Marcus Notley

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Marcus Notley
Notley in 2015
EducationUniversity of Limerick

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

National College of Art and Design, Dublin
OccupationProduct Designer
Notable workIreland's largest crystal chandelier
Stylesculpted elegance
SpouseNicola Notley
Children2 daughters

Marcus Notley (born 1 June 1973) is an Irish product designer specializing in designing consumer products for the home. He designed Ireland's largest crystal chandelier for the Merchant Hotel in Belfast.[1]


Notley grew up in rural County Leitrim.[2] In 1995 he qualified as a product designer (industrial designer) jointly from the University of Limerick and from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.[3]

He returned to Ireland in 1997, where he commenced working as a lighting designer for Waterford Crystal, designing large bespoke chandeliers for some of the world's most luxurious hotels and private homes. While there he collaborated with international fashion designer John Rocha to develop the John Rocha at Waterford Lighting collection.[4] This collection won the UK Decorative Lighting Awards in 1999.[5] One of the designs also notably featured in the set of the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie.[6]

Notley set up his own product design business in 2001. He was approached by Tipperary Crystal to collaborate with Louise Kennedy on expanding her crystal range for them. Over the next eight years they designed over 100 new crystal products together, including chandeliers, stemware, tableware and giftware. In 2004 Tipperary Crystal introduced a crystal stemware and tableware range by Marcus Notley.[7]

In 2002 he started his first project with Waterford Stanley. He helped them redesign their Brandon cast iron cooker range.[8]

In 2005 he launched a range of Marcus Notley porcelain tableware sold on QVC. He then went on to work with an Irish cookware company La Cuisine to design cast iron cookware.[9][10]

He has been a National College of Art and Design visiting lecturer and has been an organiser of a number of Design Week events in Ireland.[1][11][12][13]

Ireland's largest crystal chandelier by Marcus Notley, in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast (2006)

In 2006 he completed the design of Ireland's largest crystal chandelier[14] specially commissioned by the Merchant Hotel in Belfast. It was made by Tyrone Crystal. The chandelier is 4.5 metres in height. It is constructed with over 2600 pieces of crystal on a gilded gold metalwork frame, all of which is suspended from a glass dome above the hotel's Great Room restaurant.[15][16]

In 2008 Notley was chosen by the National Museum of Ireland to represent the nation at the European Glass Context exhibition in Denmark.[17][18]


  1. ^ a b McCall, Barry "Design For Success" Archived 22 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine The Irish Times, Innovation supplement, p30-31, 6 November 2009. Retrieved on 10 December 2015
  2. ^ "Alumni Stories - Marcus Notley". National College of Art and Design. Archived from the original on 21 December 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2023.
  3. ^ Whitty, Audrey (National Museum of Ireland) "Art of Glass", Irish Arts Review, p131, Dublin, Autumn 2008. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Sentimental Journey", House and Home interiors magazine, p74, Dublin, July/August, 2001.
  5. ^ "Decorative Lighting Awards 99", Light magazine, UK, February 1999. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Clips from Lara Croft's home in the movie", Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie, released 2001. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  7. ^ Fitzgerald, Alexander "First-class glass from Leitrim designer" The Sunday Business Post national Irish newspaper, interiors supplement p8, 6 June 2004. Retrieved on 5 October 2011
  8. ^ "Waterford Stanley launches new Brandon cooker range", Waterford News & Star regional newspaper, Business supplement p28, Waterford, 16 September 2005.
  9. ^ "La Cuisine cookware designed by Marcus Notley" Archived 13 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Official La Cuisine cookware website. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  10. ^ "Waterford designer wins major cookware award" Archived 27 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, The Munster Express, regional weekly newspaper, 9 October 2009. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  11. ^ "Design Week Waterford 2010 - A Vision for Our Future" Archived 6 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine Waterford Today, weekly regional newspaper, 27 October 2010. Retrieved on 5 October 2011
  12. ^ "New Generation National Design Challenge Awards", Judging Panel member, 2002. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  13. ^ Radzeli, Rani "Irish Design", Nisha leading Interiors and Design Magazine in Israel, 8 August 2007. Retrieved on 5 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Physical Scale of Crystal Chandelier - Illustration" designed by Marcus Notley for the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, 2006. Retrieved on 5 October 2011
  15. ^ "Luxury Restaurants Belfast - the Merchant Hotel Belfast | the Merchant". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Ireland's Largest Crystal Chandelier by Marcus Notley on Behance". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Official exhibition list of all European country participants"[permanent dead link] European Glass Context, Bornholm Denmark 2008. Retrieved on 5 October 2011
  18. ^ Whitty, Audrey (National Museum of Ireland) "Marcus Notley - Ireland" European Glass Context, Official Catalogue p280-281, Bornholm Denmark 2008. Retrieved on 5 October 2011

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