what is designist?
designist is a design led gift & homeware store, selling online and also at our shop on South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. Since opening in 2010 we have collaborated with a huge number of Irish designers and crafts people on events, product launches, showcases and pop up shops.
Our carefully curated range of products represents the best of Irish and international design, with the intention of showing just how good the standard of design in Ireland is. Our selection criteria are that all our products should be beautiful, useful and affordable and our emphasis is on the story of the products. We also work with Irish designers on product development and market testing. We have recently gone into partnership with Klickity, and have developed and produce our own range of greetings cards.
designist was short-listed for the Irish Time best shops in 2014, 2013 & 2012.
The idea in setting up designist was to close the loop between designers and customers. We could see a lot of excellent design being produced in Ireland and abroad but there was very little access to it in the Irish market. Without a clear route to market for Irish designers it was hard for them to push ahead with full scale manufacturing. We want to offer designers a place to showcase new designs and customers a chance to see new interesting products not available elsewhere. We also had a clear idea about the importance of independent shops, adding a unique element and providing a sense of place to a city.
What are we up to?
Check out our blog for any upcoming events and new product ranges.
are you designist?
We’re looking to source new products to add to our range. The product specification is: beautiful, useful products that can retail for under €100.
We stock lighting, table ware, stationery, plant containers, glasses, storage items, wall items, kitchen ware, toys, but these categories are constantly expanding. What all of the items have in common is that they are innovative, practical, make efficient use of materials and have a definite design perspective. Our preference is for manufactured products over handmade items for consistency and efficiency of production.
If you have a product, or an idea for a product that fits within this criteria please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org