Designers / Makers

Rory Drinan

Furniture Maker / Designer

Since joining Benchspace as a college graduate, Rory has used the facilities and support we provide to start his own business in furniture design and making.

As well as being a key member in various collaborative projects he has worked one-on-one with many clients on commissioned pieces too.

Rory offers an artistic perspective to his clients, creating modern, unique pieces that combine traditional and contemporary fabrication techniques.

When he finds time around commissions Rory has been developing his own line of products that he plans to bring to market in the near future.

Email: rorymakes@gmail.com

Brian Leach

Luthier / Instrument Designer

Brian is an experienced craftsman, maker, and musician, who designs and builds one of a kind musical instruments with a unique character. He designs his instruments with solid scientific understanding, technical intuition, and an artist’s eye. These instruments are executed using traditional hand woodworking techniques, creating bespoke pieces that are made to last.

His current interest is in wood turning and the traditional Irish Uilleann pipes.

Brian works as a Luthier at Cork Guitars, and also as a musician with Trad band Torcan and Jazz band The Underscore Orkestra.

Email: info@corkguitars.ie

Website: www.corkguitars.ie

 

Joseph Bishop

Furniture Maker / Designer

Joe has a deep interest in making folk furniture. His pieces are functional and affordable, looking at different techniques of repurposing materials. He has a strong connection to fitted furniture design as well as a background in joinery draughting. Joe’s work focuses on the practical but important impact of daily-used objects.

Joe is open for a variety of projects, especially ones that have a good cause.

Email: Joseph.Edmund.Bishop@gmail.com

Phone number +353 86 7324974

Annemarie Reinhold

Jewellery Maker / Designer

Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, Annemarie makes sculptural and wearable works. Her jewellery pieces evolve through multiple design stages, exploring different materials and forms.

Annemarie’s work takes inspiration from nature and captures the movement and beauty of the constant flux.

Annemarie is currently working on a range of pear bowls and vegetable inspired spoons.

Email: annireinholddesign@gmail.com 

Website: www.annemariereinhold.com

Alex Thiel-Didu

Goldsmith / Designer

Alex is a goldsmith, a designer and a woman with attitude. She began her creative journey in her native Poland and found her creative home in Ireland. 

 Alex graduated with a diploma in Arts from the National University of Ireland, Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Jewellery Design Course. Following her college and apprenticeships, life and love drew her back to Cork, which has now become her home and business hub.

Thiel has been shortlisted in two major jewellery competitions in 2017, Royal Dublin Society (RDS) Craft Awards and Irish Made Awards by Irish Country Magazine.

Alex specialises in giving new  or second life to pre-loved jewellery. She is re-using old gems and precious metal in the new designs, to create fine art jewellery.

Email: alex@alexthieldesigns.com

Website: https://www.alexthieldesigns.com/

Rory Drinan

Designer / Maker

Originally from the South of England and coming from a Fine Art background, in more recent years Rory’s practice has moved into the field of furniture making.

He offers an artistic perspective to his clients, creating modern, unique pieces that are functional with a clean aesthetic.

He is open to commissions and maintains a catalog of his work on instagram