Originally from Cork laire-Anne O’Brien is a textile designer based in London. She graduated with a degree in Textiles from Central Saint Martins in 2006 and worked in knitwear production for 2 years. She then went on to complete a Masters in Constructed Textiles at the Royal College of Art in 2010. After graduation she worked with Unesco in the Himalayas, Northern India developing knitted products using local resources and skills and establishing a sustainable income for the villagers. In 2011 Claire-Anne set up her own studio in East London specialising in constructed textiles.

Her Knit Stools reveal the intricacies of the knitted stitch and in supersize mode – using soft knitted ropes and plaiting, weaving and looping them to form the seat of the stool. The finish on each is unique, with some resembling sub-aquatic lifeforms among many abstract designs.

She has exhibited at London Design Festival, Milan Furniture Fair, Wool Modern and Spinexpo. She received the Future Maker Award in 2011 from the Crafts Council of Ireland.

The studio works on private and commercial commissions and is committed to working with natural materials and local artisans including a team of loyal hand knitters. Claire-Anne’s practice explores form and scale through material properties and textile making techniques creating fabrics with applications in furniture and interiors.

Plan Magazine March/April 2018