A Place to Gather




Tues 18th September: 10am - 10pm as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle. Wed 19th - Sun 23rd September: 10am - 6pm daily.

No tickets required. Launch event at 6.30pm Tuesday 18th September.



An exciting glimpse into modern Irish design and craft

A Place to Gather will transform an old garage in Shoreditch, into a creative and exciting glimpse of contemporary Ireland. Though the work may be Irish and rooted in its place of origin, walking through the space, visitors will be able to experience the work's relevance to their everyday lives. There will be an engaging, visual poetry to the experience.Double doors will lead curious visitors into a hidden room filled with the best of Irish craft and design, curated by Jonathan Legge. This welcoming space will feature tall shelving filled with Irish literature and craft, and a specially commissioned short film about the makers. The designer furniture will be arranged for use, with everything from floor coverings, to table and chairs, sofas and lighting, all created by Irish designers and craftspeople.A Place to Gather will showcase the work of over 30 craft enterprises. Key features will include:• Pink stained stacking chairs in Oak by Fergal O’Leary of Horizon Furniture• Oak-framed sofa by Simon O’Driscoll of O’Driscoll Furniture, upholstered in Donegal Irish Tweed woven by Kieran Molloy of Molloy & Sons• Bespoke tall book shelves in white Ash and powder coated steel by Cian Corcoran and Ahmad Fakhry of Designgoat• Library-inspired greenwood ladder in Irish Ash by James Carroll of Stickman• Woven lighting and basket in Irish willow by Kathleen McCormick of Basketbarn• Knitted pouffes in lambswool by Claire-Anne O’Brien• Handwoven rug by Muriel Beckett inspired by the rugged landscape of Connemara • Contemporary rocking chair made from reclaimed Maple floorboards by Sean Fogarty of Rocker Lane Workshop"A Place to Gather is about a respect for the power of Irish material culture. It is an exploration of how design, craft, literature, film - all these different parts of our culture - can connect people, ideas and places. It is about taking a holistic approach to Ireland's material culture."Jonathan Legge, CuratorThe space will also show work from participating makers:Fergal O'Leary (Horizon Furniture) - Oak chairs; Simon O'Driscoll (O’Driscoll Furniture) - Sofa; Kieran Molloy (Molloy & Sons) - Irish Tweed; Cian Corcoran and Ahmad Fakhry (Designgoat) -Book shelves; Kathleen McCormick (Basketbarn) - Woven willow lighting; Claire-Anne O’Brien - Knitted pouffes; James Carroll (Stickman) - Greenwood ladder; Muriel Beckett - Rug; Sean Fogarty (Rockerlane Workshop) - Rocking chair; Anthony Cleary - Lighting; Carmel Lyons - Crochet lace accessories; Andrew Clancy (Clancy Moore Architects) - Lighting; Derek Wilson Ceramics - Decorative ceramics; Etain Hickey - Decorative ceramics; Hennessy & Byrne - Marble Table; Hugh Cummins - Lighting; Jennifer Chan - Candle Holders; Jerpoint Glass Studio - Water jugs, tumblers, vase; Karen Ebbs - Decorative ceramics; Liam Flynn – Wooden vessels; Annabel and Neil McCarthy (Nest Design) - White lacquered table; Róisín de Buitléar - Decorative glass; Sarah Wiegersma - Decorative ceramics; Studio Donegal - Woven cushions; Gearoid Muldowney (Superfolk) - Wooden bench; Denis Kenny (Ceadogán Rugs) - Rug/wall hanging; Finn Magee - Giclée print light; Jennifer Slattery Textiles - Irish linen cushions; Helen Faulkner Ceramics - Earthenware tableware; Andrew Ludick - White earthenware vessels; Larry Kinsella (Moth to a Flame) - Candles; Glenn Lucas - Wooden bowls. In addition to the Irish craft and design, the space will be enhanced with books drawn from the Library of Trinity College Dublin collection of 6 million books, manuscripts, maps and other materials and represent Irish creativity in word, image and performance. These books are kindly on loan from the Library as part of their 2012 celebrations of the tercentenary of the Old Library building, one of Trinity’s and Ireland’s iconic buildings.Many of the pieces from A Place to Gather will subsequently form a showcase of Irish craft and design in the Justus Lipsius building, headquarters of the Council of the European Union in Brussels, as part of Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union from January to June 2013. Images used on this page: Stitched Stools by Gearoid Muldowney, (Superfolk). Ceramics by Derek Wilson.MaryJane chairs by Fergal O'Leary, (Horizon Furniture).Tambour Lace Glass by Róisín de Buitléar.Knitted pouffe by Claire-Anne O’Brien.Pink stained oak MaryJane chair by Fergal O'Leary, (Horizon Furniture).Greenwood ladder by James Carroll, (Stickman). Marble table by Eric Byrne, (Hennessy & Byrne).Footed vessel in oak by Liam Flynn. Rug by Denis Kenny, (Ceadogán Rugs). Rocking chair by Sean Fogarty, (Rocker Lane Workshop). Wooden bowls by Glenn Lucas.Irish linen cushions by Jennifer Slattery. Oak-framed sofa by O’Driscoll Furniture, upholstered in Donegal Irish Tweed woven by Molloy & Sons

Crafts Council of Ireland

The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is the main champion of the craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. 

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of ‘Kilkenny Design Workshops’ (KDW), established by the Irish state in response to an influential design audit led by Kaj Franck. Over its 25-year life, KDW brought international designers and makers together to work with Irish craft and industry, joining craft and design in the development of a new idiom. In tribute to such a key anniversary for Irish design, the Crafts Council of Ireland has brought together the work of over 20 makers across furniture, wood, glass, ceramics, textile, basketry and stone for Vernacular at London Design Festival 2013. The exhibition will present work from Ireland in which indigenous materials and processes combine in intelligent collaboration with design, to express an intrinsic and authentic element of the story of Irish design.

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