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About

creating timeless, unique furniture for your home or space

 
 

Making Connections

Based in my rural studio in Newcastle, Co. Dublin, I work with clients to create timeless pieces for their home or space that resonate their unique story. For me the process of creating is about making connections, with the client’s story, the material, the sculptural elements of the piece itself. Through weaving these together, I believe it is possible to achieve a resonance in a piece (a bit like composing a song) that can impart a feeling of joy or happiness.

I work with both private and corporate clients, and I also make a limited edition collection and home accessories that are available to order online. Please get in touch to order from the collection or if you would like to discuss a more bespoke piece.

We commissioned Colin to provide bespoke gifts for us and were truly impressed with his professionalism from start to finish and his outstanding artistic talent.
— Arabella Bishop I Senior Director. Head of Sotheby's Ireland.

From a young age I was always enthralled with designing and making things, first with my father (a very practical engineer) and then with my grandfather who taught me the skills of furniture making.

Having a background in engineering at Trinity College Dublin, followed by a period studying furniture design and making at the world renowned Parnham College in Dorset, England, I spent a number of years working in sustainable engineering and designing for international furniture studios before returning to Ireland to establish my own studio in 2015.

Starting the studio has enabled me to combine my engineering experience with my visual / sculptural passion and a love of creating handmade design from wild Irish hardwoods.

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I went to Colin with the idea of a combined desk and dressing table, and he came back with some drawings which I loved. His attention to detail is second to none. I love my desk dressing table. It’s so nice to own something so well crafted and to know that I can pass it on to the next generation
— Gillian, Dublin

Awards

Shortlisted IDI Design Awards, Furniture Design, 2015

Shortlisted IDI Design Awards, Sustainable Design, 2015

Winner (student) 15th International Furniture Design Competition, Valencia, Spain, 1997

Oldham prize, Parnham College, 1997

Smallpiece prize, Parnham College, 1997

Runner up, Production prize, Parnham College, 1997

Gold Medal, Trinity College Dublin, 1994

Foundation Scholarship, Trinity College Dublin, 1992

Press

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Exhibitions

From the Maker, Só Collective, Kildare Village, 2016

IDI Awards Exhibition, Teeling Distillery, Dublin, 2015

International Biennale, St. Etienne, France, 1998

ModernGround, Royal College Art, London, 1998

ModernGround, Olympia, London, 1998

London Design Museum, London, 1998

International Furniture Fair, Valencia, Spain, 1997

New Designers in Business, London, 1997

Going Solo, Cork Street, London, July 1997

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Testimonials

Colin has a natural talent as a designer / maker. His ideas are thoroughly considered and flow easily into clear design solutions, which in turn develop into well-made pieces. He has a directness in his visual language which balances well between a metaphoric / referential and a literal read. He is a fine maker and understands what is and is not achievable within deadlines.
— Gordon Duggan, Design tutor, Parnham College
One of Colin’s final exhibition graduation pieces was a fantastically comfortable, powder coated steel framed, maple wood slatted chair - his brilliantly conceived mix of form (art) and function (engineering). We were so impressed with its stand out looks and comfort that we commissioned two. Time has passed and they have stood the test of time without fault.
— Simon and Jenny, Co. Wicklow
I asked Colin to design shelves for my alcove as a memorial to three siblings. He took on board my initial ideas and designed and installed the perfect piece with great sensitivity and attention to detail. The three shelves are connected and support each other as siblings might, while each is unique and independent. I specifically wanted Irish oak and Colin went to great lengths to source a beautiful piece of 350 year-old wild oak from Stradbally. I’m really delighted with the piece and love the life and character of the wild wood.
— Margaret, Dublin