Cillian O Suilleabhain_Transformer_Oak_104 x 75 x 38 cm_Photographer Rory Moore copy


oak, 104x75x38cm,
Photographer, Rory Moore

Cillian O Suilleabhain_Tetrahedra


oak veneer and sycamore, 70x64x40cm
Photographer, Rory Moore


Cillian Ó Súilleabháin

Cillian Ó Súilleabháin’s practice is concerned with man’s relationship with his environment, his search to understand the world around him and how he comes to stamp his presence on it. Influenced by his background as an engineer, Ó Súilleabháin’s making is informed by mathematics, physics and the scientific method. The problem-solving elements of furniture-making appeal to his technical side.

Working in wood, Ó Súilleabháin applies strict geometries and a minimal aesthetic to his chosen organic medium. Through an extensive design process, complex ideas are pared back to a bare essence. The realisation of his designs requires an unforgiving accuracy and a deep understanding of the material. Through this process Ó Súilleabháin explores the tension between the formal mathematics and the organic material. It is this application of structure, precision and process which is integral to his work.

Ó Súilleabháin graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2000 with a BAI in Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering. Following apprenticeships with David Woods in Dublin and Stephen O’Briain in Carlow, he subsequently set his own solo practice in Co. Carlow.


International Wood Culture Society, Taiwan
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Networking Bursary
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Future Makers Studio assistance Bursary


Selected Exhibitions

Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Weathering, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland selection, Beijing, China
MADE London, London, UK
Wallpaper Magazine Apartment, London, UK
Weathering at TENT, London Design Festival, London, UK
FORM, Visual Carlow, Carlow
Young, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
Homeland at World Wood Day, Fujian, China
Woods at Work, Dublin
Handmade in Britain, Chelsea Town Hall, London, UK
MADE London, London, UK
Future Makers Exhibition, National College of Art & Design, Dublin
HOME at Showcase, RDS, Dublin
Éigse, Carlow Arts Festival, Carlow
Festival of Irish Design, Project 51, Dublin


Gallery Representation

SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin

Contact Details:

Cillian Ó Súilleabháin

T. +353 87 951 8651