Influenced by the economy and innovation of materials and construction methods of Irish vernacular furniture, Superfolk designs push the perception of handmade craft out of the realm of precious ‘display object’ and back into affordable and everyday use. Locally sourced materials are favoured and careful dimensioning and simple design intends multiple informal uses. New work includes a table, a range of stools, handmade wallpapers inspired by drawings of traditional Irish boats and lighting made in collaboration with basket maker Joe Hogan. Hogan, who has gained international recognition for his basket making is based on the shores of Lough Na Fooey, in the Connemara region, has 27 years of experience in growing his own willow and making baskets.
Superfolk is an independent design studio established by Gearoid Muldowney in 2008. The studio’s heart is in the craft of production, be that hand made or industrial. Superfolk’s products are a tribute to Ireland’s heritage of object making, playfully referencing a way of life rooted in the land, its animals and its weather whilst also striving to emulate the sensitivity and sustainability of the vernacular approach. The studio is focused on working with locally sourced Irish materials and strives for innovation in its approach to natural resources such as wool, wood and leather.
The designer – Gearoid Muldowney:
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