Conor Farrell Design Award

Gerry Murray is the inaugural winner of the annual Conor Farrell Award for Excellence in Design

Gerry Murray is a Galway native whose grandfather was a wheelwright and his father, a cabinet maker. The love of designing, crafting, and making runs deep in his family. Gerry created the Signature Collection with the Lounge Chair #352 the centre piece.

The simple silhouettes of the #352 Lounge Chair hides well the complex geometry and jointing techniques needed to construct it. The classic low-slung lines bring together beech and leather. The materials are from trusted sources with impeccable provenance which will not only ensure longevity but also aesthetically pleasing ageing. With care and attention, this study in craftsmanship and engineering will last a lifetime.

“The standard of the competition was outstanding with entries submitted and assessed from students in all years,” says Paul Leamy, Head of GMIT Letterfrack campus. “The vision is to challenge students’ creativity and hone their skills while contributing to the body of design work in GMIT Letterfrack every year. Conceived by Farrell Furniture, the award remembers a loved one and gives back to the new designers that are coming into the industry. The award was initiated in the memory of Conor Farrell and his love of design and work in the furniture industry.”

A significant part of Conor’s legacy is the commercial success of Elements, a sit stand desking range of office furniture. This range was co-designed by Conor Farrell and John Walsh of Made, Collectively, Conor’s vision and Enterprise Ireland’s support helped Farrell grow at home and abroad, sustaining over 100 jobs at its manufacturing facility in Ardee, Co. Louth. Conor was a strong believer that great design is the solution to all challenges which we meet in our day-to-day activities.

The award trophy was designed and made by Jeremy Madden, lecturer at GMIT, who explains the concept. “It is set in a windswept hillside with a lone tree battling against the elements. The tree is a beacon of brilliance, simple and delicate as it manages to survive. The solid sterling silver enforces this jewel with strength as it battles with adversity tortured by the wind. The tree overcomes adversity in the open as it is on a tapered side and an undulating fall to the front. The branches are swept by the winds with exposure to the elements but it survives and we capture a moment on this landscape. The sandblasted textures of the oak match this original feel of the hillside.”

About Farrell Furniture

Founded in 1961, Farrell Furniture designs, manufactures, and supplies quality office, residential contract, and student accommodation furniture. Now in our third generation, Farrell has earned a reputation for the highest quality in design and production of customised furniture solutions across the private and public sector.

Our mission is to create value for all stakeholders by exceeding customer expectations through design, manufacture, and delivery of the best quality furniture solutions for office, residential contract and student accommodation.

About GMIT Letterfrack

GMIT has delivered third level education degree programmes in the areas of furniture design and wood technology in its Letterfrack campus since 1987. A designated National Centre of Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology, its mission is to provide a dynamic, educational environment to support students on a path of development towards creativity and expertise in furniture and wood-based technologies. Due to its reputation and award-winning students, GMIT Letterfrack graduates are highly sought after within the industry.

Media Contacts

Farrell Furniture: Kelvin Farrell, [email protected], 041 685 3418
GMIT: Regina Daly, [email protected], 091 742826