Design guidance to social enterprises

for UNHCR’s MADE51 brand

Coaching local social enterprises in developing countries in creating refugee-made product ranges of home decoration, home textiles and fashion accessories. Giving advice on design strategy to MADE51, taking part in their design team, contributing to and visualising the design criteria for the brand. MADE51 is an initiative of UNHCR.

2018 to 2023: for MADE51


MADE51 will participate in

Museum Connections Paris January 16 -17, 2024 stand J95

Ambiente Frankfurt January 26 - 30, 2024 hall 3.0 stand G40

Come and see the large scale installation pieces I developed with social enterprises and refugee artisans!

Intricate cross stitch embroidery
by Sep Jordan for MADE51
Holiday Collection 2023/2024
Designing refugee-made ornaments
Rising Sun ornament
crafted by Burundian and Congolese women living in Rwanda
Holiday ornaments
from refugee-makers

"I value Irene's approach in creating the product development process, building on what the companies have, and allowing them to learn along the way. She gently guides them, so that they can identify with the product that comes out"
- Mark Kwami, MADE51, UNHCR