© 2019 by Design POP

Website + Branding designed by Conor Merriman – Fíor Studios



MAY 17

- 19 2019

6 designers X 6 food producers

= 6 pop-up pavilions

+ exhibitions, talks, workshops and more

What is

Design POP?

Design POP embraces the natural beauty and unique character of the selected locations around Cork city. By using public spaces, it creates local engagement through the interactive pavilions and installations.


These installations will link up to create a brand new food and design trail around the city.


Six designers were selected in 2018 to design an installation structure for each of the six different locations. These six designers have joined forces with six Cork based food and drink producers to create a bespoke space that supports the ethos of each brand in a highly designed structure.


The weekend’s event program will give artists, creatives, food stylists, producers, designers and makers a platform to discuss and showcase their work processes. These events will happen all over the city both within the designed structures and in amazing spaces around Cork city that already champion design and education. The weekend is a celebration of innovation, creativity and Cork.

The goal of Design POP is to cement Cork city as the Irish epicentre for innovation and creativity. It seeks to create an atmosphere of ambition, innovation and realisation in Cork.


Design POP will attract people from all over the world looking to experience something new.



Design POP?

Earlier this year, Amy McKeogh, an architect with a masters degree from University College Cork, came up with a new and innovative way to put Ireland on the map as a hub for creativity and design. “Having seen the huge success that both Milan and Clerkenwell Design week have become, I knew a design festival has the ability to engage with the public and establish Cork as a destination for creative talent.”


Amy grew up and began her architecture education in Cork which made it the obvious choice for the location of the festival.

The ambition is to make Design POP the number one cultural, creative and design led event in Ireland and it seeks to establish Cork as the heart of it all. Design POP will highlight the importance of innovation and design in everyday life. Design is the foundation for the festival this year and it will highlight the wonderful food and drink offerings in Cork.



& Where

Design POP will be taking place throughout the city of Cork during

May 17-19 2019.


See the schedule


MAY 17

- 19 2019

– Emmet Place

– Cornmarket Street

– Elizabeth Fort

– Bishop Lucey Park

– Boardwalk

– Nano Nagle Place


Get in 


If you would like to sponsor the festival, volunteer throughout the weekend or if you would like more information, please contact




or fill in our contact form below:


Our designers and food producers are currently collaborating, so stay tuned for the full line up of what Design POP will have to offer!


For all press enquiries please contact:


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