Artful Bookshelves by Joseph Walsh

Beautiful, non-traditional bookshelves which inspire the mind while nurturing the soul. They are unlike any other bookshelves I have seen, but so fluid and evocative of nature that they feel as comfortable as a walk through woods. Joseph Walsh is an amazing designer, and manages to meld exquisite form with sublime practicality.

Pure eye candy, for his work is well beyond the depths of my pockets. Still, I can always dream.

   Enignum XIII Shelf Enignum XIII Shelf. Image Courtesy of Joseph Walsh

Enignum XIII Shelf
Image Courtesy of Joseph Walsh

Artist statement:

In the Enignum series of work, I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. I then shape through these layers to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material. The title derives from the Latin words Enigma (‘mystery’) and Lignum (‘wood’), for me they sum up the series: the mystery of the composition lies in the material.

Image Courtesy of Joseph Walsh.
Enignum. Image Courtesy of Joseph Walsh.

 

“Irish born designer Joseph Walsh falls into the “I don’t know how he does it” category. Self taught, his work manages to be sensually stunning and technically brilliant at the same time…”

The Wall Street Journal, April 2011

Magnus Cellestii. Image Courtesy of Joseph Walsh.
Magnus Cellestii. Image Courtesy of Joseph Walsh.

Artist statement:

Magnus Celestii is the first work of this scale to be realised by Joseph Walsh’s studio.

The title of the pieces derives from the Latin words Magnus (‘Large’ / ‘Great’) and Celesti (‘Heavenly’). Here, Joseph is conscious of the viewers’ experience in the gallery while adhering to the creative language of collaboration between man and material. The large, free form sculpture is made from layers of ash, spiralling upwards from floor to ceiling. Emerging out of a desk form, the sculptural work expands outwards to wrap the entire one-roomed space of the Artists’ House, coming to rest with a large shelf hanging on the side wall of the gallery. 

The work presents an opportunity for Joseph to address the relationship between form and function, as well as the artists’ challenge to encourage viewers to see and experience the piece from different perspectives.

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