20th Century Design

Designer Joseph Walsh on his Unique 'Enignum X' Table

By Joseph Walsh

T he first Enignum table was realised in 2009 and it took another year to realise the second table. Enignum X was realised five years later in 2013. At this moment I was thinking about and developing the Magnus, Lumenoria and Lilium series. So the Enignum X is representative of the very exploratory moment and yet with the experience and resolve of the previous five years working on the series and previous nine tables.

Joseph Walsh, Unique Enignum X Dining Table, 2013.
Estimate £80,000–120,000.

The unique aspect of Enignum X is the sweeping curvature of this table top shape, this is unique within the series and the creating of the shape had an immediate consequence in the free form composition beneath.

Image © Joseph Walsh Studio

This is evident for instance where the two legs meet the ground and wrap past each other, supported by a wishbone bracket jointed in and carved seamlessly into the composition. At the time I had some beautiful burr Ash, large planks, from a very old tree. So we had a wonderful selection for the table top. Each slab as selected, nested into the next plank and finding the appropriate joint line between to link and connect the slabs.

Image © Andrew Bradley

It was a great period in the workshop too. Keisuke Kawai from Japan had joined in 2008 and followed the development of the Enignum series. French maker Remi Behr had been with us in 2006 for training and returned at the end of 2010.

Image © Andrew Bradley

For such craft where every work is unique, one needs a team that is curious, committed to really work with you and who understands the desired result to achieve harmonious works. The Enignum X Dining Table was realised in one of these moments and there is a resolve in the resulting work that is very satisfying.

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