Award Winners Announced at Showcase 2017

Posted 23.01.17

Image: Overall Best Product Award Winner John Hanly pictured with Design & Crafts Council of Ireland CEO, Karen Hennessy

Winner of Overall Best Product Award – John Hanly & Co Ltd. in collaboration with Mariad Whiske

Best Product Category Winners:

Showcase Best Product – FASHION & TextISLE: John Hanly & Co. Ltd in collaboration with Mariad Whisker
Showcase Best Product – GIFT: Jo Browne
Showcase Best Product – JEWELLERY: Emer Roberts Design
Showcase Best Product – HOME: Cooper Handcrafted Furniture

Other Showcase Award Winners:

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Design Ireland Award – Cooper Handcrafted Furniture in collaboration with Wild Cocoon
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Craftsmanship Award – Aoife Mullane Design

Winners of the annual Showcase Awards were announced at Showcase - Ireland’s Creative Expo, which takes place at the RDS in Dublin until Wednesday, 25th January.  Showcase 2017 was officially opened on Sunday, 22nd January by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. and awards were presented by Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. The annual show has established itself as a must-see trade event, attracting buyers from Ireland and more than 20 other countries, including UK, USA, Mainland Europe and the Far East, all keen to see the latest designs from Ireland’s top brands and craft producers.

Showcase is an international launch pad for the 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople who will be unveiling their new season collections across fashion, jewellery, home and giftware over the four-day event. A particular emphasis is placed on new products to market, providing retailers with opportunities to discover and stock up on the latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland said: “The ongoing development of Showcase over the past 40 years demonstrates that the appetite to discover and access the very best of Irish design and craft from both established and emerging brands continues to grow. The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland works with and supports these Irish designers and makers to develop their businesses and help them to reach their potential. The annual Showcase awards programme plays a key role in encouraging new product development in order to offer visiting buyers an opportunity to discover the very latest design-led products, many of which are unique to the show. The awards also highlight innovation, collaboration, high-quality design, craftsmanship, and presentation. Choosing winners from such a wide range of quality Irish products is always a difficult task for our selectors so I would like to congratulate all the award recipients and those who were highly commended.”

BEST PRODUCT AWARDS
Exhibitors selected for the Showcase Best Product Awards 2017 were chosen by specialist curators; Alanna Gallagher (home & gift), Natasha Sherling (jewellery); Catherine Condell (fashion & TextISLE) and Emma McGrath (Design Ireland). The curators nominated the ‘Best Product’ in each of their categories and each category produced a Best Product Award and Highly Commended awards. The overall Best Product Award at Showcase 2017 was chosen by the Showcase judging panel.

The Overall Winner of the Showcase Best Product Award was John Hanly & Co. Ltd for its collection in collaboration with fashion designer, Mariad Whisker. John Hanly & Co. Ltd. creates textiles in tweed, wool and cashmere from its factory at Ballyartella Woollen Mills in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.

Best New Product Category Winners:
FASHION & TextISLE
: The Showcase Best Product Award in the fashion category was John Hanly & Co. Ltd in collaboration with Mariad Whisker. Highly commended in this category was 31 Chapel Lane, for the collection working with 100% Irish Linens from Emblem Weavers, Thomas Ferguson and Baird McNutt. 31 Chapel Lane is based on Limerick city. Also highly commended were two Donegal companies - Fisherman Out of Ireland for the collection in collaboration with Electronic Sheep, and Magee Tweed for the collection with Elks.

HOME: This year’s Showcase Best Product Award in the home category went to Cooper Handcrafted Furniture from Monaghan for its Pestle and Mortar. Highly commended were Waterford’s Emerald Handmade Irish Crystal for the Decanter and Whiskey Glass, and Wicklow’s Old Court Linens for its Bread Bag.

GIFT: The Showcase Best Product Award in the gift category went to Jo Browne’s Solid Perfume and Cologne Collection. Jo Browne is based in Hacketstown, Co. Carlow. Highly commended in the gift category were Jando Design from Dublin for its Liberty Moon print, and McNutt of Donegal for its Linen Scarves.

JEWELLERY: The Showcase Best Product Award in the jewellery category went to Dublin-based Emer Roberts Design for her 2017 Collection. Highly commended in this category were Inner Island, also based in Dublin, for its 2017 Collection, and County Down-based Rachel MCK’s Neckpiece.

Other Category Winners:
DESIGN IRELAND: The winner of the Design Ireland award was Cooper Handcrafted Furniture from Monaghan for its collaboration with Wild Cocoon. Highly commended were Ciara Silke from Galway for her Silk Scarf, KaroArt from Dublin for its Ceramic Plate, and Waters + Wild from West Cork for its Organic Perfume. The winner of this award is selected by a panel of independent judges which assesses Design Ireland exhibitors for stand design and display, product quality and overall suitability.

CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD: The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Craftsmanship Award, which promotes creative development in craft, was won by A.Mullane Design for the innovation and craftsmanship of its overall product offering. A.Mullane Design is a Wicklow-based printed textile design brand.

Showcase 2017 runs until Wednesday 25th January and is for trade attendance only. For further information, please visit www.showcaseireland.com.

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For further press information, please contact:
Tara Walsh, Emer Igbokwe or Emma Kelly at Elevate PR on 01-6625652 or tara@elevate.ie / emer@elevate.ie / emma@elevate.ie.

About Showcase
Showcase – Ireland’s International Creative Expo is one of the country’s largest international trade shows.  The annual event is attended by over 5,000 buyers from Ireland and more than 20 countries around the world, generating sales orders of up to €20 million over the four days of the show. Showcase is a partnership between the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Showcase Ireland Events Ltd, with support from Enterprise Ireland in promoting the show internationally through their network of offices overseas. More than 450 Irish designers, manufacturers and craftspeople exhibit at the fair, including over 100 emerging Irish businesses supported by their Local Enterprise Offices. Showcase is for trade attendance only. www.showcaseireland.com

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 60 member organisations and more than 3,200 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

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