John Lee Coral

Coral

Oak, 120 x 46 x 90cm
Photographer, Ronald Paschoff

John Lee Sliabh - John Lee 2016

Sliabh

Oak, 160 x 88 x 55cm
Photographer, Ronald Paschoff

John Lee Wave III

Wave III

Oak, 166 x 85 x 65cm
Photographer, Ronald Paschoff

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Salcombe - dining table

Ash with textured base, 250 x 130 x 76cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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Pegasus

Oak, Height 90 x 180 x 122cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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Wish

Ash, bleached, 76 x 150cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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Wave

Fumed oak, 88 x 160 x 60cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

John Lee

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

John Lee uses naturally occurring geometric forms as the starting point for his practice. Working with hardwoods such as oak, elm, maple and ash, he focuses on timber’s natural properties, experimenting with form, function and finish. His investigations into natural grain patterns have resulted in an innovative design technique whereby he methodically forms a twist in the plane of many of his pieces. In creating this change, he meticulously ensures that the correct balance is maintained between proportion and scale.

The aesthetic of his work is often inspired by the natural landscape. The textures and shapes in the Sliabh piece were influenced by Irish coast wave formations and the weathered wood grain found on forgotten driftwood washed ashore.

 

  • A regular feature of my work is the use of textured surfaces. This involves sandblasting the piece with a large industrial sandblaster which I undertake in my spray booth. Sandblasting is quite a tedious and messy process but I love how it exposes and highlights the natural grain patterns in the wood. The final process is to seal the wood, usually with a dead matte lacquer.

 

Lee graduated from the Bachelor of Furniture Design and Manufacture Course, GMIT Letterfrack, Co. Galway in 1993. He received a Bursary Award from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2010 and used this to complete a course in AutoCAD and 3-D Design. He is based in Co. Meath and works mainly to commission.

Collections

National Museum of Ireland
Office of Public Works, Ireland
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2015 
Craft Award for Furniture, RDS National Crafts Competition
Irish Design 2015 Award for excellence and Innovation in Craft
2011
Áras an Uachtaráin, Commission for new Irish Presidential Inauguration Chair
2008+2009 
Áras an Uachtaráin, Commission for President of Ireland, Mary McAleese 

 

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2015    
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Furniture, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
RDS National Craft Awards Exhibition, RDS Dublin, Dublin
2013  
Future Beauty?,
National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2012 
From Table to Wall, Flow Gallery, London, UK, Design Miami / Basel, Nilufar Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; RHA Gallery, Dublin
2011   
PORTFOLIO,
National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin; RHA Gallery, Dublin
2005-2010   
Interior Design & Art Fair, RDS, Dublin
2010
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Designers and Makers, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge, Down
2009
100% Design, Earls Court, London, UK,
Organic Geometry, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2008   
SOFA Chicago, USA, Ecology, Mythology, Technology, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2007   
Ecology, Mythology, Technology, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny

 

Contact Details:

John Lee
Pagestown, Maynooth
Meath

T. +353 (0)15 05 4660
E. john@johnleefurniture.com
www.johnleefurniture.com