Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
Laura Magahy - founder of Arran Street East which won overall winner at Irish Country Magazine's Irish Made Awards 2019.

On Thursday 26th of September, many of Ireland’s leading designers, makers, craftspeople and artisan businesses came together to celebrate Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards which took place in Fallon & Byrne on Dublin’s Exchequer Street.

This is the third year of the annual awards which see businesses compete across a range of categories including Fashion, Accessories, Jewellery, Textiles, Home, Gift, Furniture, Food & Drink and Beauty.

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
A vase by Arran Street East who were also awarded overall winners in the Home category.

The Overall Winner of the Irish Made Awards 2019 was Arran Street East who were also winners in the Home category. With a studio in the Victorian markets area of Dublin’s north inner city, Arran Street East make beautiful, functional ceramic tableware with a modern sensibility and authenticity at its core. Arran Street East also run a remarkable range of pottery classes and courses and have a café where you can sip great coffee from one of their handmade mugs.

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
A design by Irish Linen House, awarded overall winners of the Textiles category at Irish Country Magazine's Irish Made Awards 2019.

The Overall Winner in the Textiles category was another Design Ireland brand, namely Irish Linen House, who we recently featured in one of our stories. Irish Linen House is a family business located in the Smithfield area of Dublin where they have an open studio and shop. They produce a contemporary range of Irish table linen which includes napkins, table runners and placemats.

Several of Design Ireland’s makers and designers were also runners up in the various categories including Lainey K in the Gift category, designer and textile artist Bernie Murphy in the Fashion Category, Bunny & Clyde in the Furniture category, Cushendale Woollen Mills in the Textiles category and Stable of Ireland in the Accessories group - beating off stiff competition in the early stages to become one of the shortlisted 81 brands and making it to second place in each of their various categories.

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
(Left to right): Sonia Reynolds and Francie Duff, founders of Stable of Ireland.

The applicants were shortlisted earlier this summer by a panel of industry experts and the public then voted on the brands and companies they felt most deserved to win in each category. The awards were sponsored by Kilkenny, The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Gifted RDS and Market Street.

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
A design by Cushendale Woollen Mills who came runners up in the Textile category of the Irish Made Awards 2019.

Each of the category winners have received the opportunity for their products to be showcased and sold in a Kilkenny store for a minimum of three months during 2020 while the overall winner will be given the opportunity to attend the major tradeshow Showcase next January in Dublin’s RDS and have received a advertising package from Irish Country Magazine.

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
A design by Bernie Murphy who beat off competition to be awarded runner up in the Fashion category on the day.

The guest speaker on the day was Chupi Sweetman Pell, founder of Irish jewellery brand Chupi (and one of the Design Ireland stable of designers) who spoke about why it is so important that brands continue, not just to design, but to manufacture in Ireland. Each of her sparkling items of jewellery is packaged in a box which declares that it is “Made in Ireland, Loved Everywhere” and Chupi’s speech was one of celebration and encouragement for all the business people and creatives in the room as she told of how she has grown her business from zero to 43 employees after six years in business.

Photo of Design Ireland brands win at Irish Country Magazine’s Irish Made Awards 2019
Chupi Sweetman Pell, founder of successful Irish jewellery brand Chupi, who was the guest speaker at the Irish Country Magazine Irish Made Awards 2019.

Editor of Irish Country Magazine, Klara Heron, spoke of her passion for Irish design and of the passion of the publication as a whole in supporting those people manufacturing across Ireland - whether that is making soaps in small batches in their kitchens or distilling gin in the Wicklow Mountains. She stated that it is a passion of her team to continue to support Irish made products across fashion, food and more - both in print and online - as well as through the annual Irish Made Awards.

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