Saturday, 30 October 2010

Design Week 2010

Ireland's tenth Design Week, this time in association with Crown Paints (less tasty than gin, but probably a better fit when you think about it...), kicks off on Monday 1st November. There are events going on all over the country, so to find some near you, take a look at the website. Below are some choice cuts from the events in Dublin, the ones I'll aim to call into over the next two weeks or so (some of them run longer than the week, which is good because there's a lot to get through).

Wayne Hemingway at Wood Quay Venue
The opening event of Design Week is a talk by multi-disciplinary designer Wayne Hemingway in the Wood Quay Venue on Monday 1st November at 5.30pm. Hemingway's work has spanned from fashion to masterplanning and several things in between, so it's bound to be an interesting evening. Also, as opener to the whole week, I think you can expect a fun evening. RSVP to and come along!

Fuse @ GN1
Fuse is an interior design service that also sells vintage and upcycled furniture. For this year's Design Week they're popping up in Gallery Number One in the rather tasty brick building on the corner of Castle Street and Werburgh Street, right by Christchurch. The pop-up shop opens today (Saturday 30th October) and runs for four weeks. Be sure to call in at some point and take a look at design icons and their own pieces, like those below.

Cor Klaasen: Jackets, Covers & Sleeves
Cor Klaasen was an Irish-based Dutch designer and illustrator. Klaasen was one of the leading book cover designers working in Ireland in the sixties and seventies and his semi-abstract style, which still feels fresh and new today, can be seen in a selection of book covers and record sleeves which will be on display from the 4th November (opening Wednesday 3rd November at 6pm). All the vital information is in the poster, above.

ICAD Exhibitions - Upstarts and the Annual ICAD Exhibition
Opening on the 4th November in One Grand Parade and running until the 12th November, the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design are presenting two of their flagship exhibitions together. The Annual ICAD Exhibition is often known as the "Best of" exhibition, because in essence that's what it is - the best of the creative output of Ireland's advertisers and designers in the past twelve months. Meanwhile, their Upstarts programme, a six-week series of work placements for up-and-coming designers and advertisers in a number of Dublin's best agencies and studios, comes to a close with a presentation of the best work created during that time. Well worth a look.