Tony O’Neill had worked with structural engineering consultants for twenty years, including five years on Tower 42, when he became interested in furniture design and went back to college as a mature student. He took a Bachelors degree in furniture design at Kingston University and then went on to take a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art.
Since he left college he has worked with some very prestigious firms on projects including an Issey Miyake shop and Quaglino’s restaurant in London. He has also worked in partnership with his brother, an architect, on shops and restaurants in Dublin; designing a series of counters constructed entirely of glass.
He set up FlatFurniture to produce furniture specifically designed to save space and be portable. The range was launched at the Salone Satellite Milan 2001. A folding chair and a nesting storage unit were featured in a Vitra Design Museum exhibition - Living in Motion. The folding chair is now in the Cosmit Permanent Collection.
He has recently used his structural experience to design a series of cantilever pieces which have been exhibited in London, Brussels and Paris. He has exhibited a modular storage system at this year’s London Design Festival. Currently he is working with Metropolitan Works and Rapidform on a number of digital designs.