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CEO & Founder Design Partners Ireland

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From their beginnings in Co Wicklow in 1984, Design Partners have become market and thought leaders, with studios in Eindhoven, San Francisco and a new expanded space in Bray. Their work is in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and ranges from sleek consumer goods to lifesaving medical devices. Founder and chief executive Brian Stephens talks about how design is at the heart of everything.

“I learned about architecture when I was a kid, but I was always more interested in the things inside the buildings. When someone told me you could get a job designing those things, I couldn’t believe my luck. Many industrial designers have a similar story. I studied in the UK, and then worked at GK Design in Tokyo for two years.

I set up Design Partners with David Morgan, just as the Kilkenny Design Workshops was closing – we saw an opportunity. We had to learn how to do many things, like setting up a model-making workshop, so we evolved in a different way. This makes us different to other firms internationally; we work more intuitively, and a lot faster. Speed is very important in this world – that and having an international focus.

Staying in Ireland was partly a personal decision – it always felt right. Irish people’s ability to be creative is clear – that’s served us well, and enabled us to be persuasive in an international setting. There’s no reason why you can’t work from anywhere in the world – with the right people. The three things we’re showing at Liminal demonstrate how ubiquitous design is, and we’ll also be unveiling some new technology that illustrates just how smart products are becoming. Year of Design is a great platform to exhibit around the world, but I want to use it to communicate to CEOs of Irish companies that good design is a really effective business tool. It’s going to take more work to make design central to the flow and strategy of companies and organisations.”

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Brian Stephens

CEO & Founder Design Partners Ireland

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Brian Stephens Biography

From their beginnings in Co Wicklow in 1984, Design Partners have become market and thought leaders, with studios in Eindhoven, San Francisco and a new expanded space in Bray. Their work is in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and ranges from sleek consumer goods to lifesaving medical devices. Founder and chief executive Brian Stephens talks about how design is at the heart of everything.

“I learned about architecture when I was a kid, but I was always more interested in the things inside the buildings. When someone told me you could get a job designing those things, I couldn’t believe my luck. Many industrial designers have a similar story. I studied in the UK, and then worked at GK Design in Tokyo for two years.

I set up Design Partners with David Morgan, just as the Kilkenny Design Workshops was closing – we saw an opportunity. We had to learn how to do many things, like setting up a model-making workshop, so we evolved in a different way. This makes us different to other firms internationally; we work more intuitively, and a lot faster. Speed is very important in this world – that and having an international focus.

Staying in Ireland was partly a personal decision – it always felt right. Irish people’s ability to be creative is clear – that’s served us well, and enabled us to be persuasive in an international setting. There’s no reason why you can’t work from anywhere in the world – with the right people. The three things we’re showing at Liminal demonstrate how ubiquitous design is, and we’ll also be unveiling some new technology that illustrates just how smart products are becoming. Year of Design is a great platform to exhibit around the world, but I want to use it to communicate to CEOs of Irish companies that good design is a really effective business tool. It’s going to take more work to make design central to the flow and strategy of companies and organisations.”

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Brian Stephens for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Brian Stephens, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Brian Stephens or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Brian Stephens?

    Booking fees for Brian Stephens, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Brian Stephens, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Brian Stephens?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Brian Stephens for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Brian Stephens for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Brian Stephens or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Brian Stephens or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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