The Innisfree sideboard was a very personal commission. It was commissioned by my sister, Leahanne, for her new home in Dublin. Not only is this the first time I have made a piece for a sibling but also the first time a piece of my furniture will find a home in Ireland. Due
to this I felt this piece had to resonate with my whole family and tell a story which binds us all together. Our father, Paddy, passed
away suddenly 20 years ago but his absence is still keenly felt by our whole family, even after all these years.
Hence the Innisfree sideboard is in memory of my father’s love of poetry and his favourite poem, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by WB Yeats. The undulating form on the front of the sideboard is a visual representation of the 1943 voice recording of WB Yeats reciting his poem
and a 1995 voice recording of my father doing an introduction of Yeats’ recital of the poem for a cassette tape
he made as a Christmas gift for family and friends. Yes he really did love this poem!
The undulating form is made up of 60 individual hand shaped pieces of timber. The subtle curves of the timber represent the ebb
and flow of these two voices as they speak to us across the years.
The sideboard is made from Australian hardwoods, Tasmanian Blackwood and Blackbutt. These timbers represent the Australian connection to the story this piece tells, as it is where I learnt my craft and began my journey as a furniture designer-maker.
I have previously exported my furniture internationally but this is the first occasion my furniture has come “Home”.
Any poem, song, spoken or written word can representated in this manner making any future iterations of this sideboard unique.
Sustainable solid Tasmanian Blackwood & Blackbutt.
1855 long x 470 deep x 710mm high.
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