about horizon furniture: if you come to a fork in the road - take it

the cork showroom
Horizon Furniture creates cool, calm, elegant and practical furniture that's designed to be beautiful and built to last.

Horizon Furniture was founded in 2008 by Fergal O'Leary with a desire to make modern furniture that has an extra something to make it stand out from the crowd. Inspired by everything - including woodwork technique, children, architecture, Hans Wegner, funk music - Fergal's designs have evolved to be a pure marriage of elegance and practicality, remaining true to the idea that Horizon's furniture should be beautiful, functional and made to last.

Horizon Furniture has a range of award winning furniture designs that are available to view in our Cork City Studio. Most of our work is made to order. As such we can vary the overall dimensions, finishes, colours and configurations to suit our client's needs, whilst always ensuring the core of the design is respected. All of our designs are manufactured from start to finish in our workshop

Fergal O'Leary
Bespoke commissioning is our core business, where we work closely with a client producing special customised pieces for the home or for commercial applications. If you have any questions on the feasibility of commissioning a bespoke piece please call us at the studio and we will be happy to talk through your ideas.

We work with hotels, serviced apartments, restaurants and contractors on larger schemes that require Horizon Furniture pieces designed and manufactured exclusively for their projects. If you would like to discuss our approach to larger projects please call.

Fergal O'Leary (b.1974) eventually arrived at furniture making after many years spent playing music. After a brief stint in furniture college Fergal started work for a cabinetmaker where he initially learnt cabinetmaking technique. From those early learnings Fergal realised that technique is knowledge and set about educating himself about design and manufacture processes. The ability to apply new techniques in practice meant he developed a keen understanding of methods and materials - from the selection of timber to the application of appropriate finish.

Designing both for repeat production and bespoke manufacture, Fergal believes that handcrafted pieces of furniture tell a longlasting story from designer to maker to eventual owner.

exhibitions and awards


  • jan-apr celebration of Irish Craft for Irish EU presidency in Justus Lipsus Building, EU Headquarters, Brussels
  • july CCOI commission Wenge jack table
  • aug Cruth Exhibition, Kinsale
  • sept Locus: Cork Guild of Furniture Makers Exhibition, Cork city
  • oct shortlist, best handmade product, IDI Awards
  • nov irish craft portfolio exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin
  • nov Furniture Exhibition CIT Architecture Factory, Cork


  • CCOI commission set of maryjane chairs for "a place to gather", London Design Festival 2012
  • Irish craft portfolio
  • IADA Fair, RDS , Dublin
  • Voted 25 best Irish design House and Home magazine
  • locus: Cork Guild of Furniture Makers Exhibition, Cork city


  • IDAF, RDS, Dublin
  • Design Island Pavillion, Tent, London Design Festival 2011
  • top 100 irish designers house and home
  • Cork Craft Month exhibitions at Fota House and Kinsale, Cork
  • locus: Cork Guild of Furniture Makers Exhibition, Cork city


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