Thursday, February 26, 2009

Furniture Design in Ireland

Just imagine if you designed a chair and it sold for over 22 million and went into the history books as the most expensive piece of design in the world! Well that is what happened to Irish designer Eileen Gray. 23 years after she has died and over 90 years since it was designed. It was in the collection of Yves Saint Laurent which is currently being sold in Paris.
(Photo courtesy of the Irish Independent)

The National Museum had the foresight to purchase her private collection of papers and furniture from her apartment in Paris. They
are now on permanent exhibition in in the Museum.

Gray died at the age of 98 yet many of her designs would not look out of place in this contemporary age.

If you might like to follow in her footsteps and learn furniture design or study design there are many colleges around the country that run design courses, below is a list while not exhaustive, will help you get started. If you would like a college added to the list please let us

Photos of the Yves Saint Laurent auction at Christies are on Flickr.


Athlone Institute of Technology



BA (Hons) in Design Communications (3yrs ab initio)
BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communications) (4yrs ab initio)
BA (Hons) in Design (Multimedia Studies) (1yr add-on)

Carlow Institute of Technology

BA in Industrial Design
BA (Hons) in Industrial Design
BA (Hons) in Product Design Innovation

Cork Institute of Technology

BA (Hons) in Multimedia (4yrs ab initio)
BDes in Design Communication (3yrs ab initio)
BDes (Hons) in Visual Communications (1yr)

Crawford College
BA in Ceramic Design
BA (Hons) in Ceramic Design
Higher Diploma in Arts (Art & Design Education)

Dublin Institute of Technology
BDes in Visual Communication
BDes in Interior and Furniture
Certificate Design Display
BSc Product Design
National Certificate in Design Studies
BSc in Architecture

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
BA (Hons) in Animation
BA in Design (Model-Making for Film & Media)
BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communication)
BA (Hons) in Film & TV Production
BSc (Hons) in Psychology Applied to Information Technology
BEng in Digital Media Technology
Higher Certificate in Arts (Make-Up for Film, TV & Theatre)

Grafton Academy
Diploma in Fashion Design (3yrs)

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
BA in Art & Design
BA in Art & Design (P/T)
BA (Hons) in Textile Design
BSc in Furniture Design & Manufacture
BSc in Furniture Production & Technology
BSc (Hons) in Product Design (Furniture)
BSc (Hons) in Manufacturing
Technology (Furniture)
BSc (Hons) in Design & Technology Education

Griffith College Dublin
BA in Interior Design
BA in Interior Architecture
BA (Hons) in Interior Architecture
Diploma in Interior Design (2yrs)

Letterfrack Furniture College (GMIT)
BSc in Furniture Technology
National Certificate in Furniture Design & Manufacture
National Certificate in Furniture Production
National Diploma in Furniture Conservation & Restoration

Limerick Institute of Technology
First Year Art & Design
BA (Hons) in Product Design (Level 8)
BA (Hons) in Fashion Design (Level 8)
BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communications) (Level 8)

Letterkenny Institute of Technology
BA in Graphic Design
BA in Industrial Design
BA (Hons) in Design Media, Design & Production

National College of Art and Design
BA in History (Art, Design & Craft)
BA in History (Art, Design & Fashion)
BA in History (Art, Design & Textile)
BA in History (Art, Design & Visual Communication)
BA in Art & Design Education
BDes in Visual Communication
BDes in Fashion Design
BDes in Textile Design
BDes in Industrial Design
BDes in Craft Design (Ceramics, Glass & Metals)
HDip in Art & Design Education

NUI Maynooth
Degree in Product Design (4yrs)
BA/BSc in Multimedia

Queen's University Belfash
BSc in Architecture (3yrs)
BSc in Creative Multimedia (4yrs)
BEng in Product Design & Development (3yrs)
MEng in Product Design & Development (4yrs)

Sligo Institute of Technology
BA in Industrial Design
BA (Hons) in Industrial Design
BA in Interior Architecture (ab initio)
BA (Hons, add-on) in Interior Architecture

University College Cork (UCC)
BSc (Hons) in Architecture (4yrs) Run jointly with CIT

University College Dublin (UCD)
BSc in Architectural Science (3yrs)

University of Limerick
BSc (Hons) in Digital Media Design
BSc (Hons) in Product Design & Technology
BEng in Computer Aided Engineering & Design
Bachelor of Architecture

University of Ulster
BA (Hons) in Architecture
BA (Hons) in Art & Design
BA (Hons) in Textiles & Fashion Design
BDes (Hons) in Design & Communication
BDes (Hons) for Visual Communication
BDes (Hons) in Interior, Industrial & Furniture Design
BDes (Hons) in 3D Design (Interior, Product & Furniture)
BSc (Hons) in Interactive Multimedia Design
BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Computing & Design
BSc (Hons) in Technology with Design
BSc (Hons) in Technology with Design (with Integrated Foundation Year)
PgD/MSc in Computing & Design
PgD/MDes in Design Communication
Foundation Studies in Art & Design (Diploma)
CertHE in Interior Design
PhD/MPhil in Arts & Design

Waterford Institute of Technology
BA (Hons) in Design (Visual Communication) (4yrs)

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