Mourne Textiles &
Nov 20 -
Irish heritage brand Mourne Textiles is a family business started in the 1940s in a workshop at the foot of the beautiful Mourne mountains by Norwegian design pioneer Gerd Hay-Edie, using traditional weaving techniques on custom-made handlooms. Gerd’s name became a staple in mid-century British design through long collaborations with Robin Day for Hille & Co. and Terence Conran.
The Mourne Milano Rug, originally commissioned by Robin Day, won the silver award at La Triennale di Milano in 1951 and is just one of the recently re-issued pieces in the collection. Gerd’s unique tweed fabrics were celebrated within the fashion industry when they were shown as part of Irish designer Sybil Connolly’s 1956 collections and were supplied to design and retail emporiums such as Liberty of London, Hardy Amies and House of Lachasse. Gerd’s daughter Karen Hay-Edie and grandson Mario Sierra are building on the legacy of Mourne Textiles for the 21st century. They continue to design and source much of their yarn from Donegal and custom-dye to match the heritage pieces and iconic designs that sprang from the company’s Irish-Scandinavian roots. Gerd’s designs are revived in vibrant tones and rich textures in a lifestyle collection that includes blankets, throws, shawls, cushions, tableware, rugs and upholstery fabrics.
Fondato nel 1940 in un laboratorio ai piedi delle bellissime montagne di Mourne da un pioniere norvegese del design Gerd Hay-Edie, il marchio Mourne Textilex di eredità Irlandese usa tecniche di tessitura tradizionale su telai fatti a mano su misura. Il nome di Gerd diventa un elemento basilare nel desing Inglese di metà secolo attraverso lunghe collaborazioni con Robin Day for Hille & Co e Terence Conran. Il tappeto di Milano originariamente commissionato da Robin Day vinse il premio d’argento alla Triennale di Milano nel 1951 ed è solo uno dei pezzi della collezione rimessi in vendita. I disegni di Gerd rivivono attraverso toni vivaci e ricchi tessuti in una collezione che include coperte, copriletto, scialli, cuscini, stoviglie, tappeti e rivestimenti in tessuto.
Notion was founded in 2009 by Marcel Twohig and Ian Walton and in 2013 went on to launch its own in-house product brand, NTN. Marcel Twohig has a background designing consumer electronics and digital devices for leading global consumer brands. Having worked both as an in-house designer and as an external consultant, Marcel has gained a deep understanding of the role of design and the value that it brings. His work has received numerous industry awards including iF, Red Dot and Good Design.
Ian Walton studied Industrial Design in Dublin and Helsinki and went on to work in diverse roles from freelance interaction designer to a senior design position in an international consultancy. During this time he brought products to market for several international consumer brands. Over the past decade Ian’s work has featured in publications and competitions including Time Magazine, Red Dot, iF, Design Week UK, the Institute of Designers in Ireland.
Lo studio di design industriale Notion ha lavorato sia con piccole start-up che con aziende mondiali di design, con un ampio portfolio che dimostra il loro approccio flessIbile e applicabile al design. Il piccolo team di designer usa la filosofia del design industriale basata sull’ideare mentre si produce, disegnando tutto dagli orologi a un sistema remoto di riscaldamento per la casa.
Hang coffee table featuring a woven fabric shelf and two variants of the Frame upright chair upon which a fabric cushion is suspended on wooden uprights. Both pieces are an evolution of previous pieces in a collection for NTN, which balanced classic furniture references with industrial textiles and CNC machined wood.
The Mourne Milano Rug, first exhibited at ‘La Triennale Di Milano’ in1951 as part of a room display with furniture by Robin Day, etched panels by Geoffrey Clarke and ceramics by Hans Coper and Lucie Rie. Mourne Textiles won the silver medal for their design, which was also shown at the Festival of Britain in 1951.
The Mourne Check and Mourne Mist furnishing fabrics have been used by Notion in their Hang table and Frame chair. Designed in 1952 by Gerd Hay-Edie, these fabrics have been brought back into production, staying true to the original designs; with custom spun yarns and colours matched to the archive originals.
Tweed Emphasize, Mended Tweed and Shaggy Dog tweed designs are presented as a range of cushions and throws. These designs were shown in Sybil Connolly’s 1956 fashion collections and have been revived using custom spun yarn to match the originals, woven on traditional shuttle looms.
At the core of the collaboration is the relationship between hand and machine, the combination of production techniques and the qualities found in each yarn. The Mourne textile designs play on the relationships between
the different fibres used and how they feel and look when used together. The Mourne and Notion teams discussed the differentcharacteristics of the textiles, deriving from the looms on which they are woven, and the benefits and limitations of each. Mourne Texiles were pleased by the appreciation and understanding of their work shown by Notion, who in turn were fascinated and inspired by the unique Scandinavian Irish heritage of the Mourne fabrics. The introduction of handwoven Mourne textiles brought a heritage and tactility which directed the evolution of the new furniture pieces. The geometry of the seat pan and table top – fully CNC machined from French ash – and the aluminium legs act as contemporary counterpoints to the textiles. Mourne and Notion discovered similarities in their approach to design and potential ways in which their collaboration can progress, combining the industrial with the traditional and developing this relationship into the future.
Hang table and Frame chair: CNC Machined Ash hardwood, anodized aluminium legs, PET foam, Mourne textiles.
Mourne Milano Rug: hand woven on a linen warp using wool and hand twisted fleece.
Mourne Check Furnishing Fabric: 50% wool 25% cotton 25% linen
Mourne Mist Furnishing Fabric : 70% wool 30% cotton
Mourne Cushions – 50% wool 25% cotton 25% linen
Merino Cushions – 100% merino wool
Throws – 100% merino wool