The Parlor Stool, The Dead Rabbit
STUDIO / DESIGNER
Furniture and Lighting Design
Ryan Crown (Creative Director)
Simon Worthington McQueen (Managing Director)
Grainne O’Neill (Account Manager)
Aoife Mulvenna (Art Director and Interior Designer)
Joiner: Abbey Upholstery
Photographer: Simon Hutchinson
Videographer: Pete Laverty
Design Challenge and Design Ideas
As part of our creative partnership and The Dead Rabbit refresh, we were challenged with creating a stool for their prestigious, world renowned cocktail lounge, The Parlor.
We instinctually embraced and gave power to The Dead Rabbit’s motto, ‘tradition meet tomorrow.’ A phrase which extends from the artwork on the walls right down to the furniture in the bar. Our design was inspired by traditional Irish influences such as the dolmen structures, the three legged milking stool, the turf briquette and the turned spindle footrest. We combined these traditional Irish influences with a ‘tomorrow’ approach, designing shapes and forms through the geometric lens of Irish, modernist pioneer Eileen Gray.
How the brief was fulfilled
When it came to production we collaborated with local joinery firm, Abbey Upholstery, a family run company located on the North coast of Ireland. Through our ongoing partnership with The Dead Rabbit we have celebrated and promoted local makers so we ensured the production of the stool was no different. After multiple samples and testing to certify that the ergonomics of the stool was on par with the aesthetics, we produced a functional, contemporary, elevated stool sympathetic to past and present Irish influences.
A standalone piece of Ireland that customers could enjoy over a world renowned cocktail.
Drawing inspiration from Irish culture and some of its iconic elements, the designers managed tell a story about Ireland by fusing formal elements of different traditional Irish objects into this seating object."