Joseph Walsh - RINN - Enignum Freeform seats

Rinn Enignum Freeform Chairs (pair)

olive ash and suede
75 x 110 x 225 cm and 72 x 95 x 123 cm
Photographer: Andrew Bradley

Joseph Walsh -RINN - Enignum Shelf

Enignum Shelf

ash bleached finish
51 x 220 x 270 cm
Photographer: Andrew Bradley

Joseph Walsh - RINN - Enignum Table

Enignum Table

Olive ash, burr olive ash
390 cm x W 110 cm x H 75 cm
Photographer: Andrew Bradley

Joseph Walsh Erosion V Dining Table vii

Erosion V Dining Table

Burr olive ash, Olive ash, White Pigment and Lacquer, 4175 x 1310 x 740mm
Photographer, Andrew Bradley

Joseph Walsh Enignum XXIII Shelf (3)

Enignum Shelf XXIII

Olive ash, White oil
Photographer, Andrew Bradley

Joseph Walsh Lumenoria I Dining Table (7)

Lumenoria I Dining table

Olive ash, clear resin, white oil, 4175 x 1310 x 740mm
Photographer, Andrew Bradley

Joseph Walsh_Lilium III_Free Standing Screen_Olive Ash_D1550mm x W1600mm x H2400mm_Photographer Andrew Bradley

Lilium I, sculptural table

Olive ash, 325 x 215 x 74cm
Photographer, Andrew Bradley

1_Lilium II_2014

Lilium II, sculptural low table

Olive ash, 187x50cm
Photographer, Andrew Bradley

4_Enignum XIII Shelf_2013

Lilium III, freestanding screen

Olive ash, 155x160x240cm
Photographer, Andrew Bradley


Joseph Walsh

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

Joseph Walsh creates innovative, sculptural furniture works. His approach to design and process is influenced by the patterns of growth and evolution found in nature. He states that his practice is informed by the understanding and sympathetic use of material; the intimate relationship between the process of finding forms and creating structures and the continuity and resolve from the concept to the making process.  

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. 

Joseph is a self-taught designer-maker. His studio and workshop, which employs a team of master makers, design technicians and their assistants, was founded in 1999 and is based in Co. Cork.


Centre de Pompidou, Paris, France
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA
Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth House, UK
Embassy of Japan, Dublin
John H Bryan Collection, Illinois, USA
Lord and Lady Harrington Collection, London, UK
Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
Rafael Vinoly, Uruguay
Sacred Heart Church, Minane Bridge, Co Cork
St Mary’s Church, Innishannon, Co. Cork
The Mint Museum of Craft & Design, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Rinn, Yufuku Gallery, Sogetsu Arts Centre, Tokyo, Japan 
Joseph Walsh Exhibition Yufuku Gallery, Tsubaki Shrine, Suzaka, Japan  
Reveal, American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
Joseph Walsh, The Roche Court Educational Trust, New Art Centre, UK
LILIUM, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
ENIGNUM and other stories, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
Realisations, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
Earth, Wind & Fire, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Making/Breaking, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, USA 
Design Miami/Design Basel, with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Miami, USA  
Design Basel, with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, Basel, Switzerland  
PAD, with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, UK  
The Salon Art + Design, with Sarah Myerscough Gallery, New York, USA
Masterworks, Long House Reserve, East Hampton, New York
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
Salon Art + Design, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA
Design Miami, Miami Beach, USA
Objects in Flux,
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Make Yourself Comfortable, Chatsworth, UK
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France
The Salon: Art + Design, Todd Merrill Contemporary Studio, New York, USA
Design Show, The New Art Centre, Artist House, Roche Court, UK
Collective 2, Skylight at Moynihan Station, NY, USA
Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Museum of Art and Design & Mint Museum Uptown, USA
Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea
Modern Makers, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, UK
Salone del Mobile, Nilufar Gallery at Palazzo Durini, Milan, Italy
Design Days Dubai, Nilufar Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Black & White, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
Design Miami / Basel, Nilufar Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Pavilion des Art et du Design, Nilufar Gallery, Paris, France
Salone de Mobile, Milan, Italy
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
MATERIALpoetry, The American Irish Historical Society, New York, USA
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Pavilion of Art & Design, Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, London, UK
Design Miami, Florida, USA
Pavilion of Art & Design, London, UK
Grassimesse, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany
Design Miami / Basel, Messe, Basel, Switzerland
SOFA Chicago, USA (also 2007 and 2006)
Ecology, Mythology, Technology, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Contemporary Irish Decorative Objects & Furniture
, La Galerie SEMA, Paris, France


Gallery Representation

Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, UK

Contact Details:

Joseph Walsh
Co. Cork

T. +353 (0)21 477 1759