Design Pop Returns to Cork this May

Following its debut in spring 2019, Design Pop, Cork’s design and food festival is gearing up to return from May 22nd – 24th, 2020 at various locations throughout Cork city.

Design Pop brings together six Irish designers to create six pop-up installation structures which will go on display in various locations across the city over three days. Each designer is paired with a Cork-based food or drink producer to create a bespoke space which the public are invited to explore and interact with.

The 2019 edition saw designers Shane O’Driscoll, Alan Macilwraith, Fíor studios, Meitheal Architects, Conor Merriman, and Alex Pentex team up with food specialists Banana Melon, Good Day Deli, All Full up, My Goodness, Soma and Applebee cakes. The new pairings for the 2020 festival will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The festival also hosts a programme of exhibitions, talks, and workshops, which will take place both within the designed structures and in more unusual spaces around Cork allowing artists, creatives, food stylists, producers, designers, and makers, to discuss and showcase their work processes.

Festival Director Amy McKeogh, an architect with a masters degree from University College Cork, commented: “Design Pop’s first year was a huge success and a wonderful experience for all involved. Design Pop celebrated Cork, design and food in new and exciting ways. I am really looking forward to seeing how we build on the success of last year and to see what is created this year by all the talented collaborators.”


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