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Introducing Ireland’s Newest Design Awards

Cymbal pendant light by Shane Holland Design Workshops | Courtesy of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
Cymbal pendant light by Shane Holland Design Workshops | Courtesy of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
The announcement of the 2017 IMAGE Interiors & Living Design Awards back in September caused a flurry of excitement among Ireland’s creative community. Judged in partnership with the highly respected Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, the winners of the inaugural awards will be revealed in December, celebrating the best of Irish design talent.

As the country’s best-read homes, interiors and living publication, IMAGE Interiors & Living magazine has long been putting forth the best creativity the island of Ireland has to offer. Now, they are running their first-ever design awards, championing a cross-section of the country’s most impressive designers, makers and design industry professionals. With winners due to be revealed in the January/February 2017 issue of the magazine, the awards will cover categories from Best Fabric to Interior Designer of the Year to a Reader’s Choice Award for Ireland’s finest independent design stores.

Mugs by Arran Street East © Aoife McElwain/Courtesy of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

The online public vote for a slate of more than 30 nominees across various disciplines closed during the week of October 17, 2016. From here, the final winners will be judged by a panel that includes the Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), the owner of Article – one of Dublin’s best homeware and design stores – and the Programme Director of the Irish Design 2015 programme. From heritage weavers to lighting designers to architect-and-interior-designer teams, the list of nominees featured some of the biggest names in Irish design and craft, as well as exciting up-and-comers.

Hand Woven Coasters by Mourne Textiles © Peter Rowen Photography/Courtesy of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

County Down-based Mourne Textiles have been producing handwoven products for more than 60 years, while Dublin’s textile design collective Print Block just launched their first signature range of hand screen-printed scarves. Gillian Sherrard has designed interiors in Ireland and abroad for decades, while Roisin Lafferty only established her award-winning interior design business in 2010, but has already built up a superb portfolio.

Nominees to keep a particular eye on include Dublin-based designers of hand-thrown stoneware objects Arran Street East and innovative lighting designer Shane Holland. In the collaboration category, the range of floor coverings produced by Ceadogán Rugs with ceramics artist Andrew Ludick are delightfully colourful and distinctive.

Cymbal pendant light by Shane Holland Design Workshops Courtesy of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland

The Irish Design Hero category features heavyweights like Cork furniture designer Joseph Walsh, Galway basketmaker Joe Hogan and Royal Gold Medal for architecture winners O’Donnell + Tuomey. All the IMAGE Interiors & Living Design Award winners will be revealed in a photoshoot in the January/February issue of the magazine, on shelves December 22nd.

Denis Kenny of Ceadogán with ceramic artist Andrew Ludick Courtesy of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland