Dublin-based design duo, Ahmad Fakhry and Cian Corcoran, formed Designgoat in 2011. Their work covers a wide range, from adaptable retail displays to fitting out cafes with furniture custom made in their studio. Both graduates of product design, the pair have a thoroughly hands-on approach which focuses on giving their clients the best possible solutions. The furniture collection they are currently working on – inspired by the work of Eileen Gray – will be part of the Vernacular exhibition at Tent London during this year’s London Design Festival.
What was the first thing you made together?
The first project we worked on together was when we were in college in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. The brief was to design a breast prosthesis for swim wear. It was a complex and restricting brief but fun to work on. Our first project as a company was designing the interior and furniture for a specialty coffee shop in Dublin called 3FE which was a massive challenge but also a great experience.
What's your design process?
We start most projects with a lengthy discussion between us and the client to try and understand the brief fully. We will then discuss possibilities, materials and styles over rough sketches on paper – these ideas will develop over time and many conversations. We make mock-ups on the computer and in the workshop before finalizing designs and deciding the best route for realizing our ideas.
Do you each bring different skills to the table?
We do bring different skills but possess many similar. We always start work on projects together but one is more skilled as a maker and the other does a lot of visual and detailing work.
What are you planning to work on next?
We are currently working on a collection of furniture that we will be launching at London Design Festival. The project began in March when we were asked to design an object in response to the book A History of Ireland in 100 Objects. We chose Eileen Grey's Non-Conformist Chair and developed our own chair. We took cues from the angles and detailing of the original and ended up designing a side table and lamp to go with it. We are also working on a restaurant in Dublin and custom furniture for a museum.
City of residence: Dublin
Age: 25 & 26
Education: We both graduated from NCAD's Industrial Design course
Favourite quote: Don't try to be original, just try to be good, Paul Rand
Best advice received: Good/Fast/Cheap. A client should only be able to pick two.
Best tip for designers: Be meticulous with details and always push for better results. Take risks.
Three things every designer needs: Imagination, good coffee & Hi-Tec-C pens
Newest addition to your studio: Some thermoplastics and an oven to cook them in.
First design that inspired you: The work of Marc Newson/Dieter Rams