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Time Travel, Rascals and the Dead

From the Book of Kells to the pioneering furniture and architecture of Eileen Gray, Irish design and craft has long held a place at the forefront of the international design world. With inventions, designs and concepts on display ranging from the globally impactful to the curiously niche and specific, this year’s Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition demonstrates that the Irish show no sign of letting go of their design legacy.

When did people start watching sumo wrestling? When was the first World Cup? When was Aspirin invented? With 500 years of world history distilled into 100 beautiful pages, Alison Hackett’s The Visual Time Traveller is designed to help you contextualise some of humanity’s most important events.

Getting youngsters to eat fruit and vegetables has always been a struggle, so Seán Keating is tackling the issue. Grow-A-Rascal is a cute pot that puts cultivation into the littlest hands. Lights indicate what the plant needs – food, water, light or heat – so it’s easy for children to know what to do. Using a soil-free method that boosts growth rates, Grow-A-Rascal encourages healthy relationships with food to thrive.

This year's Global Irish Design Challenge exhibition demonstrates that the Irish show no sign of letting go of their design legacy.

Put the kettle on, it’s time to have Tea with the Dead. This adult animation follows Frank, a gentle embalmer from Connemara, who chats with the dead after he’s finished work. Winning Best Animation at London’s Raindance Film Festival and the Rhode Island International Film Festival, the conversations captured in this animation are between two real (living) Irish people sharing a brew.

Tackling a myriad of societal, environmental and economic challenges under the themes of sustainability, wellbeing, sense of place and innovation, the Global Irish Design Challenge encourages makers, thinkers and innovators to streamline the world as we know it. With such ingenuity on display at the Kilkenny exhibition, the future couldn’t be in better hands.

The exhibition is open at the National Craft Gallery until Monday, 1 May 2017 and is presented by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and the Irish Design 2015 initiative, in partnership with the Office of Public Works . 


Design & Crafts Council of Ireland