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Clancy Moore Architects and Sean Fogarty Feature in Irish Showcase at London Design Festival 2012

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012

A group of talented designers and craft makers exhibiting at London Design Featival 2012, includes Clancy Moore Architects with lighting design and architect Sean Fogarty with a new rocking chair (pictured above). Entitled, A Place to Gather, the exhibition is organised by the Crafts Council of Ireland and curated by Jonathan Legge of Makers & Brothers.  “A Place to Gather is about a respect for the power of Irish material culture. It is an exploration of how design, craft, literature, film - all these different parts of our culture - can connect people, ideas and places. It is about taking a holistic approach to Ireland’s material culture", says Jonathan.

A Place to Gather will transform a recently discovered old garage/warehouse in Shoreditch, into a creative and exciting glimpse of contemporary Ireland, by taking a modern, human and relevant approach to Ireland’s cultural output. Though the work may be Irish and rooted in its place of origin, walking through the space, visitors will be able to experience the work’s relevance to their everyday lives. There will be an engaging, visual poetry to the experience. Double doors will lead curious visitors into a hidden room filled with the best of Irish craft and design, curated by Jonathan Legge. This welcoming space will feature tall shelving filled with Irish literature and craft, and a specially commissioned short film about the makers. The designer furniture will be arranged for use, with everything from floor coverings, to table and chairs, sofas and lighting, all created by Irish designers and craftspeople.

Other particpants include:

  • Ceramics by Derek Wilson (pictured below)
  • Pink Stained Oak Chairs by Horizon Furniture (pictured above)
  • Sofa by O’Driscoll Furniture, upholstered in Irish Tweed by Molloy & Sons
  • Tall book shelves by Designgoat
  • Woven willow lighting by Kathleen McCormick
  • Funky Knitted Stools by Claire-Ann O’Brien
  • Greenwood Ladder by James Carroll Furniture
  • Wall Hangings by Muriel Beckett

Commenting on the exhibition, Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Crafts Council of Ireland said: “The London Design Festival holds exciting potential for Irish craft and design so we are delighted to be able to support and promote more than 20 Irish craftspeople through this exhibition. Being part of A Place to Gather during this world-renowned festival will be a fantastic opportunity for these makers to present their work to design professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world and to create valuable links for the future.”

The opening reception takes place on Tuesday, 18 September at 6pm, 12 Chance St (Corner R of Red Church St), London E2 7JB. The exhibition runs from Friday September 14 – Sunday September 23, 2012.


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