Henry Wilson wins Design Discovery Award

Oct 28, 2011
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Henry Wilson has been announced as the winner of this year’s Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award.

Wilson’s entry to the awards was A Joint, a strong, multi-use joinery system. The highly flexible system, which uses pre-dimensional timber in up to four configurations, can be used as support for tables, benches, market stalls, shop fitouts and even temporary housing.

Wilson said of his approach to design: “I endeavour to use intelligent and logical conceptual thought in the creation of my work in the hope it will carry my message of an ethically designed future.” The functional piece can be used as a simple timber structure, and can also be given an elegant and contemporary touch by adding decorative details such as the bronze cast used in the table Wilson submitted to the awards.

As the winner of this year’s prize, Wilson receives a $30,000 cash prize to help commercialise his design, along with a trip to his choice of one of three international design fairs – Index in Denmark, Design Miami or Interieur in Belgium.

Entries to this year’s awards were assessed by the professional judging panel of Heidi Dokulil, Ewan McEoin, Liane Rossler, Jennifer Sanders, Terri Winter, Colin Rochester and Richard Waller.

The four runners up this year were Alexander Fitzpatrick for Light Garden – a modular LED lighting system, Dale Hardiman for Kids Straw Stool – a biodegradable furniture piece, Dominic Broadhurst for Scale – a storage-cum-sculpture piece inspired by Dadaist assemblages, and Flynn Talbot for X & Y – an interactive lamp that allows the user to control the colour and brightness of the piece. Each of the runners up receives a $2,500 cash prize.

The remaining six finalists were Marc Harrison’s Husque Jug, Alexandra Gilmour and Dominic Chong’s Spun Lamps, Duncan Meerding’s Cracked Log Lamps, Kristian Aus’s Dottie coat rack, and Dennis Abalos’ Woven fruit bowl. Each receives a cash prize of $1,000.

An exhibition of the top ten designs shortlisted for this year’s Design Discovery Award will be on show at the Supa Centa Moore Park in Sydney from 3-25 November.

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