Claire-Anne O’Brien

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These fab furniture creations are the work of Irish designer maker Claire-Anne O’Brien. Now living in London O’Brien studied Textiles at Central Saint Martins in 2006 and then completed an MA in Knitted Textiles at the RCA.  O’Brien’s fun, comfy and chunky wool furniture is great! The inspiration for much of O’Brien’s work comes from traditional fishing villages in Ireland.

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The large chunky weaved patterns that make up the wool furniture share similar characteristics with that of wooly jumpers from Aran as well as fishing knots and willow baskets. O’Brien explores a sense of scale through knitting by making these huge weaves that are then applied to simple furniture forms.

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The large knitted fabrics that make up the form of the furniture change the perception of pattern design by creating something that appears sculptural.  The intertwining weaves applied to the basic form of furniture create an intriguing and attractive piece of furniture.  Whats great about O’Brien’s approach is that the textiles being used are patterns within patterns. The large weaves produce a large pattern but as you get closer the pattern becomes smaller and the small weaves that make up the large weaves create another pattern! Patterns within Patterns!

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The chunky knit chairs looks very comfy indeed! O’Brien’s furniture collections could work in many environments, the vibrant colours and large weaves formed around simple furniture forms would look great in a modern context! The same weaved characteristics and traditional materials also make it fitting to a traditional environment as well!

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Fionn the Fox, Liam the Hare and Brigid the Sheep

O’Brein loving the joy and creativity of knitting has produced this fantastic collection of knitted animals! Taking her inspiration from her country of birth O’Brien says “These woolly Irish animals might be found wandering the wild, wind swept mountains of Connemara,cloaked in cloud and drenched in misty rain.”  The colour of the animals reflect the Irish landscape, the yarns themselves are produced by Donegal Yarns.  These little Irish animals are available exclusively at Makers and Brothers.

 

Looking for more? You can find Claire-Anne O’Brien here where she has lots of interesting projects!

 

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