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, glass and gifts in March 2016
- Largest retail presentation of Irish made design in London in decades
- Ireland’s designers to demonstrate their craft over three week long programme of in-store events from Monday 7th to Sunday 27th March 2016
Heal’s, London’s iconic retailer, and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) today announced the largest retail presentation of Irish made design in London in decades. “Design Ireland at Heal’s” will be in the Tottenham Court Road store for three weeks during March 2016 as a celebration of Irish creativity.
DCCoI is working in collaboration with Heal’s on curating a presentation of work by many of Ireland’s designers and makers across the disciplines of furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass and gifts. Design Ireland at Heal’s will showcase the work of Irish designers and makers from Monday 7th March to Sunday 27th March 2016, coinciding with Ireland being in the spotlight for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world on March 17th. Selected designers include Ceadogán (woollen rugs), Andrew Ludick (ceramics), Simon Doyle (furniture), Adam Frew (ceramics), Mourne Textiles (weaving) and Arran Street East (ceramics) to name but a few.
Design Ireland at Heal’s will be 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. Design Ireland at Heal’s has emerged as a direct result of successive DCCoI exhibitions at Tent London as part of London Design Festival which have been lauded by global media.
The work of Irish designers has been attracting considerable attention internationally this year following Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), the year long initiative backed by the Irish government promoting and celebrating Irish design around the world. ID2015 has been convened by DCCoI on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and Enterprise Ireland.
A number of Heal’s iconic Tottenham Court Road windows will be dedicated to showcasing Irish design and craftsmanship, providing Irish designers and makers with a unique opportunity to have their work seen by a discerning international audience.
A series of in-store demonstrations by featured designers in disciplines such as ceramics and weaving is also being planned, offering visitors to Heal’s the chance to meet the designers and craftspeople behind the products, see them at work and learn more about their designing and making process.
“The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland is honoured to be working in partnership with Heal’s, the renowned British retailer, to bring the Design Ireland at Heal’s programme to London in March 2016, which is such an important month for the Irish community around the world,” says Brian McGee, Acting CEO of DCCoI. “Ireland’s creative industries are brimming with exciting new talent. Exhibitions and programmes like this present a great opportunity to showcase examples of our inspiration, innovation and contemporary design. The products that have been selected for Design Island at Heal’s were all Designed and Made in Ireland and display exceptional quality, heritage and beauty.”
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 7th to 27th March 2016 in the retailer’s flagship store on Tottenham Court Road. The accompanying programme of events as well as the full list of all designers and makers being feature as part of the initiative will be announced early in the New Year.
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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 75 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. In collaboration with partner organisations, DCCoI is convening Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 is 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. 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