'Superfolk Rambles' is our monthly email series. Here we tell the stories behind the most character-filled places to explore along Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast. We gather insider-tips and ‘best-kept-secrets’. We release new products and share behind the scenes in the Superfolk workshop and studio.
We have a passion for wildlife, seasonality, wild food and a respect for our natural world. We celebrate our material heritage and share our passion for our world through the story of our products. Craft is at the heart of what we do. We work slowly and deliberately, taking time to create objects of real beauty, integrity and soul. Our products reflect the character and behaviour of the raw materials from which they are made. Imbued with a poetic optimism for sustainable living, we make quality, durable homewares that embrace the patina of time.
Superfolk is Jo Anne and Gearóid. We met at art school in Dublin in 2005. In 2013, we moved to Westport, on Ireland’s wild Atlantic coast, a beautiful place that we - and our dog Woody! - are now proud to call home. We first collaborated professionally in 2008, when we designed a range of stools and benches. The following year, Gearóid was selected to exhibit at ‘Greenhouse’, an exhibition of emerging designers at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Since then, we have been working together on furniture and homeware products under the Superfolk name.
Our products have been stocked in design and concept stores in Dublin, Paris, Zurich and Tokyo. Our furniture can be found at Tom Aikens restaurants in Somerset House and Canary Wharf, London, as well as at Eatliano Restaurant, Hamburg. Our work has also been exhibited at the London Design Festival, Stockholm Furniture Fair, Maison et Objet, Paris and at Design Week Tokyo. When we are not in the studio or workshop, we both love wildlife, nature and exploring the great outdoors. Gearóid likes to fly-fish in Mayo's crystal clear rivers while Jo Anne prefers snorkelling in the sea. Woody likes running in the woods and snoozing on the couch.
If you would like to collaborate or work with us we’d love to hear from you. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gearóid Muldowney is a skilled designer with a strong understanding of materials and making. He holds a degree in Craft Design from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland and the Lahti University of Applied Science, Finland (2005). In 2010 he undertook a short work placement with Norwegian design studio StokkeAustad. Gearóid was the winner of the Inaugural ‘Graduate Award’ from the Crafts Council of Ireland in 2007 and received the 'Future Maker Award' from the Crafts Councils of Ireland in 2011 . Gearóid's work is held in the permanent collection of Farmleigh House Estate /Office of Public Works Ireland.
Jo Anne Butler is a artist, designer and graduate architect. She holds a Masters in Architecture from University College Dublin and the Making and Design Masters Programme at the Arkitektskolen Arhus, Denmark (2013). She has a first class degree in Conceptual Sculpture and History and Theory of Irish Art and Design from the National College of Art and Design, Ireland (2005). She was a co-founder of the community-based design organisation ‘Commonage’ and an arts project manager with the Ballymun Regeneration project. Her design work with Tara Kennedy has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, with the Irish Architecture Foundation and at events as part of the Lisbon Architecture Trienale. She was awarded the Masters in Architecture Scholarship award from University College Dublin in 2012.