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 Craft Gallery of Ireland.
Further information on Vernacular:
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exhibition enquiries: National Craft Gallery
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sales enquiries: Nicola Doran, Retail Programme Manager, CCoI
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