A collection of the people, places and things I love.
When I am in Manhattan – usually twice a year showing our American clients our new collections - I am invariably asked about Joseph Walsh. The Irish furniture designer and maker’s work is internationally renowned, found in many important public and private collections around the world, and particularly admired in New York
One of his beautiful pieces, a resin and wood sculptural table, was commissioned by the owners of a Park Avenue triplex, a stone’s throw from The Carlisle, where we base the Louise Kennedy collection for the duration of our stay. I was told that the Bronfmans, avid art and furniture collectors, caused the surrounding streets to be closed to traffic as the piece was winched into their apartment. A self-taught designer, Joseph’s work with wood and other materials is in a class of its own, recognised for its exceptional creativity and quality and technical expertise.
His inspiration comes from nature, its forms and imperfections. I am always proud to tell my US clients that I know not just his work, but the designer himself. I have had the privilege of visiting his studio and workshop in Riverstick, near Kinsale where I attended his first gathering of global designers, artists and makers who came together to discuss their work and ideas a few years ago. One of the many aspects of that special experience that struck me most was how his process from concept to execution is slow. I compare it to the faster fashion design process which I am involved with and I admire the patience and resolve, the intimacy of the relationship with the design and the materials and the innovative response to the complexity of his work
Joseph has gathered a diverse team around him, from all over the world. His achievement in an international context is extraordinary - his pieces are now collector’s items. Joseph hosts another gathering on September 14, when he hopes to share international perspectives and challenge the culture of making in Ireland. The theme is “Making In: Public” and will explore the lure of the studio set-up, the mysteries of making in a factory, enhanced by the sense that these spaces are inaccessible to outsiders. If you can, I would urge you to try and go. It will be an experience that will remain with you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.