Design Island

What is ‘Design Island’?
Design Island helps you navigate the design delights of Ireland. It’s brimming with worthwhile destinations, some on well-trodden paths and others down lesser-known trails. We asked a panel of experts from the design community to nominate their top locations around the country to share the best of design in Ireland, including some well-kept secrets. 

To help you map your route more easily, we’ve divided these design destinations into five categories:
Eat & Drink
Stop for Sunday lunch in Ireland’s oldest coaching inn or discover where local Dublin designers go to get their Irish craft beer fix.
From contemporary city chic to traditional country estate, find out where those in the Irish design community like to lay their hat when away from home.
Get to see feats of modern engineering and little-known historical sites off the beaten tourist track, or take a tour of the country’s architectural highlights as recommended by renowned Irish architects.
Where do designers go to buy design? Design Island is your tool to find the top stockists of Irish craft and design, as recommended by our panel.
Discover all the major design events for 2015 throughout the country, including a range of exhibitions, talks, festivals and workshops.

Design Island is an app produced by Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), in collaboration with IBM, that helps users navigate the design delights of Ireland. ID2015 asked a panel of 40 experts from the design community to nominate their top design destinations around the country to share the best of design in the country, including some well-kept secrets.
Some well-known contributors on the app include fashion journalist Deirdre McQuillan, interior architect and President of the IDI, Marc O’Riain, designers Superfolk, and broadcaster Dylan Haskins. What the app really offers people is an opportunity to see the island of Ireland through the eyes of design experts.
“When people see the world as we see it, you create a different narrative.”
Jason C. Mayden, Vice President of Design, Mark One

Who is behind the app?
This app, Design Island, has been developed as part of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), in partnership with IBM. All content has been generated from personal recommendations made by selected designers and journalists. ID2015 would like to thank all contributors for their valuable input to the application.
What is Irish Design 2015 (ID2015)?
ID2015 is a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and designers through events and activities on the island of Ireland and around the world. ID2015 is being convened by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, in collaboration with partner organisations on behalf of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Enterprise Ireland.
This application is provided by Design Island Initiative Ltd. All recommendations are made by individual contributors and inclusion of locations and businesses on this application does not signify endorsement by Design Island Initiative Ltd. While every effort has been made to verify content, Design Island Initiative Ltd cannot be held accountable for inaccuracies. Users are advised to check opening hours, call ahead where necessary and plan their journey accordingly before visiting any destinations listed on the application. Users are requested to inform Design Island Initiative Ltd of any concerns or complaints in relation to the content contained on this application.
Every effort has been made to credit the original owners of images directly. Where this has not been possible, all rights remain with the original owner.
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June 28, 2015
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