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Aodh Furniture

Irish heritage tweeds in a debut line of elegant contemporary furniture

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 19 May 2011

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Officially launched at ICFF last week, Dublin furniture company Aodh produces quiet, elegant design for yesterday, today and tomorrow. Their first true line, The Malt Collection, was born out of collaboration between German chair designer Tom Kelley and owner Garrett O'Hagan, who formerly imported contemporary furniture. With ecologically sound production processes and using only the finest materials, Aodh aims to work with equally passionate designers to create furniture that is "grounded in values close to Ireland's heart: hospitality, warmth, conviviality and nature."

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The Malt Collection consists of nine solid oak chairs inspired by different classic seating designs. Each inspirational design has been simplified, refined and updated to bring it to its finest state in terms of aesthetics and comfort. Designed for everyday use each chair is hand finished with natural oils to help the wood age and develop character well over time, giving the furniture a warm familiar feel.

To aid in comfort (both literally and figuratively), seven of the chairs are upholstered in local Donegal tweeds made from Irish sheep's wool and dyes sourced from indigenous plants. The hand woven, Irish heritage tweeds add a personal touch to the stark wood chairs. And because each weaver's work is different, each chair is unique by design.

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The chairs work together as a universal collection, each designed for different uses and named accordingly: the Simple chair for at home or office, the Fireside chair, the Reading chair, the Conversation chair and the Rocking chair. A bench, weekend rocker and sofa will drop later this year. Aodh will soon be available online on 1 July 2011 and later through to-be-announced partners in New York and London this September. Prices range from around $400-1700. See more images after the jump.

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