EUNIC Ireland, the network of European Union national institutes for culture, have teamed up with Irish Design 2015 to showcase examples of the latest designs from Europe as part of ID2015's year-long initiative exploring the value of design. Throughout the year EUNIC members British Council, Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes and Istituto Italiano di Cultura have presented a wide range of design ideas and practices in Europe from product design to furniture, from fashion to jewellery.

British Council and ID2015 were pleased to partner with Turner Prize-winning design collective Assemble and also renowned British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

Find out more about the UK's events and designers below:

ASSEMBLE (UK) 4 - 5 November 2015 


Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen. 

Assemble champion a collaborative working practice that blurs the line between client, designer, builder and public. Their involvement in projects covers a broad range of disciplines and interests – underpinned by the belief that a more diverse approach leads to richer results. This year they became the first design practice ever to be nominated for the Turner Prize in the UK and were recently announced as the winners of the Turner Prize 2015!

Fran Edgerley studied Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology. She has exhibited and performed across the UK. She is one of the founding members of the collective and has recently been working on the development of Granby Workshop in Liverpool.


This symposium during Design Week explored contemporary design practices.  The symposium was structured around two sessions considering themes of: design of objects and design of space. 

Design Now symposium asked each of the eminent designers to discuss their overall design approach and the process they utilize within their own design practices. Through examples of recent and on-going projects we explored; how they work collaboratively, their approach to new projects; managing clients and testing the success of designs for their market.  Follow the discussion on twitter #ID2015DesignNow

Speakers included:  Fran Edgerley of Assemble Studio, UK; Philipp Mainzer of E15, Germany; Alex Terzariol of MM Design & Francesco Zurlo of Politecnico di Milano, Italy; Andrew Griffin of Urban Agency, Ireland and Cormac O'Conaire of Design Partners, Ireland


 Fran Edgerley from Assemble also facilitated an educational masterclasses with 3rd level students from Cork Institute of Technology and CIT Crawford College of Art and Design. 

BARBER & OSGERBY (UK) 5 - 6 March 2015


Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby founded their London-based studio in 1996. Their diverse body of work spans industrial design, furniture, lighting and site specific installations as well as limited edition pieces and public commissions such as the London 2012 Olympic Torch and a £2 coin designed for the Royal Mint. They are currently working with many brands including Knoll, Vitra, B&B Italia, Cappellini, Venini, and Flos.

Their work is held in permanent museum collections around the world including V&A and Design Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2001 Barber and Osgerby established architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio and in 2012 they founded MAP, specializing in research and strategy-led design. Barber & Osgerby have also curated In the Making, a touring exhibition from Design Museum, London, which is on at the Coach House, Dublin Castle until 17 March.In the Making captures over twenty objects mid-manufacture, putting the aesthetic of the unfinished centre stage.

 EVENT 1:  “Thinking & Making” - In this educational lecture for design students and graduates Edward Barber discussed Thinking & Making, encompassing the work and development of Barber & Osgerby since setting up their studio in London in 1996.  The event was kindly hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology

EVENT 2: Edward Barber gave a design lecture at the OFFSET Creative Conference. OFFSET is an annual 3 day creative conference. Every year the very best of Irish and International creative professionals come together for a weekend of presentations, lectures, interviews and discussions featuring industry leaders from the worlds of graphic design, animation, illustration, advertising, film, fashion and more. 




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