StephenOBriain French Walnut Desk 2

French Walnut Desk

French walnut, maple and leather, 200 × 100 × 75cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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French Walnut Desk (alternative view)

French walnut, maple and leather, 200 × 100 × 75cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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Dublin Chamber of Commerce Desk

French maple with Forbo worktop, 280 × 200 × 120cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

StephenOBriain Dublin Chamber of Commerce Desk 2

Dublin Chamber of Commerce Desk (alternative view)

French maple with Forbo worktop, 280 × 200 × 120cm
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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FUSION II Dining Chair

Oak and danish cord, 820 x 650 x 520mm, 2012
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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FUSION II Carver

Oak and Danish cord, 820 x 650 x 520mm, 2012
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

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FUSION Console Table

Maple, 1400 x 800 x 400mm, 2013
Photographer, Roland Paschhoff

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Stephen O’Briain

Selected for Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2015-2016.

Stephen O’Briain’s furniture is distinguished by sensuous hand planed curves, simplified lines and meticulously detailed joints. His instinct is to find a balance between the function of a piece and its sculptural form, where every line, shape and aspect is considered with the aim of creating a singular statement.

Working almost exclusively in solid timber, both native and imported, O’Briain’s work over the last few years has taken on an increasingly organic quality. Underlying the strikingly beautiful simplicity of all O’Briain’s work is a mastery of the complexities of good design and a genuine love of his materials.

O’Briain trained as a fine art painter before discovering the possibilities of furniture design. The transition from paint to wood made all the easier by a tradition of woodworking in the family that stretches back three generations. Over the years O’Briain has produced a large portfolio of work and exhibited extensively with clients in Ireland, Britain and the United States. He is based in Co. Carlow.

Collections

Borris Library, Co. Carlow
Bank of Ireland
Dublin Chamber of Commerce
DIT Library
Irish Embassy, Tel Aviv
McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors
Sligo County Council
Government Building, Merrion Square
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2010
1st Prize Furniture, Award of Excellence (Reserve) Prize, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Purchase Award, RDS National Craft Competition

 

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2015
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Furniture, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
2014   
FORM, Borris House, Carlow
2010
RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, RDS, Dublin
PORTFOLIO, The Kenny Gallery, Galway; The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2009 
Object, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2008    
SOFA, Chicago, USA
Eigse Craft, Carlow
2011-2010
Woods @ Work, The Centre for Creative Practices, Wicklow

Contact Details:

Stephen O’Briain


T. +353 (0)87 270 7674
E. info@obriainfurniture.com
www.obriainfurniture.com