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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Award with local roots goes to Hillsborough designer

David Irwin who won The Peter Walker Award for Innovation in Furniture Design 2007.

A NATIONAL award, which honours the memory of a famous designer born and educated in Lisburn has appropriately been presented to a graduate from Hillsborough.

Each year a graduating student from one of the many colleges and universities that exhibit their final year work at the New Designers Exhibition in London, is selected as a recipient of the Peter Walker Award and this year it went to local man David Irwin, 21.

Peter Walker who was educated at Friends' School and went on to become an architect and top designer, sadly passed away in 1995. The accolade was inaugurated in 1998 as a way of marking Mr Walker's 40th birthday.

David said that the award means a "huge amount" to him, especially because it is "judged purely on creative merit."

He continued: "Coming from the same town in Northern Ireland as Peter has made receiving such recognition all the more special.

"The award has helped me to engage with people regarding my work and has provided me with great opportunities. It has been a fantastic way to end my time at university and has given me the confidence to not only to pursue a career in design, but also to pursue a career in something I love."

Roger Walker-Dack Chairperson of the judging panel explained why David's designs stood out: "From very fierce competition we selected David as the 2007 Winner, and I subsequently discovered after the presentation that he not only came from Lisburn but was also a pupil at Friends' School.

"The work had an immediate and provocative impact. David is an excellent multifaceted designer, whose visual awareness and attention to detail was key to his winning this award."

Ulster Star