Darragh Casey





Based in London, Darragh Casey’s practice continually seeks ways of challenging our habits, norms and routines.

Originally from Cork, Casey graduated from NCAD Dublin with a BA in Art & Design Education. After developing a practice as both an artist and educator he moved to London in 2010 to complete an MA in Design (furniture) from Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design.

His MA project ‘Shelving the Body’ was immediately recognised for its alternative design thinking and was awarded a ‘Future Makers’ Grant from the Craft Council of Ireland and was also short listed for a ‘Nova Award – The Lowe and Partners award for fresh creative talent’ as well as being regularly exhibited, collected and commissioned. This work addresses the typology of the shelf with a physical consideration for the figure, subverting our relationships with furniture and reassessing the idea of the ‘user’. He recently published his first book, "Shelving the Body" with Soapbox Press which documents the work from his MA research to today.

Casey manages his own freelance design consultancy with clients including Harley St Clinic, Camper Shoes, Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, Vogue UK and Van Cleef & Arpels as well as private clients. Casey also gives workshops and talks around his projects and critical design thinking topics.

Activities

2014“Tros Emporda Design Experience”Brots / O-cults, Spain
- Critical Design Talk
“Shelving the Body” - Book publishedSoapbox Press, London
2013“Scarcity Project” with Paulo GoldsteinV&A, London
“Future Makers” Exhibition (Crafts Council of Ireland)NCAD, Dublin
“Thicker than Water” ExhibitionByam Shaw, London
“Future Map 12” ExhibitionCentral St Martin’s, London
University archiveCentral St Martin’s, London
2012Shelf Portrait CommissionPrivate Client
Private CommissionHarley St Clinic, London
Designers Block ExhibitionLondon
Private CommissionJeremy Till (Head of Central St Martins)
MA Graduate ShowCentral St. Martin’s, London
2011“Design in a Context of Cultural Change”Camper Installation, Spain
Vogue UK – Bond St ProjectVan Cleef & Arpels, London
London Design FestivalUniversity of the Arts, London
2009Annual ExhibitionRoyal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
Sculpture in ContextNational Botanic Gardens Dublin