Quality of Life - the Design of Swedish Innovations

28 September 2009

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Quality of Life

- the Design of Swedish Innovations

Exhibition at Dublin Institute of Technology

  • September 29 – October 3, Bolton Street, Dublin 1
  • October 7 – October 15, Aungier Street, Dublin 2
  • 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday closed

Quality of Life – the Design of Swedish Innovations is an exhibition about contemporary Swedish innovations with focus on design. Today, conscious design is an important factor in the creation of new products and services, and for this reason designers are often involved from the hatching of the first idea to the finished product.

The exhibition presents some 30 products, from simple but ingenious objects to advanced pioneering technology. A number of innovations played an important part in the emergence of modern Sweden. Many innovations are known to the public as consumer products which have helped to make our everyday lives simpler and easier. By highlighting Swedish industrial design and Swedish technology together with medical and pharmaceutical advances, the exhibition shows the significance of innovations as cultural and social phenomena.

Claes Ljungdahl, Ambassador of Sweden says:
“On the occasion of the Swedish Presidency of the EU we wanted to bring the secret of the Swedish export industry to Ireland – innovation and design that improves life. The successful realization of an innovation requires the capacity to understand and satisfy the need of the users, as well as the technical talent for inventing. Both Ireland and Sweden will have to rely on creativity and technical knowledge to bring our companies out of the current crises and to get them to thrive on the global market.”

Welcoming the exhibition to Dublin, Professor Brian Norton, President of DIT said, “I hope many students, colleagues and visitors will have an opportunity to visit and appreciate this showcase of exceptional design. Excellent design is what makes it possible for us to easily read the form and function of objects and services we use and Ireland, as a small internationally-traded economy, needs to excel in design if we are to differentiate the products we develop. DIT students in various design fields – from architecture to furniture design, and from product design to visual communication – will find the exhibition of particular interest as they develop their own expression of innovation.”

Media inquires:

  • Caroline Vicini, Embassy of Sweden ph. 01-474 44 38
  • Donal O’Malley DIT, ph. 01-4027130

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