Purpose built: 50 years of Irish design

Designers in Ireland are quietly but confidently making their mark, both at home and abroad. Chief executive Charlotte Barker reflects on why design is more vital to Ireland than ever before, five decades since the institute’s inception

The Alps design space by Kingston Laffery Design, an award-winnning interior design house based in Dublin

Design is the basis of change-making and influence. Often misunderstood, design is not only an aesthetic, but a powerful tool for impact – be that for the economy, for people or for the planet. And 50 years since what was the Society of Designers in Ireland was established, and against a backdrop of uncertainty and global turmoil, the role of design has never been more necessary to light the path. It’s times like these that ...