Design Ireland Pops Up at The Doyle Collection’s Westbury Mall
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in association with The Doyle Collection, presents an exciting new programme of week-long pop-ups at 5 Westbury Mall from Monday, 7 November until Saturday 24 December, as part of the launch of Design Ireland.
Design Ireland is a premium brand created by 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.
First to present their work in the space is celebrated Irish fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell, who is showcasing her stunning collection of clothing and accessories until Sunday 13 November. Over the following six weeks, a further 11 leading Irish designers will decamp to the beautiful new pop-up retail space in the Westbury Mall, where they will display their work, demonstrate their craft and share their inspiration.
The list of participants in the schedule of pop-ups is as follows:
Week 1: Monday, 7th – Sunday, 13th November
Textile and fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell presents her JRothwell fashion and scarf collections
Week 2: Wednesday, 16th – Sunday 20th November
Chaim Factor is welcomed to the pop-up with its wooden homeware gift collection of knives and chopping boards
Week 3: Monday, November 21st – Sunday 27th November
Textile designer Jennifer Slattery showcases her collection of home and table linen
Week 4: Monday, 28th November – Sunday, 4th December
Brendan Joseph takes over the space with his range of woven scarves, pocket squares and bow ties
Week 5: Monday, 5th – Sunday, 11th December
me&him&you showcase their black and white cityscape screen prints
Week 6: Monday, 12th – Sunday, 18th December
Fashion designers, TISSUE, Edel Traynor and Danielle Romeril share the space to display their contemporary womenswear collections
Week 7: Monday, 19th – Saturday, 24th December
Ceramic artists, Magda Bethani and Chloe Dowds team up to showcase their unique work in the pop-up shop
Design Ireland reflects the rich blend of Irish design’s influences and outlooks; modernist and traditional homeware and furniture, delicate and brash jewellery and fashion, and all manner of unexpected and charming gifts. Accomplished makers across Ireland are creating craft of the highest quality. Design Ireland is a place to celebrate and share their perspectives by championing their authentic, quality products.
For a full list of Irish makers, and information on where you can buy, visit www.dccoi.ie.
About the participating designers
Fashion designer Jennifer Rothwell graduated from the National College of Art and Design with honours in 1995, and has worked at Norma Kamali, Katayone Adeli, Calvin Klein, Language and Yigal Azrouel. In 2011, Jennifer was cast as a judge on Norway’s Top Model TV programme, providing a great showcase for the best of Irish design. The following awards have recognised Jennifer Rothwell's achievements in fashion: Brown Thomas Designer Award at Dublin Fashion Week in 2007 and New Product Award at the Showcase Expo in 2010. jrothwell.net
Chaïm Factor creates genuinely original furniture and objects – both functional and artistic. He often pushes materials to their limits. He has contributed to many projects of distinction, including Dublin’s Trinity College, the Senate Buildings, the National Concert Hall Organ Case, the Four Courts and St. Mary’s Church Dublin to name but a few. His contemporary tabletop and kitchenware ranges explore materials to optimum effect, contrasting line, grains and colours, and occasionally accentuating with inlay details. The Design Elegance for Foodies collection brings contemporary design through traditional materials and application, to complement the best table settings. chaimfactor.com
Taking inspiration from heritage and what has gone before, Jennifer Slattery is committed to offering unique signature products that are made to become heirlooms. Throughout all of her ranges, the traditional is infused with the contemporary through the medium of print and embroidery. Jennifer Slattery believes that age brings character and with that an inherent beauty. In 2014, Jennifer added The Louvre Museum in Paris to her growing list of international stockists, her products can also be found in Ireland’s leading retailers, including Arnotts, Kilkenny Stores, Avoca and House of Ireland. jenniferslatterytextiles.com
Brendan Joseph Studio
Brendan Joseph creates timeless wearable stories, working from his studio in Rathmines, Dublin. Each pocket square, bow tie, necktie, scarf and shawl is made by hand and inspired by a special place in Ireland – woven from the finest linen, silk and cashmere yarns. They speak through sight and touch in the unique braille-like woven surfaces Brendan has developed which imitate the incredible dance of light on water, their colour changing exactly as their source does in every change of natural light. They are heirlooms, transcending seasons and trends, to cherish, enjoy and gift. Each piece is presented in a laser engraved wooden gift box and its story is told on the story card accompanying it, as well as in a one-minute video on his website. brendanjoseph.com
TISSUE is a new women’s ready-to-wear label based in Dublin. The clothing is designed and made in Ireland using high-quality natural fabrics. TISSUE clothes are 100% ethically and sustainably produced. TISSUE was founded by Gráinne Finn and Hannah Mullan. Hannah has worked with Sharon Wauchob, John Rocha, Simone Rocha and Danielle Romeril, and Gráinne comes from a printmaking and curatorial background. This combination of fashion and art brings a unique perspective to their design process and results in finely crafted womenswear with a wide appeal. TISSUE collections combine simple, minimalist shapes with dramatic detail, custom textiles and original prints. TISSUE launched in autumn 2015 as part of the Brown Thomas Designers CREATE event. TISSUE produce pieces from all collections to order in a range of sizes. tissue.ie
The Edel Traynor clothing label developed from the need to create contemporary every day wear that is made to last. The focus is to supply an alternative to fast fashion and an alternative to buying huge quantities of everyday, throwaway clothes. Investing in key pieces can transform not only wardrobes but also the relationship with one’s clothes. Spending less often and more wisely can take you through the seasons without being a slave to trends while also impacting less on the environment. Edel Traynor creates everyday wear, using mainly the finest of cottons in her collections so that the pieces are to be worn with ease and, importantly, washed with ease. All pieces are handcrafted, with the start of the design process and the end results all happening in the studio on the top floor of the Chocolate Factory in Dublin. Originally studying architecture, Edel Traynor went on to study Fashion Design and graduated from Grafton Academy in 2013. Clean lines and minimal forms are made with detail, design and quality at the utmost priority. edeltraynor.com
Danielle Romeril studied fashion design in Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating in 2007. Throughout breaks in her studies, she broadened her experience by working with Sharon Wauchob (Paris) and Sinha-Stanic (London). In 2007 Danielle made a permanent move to London and continued her education with a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art, London (2010), winning a number of prestigious awards. From her graduate show at the RCA, Danielle was selected to work at Alberta Ferretti’s studio in Italy. She launched her label with her Spring Summer 2013 collection which was exhibited at London Fashion Week. The label is currently supported by Topshop and the British Fashion Council under the NEWGEN scheme and is stocked in 10 countries worldwide including Ikram (USA) and Joyce, Hong Kong. Danielle youthful relaxed aesthetic along with an emphasis on beautifully crafted pieces with a subversive edge make this an exceptional and exciting new label. danielleromeril.com
Magda was born and raised in Athens; she worked for years in the business sector whilst studying European Civilization at the Greek Open University. It was 2009 when she started flirting with the creative potentials of clay. In 2012, she decided to pursue her passion for ceramics on a full-time basis when she was accepted onto the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills & Design Course. Magda’s work is defined by an on-going exploration into new forms, surfaces and processes. The starting point is always the potter’s wheel, where she creates both functional ware and sculptural pieces. Smooth curves and gentle colours in her earlier work have now developed into strong forms with simple lines with bright bubbly glazes and expressive textures. Deep iron black clay breaks through the surfaces, contrasting with these rich colours. Her inspiration comes from many sources, ranging from natural landscape to found objects and ancient artefacts. magdabethani.com
Chloë Dowds’ hand-thrown porcelain work is high-fired making it strong and durable. Dowds’ vessels are inspired by music, the forms of which are directly influenced by the structure of the saxophone. She uses clean, precise lines juxtaposed with the soft spiral of thrown clay to imitate the vibration of music. In 2008, Chloë completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Ceramics, Galway, followed by a Higher Diploma in Art Teaching at Limerick School of Art and Design in 2009. She went on to complete her MA in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Limerick. She has worked as a second level art teacher and is a member of Ceramics Ireland. Chloë began the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Ceramics Skills & Design Course in 2012 and in 2014 she won both the Future Makers Judges Spotlight Award, and the Irish Ceramic Awards New and Emerging Maker Award. In 2016, she won an award at the RDS National Craft Awards. She now works from her studio in Co. Wicklow. chloedowds.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 convened Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland. ID2015 was a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design in Ireland and around the world throughout 2015. dccoi.ie
About The Doyle Collection
The Doyle Collection is a carefully curated collection of eight Irish family-owned luxury and urban hotels located in superb central locations in London, Dublin, Washington DC, Cork and Bristol. Each hotel has a strong identity that is closely connected to its location and is unique in the way that has brought a cultural slice of its city into the fabric of the building and the guest experience. The Doyle Collection was official accommodation partner for Irish Design 2015, supporting the programme in their hotel locations in Ireland and internationally as well as providing an exhibition venue and gallery space at the Westbury Mall in Dublin for a year-long schedule of events. doylecollection.com