In early 2015, Dublin Chamber of Commerce invited our design team to investigate how a better visitor experience could be created in their reception area.

Studying what worked well and what could function better for visitors, as well as for the people who use the main reception area every day, we identified areas where a design solution could improve the space and then invited designers and makers to submit innovative design proposals.

Five designers were selected based on submissions that best matched the brief in terms of functionality, aesthetics and cost. This project combined a service design approach with a permanent exhibition of beautifully designed and expertly crafted bespoke Irish designed and made office furniture.

It was a way for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and M.CO to actively support Irish Design 2015, a year celebrating Irish design nationally and internationally, by showcasing some of the best of Irish design and craft within the headquarters of the Dublin Chamber, demonstrating to Irish businesses the benefits of positioning Irish design and craftsmanship in prominent public spaces.

The designers 

Stephen O’Briain designed and built the reception desk for the space, while Cillian O’Súilleabháin made console tables. Fergal O’Leary created three of his Stanley Lounge chairs especially for the reception area, Shane Holland’s focused on the reception area’s lighting, and Leo Scarff designed a coat rack and additional lighting for the space.

Additional work to the floors of the reception area was completed by Chris Kacik of Green Oak Floors and a leaflet display case that doubles up as a coat rack designed by Aisling O’Sullivan of M.CO. The furniture pieces have been complemented by contemporary pottery from Arran Street East and coffee tables by Sludgeworks, among others.