Black Barky Turntable
New Orleans, Louisiana
Originally from Florida, Joel Scilley studied art, architecture, and design in New York and Europe and earned a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies. Following these studies, Joel began working as a designer/carpenter/woodworker in 1997. Joel was named a "Person to Watch" and a "Tech Designer to Watch" by New Orleans Magazine and Apartment Therapy, respectively. He won "Most Unique Work" awards at New Orleans' Jazz Fest in 2015 and 2018, was a finalist in Etsy’s 2019 Global Design Competition, and won “Best of Show” at The Green Project’s Salvations2019 salvaged design competition. Joel’s designs are featured in dozens of major international publications including The New York Times, California Home and Design, Wired (Germany), The Daily Mail (UK), BoingBoing, Cool Hunting, Apartment Therapy, and Thrillist. And he has partnered with Uncrate, Bushmills, Anthropologie, Paramount Pictures, Kemble Interiors, and WWOZ Radio. Joel has lived in New Orleans since 2013.
Joan Mitchell Center Residency, 2021
A common thread for me is creating juxtapositions of functions and forms that are surprising, uncommon, or even comic. In this spirit of exploration, I’ve made wall-hung graffiti art stereos, lamps made out of natural branches, turntables that double as planters for bonsai trees, and lots of other oddities. I enjoy feeling that every new day is an opportunity to make something that has never been seen before.”