We design and make simple, beautiful homewares for people who love the wild outdoors.
OUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
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 a design and make studio led by partners Gearoid Muldowney and Jo Anne Butler. We first met at art school in Dublin in 2005. Gearoid is a designer and craft-maker and Jo Anne is an architect. Together we design and make homewares ‘for people who love the wild outdoors’. Having recently re-located our home and studio to the beautiful west coast of Ireland we are establishing Superfolk as a brand and studio recognised internationally for simple, beautiful, material-led design and homewares.
We first collaborated professionally in 2008, when we were invited to design a range of stools and tables for an art exhibition. The following year, Superfolk was selected to exhibit at ‘Greenhouse’, an exhibition of emerging designers at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Since this success,we have been working together on furniture and homeware products under the Superfolk name. Superfolk products have been stocked in design and concept stores in across Ireland, Paris, Berlin, London, Zurich and Tokyo. Our contract market furniture can be found at Tom Aikens restaurants in Somerset House and Canary Wharf, London, as well as at Eatliano Restaurant, Hamburg. Superfolk work has been exhibited at the London Design Festival, Stockholm Furniture Fair, NYCxDesign, Maison et Objet Paris, DesignWeek Tokyo and DesignMarch Reykjavik.
Jo Anne Butler:
Jo Anne Butler is an 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, as part of the Lisbon Architecture Trienale and part of the exhibition ‘New Architecture Ireland’ currently touring northern Europe. She was awarded the Masters in Architecture Scholarship award from University College Dublin in 2012.
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.