IDI Design Awards 2015 Honours Eileen Gray

15th June 2015

Posted In: FYI

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is calling on designers from all disciplines to prepare their entries for the 17th annual IDI Design Awards which will take place in Dublin on Thursday, 26th November. With a formidable jury lined up this year that includes esteemed Amsterdam-based designers, The Stone Twins, and editor-in-chief of Architonic, Simon Keane-Cowell, this year’s awards will be centred on the theme, DISRUPT.

 A special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to the estate of Eileen Gray, one of the most influential designers and architects of the twentieth century. Jennifer Goff, Curator of the Eileen Gray Collection at the National Museum of Ireland, will present an overview of Gray’s work at the awards.

The judging panel is completed by fashion designer, Sonya Lennon, Director of Brown Bag Films, Damien O’Connor, Creative Director of digital agency Radical, David Howlett, James Hubbard of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, Programme Director of Irish Design 2015, Alex Milton, Kathryn Wilson of Slater Design and Kim MacKenzie-Doyle of designCORE.

Prizes will be awarded for outstanding work in all design disciplines, with categories including Making Spaces (interior architecture and special design), Moving Image (motion design), Visual Communication (graphic design), Making Things (product design) and Clothing and Covering (fashion, accessories and textiles).

“Knowing that Irish design can match, and often exceed, the highest international standards, we’re thrilled to have some of the world’s leading designers on our jury this year,” said Mary Doherty, Chairperson of the IDI Awards Committee and Managing Director of Red Dog Design Consultants. “As we celebrate Irish Design 2015, there is truly no better time to celebrate the fantastic work that’s being produced on this island in an industry that constantly seeks to inspire, innovate and push boundaries.”

Entries open on Monday, 31st August and all chosen finalists will have their work exhibited ahead of the awards ceremony in November.

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(Pictured L-R: Marc O’Riain, IDI President; Alex Milton, Programme Director of ID2015; Sonya Lennon, fashion designer and jury member; and Mary Doherty, Chairperson of the IDI Awards Committee.)