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  • 10.08.10

Irish Design: It’s Magically Delicious [Slideshow]

A new exhibit opens today at the American Irish Historical Society in New York. The theme: contemporary Irish design, which for aesthetes is an oxymoron along the lines of “Irish sobriety.”

A new exhibit opens today at the American Irish Historical Society in New York. The theme: contemporary Irish design, which for aesthetes is an oxymoron along the lines of “Irish sobriety.”

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Indeed, in the annals of European design, Ireland has never stood shoulder-to-shoulder with powerhouses like Holland and Italy. That could change. The furniture, jewelry, and housewares on display in MATERIALpoetry through November 18 show an acute appreciation of craft and a penchant for the old Joycean mind-screw, from the spine-like polypropylene jewelry of Rachel McKnight to the sexy, sinewy woodwork of Joseph Walsh.

We’ve got highlights in the slideshow above.

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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