Simon Dennehy CEO
Simon Dennehy graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2003. After working in industry with many progressive Irish companies, he chose to return to his Alma Mater to commence a two year research masters, through Industrial Design. By the end of his Research Masters, Simon had developed and designed a patented system for sitting and working, which had shown to improve the comfort and posture among Primary school children. His work is currently continuing as a PhD study.
In 2009, he founded Perch, to build on and commercialise the IP and design vision, which emerged from his MA. In October 2012, the Ray school furniture system was launched at the world's leading furniture fairs, Orgatec and Stockholm.
Simon and Dr. Gearoid O'Conchubhair pursued funding from the EU's FP7 programme, under the IAPP scheme, in 2009. TFE, (Task Furniture in Education) was a revolutionary project, which created new a direction, for the appropriate design of educational furniture. Simon has interacted with the project from its conception and acted as Design Director for the project.
Simon is currently an adjunct lecturer in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and in NUI Maynooth, on their Product Design courses, and also tutors on the NCAD Medical Device Design Masters course. He is an External Examiner to a craft and design course in the Cork Institute of Technology and is a mentor with the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. Simon works, as an expert panellist with the NSAI and has been contributing to FIRA and the CEN's latest European Standards for school furniture.
Simon acted on the advisory committee for the 2015 Year of Irish Design, which has been earmarked by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & innovation (DJEI), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Enterprise Ireland (EI). http://www.irishdesign2015.ie/
He has published his work in the Irish Ergonomic Society in 2009. He has presented work at the BINI, Bioengineering annual conference in Ireland in 2011 and also at the Dublin TEDx conference. In 2012, he spoke at the global, 'Interaction 12' conference, in Dublin, ELIA 2012 in Vienna and has won design awards at the IDI annual showcase. He is a panellist at this year's 100% design 2013, in London, at the request of FIRA.
“I try to steer the company towards solutions that are more naturalistic to the being, rather than a ‘product first’ perspective.”