Enignum Collection by Joseph Walsh

Enignum is a chair collection by self-taught Irish designer Joseph Walsh.  Combining art and craftsmanship, the form of each shape is dictated by the existing qualities found in wood. Pictured here are the Enignum Lounge Chair and the Enignum Chair III.

Via designboom.com


If you have two avid contributors thousands of miles apart, it can happen they are working at the same subject at the same time. As I wanted to quote Joseph a bit more, I deemed it okay in this case to infringe on Julia’s work, rather than posting a comment.

In the Enignum series of work, I have stripped wood into thin layers, manipulating and reconstructing them into free form compositions. I then shape through these layers to reveal not only the honesty of the structure but the sculpted form which is a unique collaboration of man and material. The title derives from the Latin words Enigma (‘mystery’) and Lignum (‘wood’), for me they sum up the series: the mystery of the composition lies in the material.

Hah! Now I can ditch my draft;-)


Last edited by Guido J. van den Elshout on November 21, 2011 at 10:41 AM

4 thoughts on “Enignum Collection by Joseph Walsh”

  1. Joseph is a designer of significant originality. His sensuous forms de-emphasize the function and celebrate complexity as is the case with so much design that is being created by the younger generation of designers. One-ups-manship seems to be the primary motivation for gaining recognition.

  2. The design is quite remarkable though! And well, the lounge chair looks comfy and functional to me too, at least in pictures. Not so sure about the stool…

  3. Haha, no problem, Guido! I’ve looked through your drafts a while back and haven’t noticed this one, but then again, looking through someone else’s drafts is definitely not as easy as through your own! lol

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