We, that's Orla and Martin, conceived of what would become Oscar&Oscar in March of 2011. Initially we combined our shared passion for unearthing fabulous Modernist and just downright cool vintage furniture by serving our apprenticeship opening stalls at various markets and fairs around the country.
Design was always in the back of our minds however. Eventually, when an opportunity came along we seized it full on and the result was our first restaurant fit-out, il Pirata on the Newtownards road.
With a week's notice before work on-site began and a budget a fraction of the industry standard we did a good job we think. il Pirata nestled with the big boys as a short-lister on the prestigious, Restaurant and Bar Awards 2012, held at the RIBA in London. Not bad eh?
Located in North Belfast, just off the Antrim Road, Oscar&Oscar has become a better version of what we had in our heads last year. Our Hopefield Avenue premises is a big rambling space full of class furniture and salvaged items so come down and have a gander and a coffee. If you're lucky either, or both Oscar's will be there too. Our building is also home to local artists, Puncture Belfast and Dollybirds Art.
Our work this year will include our first domestic projects....an architect still needs to build! Also coming this year is a series of exciting O&O designed objects for limited runs. We just can't stop making things!