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The Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards today announced designer Henry Wilson as the 2012 winner of the SOYA365 Craft and Object Design category award.
Wilson was chosen from over 170 designers who submitted work this year into the Craft and Object Design category for the chance to win $5000 in cash and a 12-month mentorship with esteemed industrial designer Marc Newson. Newson’s distinctive style can be found in a prolific range of designs including watches, furniture, restaurants and even a Qantas club lounge.
“Henry’s work has a simple and fine aesthetic,” says Newson of the young designer. “Clean lines with a strong emphasis on the material and on the process involved in the making. Each piece evokes a unique and strong vision of the designer behind it. His customisation of existing objects shows both a thoughtful and creative approach.”
The first recipient of the recently revised Craft and Object Design category, Henry Wilson bases his practice on the philosophy that design should be both built for longevity and honestly resolved. Based in Sydney, Wilson graduated from Australian National University in Canberra with first class honours, and also holds a Masters in Man and Humanity from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
The win follows Wilson’s success last year, when he won the 2011 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award for his A-joint design. The design is a sand cast, multi-use joinery system using pre-dimensional timer in up to four configurations within the A-frame structure. More recently Wilson unveiled the A3-joint design, an intuitive joinery system built on the original A-joint structure that allows the user to create structures such as work-stands, tables, plinths and stools.
A strong believer in ethical and human-centred design, Wilson has received numerous awards, scholarships and grants for his work and has exhibited in Australia, Europe, the UK and the USA.
This year, the winner will also be sent to the London Design Festival in September. The event showcases both British and international architects and designers who have created pieces of work in a number of London’s best-loved public spaces.