Weathering regarded as one of the highlights of Tent London during London Design Festival 2014

Posted 02.10.14

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Weathering brochure | Shane Holland Design, Print Block, | Snug, Ceadogán Rugs with Katie Hession

Weathering, an exhibition of contemporary Irish design and craft, was widely regarded as one of the highlights of Tent London during London Design Festival 2014.

Featuring new work from over 25 designers and craftspeople, the exhibition attracted an estimated 16,000 visitors over four days, including influential retailers, journalists, architects and interior designers from all over the world.

Weathering was officially opened by His Excellency Daniel Mulhall, Irish Ambassador to Great Britain, on Thursday 18th September. During his address to over 250 guests at the launch reception, the Ambassador commended the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland for presenting such a strong showcase of Irish creativity and design and congratulated the participating designers and makers.  “This exhibition reflects the talent and innovation that is part of our Irish heritage. I feel extremely proud to see this creativity centre stage at such an internationally significant design festival and I look forward to continuing to champion Irish design and craft into the future,” said Ambassador Mulhall.

Curated by Steven McNamara, the exhibition showcased objects that exemplify simplicity of form, respect for materials and a keen awareness of the end user. Weathering built on the story and explorations of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s two previous shows - Vernacular (LDF 13) and A Place to Gather (LDF 12) – and featured furniture, wood, glass, ceramics, textiles, lighting, leather and basketry.

Several exciting and exclusive collaborations between Irish makers and internationally renowned designers were unveiled as part of the exhibition.  Award winning architect and designer Andrew Clancy of déanta Design teamed up with boat builder Matthew O’Malley to create the “Carvel Chair”; Horizon Furniture’s “Stanley Lounge Chair” in a solid frame in Irish Oak was upholstered in Donegal Tweed by Molloy & Sons; pepper mills designed by Makers & Brothers were handcrafted by wood turner Matt Jones and Úna Burke's figurative leatherwork complemented the carafe made by The Irish Handmade Glass Company especially for Tent 2014.

Visitors to Weathering also had a unique opportunity to meet with internationally renowned basketmaker Joe Hogan and to see him at work.  During his live demonstrations, Joe created six stunningly simple functional baskets from the natural willows that he grows and harvests in scenic Loch na Fooey, Co. Galway. 

Official launch by His Excellency Daniel Mulhall | Weathering | Live Demonstrations by Joe Hogan

18th - 21st September 2014
Tent London
Old Truman Brewery, London E1

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- September 2014 -

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Designers and makers featuring in Weathering included:


  • Déanta Design: Andrew Clancy with Matthew O'Malley
  • Horizon Furniture with Molloy & Sons
  • Nest Design
  • Snug
  • Stickman
  • Tierney Haines with Alan Meredith
  • Woodenleg
  • Cillian Ó'Súilleabháin


  • Jack Doherty
  • Derek Wilson
  • Andrew Ludick


  • J. Hill’s Standard       
  • Scott Benefield


  • 31 Chapel Lane
  • Ceadogán Rugs with Katie Hession
  • Cushendale Woollen Mills
  • Molloy & Sons
  • Muriel Beckett
  • Print Block


  • Glenn Lucas
  • Makers&Brothers with Matt Jones
  • The Local Maker Co.


  • Shane Holland Design


  • Joe Hogan


  • Úna Burke with The Irish Handmade Glass Company

About the Curator
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. In 2013 Steven was the exhibition designer for 'Vernacular', the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s show at Tent London as part of London Design Festival. As well as working towards London Design Festival 2014 on behalf of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland this year, Steven is the curator and exhibition designer for Cork Craft & Design’s showcase exhibition in Kinsale, August 2014, and is the current Exhibitions Officer for the Architectural Association of Ireland.

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), which is headquartered in Kilkenny, is the main champion of the craft and design 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 70 member organisations and over 2,900 registered clients.

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