The Néad Lounge by Orior Commits to the Sit

In theory, all seating is crafted for some level of comfort but few commit to the sit like Ireland’s Newry-based heritage furniture brand Orior. Using a moniker derived from the Irish word for nestle, the recently launched Néad series practices what they preach with a sumptuous sofa and lounge chair. Each piece’s architecture is expansive providing ample surface area for a deep seated experience enhanced by an anthropomorphic quality as elevated armrests lift the upholstered body toward the sitter in anticipation of a warm embrace. Long timber oak or walnut legs comprise the foundation of this monumental cushion – offered in boucle and wide corduroy velvet fabrics – while the pleated detail around the base tempers its oversized scale.

Woman sitting in an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a white room.

Detail of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

Founded by Brian and Rosie McGuigan in 1979, this mini-collection invests in the art of comfort and returns the brand to its retro roots. Helmed by the founders’ son, creative director Ciaran McGuigan, Orior remains an intimate affair dedicated to dialogue with the finest purveyors of craft and the highest quality materials. This set is a direct result of a conversation between a multigenerational team of artisans as well as their catalog. “It’s an amalgamation of Orior’s heritage and the new generation of our design,” McGuigan says. “The oversized nature and boxy arms are nods to some of the pieces in the Orior archive, while the curved details on the legs and back cushion further the language of our contemporary pieces. The Néad series fits right alongside any other Orior piece.”

A man sitting in an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a living space in front of a window.

A man's feet in and oversized corduroy lounge chair.

Detail of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

Detail of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

An oversized corduroy lounge chair in a living space in front of a window.

The most experienced makers are consulted to actualize concepts, with creative discoveries overseen by the production manager who is also the founders’ nephew. And the most significant design gesture was resolved with an in-studio social experiment. A variety of test-sitters sat in the slanted seats to develop the best arm angles and depth to facilitate the perfect, plush snuggle.

An oversized corduroy lounge chair in a living space in front of a fireplace.

The front of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

The back of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

Detail of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

Detail of an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a studio space.

Corduroy material.

Adding to that sense of envelopment was the decision to round the rear cushion and narrow the legs to generate a gravity that pulls people in. “We’re constantly getting comments about its comfortability,” McGuigan adds. “It’s great to see people land in the chair and throw their legs up on the side, because that is exactly what we intended to happen when we designed the piece.”

An oversized corduroy lounge chair in a wood paneled room.

Woman reading a magazine in an oversized corduroy lounge chair in a wood paneled room.

To learn more about the Néad series, visit oriorfurniture.com.

With professional degrees in architecture and journalism, Joseph has a desire to make living beautifully accessible. His work seeks to enrich the lives of others with visual communication and storytelling through design. Previously a regular contributor to titles under the SANDOW Design Group, including Luxe and Metropolis, Joseph now serves the Design Milk team as their Managing Editor. When not practicing, he teaches visual communication, theory, and design. The New York-based writer has also contributed to exhibitions hosted by the AIA New York’s Center for Architecture and Architectural Digest, and recently published essays and collage illustrations with Proseterity, a literary publication.

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