Design is always about making things better. The National Craft Gallery has partnered up with the Royal Irish Academy to bring us ‘Making Things Better’, which will run in the National Craft Gallery from the 24th May to 9 July 2013. They approached Designgoat and Belfast’s Derek Wilson to each select an inspirational object from A History of Ireland in 100 Objects and lead us through their design processes from initial selection, via trials, errors and sketches, to a finished prototype that speaks as eloquently about contemporary Ireland as the 100 Objects do of our past.
“We decided to pick the Non-Conformist Chair as it was one object that directly related to our work. We are also big fans of Eileen Gray and it gave us a chance to explore her work in much more detail. Our other reason stems from our desire to design a chair and this opportunity just seemed perfect” explains Acky of Designgoat. “Both oursleves and Derek have been documenting the process on instagram using a hash tag #makingthingsbetter2013 @designgoat & @derekjwilson”.
When the exhibition closes in Kilkenny in early July it will continue on to the London Design Festival in September.