In 1979, Brian and Rosie McGuigan left their furniture-making careers in Denmark and returned to Northern Ireland to launch Orior, named for the street on which Brian grew up. The couple designed and manufactured their wares in the city of Newry, selling furniture to the likes of Harrods and Liberty in the U.K. Forty years on, the McGuigans’ son Ciaran has taken the reins, relaunching the brand with a showroom in Tribeca, New York, and 22 pieces, including six of his father’s earliest designs (the modular sofa Canyon among them). Other standouts include Hex, a hand-planed oak screen offered in a pattern individual to each customer; Pop, a melding of Irish and Scandinavian sensibilities inspired by Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair; and Nero, an oak table on a base of locally sourced green Connemara marble. Pieces are made to order in Orior’s four Irish workshops.
Orior Relaunches With a Melding of Irish and Scandinavian Sensibilities
Highlights from the Shofuso and Modernism Exhibition