Trending
Big Ideas: Michiel van der Kley's Project Egg Debuted at Dutch Design Week
Technology brings us together, but it can sometimes be isolating. ...
Big Ideas: S’well Water Bottles Stay Cold for 24 Hours
Photography Courtesy of S’wellThe reusable water bottle isn’t a new ...
19 Big Ideas: We're Not Just Talking Scale. Innovation Leads the Charge
  So, scale is one thing. When you’re talking Big ...
Big Ideas: A2Arquitectos's Supersize Kaleidoscope at Hotel Castell dels Hams
Photography by Laura Torres Roa. The kaleidoscope was invented two ...
10 Questions With... Maurice Mentjens
Prolific designer Maurice Mentjens, whose firm has won the Dutch ...

JOB ZONE

jobseekers:

employers:

 
Weekly Poll
Which flooring trend are you dying to specify?

    Calendar Upcoming Events
    Apr 01
    Moscow, Russian Federation

    Domotex Russia

    Apr 03
    New York, NY

    Blackman Cruz Auction

    Apr 08
    San Diego, CA, United States

    Boutique West in San Diego

    Apr 14
    Orlando, FL, United States

    Coverings '15: The Global Tile and Stone Experience

    Apr 14
    Milano, Italy

    isaloni/Cosmit - Salone Internazionale del Mobile


    Close Search by date

    or See All Upcoming Events

    industry_article_detail_left_zone

    Ones to Watch: Darragh Casey

     

    RockingShelf

    Designer and artist Darragh Casey left his native Ireland in 2010 to earn an MA in Design from Central Saint Martins. Upon graduating in 2012, he received a "Future Makers" grant from the Craft Council of Ireland and was short listed for a Nova Award for his graduate work.


    Darragh CaseyInterior Design: When did you first become interested in furniture and design?

     

    DC: I used to make and sell bird houses as a teenager, and even made a "bird hotel" to go with the collection-for some reason the birds didn't take to it!

     

    ID: Did your family build things?


    DC: As kids, we used to joke that my father made a shelf if he was ever bored-though he never seemed bored and was always involved in numerous projects, whether restoring an old farm tractor or building a cabinet. This joke about the shelf led to my fascination with objects whose role is to serve other objects, and the sense of hierarchy this creates. In a similar way, during my undergraduate studies at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, I designed and made ceramic cups that sat on a specific shelf configuration. The shelves sloped together, so the cups were made to be wedged together on this shelf. 

     

    Silvia


    ID: What was your Central Saint Martins experience?

     

    LC: I am not a naturally confident person, and I can be quite self-deprecating at times. So I initially spent a lot of time searching for the model designer I felt I had to become, but my course director Simon Fraser encouraged (and pleaded!) with me to trust my intuition and become comfortable "not fitting in" to others' design shoes.

     

    ID: How have you found life in the furniture marketplace?


    LC: Although my work often responds to commercial design in an ironic way, it is not intended to belittle it. I work with a furniture designer maker in East London, "Unto the Last," and it keeps me grounded with a design context that contracts my own approach.

     

    NanaSelfPortrait


    ID: What's on the horizon for you?


    LC: Since graduating I have been developing the next series of Shelf Portraits with a family based in London. I've been working on a design consultancy project with the Innovation Centre in CSM. And I'm also seeking and funding and preparing ideas for the Milan Furniture Fair next year. I want to be involved in every aspect of design, from product development to consultancy to exhibition, and continue to add to my design education so it will never stop!

     

    <

    Ones to Watch: Leigh Cameron

    Ones to Watch: Jane Harper

     

     

     

     

     

    industry_article_detail_central_zone