Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Here's the Heads Up #26: Cork Edition

CIT Library and IT Building by de Blacam and Meagher, part of Open House Cork

Wait, what?!

So for the first time ever, I Like Local is producing a Cork edition of Here's the Heads Up, because for the first time ever, Cork hosts Open House, one of the most enjoyable and accessible architecture festivals in the world. From 10 to 12 April over 30 buildings open their doors for public architectural tours, along with an OH Plus programme of walks, talks and activities. All of it is free and all of it looks great, but here are a few I Like Local highlights...

Monday, 30 March 2015

Here's the Heads Up #26: London Edition

We Wont be Trouble Anymore by Mac Conner, on show at the House of Illustration

For those of you based in or near London (or planning a trip soon) here are a few choice design and architecture events to enjoy, grouped based whether they're events happening soon, exhibitions soon to close or exhibitions just opened. For those of you in Ireland, hang on until next week when I have something great planned for you...

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Moments in Irish Design History

Irish Design printing blocks, image via ID2015

All this recent talk of Irish design thanks to Irish Design 2015 (from places other than this blog, cos obviously I Like Local is always banging on about Irish design...) has got me thinking about Irish design history. Collected below is nothing comprehensive and doesn't even stretch back that far (I'm useless at knowing anything that happened before the 20th century, in this field or in any other) but it's a selection of 10 important things that have happened to help make Irish design what it is today. And speaking of today, what better time to share this than St. Patrick's Day! Have I missed something? Probably, so tell me!

Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Man with the Plan

Irish Design 2015 - Make Design Matter

This article first appeared in Image Interiors & Living, January/February 2015

Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), a year-long exploration and celebration of design all across Ireland and abroad, has just kicked off. Initiated by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland along with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Enterprise Ireland, it promises to be an exciting year with plenty to see, do and take part in, no matter where you are. I caught up with the man at the helm, Programme Director Alex Milton, to see just what's in store...

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Contemporary V&A

The second of two recent essay hand-ins, this one takes a look at the contemporary programme at the Victoria & Albert Museum, focussing in on its offering of temporary exhibitions and events that present contemporary art and design. I think that the V&A's contemporary programme is great and its content is really well curated, but for me that's not the whole story. The V&A contemporary programme's success lies as much in its content as it does in its timing, placement and price. The contemporary programme is as accessible as it is well curated, and that's what makes it so good...