Ireland’s design renaissance

Ireland’s design renaissance View Gallery
The garden of Ivanhoe House in Dublin, designed by Maria MacVeigh and Bernard Hickie, which won the Architectural Design prize at the Institute of Designers of Ireland Awards last year

The Irish are known all over the world for our art, literature and music, and our reputation in the field of design is growing too. As design becomes more and more important, we must nurture our indigenous talent if we want to reap the benefits at home and in the global marketplace

Ask anyone which designers they like and nine times out of ten they will name a fashion designer. And yet, design is so much more than that. Look around you. Absolutely everything you see has been designed. This newspaper, a lamp, a phone, a font, a fork, a stethoscope.

Ireland is not automatically associated with design either, not in the way that Italy, Sweden or Japan are, for example. We’re better known internationally for our...

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