The work of Irish furniture designer Colin Harris is focused around sourcing local, beautiful, wild materials and designing with an ethereal simplicity.
‘I love creating timeless pieces that tell a story of local, wild simplicity. Using the materials that grow locally and wild in our environment and to show off their exquisite beauty in a simple and direct way. I hope that people will connect with these qualities and that the pieces resonate with them,’ he explains.
Colin has always loved designing and making things. From the age of 13 he had a workshop in his parents’ garage, where his engineer father and maternal grandfather, who taught him furniture making, honed his interest and early skill set.
He then went on to study engineering at Trinity College Dublin before training in design and making at the world-renowned Parnham College in Dorset.
‘At Parnham, I became passionate about designing with sustainable principles in mind through our design tutor Gordon Duggan. Other key people that have influenced me would be Ezio Manzini for sustainable design, Konstantin Grcic for his industrial design, Jim Partridge for his use of material, the sculptures of Alexander Calder, and of course, Eileen Gray.
‘I enjoy working with my clients to create pieces for their homes that tell their story and reflect how they live.
‘I will work with them to define their needs and to develop a design that is sculptural, beautiful and elegant. Finding the simplest way to make something that both functions and delights is a great challenge.
‘Clients can be involved in all of the steps of the process and follow the piece from start to finish,’ adds Colin.
Although Colin mainly works with both private and corporate clients on bespoke commissions, he does offer a limited edition collection of furniture and homeware accessories which can be ordered through his online shop.
‘I would like to develop the online side of my business further so I can offer my home accessories and limited edition collection to a wider audience.’
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I believe in fine craftsmanship to create pieces that resonate and become timeless.
I make practical and beautiful furniture with strong and simple geometric forms, but with classic references from the past.
Horizon Furniture is a furniture design and manufacturing studio based in Cork City. led by designer Fergal O’leary, their award-winning work aims to marry modern geometric forms with classic references.
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