Ireland recently lost a truly great creative soul. Patrick Scott, an artist by reputation but so much more besides.

He studied architecture, and practiced at one of the country’s most interesting architectural practices in the mid 1900’s. Alongside Louis le Brocquy and Michael Scott he founded Signa, one of Irelands first real design consultancies. An interdisciplinary design studio that, more importantly than its body of work, developed an approach that was both contemporary and wonderfully Irish.

He observed and took care to watch over every detail. A very human approach during a very industrial period he was slowly eliminating the boundaries between art, design and architecture. He was instrumental in the founding of the Kilkenny Design Workshops (the world’s first state run design agency) and alongside Sir Terence Conran sat on its standards and advisory board ensuring best practice and quality were maintained.

He worked across graphic design, textile, exhibition, interior, architecture he even designed the livery for the countries train network.

Pat Scott will long be remembered for his extraordinary refined artwork but for us here at Makers & Brothers it was his contribution to Irelands design culture that we admired the most and his holistic approach to design.

Above is a selection of his work and the Irish Museum of Modern Art is currently holding a super retrospective that opened the evening of his passing.