The Institute of Designers in Ireland announced the winners of their annual awards at a gala ceremony in The Marker Hotel on Thursday, 26th November, ahead of the release of a report which shows a significant increase in optimism and confidence within the Irish design sector.

65% of respondents to an IDI commissioned survey said that they are busier or far busier this year than they were in 2014. 45% of designers saw an increase in staff numbers in their business over the past 12 months, and 44% expect an increase in staff numbers in 2016. Members of the IDI also strongly endorsed Irish Design 2015, with 68% believing that the initiative had raised, or significantly raised, the profile of design in Ireland.

Winning work at the awards included a gravity-defying, sculptural piece by Cork furniture designer Joseph Walsh, an office space within a protected 19th century mill in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock by MOLA Architecture, and a gesture-driven device by Design Partners that seamlessly connects all smart products within the home.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to the estate of Eileen Gray, one of the most influential designers and architects of the twentieth century. The award was accepted by Jennifer Goff, Curator of the Eileen Gray Collection at the National Museum of Ireland, who presented an overview of Gray’s work at the awards.

Now in its 17th year, the IDI Design Awards recognise outstanding work across a broad range of design disciplines. For further information, visit

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