Design Island — A photographic exhibition of Irish design

The Design Island travelling exhibition, part of Connections, is a series of 33 photographs by award-winning Irish photographer Peter Rowan. The exhibition captures 11 Irish designers at work in their studios in different parts of Ireland, presenting evocative images of their location, the raw materials and tools of their trade, the design process and completed work.

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As part of Connections, this travelling photographic exhibition forms an international complement to the major, year-long Design Island exhibition on view at Dublin Airport throughout 2015.

In 2015, the Design Island travelling photographic exhibition will be shown across Europe, the United States, Asia and beyond.

Andrew Ludick

Andrew Ludick creates ceramic vases and bowls.  Some major influences come from native American and African indigenous art and music and artists such as Paul Klee, John Ffrench and Thelonious Monk. Recently Andrew has been collaborating with Ceadogan Rugs applying his bright graphic designs onto textiles for interiors.

Brown Bag

Brown Bag Films are one of Europe’s most exciting, original and successful creative-led animation studios. After 21 years in business, their Dublin-based headquarters continue to produce cutting-edge animation for the international market, bagging numerous awards along the way.

Design Partners

Design Partners is a leading strategic product design consultancy with a team of award winning designers, engineers and makers. The team creates exceptional new products working from their studios in Dublin, San Francisco and Eindhoven.

Grafton Architects

Grafton Architects was formed in 1978 and has won many international plaudits for its work, including the World Building of the Year Award 2008 for the Bocconi University project in Milan. As part of ID2015 their 'Ogham Wall’, created in conjunction with Graphic Relief, was installed at the Victoria and Albert Museum during London Design Festival.

Hennessy & Byrne

Hennessy & Byrne create beautiful, high quality, functional tableware and giftware from indigenous Irish stone. Building on a family tradition, which spans more than half a century, products are entirely designed and handcrafted in the ‘Marbleworks’ on the grounds of Russborough House in Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan has been making baskets at Loch na Fooey since 1978 and in that time has earned a reputation for making strong, durable objects of the highest quality. The colours in these award-winning baskets are those of the natural willows, which are grown at Loch na Fooey.

Martha Lynn

Martha Lynn is a young and passionate milliner based in Dublin, Ireland, whose handmade creations fuse the traditional elements of millinery with a modern edge. From refined to ethereal, Martha creates pieces that are perfectly crafted, stunning and unique.


Notion is an ideas-driven industrial design studio. Founded in 2009 by Ian Walton and Marcel Twohig, it uses design to create better products, brands, objects and environments. Subscribing to the industrial design maxim of thinking-through-making they use design to turn exploration and insight into something you can touch.

Print Block

Print Block is a collective of textile artists and designers based in Dublin with a shared vision to develop the Irish textile printing industry. Print Block offer workshops, master classes, open access days and membership to a community of printed textiles practitioners.


Snug is a furniture design studio based in Co. Wicklow. Recognising a gap in the market for covetable, contemporary and affordable Irish hand-made furniture, Snug create pieces that are made with care and built to last. Their designs are playful, functional and well crafted.

Studio Donegal

Studio Donegal is a hand-weaving and clothing manufacturing business committed to preserving and promoting the original hand-weaving skills passed down from generation to generation in the remote mountainous region of South-West Donegal.