At Maison & Objet 2014, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) celebrated Ireland’s rich design and craft heritage and shone a light on the ultimate Irish design trends. Reknowned and emerging Irish designers and makers in furniture, wood, glass, ceramics, textiles, lighting, stone and basketry teamed with international creatives to showcase their brand new collections.
Award winning architect and designer Andrew Clancy of déanta Design has teamed up with boat builder Matthew O’Malley to create the Carvel Chair. The seating is made using the techniques of traditional boat construction which is predominant along the West Coast.
Contemporary cut crystal brand, J. Hill’s Standard, have developed two ranges with Martino Gamper and Scholten & Baijings that pay homage to Waterford glass craftsmanship. (Above: CUTTINGS by Martino Gamper for J. Hills’ Standard – Photo by Tom Brown).
The lead crystal ELEMENTS collection by Scholten & Baijings features a rich assemblage of graphic markings. Cuts and textures of varying depth and intensity are employed across glasses to create a fresh and seductive landscape of layered patterns. (Above: ELEMENTS by Scholten & Baijings for J. Hills’ Standard – Photo by Tom Brown)
Martino Gamper worked directly with the crystal, removing the material in a manner that felt instinctive, free and pleasing. The CUTTING series features three distinctive cuts that appear across a family of functional tableware.
Makers & Brothers, the Irish design platform and online retail venture founded on simple things, showcased several project developed by local makers such as stonemason Eric Byrne of Hennessy and Byrne. The brand presented a set of ice-cubes for whisky tasting made in exclusive Connemara marble.
Found in the ancient marble quarries of Connemara near Galway this rare marble is renowned for its unique green colour, and its distinctive swirling veins of green, sepia and grey with the added sparkle of crystalline mica.
Makers & Brothers is a project by Jonathan and Mark Legge focused on everyday design and craft: the handmade, objects of integrity, contemporary vernaculars. At Maison & Objet, the Irish Design platform presented also Scott Benefield. The glassware brand showcased a brand-collection that meshes Venician traditional glassblowing with Irish heritage.
Founded in 1892, Foxford Woollen Mills is one of the last working mills in Ireland. Today, master craftspeople work with a new design team to embrace contemporary homeware alongside their classic weaves.