21st century designers exhibit at Smithfield

Dublin, 02 November 2011: Design DIT, part of Design Week and Innovation Dublin, is a showcase of work by thirty-four exceptional young designers who have graduated from DIT since the start of the 21st century. They include award-winning designers of furniture and interiors, product designers, animators, illustrators and graphic designers. Some are continuing to design in Ireland while others are working abroad, in London, Berlin, and New York. Some have joined renowned studios, others have established their own studios, and many have exhibited internationally.


Pictured enjoying Aimee Hartshorn's Rosebud work a series of storage display units were Louise Hanratty, Maryna Skrypka, Emma Dunne, Cheryl Mills and Rina Keane

Head of Design at the DIT School of Art Design and Printing, Kieran Corcoran, said the purpose of the exhibition is to remind people about excellence in design in Ireland. “Nationally, Design Week aims to highlight the important contribution that good design makes to our cultural, economic and social lives. There is no doubt that this generation of designers are fostering a reputation for creative excellence and innovation in Ireland, and we felt this was a good moment to look back over the first decade of this 21st century and see a snapshot of the outstanding contribution that our DIT graduates have gone on to make as professional designers. ”


Rina Keane and Kieran Corcoran enjoying Jenny Walsh's furniture design at the Design DIT exhibition

The exhibition opened in The Complex, Smithfield Plaza last night and will be on view every day this week, including Saturday - admission is free. Speaking at the opening, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton congratulated the exhibitors and the organisers. He said, "As I often say at our conferring ceremonies, our graduates are DIT's best ambassadors and this is certainly true in the world of design. Because good design feels right, it can sometimes pass unnoticed. This exhibition provides a perfect opportunity to stand and admire some beautiful examples of good design in a variety of forms."


Designer Edel Gillick and Professor Brian Norton with some chair designs by Edel

Designers exhibiting include furniture designers Jenny Walsh, Katherine Payne and Aimee Hartshorn; product designers Stephen Banville and Marianna Kane; animator Johnny Kelly; illustrator Niamh Sharkey; graphic designer Paul Woods; and interior designers Susanna Kingston and Róisín Lafferty. Admission is free and everyone is invited.

For more information on DIT events during Design Week see www.innovationdublin.ie


Neville Knott, Kerry Meakin and John O'Connor at the Design DIT exhibition

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