store, Brown Thomas and Alanna Gallagher, interiors writer and expert, who both bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the presentation of Irish work at this renowned international trade fair.
Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said: “This is a very exciting time for the Irish design sector. We have seen a surge in recognition and appreciation internationally for the quality, diversity and provenance of work emerging from Ireland, especially following on from Irish Design 2015, the year-long government-backed initiative showcasing contemporary Irish design around the world. We want to reap the benefits of this growing appetite for authentic Irish designed and made products and participation in events such as Maison & Objet provides a unique opportunity to connect leading Irish designers and makers with discerning buyers from across the globe.

New work featured in Design Ireland includes furniture from Aodh, Simon Doyle and Zelouf & Bell; ceramics from Adam Frew and Arran Street East; contemporary lighting from Mullan Lighting and déanta Design; glass from J. HILL’s Standard and Jerpoint Glass, wooden boards from Bunbury Boards and textiles from Mourne Textiles and Céadogan.

Many of these designers are achieving international recognition following their participation in events around the world during 2015.

The Design Ireland pavilion will be in Design à Vivre: Hall 7, Stand E176/F175 at Maison & Objet, Paris which takes place 22 – 26 January. Design Ireland is presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland with support from Enterprise Ireland in Paris in promoting the pavilion as well as the participation of Irish companies with their own stands at the trade fair including Mullan Lighting (Hall 5B, Stand H38), Max Benjamin (Hall 5A, Stand C16), Foxford (Hall 3, Stand A116/B115) and Inis the Energy of the Sea (Hall 5A, Stand D63).


For further details on the Design Ireland pavilion, please visit: www.dccoi.ie/maisonetobjet2016

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Download this press release in English here.
Download this press release in French here.

For further information, please contact:

Ireland: Elevate PR (www.elevate.ie)
Emma Kelly | emma@elevate.ie
Aoife Smith | aoife@elevate.ie
Sorcha Furlong | sorcha@elevate.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1  662 5652

International: Sandford PR (www.sandfordpr.com)
Cristina Belmonte | cristina@sandfordpr.com


Exhibitors: Designers and makers featured in Design Ireland include:

Simon Doyle Furniture
Zelouf + Bell

Adam Frew
Arran Street East

Jerpoint Glass
J. HILL’s Standard       
Killian Schurmann

Cushendale Woollen Mills
Irish Linen House
Jennifer Slattery
Mourne Textiles

Bunbury Boards
Chaïm Factor
Saturday Workshop

déanta Design
Mullan Lighting

Hennessy & Byrne

About the Stand Designer
Steven McNamara is the founder of the studio, Roji Designs. He is passionate about promoting good design and has spoken on panel discussions at international design events such as Habitare AHEAD and OFFSET, and has collaborated with many organisations, amongst them the Irish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2012. He led a multi-disciplinary collective to design and curate two exhibitions, to represent Ireland and promote Irish design on behalf of PIVOT Dublin at World Design Capital Helsinki 2012. Steven has previously curated exhibitions on behalf of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland at Tent London as part of London Design Festival. www.rojidesigns.com

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), which is headquartered in Kilkenny in Ireland 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 75 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

About Irish Design 2015
Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) has been 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. As part of ID2015, Dublin was designated World Design Hub 2015 by the International Association of Designers, providing Ireland with a platform to promote the skills and talents of Irish designers to a worldwide audience.  Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, is Patron of Irish Design 2015 and the initiative has been included in the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. ID2015 has been convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in collaboration with partner organisations, on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland.  Irish Design 2015 partners include Founding Partners - MCO Projects; Accommodation Partners - The Doyle Collection; Venue Partners - OPW; Exhibition Partners – DAA; Technology Partners - IBM and Broadcast Partners - RTÉ. www.irishdesign2015.ie

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