Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

Design Ireland's designers and craftspeople came together with key members of the media this week at a special dinner to celebrate the very best of Irish craft and design and to mark the first birthday of Design Ireland.

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The cosy atmosphere at the home and studio of Edward Coveney and Esther Gerrard was established by furniture and brass candlesticks by Coveney and Gerrard's Elements of Action design practice. Flowers by Dublin-based florist Appassionata Flowers sprung from jugs and vases by BTU Glass. Art works by Jando Design, Fergus O’Neill, Denise Nestor and Me&Him&You adorned the walls of the Georgian rooms.

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

The warm ambience was set with natural scented candles by Rathbornes of Dublin while soft textiles and cushions by Mourne Textiles and Studio Donegal added a further element of cosiness to the evening’s event.

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

Guests were served an aperitif of Dingle Original Gin and Irish Herbel Crest tonic served in tumblers from the Festival collection by Jerpoint Glass in Co. Kilkenny.  

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

The food on the night was by Jennie Moran, the artist and culinary wizard behind the Luncheonette in the National College of Art and Design. 

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

Dingle Gin-cured Goatsbridge trout, rye crackers and  pickled blackberries were served on wooden boards by Caulfield Country Boards in Co. Meath, followed by Jerusalem artichoke velouté, hazelnut and vanilla served on Diem Pottery.

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

For main course there was a further focus on local Irish produce with Lambay Island venison, juniper-pickled cabbage and buttered parsnip crisps which were served on delightful KaroArt ceramics

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

Accompaniments were served in large Diem Pottery bowls, while glasses by Emerald Crystal, table linen by Kathryn Davey and candles by Brookfield Farm made for the perfect atmospheric table setting.

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

Guests included award-winning interior designer Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design, cashmere designer Ros Duke and Julie McLoughlin - co-founder of Jando Design. Clare Grennan, co-owner of the Irish Design Shop and designer with jewellery brand Names was also in attendance. 

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

Mingling with key journalists from publications such as the Irish Times, House and Home magazine, The Gloss and the Irish Independent were ceramicist Karolina Grudniewska of KaroArt, as well as potter Thomas Diem. 

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

The celebratory dinner event was arranged by the team at the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland with styling by   Emma McGrath, Trade Development Manager. Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of DCCoI and Brian McGee, Market Development Director of DCCoI, were also in attendance.

Photo of Design Ireland celebrates First Birthday

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