Image: glassware by J.HILL’s Standard and ceramics by Arran Street East
The Design Ireland booth has won Best Curation in the prestigious Accent on Design® Awards at NY NOW® 2017. The booth, which featured a curated collection of the work of seven leading Irish designers and makers, wowed visitors from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide during the show in New York, which took place from Sunday, 20th to Wednesday, 23rd August.
Winning this award is a significant achievement for Design Ireland, a premium brand created by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland to showcase the breadth and quality of Irish design and craft to both a global and an Irish audience. NY NOW® is a renowned US trade fair and has presented a unique opportunity for these Irish brands to meet with existing customers and establish further relationships with discerning trade buyers and press attending the show.
The Accent on Design® awards program recognises product design excellence, innovation and creativity among NY NOW’s Accent on Design exhibitors. Other categories include Best New Product Collection, Best Overall Collection and Best Booth Design.
For more than 30 years, Accent on Design® has been the industry’s definitive resource for design-led home and lifestyle merchandise. Presented as part of NY NOW’s HOME Collection, Accent on Design’s almost 180 brands are culled through a set of juried acceptance criteria including: originality, creativity and authentic product design; new and innovative use of materials; products which address and solve problems; consistent and continuous new product creations; a focus on contemporary design; and functionality.
The Design Ireland booth in Accent on Design® featured seven Irish brands - Arran Street East, Avoca Woollen Mills, Bunny & Clyde, Field Apothecary, J. HILL’s Standard, STABLE of Ireland and Diem Pottery. Each of the seven brands is also featured on DesignIreland.ie.