Easy-Chair-Ash-and-leather

Easy Chair

Ash and leather,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

Wholeness-detail-2-madrone-shellac-finish-710x1290x910mm-Photographer-Mitchell-Burbick

Wholeness, detail

Madrone, shellac finish, 710x1290x910mm, Photographer,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

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Wholeness

Madrone, shellac finish, 710x1290x910mm, Photographer,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

Wholeness-madrone-shellac-finish-710x1290x910mm-Photographer-Mitchell-Burbick

Wholeness

Madrone, shellac finish, 710x1290x910mm, Photographer,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

Personhood-detail-walnut-shellac-leather-760x1520x875mm-Photographer-Mitchell-Burbick

Personhood, detail

Walnut, shellac, leather, 760x1520x875mm,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

Personhood-detail2-walnut-shellac-leather-760x1520x875mm-Photographer-Mitchell-Burbick

Personhood, detail

Walnut, shellac, leather, 760x1520x875mm,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

Personhood-walnut-shellac-leather-760x1520x875mm-Photographer-Mitchell-Burbick

Personhood

Walnut, shellac, leather, 760x1520x875mm,
Photographer, Mitchell Burbick

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Yaffe Mays Furniture

Furniture is the form, wood is the medium. Recently we have been focusing on chairs derived from vernacular forms.

We use wood almost exclusively, hardwoods and as local as possible. Joinery methods and finishes are generally traditional, and quite straightforward. Ornament generally arises from material or technique. We are seeking clarity of tectonics, that is, using wood in a way that works with its properties, and the arrangement and joining of components in a way that is both logical and expressive of that logic. We seek out the simple, but not the simplistic.

Our work has drawn on traditional forms and techniques since we began making furniture. We want to draw on the past both for its emotional resonance and meaning, and because of the practical value of evolved forms and methods. However it is important that the new work is neither historicist nor a reproduction of older chairs.

Our work values craft as a field of activity and endeavour in itself, though its borders are porous with other activities, namely art and design on the one hand, and other modes of manufacture on the other. For us the most important aspect of craft is the way it facilitates connections: between people and things and with the person who made that thing, with materials and thus with the world from which the material came.

Collections

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

Selected Awards

2004 Golden Fleece Award, Merit Prize

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2012 Dubh/dialogues in black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Summer show, Highlight Gallery, Mendocino, California, USA
2011 Dubh/dialogues in black, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA, Modern Languages, Galway Arts Festival, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; subsequently touring various venues in Scotland, COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2010 MATERIALpoetry, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA, Portfolio 2010, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2009 Object, National Crafts Gallery, Kilkenny
2008 Ecology Mythology Technology, National Crafts Gallery, Kilkenny
2006 Furnishing the Details, GMIT at Letterfrack, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
2005 Forty Shades of Green, Glucksman Gallery, Cork; and subsequently touring

 

 

 

Gallery Representation

The New Black [THENWBLK], San Francisco, USA

Contact Details:

Yaffe Mays Furniture
227 North Harold Street
Fort Bragg
CA 95437, USA
and Ballycullen
Ashford
Co Wicklow, Ireland

T. (USA) + 707 9620218
E. laura@yaffemays.com
www.yaffemays.com