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Irish Design 2015 - In the Making - Exhibition Opens 30 Dec

Published: Friday, November 28, 2014

[In the Making, photograph by Mirren Rosie, Design Museum]

In the Making, the inaugural exhibition of Irish Design 2015, opens on December 30th in The Coach House, Dublin Castle, to coincide with Dublin’s New Year’s Eve Festival. In the Making is a touring exhibition organised by the Design Museum, London, and curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Highlighting the breadth of Irish design significance, two objects have been commissioned by Barber and Osgerby for In the Making’s stay in Dublin, a traditional Boyne River currach by Meitheal Mara, and the Triathlon Total Knee System, an artificial knee joint, by Stryker, with accompanying short films of the production process.

Brought to Dublin in partnership with the Design Museum, London, In the Making is the first in a series of international design exhibitions being hosted in Dublin as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and designers nationally and internationally.

In partnership with the Office of Public Works, The Coach House at Dublin Castle will be a design hub for ID2015, showcasing Irish and international design exhibitions throughout the year.

[In the Making football boot (left) and felt hat György Kőrössy]

Laura Magahy, Executive Chairman of ID2015 says: "In the Making is a really interesting opportunity for people to see what’s involved in designing objects - to get an insider’s view of the process. This is the first in a series of exhibitions to be presented at Dublin Castle in The Coach House OPW, Dublin's Design Hub for ID2015.  Entry will be free to all exhibitions at The Coach House during the year. There’ll also be hundreds of exhibitions around the country throughout 2015, and we really hope that people will enjoy the year and join in this celebration of great Irish design!”

The exhibition has been curated by award-winning British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and has been realised by their architecture practice Universal Design Studio. In the Making captures over 20 objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage. Varying from a tennis ball to a French horn, a surprising range of objects have been chosen to be exhibited in an unfinished state, celebrating the intriguing beauty of the production process.

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby comment: “We have curated an exhibition that will provide a platform to capture and reveal a frozen moment in the manufacturing process and unveils an everyday object in its unfinished state. Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product. We have a long standing fascination in nautical design and so were naturally drawn to the simplicity and beauty of the currach. The ancient technique of basket weaving is used to create the structure of this small river fishing boat and is a brilliant example of using a locally found material in a demanding and resourceful way.”

In the Making is the first of two Design Museum exhibitions that ID2015 will host and the first Design Museum exhibition in nine years to be held on the island of Ireland. It also marks the first occasion that In the Making has gone on tour. Open for just over three months while in London, In the Making had almost 60,000 visitors.

Alex Milton, Programme Director for ID2015 said: “We’re delighted to be bringing this exhibition to Dublin as the opening show for Irish Design 2015 from the internationally renowned Design Museum in London. It explores the notion of design for manufacture and reveals the unseen creative, technical and engineering processes behind the production of everyday and iconic objects, which is something ID2015 is keen to highlight. A pure celebration of making, it makes clear designers pleasure in the process of designing.” 

In the Making runs from December 30th 2014 to 17th March 2015 in The Coach House, Dublin Castle.

Opening Hours
To coincide with Dublin’s New Year’s Eve Festival:
o   Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st December: 10am - 5pm
o   Thursday, 1st January: 11am - 5pm
From 2nd January onwards:
o   Tuesday - Saturday:  10am - 5pm
o   Sunday and Public Holidays: 1pm - 5pm
o   Closed Monday

To find out more, visit www.irishdesign2015.ie.

Categories: Architecture | Exhibitions


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