At this point in time, we are very familiar with Joseph Walsh's work. If you are new to his work, we recommend reading through some of our older posts or checking his past projects to witness, in more detail, his careful craftsmanship and intricate creations with one of our most beloved materials; wood. His latest collaboration with O'Donnell+Tuomey known as Falling Dansu, reinterprets a late 17th century English bureau desk, characterised by a sloping front desk where the writing surface can be opened and closed. The 'bureau' was an adaptation of the chest of drawers onto which the writing slope was fitted.
This style of desk became a very popular in its time and was reproduced in great numbers during the 18th century. It took until the 1750's for the pedestal desk form that is still popular today to take form which in fact Falling Dansu emanates from. Falling Dansu still maintains the core attributes of a writing surface that opens and closes and an assortment of drawers that allows you to store and display quirky personalities. These pieces were objects of luxury and stored the personal and intimate inner world of its owner and it doesn't fall short of that. The suspended Ash plywood box gives a mysterious look to the space but once opened, it displays elements of a more modern individual.
To make the desk interactive with the individual, a chair must be present. The History Chair, a dialogue between Design Partners and Joseph Walsh Studio, dives deep into the individual's personal history. It gives you a sense of time that pre-dates the owner and the chair itself. The History Chair tells the history of the material and constructs its relationship between that history and the current use with the individual as it transform with the desk. The carefully crafted solid ash piece weaves the tree trunk, craftsman and owner into one experience.
These two pieces work well together and would be a great addition to those who cherish their time alone with their work, book or writing lifestyle. Investing in this is investing in your craft. For more info, go to DiaDiMo for further information on the pieces themselves, price and ordering information.