Design Ireland showcase at MAISON&OBJET Paris, 17-21 January 2020

Posted 13.01.20

Five Irish designer-makers selected to exhibit in influential TODAY: SIGNATURE area of prestigious European trade fair for the home

Image (clockwise from top left): work by Zelouf & Bell, Isobel Egan, Alan Meredith, John Hanly & Co. Ltd., Aoife Mullane

Five Irish design and craft businesses have been chosen 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 17th to Tuesday 21st January 2020. Design Ireland® is presented by Design & Crafts Council Ireland.

Building on the success of Design Ireland® at M&O Paris in previous years, these five exciting Irish brands will present their latest creations to an estimated 85,000 international buyers, press and influencers at this key home and gift trade show. The design and craft businesses on the Design Ireland® stand (located in Hall 6, P136) include both established names and those relatively new to the international arena.

Zelouf & Bell, Alan Meredith Studio and John Hanly & Co. Ltd. are all returning to M&O while Isobel Egan Ceramics and Aoife Mullane Designs will feature for the first time at this landmark show. Participating at M&O Paris provides a unique opportunity for these five Irish makers to build their brands and increase their profile abroad, reaching audiences throughout the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

Each of the brands featured on the Design Ireland® stand in Today: Signature in Hall 6 have been specially selected by the show for their suitability and fit. M&O attracts a broad range of buyers and design influencers keen to source sustainable, innovative products and new design concepts. For exhibitors and visitors alike the show is a key source of inspiration, highlighting current and future trends. Participating in the show also enables exhibiting brands to develop commercial opportunities while exploring and researching key markets in order to further hone their export strategy.

The five brands featured in the Design Ireland® area (Hall 6, Stand P136) 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 is the second time his fine wooden vessels and stunning furniture will feature at M&O Paris.
  • Aoife Mullane Designs
    Aoife Mullane is a textile and fashion designer from Wicklow. She studied printed textiles at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and set up her business in January 2016. She is inspired by the ever-changing colours and patterns of nature in her designs. This is Aoife’s first time to exhibit at M&O Paris where she will be showing her unique range of textiles and accessories for the home.
  • John Hanly & Co. Ltd.
    For 126 years John Hanly & Co. Ltd. from Co. Tipperary has specialised in the manufacture of scarves, throws and fabrics in wool, cashmere, lambswool, mohair and natural fibres. This is the third time they will exhibit at M&O Paris.
  • Isobel Egan Ceramics
    Ceramicist Isobel Egan, based in Kildare, is inspired by a combination of different facets, including architecture, space, memory and emotion. She works in porcelain and has exhibited worldwide, including most recently at Aqua Art Miami in Florida and at the European Ceramics Context in Bornholm, Denmark. This will be Isobel’s debut at M&O Paris.
  • Zelouf & Bell
    Laois-based studio furniture makers Zelouf & Bell and their team of master craftsmen have been making one-off and limited edition museum-quality furniture to commission in their workshop since 1992. Their award-winning work is in private collections, public offices, embassy residences, churches and museums, at home and abroad. This is their second year at M&O Paris.

Louise Allen, Managing Executive of Design & Crafts Council Ireland, said: “A key aim of Design & Crafts Council Ireland is to support the promotion of the high-calibre work of established and emerging Irish designers and makers both in Ireland and abroad. MAISON&OBJET is a valuable opportunity for these five brands to showcase their products to buyers, influencers and collectors and for DCCI to continue promoting contemporary Irish design to international audiences. We are maintaining our focus on export diversification, helping businesses such as these to network and make important contacts so that they can develop and grow to meet the demands of the market. It is our fifth year of attending M&O Paris and we are delighted to once again to have the chance to support high-quality Irish craftsmanship at this prestigious fair. We wish all Irish brands at the fair every success.”

Each of the five Irish brands being presented on the Design Ireland® stand at M&O Paris is also featured on DesignIreland.ie, the online platform developed by DCCI 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 DCCI client companies with their own stands at M&O Paris include Emmet Kane Wood Artist (Hall 5A, Stand L51), Max Benjamin (Hall 5A, Stand D12/E11) and Mullan Lighting (Hall 6, Stand H70).

MAISON&OBJET takes place at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, Friday 17 to Tuesday 21 January 2020. For further information on M&O, please visit maison-objet.com/en

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For further information, please contact Michelle Lynch at michelle.lynch@fleishmaneurope.com or 01 6188 444.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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: bit.ly/DIatMO2020

About Design Ireland®
Design Ireland® is a premium brand created by Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) 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. designireland.ie

About Design & Crafts Council Ireland
Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCI currently has 59 member organisations and more than 3,000 registered clients. dcci.ie

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