Irish design and craft to be showcased at MAISON&OBJET PARIS, 19 – 23 January 2018

Posted 16.01.18

Five Irish design and craft brands selected to exhibit in the prestigious NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE area of Europe’s most influential trade fair for the home

Work by: Wild Cocoon, Arran Street East, Superfolk (clockwise)

Five leading Irish design and craft businesses have been selected to present their latest work as part of the Design Ireland stand in the celebrated NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE area at MAISON&OBJET (M&O) Paris which takes place 19 to 23 January 2018.

The five Irish designers and makers will exhibit their new season collections in their own dedicated space on the ‘Design Ireland’ stand (Hall 7, Stand F209) which is being presented by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI). Each of the businesses is designing and making in Ireland, creating contemporary products to the highest standards of design, quality and craftsmanship. All are currently exporting and are focused on growing awareness of their brand and increasing their sales overseas.

M&O is Europe’s leading home decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community. The work exhibited in NOW! DESIGN À VIVRE in Hall 7 has been specially selected and curated for well-informed buyers to source sustainable, innovative products and new design concepts.
Over 85,000 professional visitors from Europe, UK, USA and Asia attended MAISON&OBJET in 2017. The 2018 fair 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 five brands selected for the Design Ireland stand (Hall 7, Stand F209):

  • Arran Street East
    Based in Dublin and born from the search for a simple, hand-thrown pot in great colours, Arran Street East designs and makes for people who enjoy simple, functional, and beautiful objects. They previously exhibited at M&O in 2016.
  • John Hanly & Co Ltd.
    For 125 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 first time they will exhibit at M&O.
  • 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’ debut at M&O.
  • Superfolk
    Superfolk design and make simple, beautiful homewares for people who love the wild outdoors. Based in Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, their homeware products have been stocked in design and concept stores in Dublin, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Belfast, London and Tokyo. They previously presented work at M&O in 2015 and 2016.
  • Wild Cocoon
    Wild Cocoon hand weave exquisite textiles on a manual traditional floor loom in their studio in Co. Mayo, producing heritage-inspired designs with more than a nod to the modern way of living. This is the first showcase of Wild Cocoon at M&O.

Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “Presenting Irish work at renowned international events such as MAISON&OBJET is instrumental in growing the export market for authentic, high-quality design and craft from Ireland. We are delighted to be supporting five contemporary Irish designers and makers in showcasing their latest collections at this year’s show, providing them with a unique opportunity to connect with buyers and influencers from around the world. Each of these leading Irish brands, some of whom are presenting their work at MAISON&OBJET for the first time, has the ambition and capability to export and a strong product offering for international buyers. We wish them every success in Paris and look forward to seeing commercial opportunities unfold for them during and following the show.”

Each of the 5 Irish brands being presented on the Design Ireland stand at M&O Paris is also featured on DesignIreland.ie, 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 C2/D1) and Mullan Lighting (Hall 5B, Stand S34).

MAISON&OBJET takes place at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, Friday 19 to Tuesday 23 January 2018. For further information on M&O, please visit www.maison-objet.com/en

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For further information, please contact communications@dccoi.ie

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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/MaisonetObjet2018

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. www.designireland.ie

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 over 60 member organisations and over 2,500 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie

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