How home values link eras in Irish design

The ingenuity and skill involved in traditional Irish country furniture and furnishings have often gone unremarked – but urban dwellers are discovering how adaptable it is to modern living

Furniture maker Christy Sullivan with a sugan chair with oat straw woven seat

Those furnishing small dwellings in 2021 might be surprised by how much they can learn from rural homes of the past. The sophisticated, multi-purpose function of many items in cramped cottages and farmhouses testifies to the ingenuity and skill of those who made them.

That’s a truth that Claudia Kinmonth, a culture and design historian, knows well. Kinmonth is the author of Irish Country Furniture and Furnishings 1700-1950, an exceptional work of scholarship, which was ...