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Self taught Irish designer Joseph Walsh creates innovative furniture and abstract art that can be seen and bought across the world. He takes his inspiration from the growth of nature resulting in his exquisite pieces being made from large wooden blocks that are carved out into many different pieces of furniture or artistic structures.  rsz_2014-10-18_lif_3919543_i5 Joseph has created signature pieces by stripping down wood into thin sheets and reconstructing them in abstract forms that resemble natural elements such as vines, seashells, stones and more. rsz_2014-10 He has many different enchanting series of art such as the Lilium, Enignum, Erosion series and many more. In his work, he aims to explore the differences between ordered and chaotic. rsz_3445 The Enignum series has many wooden pieces but the most intriguing piece is the Canopy bed which gives off the impression of a protected sleeping pod. The wood is used as a base for the mattress but continues to mimic a tree growing over the bed where it drapes white curtains. Only five of these beds have been hand made in his collection by using the wood species Ash. rsz_2014 Another bespoke piece is the shelf; it is made entirely of thin sheets of wood which are manipulated to twist and turn into a manmade structure while keeping its overall natural look. The wood used is Olive Ash and has a White Oil finish. The name Enignum comes from two Latin words Enigma meaning mystery and Lignum meaning wood. rsz_enignumvishelf_2_low1536_l His cork based studio was founded in 1999 and is made up of highly experienced craftsmen and design technicians. rsz_24 rsz_2014-10-18_lif_3919542_i4 For more information please go to www.josephwalshstudio.com

“The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.” – Tony Konovaloff


This Eco ION Adventure Hotel in Iceland once was an abandoned inn which housed many workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant but was left vacant back in 2011. Santa Monica design studio Minarc saw its potential and renovated it.  ION Adventure Hotel The Hotel reflects a mixture of modern design and natural elements from hot and cold. Due to the location of the hotel it gives access to the best of Iceland from the Mount Hengil Volcano to the Northern Lights and is still very close by to Reykjavik town.  Aurora borealis over Hotel ION located by Nesjavellir Power Plant, Iceland. Image shot 2013. Exact date unknown. The hotel have many organised activities for its guests from Earth, Fire, Ice and Water. Activities range from Horse back riding, exploring  ice caves, glacier hikes, helicopter rides, off roading in the eco super jeep, exploring  the nearby volcano, snow mobiles, Snorkeling, Rafting and even river jets.  rsz_3-on-top-of-the-world-glacier-tour rsz_helicopter-glacier-iceland The hotel offers luxury experiences from the hotel also such as the delcious Silfra Restaurant and bar for exquisite dining, the Northern Lights Bar for spectacular views and the Lava Spa to revitalize the body and soul which is situated on the ground floor with has amenities inside and outside of the hotel.  rsz_ion-luxury-adventure-hotel-iceland-luxury-travel-ker-downey-lounge- rsz_ion-hotel-reykjavik-12 rsz_ion-hotel-reykjavik Each spacious room is eco friendly to every last detail from chairs and beds being made from recycled materials to fair trade organic linens and water saving showering systems.  rsz_deluxe-1-1280x720 rsz_ion_06 For more information please go to Ioniceland.is

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein


Welcome to the 26th edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.

This month  | Focus | features “The Frame”

Artist Darryl Cox has created unusual frame art by fusing together vintage picture frames with tree branches, which he found deep in the forests of central Oregon. Untitled-2 The unique obscured branches serve as a simple reminder of the natural materials used to build ordinary picture frames but also shows us an unusual form where straight lines and ornate molding designs seem to naturally dissolve back to their original form of tree limb. He applied paints and stains to add individuality, and also made use of bonding and sculpting agents to get the desired appearance for each fusion frame. Untitled-3 He used many different woods for these timeless pieces, Central Oregon Manzanita, Juniper and California Grapevine were along side a few of Darryl Cox’s favorites. Untitled-6 Each bespoke fusion frame involves many hardworking hours of craftsmanship such as woodworking, sculpting, bonding and detailed painting for frames with historical decor. Untitled-4 This is a frame that merges a man-made object with a natural element converting them into a single piece of art that captures Darryl Cox’s imagination and creativity. Untitled-5 Using frames of all types, sizes and from historical time periods which  are over one hundred years old make the Fusion Frames that much more valuable to collectors of fine art. If used, leather, iron and glass all retain the personality of their heritage. Untitled-7 For more information go to fusionframesnw.com

“Nature makes nothing incomplete, and nothing in vain.” – Aristotle



Welcome to the 25th edition of | Focus |, a photographic journal of innovative designs, combining wood with an emphasis on architecture, interior design and fashion.

This month  | Focus | features “Ancient Trees”

For the past 14 years Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s largest and oldest trees. She has traveled far and wide to capture amazing visual content of ancient historical trees in remote, undisturbed areas. Untitled-10 Untitled-9 60 of Beth’s photos are published in a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. She says in her artist statement; “Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment”. Untitled-8 Untitled-7 Until 2013, a Basin Bristlecone pine, known by the name Methuselah, was the eldest tree on the planet at 4,845 years of age. Methuselah stands in the White Mountains of California, but is no longer the oldest tree in the world. In the same year researchers discovered a different tree, which was also growing in the White Mountains, dating back even older at 5,062 years. Untitled-6 Another ancient tree is located in Abarkuh, Yazd Province, Iran and is a national monument. This tree is an Mediterranean cypress and is known as the Zoroastrian Sarv. It is younger than the two other trees mentioned but is an astonishing  4,000 years of age.  Untitled-3 2

For more information go to earthables.com

“Though a tree grows so high, the falling leaves return to the root.” – Malay proverb


The Bal House is an existing mid-century Californian house that has been renovated and a single-story extension added to it. A retired couple, who desired a single-story home with open space, hired Terry & Terry Architecture to construct the renovation. Untitled-12 The newly designed Bal House is now completely open planned which integrates the living space with the rear garden to create a domestic extension filled with natural light. Untitled-3 This new spacious extension designates the bedroom to the west which is extended towards the garden in the form of a wood tube to facilitate for an additional bedroom. The open planned living and kitchen area are located to the east. The two wings split from the original structure to generate a glass-clad fissure in between. The main space produces large openings that open out onto the rear garden. This empty space between the extensions brings the garden inwards, to the core of the house. Untitled-5 Untitled-6 Untitled-7   The original Bal House structure, which has a music room, a bathroom and two bedrooms was kept but renovated. A steel window seat was added to the front bedroom, replacing a smaller existing window in order to enhance the natural light. Untitled-10 Untitled-4 The front porch was renovated making it more spacious with hardwood decking connecting to the newly added driveway. Due to changes in the structure of the house, the original fireplace had to be reconstructed. A hallway and  storage wall was built into the core of the structure to engage the new extension with the existing structure. Untitled-9 Untitled-8

For more information go to terry&terryarchitecture.com

“Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.”
John Ed Pearce