Honest materials and simple shapes - NTN and its first collection

Wood, fabric and talent from the North

by Angelo Dell'Olio
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NTN, young Irish studio/workshop founded by the duo Ian Walton - Marcel Twohig, presents its first collection of objects. Objects which are apparently discordant between one another, yet perfectly united 'by design rather than category'.

Indeed, NTN's peculiarity is to investigate the concept of how design can connect the products within a collection, and how this approach makes traditional product categories less relevant.

Simple and minimalist, the first collection contains five objects: the Dowel Chair, Hammock Table, Waterford Lamp, G1 Glasses and W1 Watch. The collection features honest materials and simple form. Each object features one inherently complex component, allowing the other elements to be entirely simplified.

The Dowel Chair is a modern take on the classic windsor chair. Constructed from solid bleached irish sycamore the seat back consists of sixteen spindles with a removable fabric cover. On the underside the legs are blended into the seat.

The Hammock Table is a low coffee table defined by a suspended fabric shelf. The shelf is kept in tension by rope connecting to aluminium leg mounts. The solid table top is of bleached Irish sycamore which is blended into the round legs.

This Pendant Lamp consists of a thick, clear glass shade hand blown in Waterford,I reland. A machined aluminium hanger suspends the shade from the grey braided cable. The lamp is finished with a hand stitched filament bulb.



The front and back body parts of the W1 watch are CNC machined from solid aluminium. The integrated aluminium dial is created in the same process. The floating increments are etched directly onto the crystal. The watch is finished with a vegetable tanned leather strap. Available in both natural and black anodized aluminium.

The character of the G1 Glasses comes as much from the materials as the shape. Formed plywood frames and temples are connected by a CNC machined aluminium armature. This armature also incorporates the custom brass hinge. Available in teak and natural aluminium with brown lens or black stained ash and black anodized aluminium with black lens.

For more information: http://www.ntn.ie

Photography: richard gilligan

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    Dowel Chair

    Dublino / Ireland / 2013