Review / ‘Elegant and functional’ furniture by Skeehan

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IN this exhibition of a limited number of pieces from the HOSHI Collection, young designer/maker Tom Skeehan is showing three seating options – a chair, a three seat lounge and a bench, and a coat rack and side table.

Tom Skeehan, photo by Lee GrantThey are a coherent group, as one would expect being from a collection.

In her short essay accompanying the show, Magda Keaney speaks of the experimental efforts we call process – (in no particular order) problem-solving, drawing, sketching, failure, repetition, prototyping – constantly refining the finished product.

The exhibited furniture is in pale, tubular American ash with grey leather seats.  They are clean, spare, yet commodious.  The cushioning is comfortable and compact.  The curved frame required resolution of complex carpentry techniques, showing viewers that this young industrial designer is also a competent craftsman.

The back wall in the gallery shows a number of elements and components which he has used, or drawn on, to make his resolved pieces.  Those who recognise earlier versions of casual seating in the illustrations can see the development of Skeehan’s work.

Skeehan shows careful and considered thought in the pieces he makes, always with an eye to limited production runs that give us sustainably produced, elegant and functional furniture.

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