19th - 22nd September 2013
Gallery 13 at Tent London, Old Truman Brewery, London E1
For the 2013 London Design Festival (LDF), ‘Vernacular’ follows up the Crafts Council of Ireland’s successful debut exhibition ‘A Place to Gather’ at LDF 2012. It is presented by the Crafts Council of Ireland's National Craft Gallery of Ireland and curated by Ann Mulrooney, with Exhibition Design by Steven McNamara. The exhibition will be located in a stand-alone gallery space at Old Truman Brewery as part of Tent London during LDF 2013.
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. Figures such as John Jenkins, Richard Eckersly and Holger Strom operated from this rural periphery, and iconic products such as Strom’s IQ light were born in Ireland.
In tribute to such a key anniversary for Irish design, the ‘Vernacular’ exhibition at LDF 2013 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. The exhibition will feature work by over 20 designers and makers across furniture, wood, glass, ceramics, textile, basketry and stone, characterised by a deep engagement with the making process, and an authenticity that is materially embedded. It also includes ‘Gray Chair 5.12’ by Dublin-based duo, Designgoat, in tribute to designer Eileen Gray and originally commissioned by The National Design and Craft Gallery.
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31 Chapel Lane provide beautifully crafted, organic linen products using sustainable, high quality materials traditionally woven in Ireland.
Aileen Anne is a stone carver specialising in hand carved lettering using a hammer and chisel and working in traditional methods in her own unique style.
Alison makes hand-woven baskets in her Co. Tyrone workshop using sustainable methods and materials.
Andrew is one half of the award-winning practice, Clancy Moore Architects, whose work is informed by an understanding of craft and traditions of making.
Emerging from a series of collaborations initially originated by Joseph Walsh, the History Chair was designed by current and former creative directors of Design Partners, Cathal Loughnane and Peter Sheehan, respectively.
Colm studied architecture at University College Dublin and established Clancy Moore Architects with Andrew Clancy in 2006.
Cushendale Woollen Mills is a family-run business in rural Kilkenny that stretches back 5 generations. They collaborated with Suzanna Crampton of Zwartbles Ireland in creating the Zwartbles range.
Derek’s practice as a ceramicist aims to push the boundaries of a traditional and diverse art form through playing with its aesthetics, materiality and processes.
Designgoat work on a range of projects, creating experiences with products, spaces, furniture and food for clients as well as doing private commissions and their own bespoke products.
Donna is a lighting and furniture designer based in Co. Down. Her Parlour Lighting range is inspired by growing up on a rural Irish dairy farm where she would assist her father in the milking parlour.
Jack has exhibited his distinctive soda-fired vessels widely internationally, and is presenting his new Café Ceramics range as part of Vernacular.
Collaboration between online retail venture Makers&Brothers and glassblowing practice Jerpoint Glass Studio.
Ben Harris and Jamie Lewis have combined their skills to produce a hand crafted, production-repeatable felt table that innovatively utilises the integral strength of the material.
A contemporary reinterpretation of the bureau desk, Falling Dansu by O’Donnell + Tuomey emerged from a series of collaborations initially originated by Joseph Walsh.
The DC Armchair is designed and made by O’Driscoll Furniture, and upholstered with Donegal tweed by Molloy & Sons.
Using acrylics and hand-cast resins, Sasha embeds found objects and collected organic materials such as wildflowers, thistles, mosses, lichens, seaweeds and shells.
Superfolk makes simple, poetic, tactile objects for affordable and everyday use. This independent design studio’s heart lies in the craft of production, both handmade and industrial.
The Irish Handmade Glass Company use new cuts and contemporary designs to create affordable giftware that is handmade on their premises in Waterford City’s historic Viking Quarter.
Woodenleg encompasses product design and development, spatial, conceptual and research-related projects, all linked by their focus on simplicity, utlity and quality.