New global online platform launched for the very best of Ireland’s design and craft

Posted 15.11.16

DesignIreland.ie, a new web platform dedicated to showcasing the work of Ireland’s leading designers and craftspeople, officially launched in Dublin today at a pop-up retail space for Irish design and craft at 5, Westbury Mall.

Developed by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), DesignIreland.ie aims to provide consumers the world over with inspiration, images and stories about talented Irish designers and their work.

Visitors to the site can browse Irish products across three categories - Home & Gift, Fashion & Accessories and Jewellery – and then link directly to purchase from maker websites or approved stockists such as Arnotts, the Kilkenny Group, Brown Thomas, Irish Design Shop, Makers & Brothers and Stonechat as well as international retailers, including Heal’s, The New Craftsmen and Wolf & Badger in the UK, The Citizenry in the US and Stór in Tokyo. The site also lists where purchases can be made in-store.

Highlighting beautiful work by talented Irish makers, from jewellers and fashion designers to ceramicists and furniture makers, DesignIreland.ie shares the breadth and quality of Irish design and will continually evolve as further designers and their work are showcased. The site features curated collections to assist consumers in finding unique gifts for the festive season and throughout the year, providing ideas and information on the makers, their inspiration and their work.

Commenting on the launch of DesignIreland.ie, Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, said: “This new site forms part of DCCoI's strategic goal to increase awareness of Irish design and craft at home and abroad, capitalising on the growing international reputation of the sector in recent years. Design Ireland has been developed as a premium brand to celebrate and champion the wonderful contemporary work being produced all over the island of Ireland. We hope consumers will be inspired to seek out and purchase unique Irish designed and made work throughout the year, but particularly over the coming weeks as they shop for gifts this Christmas.

DesignIreland.ie features a broad range of Irish brands.  Several of the featured companies are new to DCCoI’s seasonal campaign for 2016, including:

  • INNER ISLAND, launched in 2015 by jeweller Gemma O’Leary who is inspired by geometrical forms, frames and structures. The ethos of the brand is to bring a refined, subtle approach to design, starting with simple shapes and introducing unexpected details to create pieces that will surprise and delight.
  • Bonagrew, a contemporary Irish label crafting simple and beautiful accessories inspired by the garden, all designed and made in the small townland of Bonagrew in Co. Wicklow. Olivia Hartigan works with renowned Irish linen and tweed weavers and local textile experts, taking great pride in material and construction quality.
  • Cooper Handcrafted Furniture, established in Co. Monaghan by Ciaran McPhillips, who designs and makes contemporary furniture using traditional Irish joinery methods and a wealth of woodworking knowledge and skills.

The full selection of gift ideas and featured makers can be viewed at DesignIreland.ie.

The official launch of this global online platform coincides with an exciting programme of week-long pop-ups at 5, Westbury Mall, off Grafton Street, Dublin 2, presented by DCCoI in association with The Doyle Collection. Twelve Irish designers are being featured over a seven-week period which commenced with JRothwell from 7th to 14th November. Still to present their work in the space between now and December 24th are: Chaïm Factor (16 – 20 Nov); Jennifer Slattery Textiles (21 – 27 Nov); Brendan Joseph (28 Nov – 4 Dec); me&him&you (5 – 11 Dec); TISSUE, Edel Traynor and Danielle Romeril (12 – 18 Dec); and Magda Bethani and Chloe Dowds (19 – 24 Dec). 

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About DesignIreland.ie
Design Ireland is a premium brand discovering and sharing 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. The site features a rich blend of our island’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, 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 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 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. In collaboration with partner organisations, 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. www.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. www.doylecollection.com

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