Joseph Walsh and Sarah Myerscough Gallery to launch the Dommus collection, limited edition furniture pieces aimed at the domestic environment at The Salon Art + Design, New York 2017
The Dommus collection, derived from the Latin word Domus meaning dwelling,
consists of an elegant grouping of refined walnut and ebonised walnut pieces: a cleft
wood cabinet, an organic sculptural table and twisted laminated wood chairs. The
pieces encapsulate the quality of making, the diversity of unique and innovative wood
working processes and represent Joseph Walsh Studio’s expressive creative journey.
Each piece is hand-crafted and yet designed with a specific and practical purpose that
gives a refined and elegant character and relates to the others in a beautifully
This new body of work of limited edition pieces, created exclusively for Sarah
Myerscough Gallery, was designed in order to capture the essence of the private
home in contrast to the studio's commissioned site-specific pieces and large-scale
installations. These include this year’s major commission consisting of an ash-made
sculpture entitled Magnus Modus for The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, and a
monumental commission of 24 unique sculptural chairs for Chatsworth House.
Joseph Walsh is one of the most significant furniture makers of our times, brought up
in Ireland and largely self-taught from an early age, he was inspired by his natural
environment, through its rugged and wooded landscape. His creative vision as a
furniture maker took early influence from vernacular design and later the generation
of 20th century studio makers including John Makepeace, who showed the young
designer the expressive possibilities of his craft. Now, with his own team of
international craftsmen working on commissions across the globe, he creates unique
sculptural hand-crafted exquisite furniture pieces. At the very heart of his practice,
Walsh refers to processes of making as "intuitive form finding" achieved initially
through sketching and model making to realise his original designs.
Annie Carlano, director of the Mint Museum, so eloquently describes his works as "an
extension of who he is: elegant, intelligent with a zen sensibility and a deep
connection to nature”. As Joseph Walsh himself reveals, "each line and grain (in the
wood) is telling something about its past and, through the process of making,
characterises the final piece to give the material an elegant future”.
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About Joseph Walsh Studio
Joseph Walsh founded his studio and workshop in 1999 in County Cork, Ireland. His
workshop has become phenomenally successful and now comprises of a team of
international master makers and design developers to realise the ambitious and
unique sculptural pieces.
Joseph Walsh Studio is located on his family’s farm, a 18th century agricultural
concern on which the original Walsh Farmhouse still stands. His innate relationship
with landscape and rural life dictated by the seasons continues to inform Walsh’s
response to nature, to his consideration of the effect of the environment on materials
which fires his imagination, inspiring his unique creations.
About Joseph Walsh
Joseph Walsh (born in 1979) is a designer maker, realising one-of-a-kind and
limited-edition pieces. Walsh’s creative approach reflects his appreciation of nature
and also his desire to engage the user with visual and tactile forms.
The great understanding and sympathetic use of the material, the intimate
relationship between the process of finding forms and creating structures, and the
continuity and resolve from the concept stage to the making process define his Studio
and work today. Walsh's workshop, employing an international team, engages in
resolving technical challenges as his work becomes more complex. They explore new
materials while continuing to further the possibilities of engaging with wood. The
work of the Studio continues to advance skills, inspire an innovative response and
challenge existing practices in achieving the ambitious pieces realised.
Joseph Walsh was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University College Cork in
2015 in recognition of his contribution to design.
Joseph Walsh has exhibited extensively around the world and his work is included in
many public and private collections, such as the Museum of Arts and Design,
New York, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Mint Museum of Craft & Design,
Charlotte, North Caroline, USA; National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts &
History, Dublin, Ireland; The Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, UK;
Embassy of Japan, Dublin, Ireland; Rafael Vinoly, Uruguay; John H. Bryan
Collection, Illinois, USA; and Paul Stuart’s, Madison Avenue, New York, USA
About Salon Art + Design NYC
Every November The Salon Art + Design welcomes the world's finest international
galleries exhibiting historical, modern and contemporary furniture, ground breaking
design and late 19th through 21st century art. Visitors will find designs by the great
20th century masters, as well as creative works by today's most innovative young
artists. Look for Art Deco, Mid Century Modern from America, France, Italy, and
Scandinavia paired with the work today’s emerging designers.
The Salon’s inclusivity and willingness to consider both fine and decorative art in the
context of contemporary life is predicated on the intent of designers and collectors to
create environments rather than simply amass objects.
The Salon is the only international fair of this caliber to combine styles, genres, and
periods cutting a universal and timeless swath. Other fairs allow art, but no design or
conversely design without art. The willingness to consider all material—historic to
contemporary—is based on the belief that today’s designers and collectors insist on a
vibrant mix—as long as the quality is impeccable. www.thesalonny.com
About Sarah Myserscough Gallery
Established in 1998, Sarah Myerscough Gallery promotes formal and aesthetic
innovations within the contemporary visual arts by breaking down boundaries
between fine art, craft, design and architecture. As a multidisciplinary platform, the
gallery supports and promotes quality of process and practice across disciplines, with
a particular focus on woodwork. The gallery represents emerging and established
international artists and designers exhibiting in major galleries and museums, while
it continues to establish its presence at art fairs around the world, PAD London, Art
Paris, Design Miami/Basel, Design Miami, Art Geneve, SALON New York, SOFA
Chicago, Design Days Dubai and Craft Trend Seoul. www.sarahmyerscough.com