Ryan Connolly


Connolly & company was established in 2012 by Ryan Connolly with the aim of producing quality furniture of an exceptional standard in a range of sustainably-sourced hardwoods. The subtle shades and grain twists in these woods are inherent and desirable characteristics of natural timber and these variations give each piece of furniture its unique personality and style.

Ryan studied furniture design and manufacture in GMIT Letterfrack, County Galway in 2006 and graduated with distinction. Following that he gained experience alongside numerous skilled makers from around the world in several leading workshops in both Ireland and Germany.

He returned home to set up Connolly & Company within the grounds of his family business Connolly Furniture Limited, an upholstery manufacturer which was established in 1972 by his father.

“My work has grown and developed over the last three years since starting Connolly & Company, it is the result of a long appreciation of design and fine furniture making. I feel my portfolio is a collection of pieces with a clear design direction. I combine honesty of making technique, purity in materials and exceptional attention to form and finish. Every design begins with an idea that is given time to develop, and must adhere to my own requirements of function, aesthetics and quality.”