A Dunne deal at a thoroughly modern auction

Several of renaissance man Brendon Dunne’s furniture pieces are on offer at Adam’s Mid Century Modern sale

Renaissance Paintings, a screenprint by Andy Warhol

In the years following World War II, Irish homeowners were deeply conservative, resistant to the revolution in furniture design sweeping the globe. One of a tiny handful of voices in the wilderness was Brendon Dunne.

A musical child prodigy, composer and conductor, in 1951 he embarked on a new venture, setting up a factory workshop to produce modern furniture for the modern home. Although Scandinavian-inspired, his pieces have a distinct Irish character, partly due to ...