Irish design and craft to be showcased at MAISON&OBJET PARIS, 18 – 22 January 2019

Posted 16.01.19

Irish design and craft to be showcased at MAISON&OBJET PARIS, 18 – 22 January 2019

Seven Irish design and craft brands selected to exhibit in the prestigious TODAY: SIGNATURE area of Europe’s most influential trade fair for the home

Seven Irish design and craft businesses have been selected to present their latest work as part of the Design Ireland stand in the Today: Signature area at MAISON&OBJET (M&O) Paris which takes place from Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd January 2019.

Four Irish businesses who create contemporary products to the highest standards of design, quality and craftsmanship will exhibit their new season collections in their own dedicated space on the ‘Design Ireland’ stand (Hall 6, Stand M140), presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI). Designing and making in Ireland, they are currently exporting and are focused on growing awareness of their brand and increasing their sales overseas.

In addition, DCCoI is introducing the work of three Irish ceramicists as part of the overall Design Ireland presentation. For these makers, M&O Paris offers a unique opportunity to assess the reaction to their work, to establish their brand and raise its profile amongst this key international audience, as well as to research and plan their strategy for this market in 2020.

M&O Paris is Europe’s leading home decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community and presents a valuable opportunity for the selected Irish brands to meet with existing customers and establish further relationships with trade buyers, influencers and press from across the globe. The work exhibited in Today: Signature in Hall 6 has been specially selected and curated for well-informed buyers to source sustainable, innovative products and new design concepts. Almost 90,000 professional visitors from Europe, UK, USA and Asia attended MAISON&OBJET in spring 2018.

The four brands featured on the Design Ireland stand are:

  • Alan Meredith Studio
    From Mountmellick, Co. Laois, Alan’s work to date straddles the boundaries of contemporary craft , sculpture and architecture and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. This will be the first time his fine wooden vessels and stunning furniture will feature at M&O Paris.
  • John Hanly & Co. Ltd.
    For 126 years John Hanly & Co. from Co. Tipperary has specialised in the manufacture of scarves, throws and fabrics in wool, cashmere, lambswool, mohair and natural fibres. This is the second time they will exhibit at M&O Paris.
  • Rathbornes 1488
    Rathbornes is one of the oldest candle makers in the world, dating back to 1488. Five centuries later, their luxury candles are still being hand poured in Dublin. This is Rathbornes’ second time to exhibit at M&O Paris.
  • Stephen Farnan Ceramics
    A potter by trade, Belfast-based Stephen Farnan is best known for his delicate pencil drawings captured on hand-rolled porcelain and thrown earthenware. This will be Stephen’s debut at M&O Paris.

Introducing three young Irish ceramicists:

  • Aisling McElwain Ceramics
    Based in Kilkenny city, Aisling graduated from the DCCoI Centre of Excellence in Ceramics in 2016.She set up Aisling McElwain Ceramics later that year. Her work has been shortlisted for a number of awards and won the Image Interiors & Living award for Best Tableware in 2018. She makes simple classic forms with a contemporary feel to create timeless pieces to suit any home.
  • Chloë Dowds
    Craftsmanship and attention to detail are paramount in Chloë Dowds’ tactile porcelain tableware. Every element of her design has been considered to stimulate and heighten the user’s experience of the piece. In 2018 Chloë, who is from Wicklow, was awarded the Thomas Dammann JuniorMemorial Trust Merit Award and is winner of the Future Lights in Ceramics – Ambassador of European Ceramics 2018.
  • Rebecca Killen Ceramics
    A ceramic designer from Co. Down, Rebecca Killen creates unique accessories for the home using fine bone china and metallic lustres. Inspired by traditional blue and white pottery, nostalgic forms and the picturesque coast of Ireland, Rebecca designs and creates a range of ceramic bottles, dishes and vessels using the slip casting technique. She established her business in 2014.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland continually strives to support both established and emerging Irish designers and makers in showcasing their work internationally as well as at home, and to provide them with the opportunity to network with buyers, collectors and influencers at key events such as MAISON & OBJET. Export diversification is key to the ongoing development of Ireland’s design and craft sector and we are delighted to be returning to this internationally renowned show to present contemporary design and craft from Ireland to global audiences. With almost 90,000 visitors having attended last year’s M&O Paris, from the EU and across the world, this prestigious event is instrumental in growing and developing the export market for high-quality craftsmanship from Ireland and we are pleased to support the seven businesses taking part. We wish them every success in Paris and beyond.”

Each of the seven Irish brands being presented on the Design Ireland stand at M&O Paris is 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.

Other DCCoI client companies with their own stands at M&O Paris include Max Benjamin (Hall 5A, Stand C26/D25) and The Handmade Soap Company (Hall 5A, Stand G63).

MAISON&OBJET takes place at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, Friday 18 to Tuesday 22 January 2019. For further information on M&O, please visit

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For further information, please contact Lily Killeen at or 01 618 8444


High-res images and further information about the Irish designers and makers being presented on the Design Ireland stand at MAISON&OBJET, Paris are available at:

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 64 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients.

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