Take A Seat!
An exhibition of Gallery Seating by students of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology at Letterfrack
This collaborative seating project and exhibition displays the skill and creativity of students on the Furniture Design and Manufacture programme. The project counted towards 25% of their second year results. Students worked from a brief developed by staff of GMIT Letterfrack and the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life to design seating suitable for the exhibition galleries.
Most of the seating was designed for a specific location within the galleries. Four pieces were designed for use in multiple locations. The individual pieces take their inspiration from many sources including the contemporary exhibition building designed by the Office of Public Works, the Victorian Gothic Turlough Park House by Thomas Newenham Deane, the subject and themes of the National Folklife Collection and individual items of vernacular furniture on exhibition.
Much of the gallery seating is made of brown oak purchased by the Museum from a renewable source. The Museum, through this project, aims to promote the use of certified wood from forests that practice sustainable forest management.
Students’ work was featured in The Sunday Times Home Supplement in March 2007 in an article entitled Future Classics – A new generation of Irish designers is bringing the past to life by Eleanor Flegg.
The gallery seating resides permanently in the Museum and adds significantly to the visitor experience. Follow the furniture trail and discovery the innovation and design of each piece:
Letterfrack Furniture Trail.pdf (1.57 MB, Adobe PDF)
You can see images of the seating in the Photo Gallery, or download the exhibition catalogue:
Take A Seat Exhibition Catalogue Letterfrack Catalogue sml.pdf (2.58 MB, Adobe PDF)