Irish Design Works 2018 Exhibition
Piece by Donnacha Cahill

The Irish Design Works 2018 Exhibition looks like it is going to be another amazing event this year. I love that this Irish Design event happens in Galway and the high standard of of craftsmanship and innovative design on display is something that is just wonderful to see. The reason I love going each year (this is it’s fourth year), is that I always find a new designer that I had not heard of before, and it also it is a fantastic event to go to for some interiors inspiration!

Irish Design Works 2018 Exhibition
Piece by Emmet Kane

Design Island is a network of designer makers who pool their resources to promote their work through exhibition both in Ireland and abroad. In this year’s show we present furniture, lighting, stone and metal sculpture, glass, ceramics and wood turning. All the work is designed and made in Ireland to the highest standard both in terms of craftsmanship and innovative design. And the Galway event features mostly Galway designers along with some others, but I love that you are not only supporting Irish Design but Local Irish Designers.

Tommy Carew Design – Love Birds

The line up of designers this year is incredible and include:

  • Colin Grehan bog oak and stone sculptor, Tipperary native Monivea based.
  • Daniel Gill furniture maker/designer, Galway
  • Dobos Ceramics, Tatianna Dobos from Moldova and Galway based for 10 years.
  • Donnacha Cahill, steel sculptor known for his inquisitive Hare and Gramophone, Galway
  • Emmet Kane, wood turner, with burnished timber forms and gold or coloured inserts, Kildare
  • Gabriel Furniture, Ben and Joshua Gabriel furniture makers/ designers, Galway.
  • Michelle O’Donnell, glass artist using fused glass, Co. Offaly
  • Mikey Dawson, metals, known for his works with Macnas, Galway
  • Shane Holland, lighting/furniture/sculpture, known for mixed materials and innovative design, Meath.
  • Tommy Carew furniture/lighting maker/designer, Galway, graduate of GMIT Letterfrack.
  • Tricia Harris, furniture/lighting maker/designer, graduate of GMIT Letterfrack, Dublin
Irish Design Works 2018 Exhibition
Gabriel Swallow Table

This year’s event will run from Wednesday 18th to  Sunday 29th of July at Tribeton, Merchants Road, Galway. The opening will take place on Tuesday 17th July at 6pm. Admission is free and opening hours are 12 noon to 8pm daily. I am going to be sharing more about the craftspeople/designers on Floralesque this week (here & here), and in the meantime, you can read more about the exhibition here.

And if interested, here is my review of the 2015 Design Island Exhibition.


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