“When we design, it’s as if we are at the convergence of two oceans: we make pieces for the way people desire to live, and how they truly do.”

Susan Zelouf and Michael Bell and their team of master craftsmen have been making hand-built furniture in their workshop in Ireland since 1992, exporting worldwide.

The alliance of Belfast-born Bell and New Yorker Zelouf may seem a collision of cultures and characters. Instead, a kind of alchemy occurs, engendering extraordinary pieces grounded in practicality. Eclectic and approachable, strict and playful, selected works from their evocative collections suggest a dialogue between modern art, contemporary design and history.

“We don’t fit in, but for us, that’s a strategy.” Theirs is an intensely personal new modernism, a distillation of what delights and moves them, informed by that which came before them.

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