Words and Photos by Sara Gomach
Behind a sweet craftsman-style home on Madison's south east side, lies a small, green shed. The shed is home to Joseph Murphy's furniture workshop. Joseph's welcoming presence and keen eye for detail draws you in immediately. As you look around the space, you are flooded with light. Contrasting yet subtle influences of Japanese and Scandinavian design are gently rooted in each piece, bringing together Joseph’s own unique aesthetic—whimsical yet clean; functional and sturdy. Layer by layer, Joesph works the kinks embedded in the wood until he unveils the golden and auburn hues which lie beneath its original, rough exterior. Joseph transforms pieces of unassuming lumber into rich, heirloom-quality pieces of furniture.
For more information on Joseph Murphy, visit josephmurphy.net.