Zelouf & Bell

Established in 1992, Zelouf & Bell is a partnership between designer Susan Zelouf and designer/maker Michael Bell. 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.

Zelouf & Bell

A Convergence of Two Oceans

 
 Zelouf & Bell - Susan and Michael
 

Established in 1992, Zelouf & Bell is a partnership between designer Susan Zelouf and designer/maker Michael Bell. 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.

Theirs is an intensely personal new modernism, a distillation of what delights and moves them, informed by that which came before.

“We sometimes describe our work as a convergence of two oceans. When two bodies of water meet there is tension, a difference in salinity, temperature, density, currents, colour, sediment… eventually, they mix. It's like that with Michael and I. He's from Northern Ireland, from a science, maths and engineering background. I’m from New York, from a theatre arts, music and writing background. Both of us believe a thing well made is a thing worth making.

Neither of us have any formal design training, unless you count a one-week workshop Michael attended at John Makepeace's illustrious school of furniture making Parnham - he was the only student who left with a fully realised, beautifully finished chair."

Zelouf & Bell’s extensive portfolio of award-winning architectural furniture spans residential and commercial projects, garnering worldwide recognition, with prestigious commissions including twelve Embassy residences abroad, from Berlin to Beijing, The Hague to the Holy See, Ottawa to Tokyo. With no house style, just high standards, each piece or complete interior is a thoughtfully designed and exquisitely made response to a specific client brief, often in collaboration with an architect and interior designer.

Zelouf & Bell are represented in New York by Maison Gerard, in Dublin by Solomon Fine Art and shown in the colourful Parisian showrooms of David Hicks France. The National Museum of Ireland acquired three Zelouf & Bell pieces for the museum's permanent collection.


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WE DON'T FIT IN, BUT FOR US, THAT'S A STRATEGY.


Recent projects

Recent projects include the redesign of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud (Ireland's only two-star Michelin), conference furniture for the listed building housing the Department of Enterprise and Employment, Kildare Street, Dublin and selected pieces for several London townhouses. 

 

Awards & Press

JURIED INTO DESIGN AND CRAFTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND’S PORTFOLIO:

Critical Selection since 2015

FURNITURE DESIGNER OF THE YEAR BY IMAGE MAGAZINE:

Shortlisted twice

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST DESIGN SHOW AWARDS:

Best Decorative Accessory by IFDA (International Furnishing and Design Association)

Best Overall Craftsmanship by Adorno Magazine

RECENT ARTICLES ABOUT THEIR WORK APPEARED IN:

Modern Magazine
Financial Times ‘How to Spend It'
Mayfair Magazine
The Sunday Times Magazine
The Irish Arts Review

 
 

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