Design Awards 2017 – Meet The Nominees

Without further ado, we are delighted to reveal the nominees in our inaugural Design Awards….


Jennifer Slattery Textiles

Jennifer Slattery

Passionate about crafting from an early age, Jennifer’s contemporary Irish linens are stocked in the country’s best stores including Brown Thomas, Arnotts, and Kilkenny Stores.

Molloy & Sons

Molloy & Sons

The Molloy family has been weaving Donegal tweed rugs, blankets, cushions and homewares in the shadow of the Blue Stack mountains since the 19th century.

Mourne Textiles


Mourne Textiles was set up in the 1940s by Norwegian design pioneer Gerd Hay-Edie using traditional weaving techniques on custom made looms. Three generations later, their designs and skills are still in operation today in Newry.

Print Block

Prin Block

This collective of print makers aims to raise the profile of Irish printed textile design. Print Block’s first collection comprises hand screen-printed scarves in pure wool.


Adam Frew


Adam Frew’s glazed porcelain pieces in signature turquoise are inspired by the colours of the wild north coast of Ireland.

Diem Pottery


A second generation potter, Thomas Diem has been hand-crafting understated elegant homewares in his Dublin studio for 20 years.

J Hill’s Standard

J Hills Standard

Honest, functional and beautiful are the hallmarks of J Hill’s Standard’s range of hand-crafted, contemporary cut-crystal glasses, jugs and carafes.

Arran Street East

Arran St East

This design studio prides itself on using modern technology and traditional processes to produce functional and beautiful mugs, cups and jugs.


Sara Flynn

Sara Flynn

Sara Flynn describes her one-off sculptural decorative vessels as a love of the process of throwing, and an on-going relationship with porcelain.

Derek Wilson Ceramics

Derek Wilson Ceramics

Derek Wilson’s beautifully restrained celadon glazed porcelain and stoneware veers from the sculptural to the functional.

Andrew Ludick

Andrew Ludic

Working from his studio in Castlecomer in Kilkenny, Andrew Ludick uses pinching and coil building to brings a unique finish to his ceramics.

Róisín de Buitléar

Roisin de Buitlear

Fascinated by glass for its beauty as well as the challenges of working with it, Róisín de Buitléar’s installations can be seen in private and public buildings throughout Ireland.


Niamh Barry

Niamh Barry

A sculptural lighting artist gaining a following both here and abroad, Niamh Barry’s pieces are about the line, and the journey it takes from early sketches to the finished piece.

Shane Holland

Shane Holland

Working across metal, wood and plastic, Holland’s pieces are inspired by both the natural environment and industry. His work has been exhibited and installed across the world.



Clean lines with a dash of vintage define Mullan Lighting, who count royalty among their clients.

Donna Bates

Donna Bates

Donna’s designs reference the everyday experience in a practical and enduring way and each piece is produced in limited numbers.




Their location in Snugboro Co Wicklow gives designers Nell and Conor a sense of place but their design is modern and intentional.

Simon DoylE

Simon Doyle

Influenced by the Shakers who rejected decoration, Doyle’s furniture is simple and beautifully proportioned.



Aodh is a collection of furniture created with independent designers and craftspeople who seek to make products that are functional, long-lasting and inspiring.

Zelouf + Bel

Zealous and Bell

Michael Bell and Susan Zelouf’s unique and award-winning furniture creations are in private collections and public offices at home and abroad.


Ceadogán x Andrew Ludick

Ceadogán x Andrew Ludick

Irish rug company Ceadogán collaborated with ceramicist Andrew Ludick to create a unique range of rugs in his signature style.

Seven Wood x Cillian Ó Súilleabháin

Seven wood by Cillian O Suilleabhain

Seven Wood collaborated with furniture designer Cillian O’Suilleabháin to create the Parquet table, which was designed around reclaimed parquet flooring from Queens University, Belfast.

Mourne Texiles & Notion

Mourne Textiles x Notion

Mourne Texiles & Notion collaborated to combine the industrial with the traditional to create an eye-catching chair and table.

J Hill’s Standard / Studo aa

Studio AA x J Hill Standard

A part of the Souvenir Project, J. Hill’s Standard created a series of crystal vases that were cut with new graphic patterns, developed by Studio AAD which represented the curious Irish expressions to describe our rain.


Gillian Sherrard

Gillian Sherrard

A designer with 25 years in the business, Sherrard has worked with award-winning architects in Dublin, Belfast and Cape Town. In 2015, she won the IDI Residential Project of the Year 2015.



LyonsKelly was founded by architect John Kelly and interior designer Eoin Lyons. As well as new builds, period renovations and commercial fit outs, the studio designs custom furnishings to complete the look.



Architects Andrew Brady and Gearóid Carvill have added a number of additional skills to their offering, including furniture design and fabrication to photography.

Roisin LaffertY

Roisin Lafferty

Award-winning interior designer Roisin Lafferty founded Kingston Lafferty Design in 2010 and her attention to detail combined with imaginative concepts has earned her a firm following, both here and in the UK.


Aoife Mullane

Aoife Mullane

Textile designer Aoife Mullane’s contemporary designs are inspired by her surroundings – from the sea to the garden. In 2015, she won the SDC International Design Competition and exhibited at Create in Brown Thomas. This year she won the DCCOI Future Makers bursary.

Simon Doyle

Simon Doyle

Simon Doyle’s simple and elegant designs earned him the DCCOI’s Future Maker of the Year 2016 award and he has been tipped as one to watch by The New York Times. His work has been exhibited at Maison & Objet and London Design Festival.

Aisling McElwaiN

Aisling McElwain

A ceramics course sparked Aisling McElwain’s interest in the craft and in 2016, she was selected as a committee member of Ceramics Ireland and was shortlisted at the 2016 RDS Craft Awards.

Kate McGuane

Kate McGuane

Ceramics is the medium that Kate McGuane feels truly passionate about and her beautiful bowls are inspired by the West Cork coastline. This year she won a Future Makers bursary.


Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh

A self-taught furniture designer, Joseph Walsh’s incredible sculptural pieces are influenced by the evolution he sees in nature, and informed by his understanding of the material. His work appears in museums and private collections. [Photography: Peter Rowen]

O’Donnell + TuomeY

O'Donnell + Tuomey

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey set up their architecture practice 25 years ago and in that time have won many national and international awards for their work, including the 2015 Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious award in architecture.

Joe HogaN

Joe Hogan

A champion of the skill of basket-making, Joe Hogan has been making award-winning baskets since 1978, using the willows grown along the banks of Loch na Fooey in County Mayo.

Independent Retailer of the Year (Reader’s Choice)

Readers are invited to vote for their favourite interiors retailer, from kitchens and tiles to bathrooms and rugs, and everything in between.