Biography

Studio furniture makers Zelouf+Bell and their team of master craftsmen have been making bespoke museum-quality furniture to commission in their workshop in Ireland since 1992. Their award-winning work is in private collections, public offices, embassy residences, churches and museums, at home and abroad.

The alliance of Belfast-born Michael Bell and New Yorker Susan Zelouf may seem a collision of cultures and characters; instead, a kind of alchemy occurs, engendering extraordinary pieces grounded in practicality, a dialogue between art, history and design.

“We don’t fit in, but for us that’s a strategy.” Theirs is an intensely personal new modernism, a distillation of what delights and moves them, informed by that which came before. Decorative yet restrained, Zelouf+Bell’s work is characterized by meticulous attention to detail, an exquisite level of craftsmanship and unparalleled degree of finish, executed by their team of master craftsmen in their workshop in the Irish midlands, as well as artisans they commission including silversmiths, carvers, glass artists, blacksmiths, saddlers, ceramicists and jewelers. A hallmark of Zelouf+Bell’s work is their continuing evolution, inspired by their response to client briefs filtered through a passion for new techniques and the decorative arts.

Zelouf+Bell work has been recognized by the Irish government, with three pieces included in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland and furnishing 13 Irish embassy residences worldwide. A 20 year retrospective of their work was presented in Paris at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais in 2012.

Zelouf+Bell garnered two awards at the Architectural Digest Show 2015: Best Decorative Accessory by IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association) and Best Overall Craftsmanship by Adorno Magazine. Recent articles about their work appeared in Modern Magazine, Financial Times ‘How To Spend It’, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Irish Arts Review.

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