I’ve been working in furniture-making and designing for almost 20 years.
Myself and my partner, Nell, started Snug when we were building our own home in Wicklow and discovered there was a gap in the market for contemporary Irish-made furniture.
It can vary, which is the great thing about working for yourself.
I may be at meetings with customers, or in with my suppliers choosing suitable timber, but really what I love most is the uninterrupted time spent making the furniture.
Our product range is constantly evolving, so a lot of my time is spent brainstorming new ideas, with lots of sketching late at night.
I recently designed a new copper and ash table for the ‘Shape the Future’ exhibition in The National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny.
I wanted to incorporate new material into our work and had always loved the russet tones and the soft reflective quality of copper as a contrast to the bleached out tones of the timber I often use.
Being part of ‘Liminal’ was definitely a highlight for us as well, as it was the flagship exhibition for Irish Design 2015.
It was a real honour to be part of something so special. We designed a new Ply Bench and Chair for the exhibition with both pieces injecting a playful aesthetic into traditional kitchen seating.
It’s quite difficult to define our style but ultimately, a lot of our furniture is simple in structure and we believe everything we make has function and beauty inherent in the end result.
As all the work we produce is made in our small workshop in the Wicklow Mountains, the changing light, colour and textures of the landscape are a source of constant inspiration.
I tend not to be too led by specific trends really, otherwise everything becomes too uniform and doesn’t allow for originality and creativity.
Myself and Nell are expecting our first child in a few weeks so I guess that will be my most treasured possession!
I really admire the work of British designer Sebastian Cox, who works with coppiced timber sourced from cultivated woodland. His furniture is lightweight and beautiful.
It’d be exciting to work on a larger scale project, perhaps something more community-based.
Not to chase trends excessively, and be true to your own aesthetic preferences.
All the work we produce is made in our small workshop in the Wicklow Mountains.....