SEAN & CYNTHIA O'HARA
Sean is an established designer shaping products for the home, while Cynthia is an insider in the high-end furnishings industry. Sean and Cynthia are also both graduates of Rhode Island School of Design. They make a great team, combining their keen artistic and business sensibilities in order to offer these sculpted pieces.
Sean is recognized as an accomplished artisan designer. With his sculptural methodology, and unique assemblies he translates inspiring natural influences—water patterns, transitions of erosion, rock formations and elements such as pinecones—into sensuous designs for the home.
In a workshop located in the mountains of Java, the furniture is handmade by Cynthia's father, Ray Hindarto and his partner Lana Dewi Tedja, both established custom residential architects in Indonesia. Sean sculpts and refines his designs and then travels to his partner’s workshop to teach a small group of talented master craftsman how to reproduce his furniture designs.
For Sean, designing furniture is all about conveying the sense of touch into the finished piece, inviting people to use not only their eyes but their hands when viewing his design. "Tactile relations with my designs are crucial to my process. My creativity peaks when I am in the workshop, sculpting with chisel or rasp in hand. Touch is a powerful sense that guides me, which is distinctive and often absent within the design world."
The furniture designs of Sean O’Hara illustrate a clear comprehension and mastery of natural form, keen aesthetic sensibilities, and meticulous, artistic attention to detail. This combination is as appealing to the eye as it is to the touch.