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KDW Kilkenny Design Workshops - Ireland for iOS

Developer's Description

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.


Kilkenny Design Workshops

Design and workshop teams

Irish design

Irish Design 2015

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

Products and designs



Multi disciplinary

KDW retail

Work, culture and lifestyle at KDW

Learning and design education

KDW legacy

William H Walsh

Oisn Kelly

Pat Scott

Paul Hogan

Damien Harrington

Peter Dabinett

Sonja Landweer

Jenny Trigwell

Holger Strm

Asger Max Anderson

Rudolf Heltzel

Design in Ireland Report

Scandinavian Report

Gunnar Biilmann Petersen

Erik Herlow

ke Huldt

Erik Chr Sorenson

Kaj Franck

Ormonde Stables

Kilkenny Castle Yard

Marie Torre

Heritage Council

ICSID International Council of Societies of Industrial Design


Niall Montgomery






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Release October 12, 2019
Date Added October 12, 2019

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.


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