Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Irish Design Haul

Well, this is a post that's almost one month too late. Sorry. Better late than never though, right?! At Christmas time I got some fab presents, and quite a few of them were great products by Irish designers. (Let it never be said that I am difficult to buy for.) Pictured above and listed below are the items in my excellent Christmas Irish design haul (clockwise from top left):

Monday, 19 January 2015

Irish Design 2015

Irish Design 2015 logo, image via

A whole year celebrating design in Ireland and showing off Irish design internationally has just kicked off: great news! Initiated by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland with help from Enterprise Ireland and some government departments, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) presents a year-long programme of exhibitions, events, commissions, practice supports and more. It will also act as an umbrella for already existing events and festivals and an encouragement for designers and design organisations to present new things this year all over the island and beyond.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Edible Future

Bioplastic Fantastic by Johanna Schmeer

The first hand-in I've had for my Curating MA was a group project to curate a hypothetical exhibition for the British Council, tying in with their Maker Library Network. If you haven't come across one, a Maker Library provides designers - and sometimes members of the public - a space in which to make things, often by digital means, while complimenting this make space with a library of resources and an exhibition space that explores making and made work. My classmates and I were charged with curating a pop-up Maker Library which would explore making in a hands-on way, show the work of British designers and makers and select relevant publications for the accompanying library space.

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Nutella Drinking Glass

A Nutella drinking glass

Recently in one of the classes I've been taking as part of my MA in Curating Contemporary Design I had to give a short presentation analysing an object. Any object at all. And while there are billions of objects in the world, and at least tens of thousands of brilliant ones, I came back to an old favourite. The Nutella drinking glass is one of the simplest but most clever things you'll find on a supermarket shelf anywhere in the world, and here's why.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide...ish

Nordic pattern Christmas Card, available from

I had thought of doing this last year, then life (or laziness) conspired against me and it didn't happen. So I thought I'd make an extra effort to get in gear this Christmas season and started doing some research into things for you and me to buy for him, her, them and everyone else... But then I thought that there are probably plenty of blogs and magazines and online shops listing gifts for different categories of people and presents at various price points, and would I be able to contribute much to the 'BUY THESE OBJECTS NOW!' conversation? I'm not so sure, so here's something slightly different: