Enignum Canopy Bed by Joseph Walsh

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 13 September 2010

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A source of fuel and material of choice to create primitive tools for hunting and shelter, wood is one of the oldest and most used materials man has used in over a millennia. Wood has a diverse set of qualities as it is hard, fibrous, a great transport of nutrients and a great valued resource in our ecosystem. This wonderful material has become Joseph Walsh's creative journey. A self taught designer and Irish born, Joseph Walsh expresses his passion and imagination through his work ethic and commitment to exploring the depth and potential of wood as structure, form, material, technology and ecology.  We are no strangers to his work as he has been very busy during this year; we covered his Formations work back in January. His work is a testament to the beauty of pursuing the mastery of a material and exploring a life's work by learning from each experience. His wood pieces move like the wind, bend like paper, mold like clay and have the strength of bone. We continue to be delighted by the potential wood has and await every project Walsh does to rediscover this material wonder.

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The Enignum canopy bed is a new piece to his Formations collection as it embraces and protects, creating a personal environment beyond its function. It invites the user to be sheltered in a natural translation indoors. The natural environment of sleeping under a canopy fed into his process; he explored cutting wood into thin layers and free form bending of the wood to its natural extension of elasticity. Not only does the process achieve a natural shelter but also exposes the humility and potential of how collaboration between man and material can create innovative products. With works in the Mint Museum in North Carolina, the American Irish Historical Society in NYC and The Pavilion of Art & Design in London, Joseph will have an exciting and busy rest of the year.

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The Enignum canopy bed
Designer: Joseph Walsh
Maker: W/WORKSHOP - Fergus Gahan and Ryan Connolly
Material: Ash and Organza Silk.
Year: 2010
Edition: Each Bed is a one of a kind 

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About Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh founded his Studio in 1999 in Co Cork, Ireland.  He is a self taught designer who travelled to other designers' workshops in order to gain experience. At the same time he visited various museums and galleries where he observed and explored art and design. His work is an expression of his deepest values, a sensitive approach to structure and form.  His intention to evaluate the different issues of space and light helps to redefine things and translate them in a different unique way. Joseph Walsh manages to capture the substance of the form and uses his imagination in order to change things by giving new shapes and forms.

Joseph Walsh’s work has been exhibited in Hunt Museum in Limerick. He has participated in various exhibitions around the world like Pavilion of Art & Design (PAD) in London, Interior Design Show RDS Ballsbridge in Dublin, SEOMRA La Galerie SEMA in Paris, SOFA expo in Chicago etc.

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    Melissa Ross | 2010-09-14 22:41:52

    Stunning, he did it again, this is the kinda work that inspires me to be a furniture designer....beautiful work.

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    Ariadne Nicoloudis | 2010-11-18 12:13:24

    Fantastic work !!! Best Regards Ariadne

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    Richard J Woods | 2012-04-19 12:31:23

    Though my idea of a canopy bed was a bed on top of an actual tree house, I think this canopy bed looks very elegant, and is deserving of praise. What my inner child would love to see is an actual tree house, with beds and furniture, and we are able to live comfortably on it. I wouldn't really know how to appreciate beautiful pieces of art like this, but I can see the hard work that went into it.

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    David Vaughan | 2013-11-05 05:55:02

    Where can I get one and how much are they?

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