This job was a great break for us when, in 1999, Murray O Laoire Architects and the OPW commissioned us to design and make the VIP lounge, the Director's office and meeting room furniture for this exposition.
This job included new designs for the Pav Lounge Chair co-designed with Anthony Cleary the Toraigh and Achill Meeting tables, the Urban Coffee tables and a directors desk and sideboard designed and built by George Butler - all built in our workshop in North Great Georges Street, Dublin.
Anthony, George and myself drove to Hannover via England and Holland to do the installation located right beside the Italian Pavillion - which was furiously being worked on to get it finished. Our pavillion was all ready in time being built by German Builders. This was a great experience to both see our work on an international stage but also see all of the other country pavilions and visit all of the great architecture and design all around.
Good times working with the architects Sean O Laoire and Bernard Gilna and the crew of Irish artists and German builders where our Credenza featured the famous famine boat of John Behan.
This collection was returned to Ireland held in storage by the OPW and today I wonder where it ended up. We were nominated for an Institute of Designers in Ireland award in 2000 for the Pav Lounge chair however the chair was stolen from the RDS where it was being exhibited and ended up on Garda Patrol!
We have a number of these pieces retained in our collection in our showroom, so please get in touch if you're interested in learning more about this piece of Irish design history. The entire experience of making work and showing in Hanover really made us feel we were in the 21st century and even the tram stops had theme music especially composed by Kraftwerk - always a good thing by me.