Lauren Fensterstock specializes in installations created out of intricate paperwork. For Puddle, she used dark paper and Plexiglas.

Inner Rimmed Vessels

Like the woods of Ireland (only charred), Liam Flynn’s vases are made of dark ebonized oak and feature gorgeous organic shapes.

Annecy Armchair

Referred to in The New York Times as “one of the most important furniture designers of the 20th century,” Vladimir Kagan contributed to the exhibition with a chair made of fiberglass, then finished in dark graphite.

Black Bean

Frances Lambe’s influences include botany and marine biology, as evidenced by this amorphous ceramic sculpture. We saw Lambe do the same type of sculpture in last year’s MATERIALpoetry. Now that it’s back in black, we like it even more.

Enignum Chair II

Cork, Ireland-based designer Joseph Walsh used graphite and lacquer to create an eye-popping swoop in this sculptural chair. A closer inspection of Enignum Chair II reveals a dark suede (and surprisingly comfortable) seat.

DUBH-Dialogues in Black is on view through November 13.


Black Irish: Emerald Isle Designers Reveal Their Dark Side [Slideshow]

An exhibit at the American Irish Historical Society in New York shines the spotlight on Irish artists and designers who use traditional materials in new and innovative (and very dark) ways.

Artists and designers from the Emerald Isle are showing their darker side in a new exhibit at New York’s American Irish Historical Society. In DUBH-Dialogues in Black, the featured dark matter ranges from textiles, jewelry, and furniture to architecture, glass, and ceramics.

This is not the first time that several of these designers have been brought to the attention of American audiences. Last year, a show called MATERIALpoetry was exhibited at the Historical Society. Like that exhibit, DUBH-Dialogues in Black shines the spotlight on Irish designers who use traditional materials in new and innovative ways—only this year, everything’s painted black. Above, a survey of the standouts.

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