For over half a century, Irish heritage brand Mourne Textiles has been hand weaving fabrics and designing furnishings at the foot of the Mourne Mountains in County Down. This family business, started by late Norwegian design pioneer Gerd Hay-Edie, uses traditional weaving techniques on custom-made handlooms, to create a contemporary lifestyle collection.
Gerd handed down these techniques to daughter Karen Hay-Edie, a master-weaver in her own right, who in turn passed the baton to her grandson, Mario Sierra. From humble beginnings in a small workshop in the late 1940s, Gerd’s name became a staple in mid-century British design. Gerd developed long-standing collaborations with Robin Day for Hille & Co and Terence Conran, for whom she designed upholstery and rugs.
Mourne Textiles sources yarns from Donegal, which it custom dyes to match the heritage pieces and iconic designs created by Gerd, bringing her designs back to life for a new generation.
The FRAME Chair
The design intent with the Frame chair is one of quietness and calm. It is a piece that suggests succor, which belies a complexity in process and construction.
This piece is an evolution of the Dowel Chair, released as part of notion’s first collection for NTN in January 2014. This original chair used a traditional furniture typeform as a counterpoint to industrial fabrics from Denmark. With the introduction of the hand-woven textiles from Mourne this balance has been redressed. The heritage fabrics are now countered by more contemporary geometry; a CNC machined Ash seat pan and anodized aluminium legs.
Liminal & ID2015
This collection is being shown as part of the Liminal Exhibition. This event explores the idea of liminality through both geographic location and design relationships. It seeks to investigate how Ireland’s position as an island on the western edge of Europe informs design work. Alongside this it explores how collaborations between designers and manufacturers working in Ireland facilitate new work. Liminal will be shown at the following locations:
Milan – FuoriSalone, Vetraio, Via Tortona
14.04 – 19.04
New York – WantedDesign, Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue
15.05 – 18.05
Dublin – ID2015 Design Hub, The Coach House, Dublin Castle
03.07 – 20.09
Eindhoven – Dutch Design Week, The Netherlands
17.10 – 25.10
This exhibition is part of the Year of Irish Design 2015. For more information on this initiative please visit: www.irishdesign2015.ie