A multi-media style offering of digital publication content with film and audio; the KDW iPad app will fill your senses with design from the Kilkenny Design Workshops era. Dive into this free interactive publication for an insight into this creative innovative hub that rocked Irish design from 1965 - 1988.
A concentration of young artists and designers would have stirred things up in most placesthe effects were not long appearing W H.Walsh
The Kilkenny Design Workshops were a revolutionary concept and a thriving creative hub established in the heart of rural Ireland in 1960s. Staffed by bright, young international designers, craftspeople, design graduates and apprentices, the workshops remit was to improve design and manufacturing standards in Ireland, which they achieved though their creative output right up until closure in 1988.
Now 50 years since the official opening of Kilkenny Design Workshops, in 2015, a year celebrating Irish design worldwide (ID2015) we look back at the extraordinary legacy KDW has on the Irish design landscape and its worldwide reach. How a government funded design research and development centre of excellence with workshops located in the former stables of Kilkenny Castle sought to raise the standard of Irish design within industry and left a lasting impact.
The story of KDW is recalled with interactive elements; audio clips from KDW alumni, photographs from the era, rich archival film footage and family documents; some of which have just been made public for the first time.
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Kilkenny Design Workshops
Design and workshop teams
Irish Design 2015
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Products and designs
Work, culture and lifestyle at KDW
Learning and design education
William H Walsh
Asger Max Anderson
Design in Ireland Report
Gunnar Biilmann Petersen
Erik Chr Sorenson
Kilkenny Castle Yard
ICSID International Council of Societies of Industrial Design