‘olann’ by claire-anne o’brien
‘olann’ is a new collection of handknitted wool furniture by irish textile designer claire-anne o’brien. taking influences from traditional ireland,
where fishing and knitting were at the heart of village life, the project’s patterns are based on familiar elements such as aran jumpers,
fishing knots and willow baskets, re-imagined as a contemporary language of craft. the designs explore scale and construction using the unique properties
of knitting applied to simple furniture forms such as a bench, an ottoman and a chair.
each piece is conceived by a team of skilled homeworkers which keep production local and the cottage industry tradition alive.
‘olann’ is made from a british wool, where natural materials such as coconut fibres, unspun wool and duck feathers have been used in
place of more common upholstery materials such as polyester fillings and foam.
cisean top view