Pivot Dublin Dining Table
As part of Dublin’s bid to become World Design Capital in 2014, the Pivot Dublin bid team organised a dinner to welcome the ICSID delegation to the city and introduce them to some of the vibant and diverse design community here in Dublin.
The dinner was held on the evening of the 21st of July in the reception of Dublin’s Hugh Lane Galley in Parnell Square. A fitting location, presenting the city’s art collection and directly facing Michael Biggs’ glorious typographic stone carvings in the Garden of Remembrance. The meal brought a close to the first day of the official ICSID judges visit to Dublin.
As the evening was a pop up event, all guests were requested to bring their own chair! Which proved to be both a challenge and an impromptu conversational piece! Some brought their own design prototypes, others customised chairs, I however had two meetings that bookended the day and was traveling by train, therefore my solution was more pragmatic one… I had a fold up chair!
Our host for the evening was Dublin City Architect and organiser of Dublin’s bid, Ali Grehan, who welcomed ICSID judges, Martin Darbyshire and ICSID Secretary General, Dilki de Silva.
The dinner table was designed by Jonathan Legge and was made by Orla Reynolds, Fionnuala Coffey, Mark Cosgrave and Barry Sheehan. Simply decorated, it was great example of problem solving and ingenuity in it’s design.
“You are now in the midst of a design community and the rest of the world is looking at Dublin.” Dilki de Silva
Among the 50 or so guests were Dubin’s new Lord Mayor, Andew Montague and luminaries of Dublin’s creative community such as Conor Clarke from Design Factory; Andrew Kavanagh from Kavaleer Animation; Mary Doherty from Red Dog; Sean O’Laoire,Architect; Dr Linda King and Dr Annie Doona from IADT; Ré Dubhthaigh from Radarstation; John Walsh from MADE adn the Institute of Designers in Ireland; Toby Scott from Pentacle; Illustrator, Bren B; Owen O’Doherty from Dublin City Architects Office, and of course, Bob Grey from Red and Grey and Architect Emma Curley who designed and co-ordinated the Pivot Dublin bid submission.
The meal was prepared and presented by Bord Biá and was simply suberb! Starter was Dublin Bay Prawns (naturally!), followed by Lamb for main course and a finished off with a delicious raspberry tart for desert.
The evening was a full of wonderful conversation and clearly demonstrated to the ICSID delegation the diverse and active design community we have in the capital and how many independent creative groups and individuals are fully supportive of Dublin being designated the World Design Capital 2014. The discourse and discussions were so engaging that once ejected from the Gallery, we simply continued on Parnell Square – after all, we had our own chairs!
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Michael Biggs' uncial carvings in the Garden of Rememberance
"Have yis no home to go to?!" - Post-dinner Creative chit chat!
Judges visit Dublin to assess city’s World Design Capital 2014 bid