An exciting collection of nine new souvenirs challenging the perceived notions of Ireland, champioing contemporary Irish design and supporting local production was unveiled during London Design Festival 2015.

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The Souvenir Project, which I commissioned on behalf of Irish Design 2015 (ID2015), was curated by Jonathan Legge, Makers & Brothers. The project looks to questions what an Irish souvenir might be, presenting a collection of contemporary objects with meaning and depth that carefully explore the local context whilst advocating creative collaborations between Irish designers and makers.

The project features exciting new work and exclusive collaborations between over 20 Irish makers and designers across a broad range disciplines. Playful, useful or simply curious, the resulting objects engage on many levels and reflect Ireland’s rich, dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape.

The ambition of the project is to showcase the extraordinary creative talent and quality of materials and making within Ireland. Souvenirs are a symbolic reminder of experience, location and culture, and this collection of authentic Irish products, designed and made in Ireland, provides visitors a means of taking home the very best of Irish design.

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