Seven pavilions announced featuring collaborators Maser, Currabinny Foods, CCAE, Ballymaloe, PlayNice Studio, The River Lee + many many more….

( Amy McKeogh Festival Director of Design Pop and Alan Macilwraith Senior Architect- JCA Architects pictured with works from Design Pop’s “Milking Stool” exhibition - one of the many exciting events Design Pop will have happening in Cork from 27-29th August 2021. Photographer: Clare Keogh)

Seven pavilions announced featuring collaborators Maser, Currabinny Foods, CCAE, Ballymaloe, PlayNice Studio, The River Lee + many many more…. 

Happening across Cork city – on the ground and online

27th – 29th August 2021

Cork city’s architecture, design and food festival, Design POP, is set to return to the streets of Cork and online this August 27th – 29th. Over three days, enjoy architecture, food and design through a series of architectural pavilions, events, talks, exhibitions and conversations.

Design POP 2021 focuses on topics of learning, collaborations, and conversation around important social, sustainable and environmental topics. This celebratory festival enriches and engages with attendees by bringing together leading Irish designers, architects, and food makers to collaborate in forums, share creative experiences and create connections. 

This year’s programme is it’s biggest yet – featuring seven architect, designer and food collaborations working on seven different outdoor pavilions which will be situated in different locations around Cork city:

  1. The River Lee Hotel

Mark Horgan x River Club Bar

Mark is a computational designer and studied Architecture and is teaming up with the River Lee Hotel

  1. Wandesford Quay 

Play Nice studio X Currabinny

Play Nice are a creative studio based in Dublin, and they have teamed up with James Kavanagh and William Murray of Currabinny foods. 

  1. Elizabeth Fort

Cook Architects X Ballymaloe foods

Architects Dermot Harrington and Paul Carpenter are teaming up with the household name Ballymaloe food 

  1. Nano Nagle Place 

          Alan Macilwraith of JCA Architects X Good Day Deli 

Alan is a senior architect in JCA and has previously worked with sustainable food lovers Clare and Kristin of Good Day Deli 

  1. Emmett Place 

Maser X Crawford Gallery Café

Internationally recognised visual artist Maser is teaming up with the Crawford Gallery Café to create a pavilion outside the Crawford Gallery

  1. Penrose Dock

Wilson Architects X Naturally Nourished 

Wilson Architects are the award-winning firm that designed Penrose Dock, which is the location of Naturally Nourished health food café

  1. Blackrock Castle 

CCAE X Blackrock Castle Observatory 

The students and staff of CCAE (Cork Centre for Architectural Education) team up with Blackrock Castle Observatory in Blackrock Castle. 


Design Pop’s annual ‘Milking Stool’ exhibition returns, sponsored by Abbey Woods. This exhibition is a celebration and showcase of the diverse talent of furniture designers throughout Ireland. By challenging each designer to embody their unique design style through the medium of the humble milking stool. This is a unique opportunity to create a modern reinterpretation of this traditional form. 

The furniture pieces will be sold through a silent auction and on the Design POP website, allowing members of the public and visitors to the exhibition to bid by discrete ballot for the duration of the festival. 

RIAI along with Cork City Council will present an exhibition of some of the architecture competition entries for the Bishop Lucey Park redesign. There will be a panel discussion between Cork City Architect Tony Duggan, Sandra O’Connell Director of Architecture and Communications at the RIAI, and the winners of the competition Hall McKnight Architects.

And that’s not all… The festival will also hold an impressive programme of over 25 guest speakers hosting talks and panel discussions. Special guests will be revealed soon!

For full details visit and follow Design Pop’s social media pages for more updates 

Design POP is made possible with generous support from Cork City Council and LEO Cork City.


Twitter / @designpopcork