We are coming to the end of an epic couple of weeks here at notion. Having been invited by Alex Milton and the ID2015 team to take part in their flagship touring exhibition we have been in the trenches trying to get everything done in time. The big deadlines have now passed, everything has been assembled, sanded, upholstered, photographed, boxed and shipped. Proofs have been checked and files have gone to printers.
The exhibition, Liminal – Irish design at the threshold – is built around collaborations between designers and producers. The idea is that throughout the year the show will evolve as the collaborations deepen. Moving from Milan to New York then Dublin and finally Eindhoven there will be a visible thread of development in the work. For this partnership we were lucky enough to be paired with Mourne Textiles.
It was easy for us to fall in to sync with Mourne and hit the ground running in order to meet the ridiculous deadlines (sorry Alex) for the exhibition. The fabric that they produce is of such richness and quality that the only issue we faced was choice. Working with Mario and Karen has been a real joy and if the only outcome from all of this is the relationship between notion and Mourne then that in itself is a win.
The work we are showing at Milan is the FRAME chair and HANG table. This is an evolution of the NTN Collection 1 Hammock table and Dowel chair released in Jan 2014. The original plan had been, due to tight deadlines for the Milan show, that we would simply apply Mourne’s textiles to those pieces. But we are never ones to pass up the opportunity to make a change, make something better, make something more simple. As always making something a little more simple ends up being a lot more complex. Our subtle changes gave way to complete redesigns and our days grew longer as a result.
We feel the outcome was worth the effort. Exhausted but excited all we need to do now is get our Prontos and Pregos in order and get on a plane to Milan.