Henry Wilson has taken out this year’s Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award for his A-Joint joinery system.
October 28th, 2011
As noted by jury member and award presenter Richard Waller, “at its heart, design is about problem solving”. A-joint brings things back to basics – simple materials and methods, in line with Wilson’s design philosophy of “letting the function dictate the form”.
The sand cast multi-use joinery system lets pre-dimensioned timber be turned into a sturdy table with an A-frame structure, in various configurations. The prototype is cast in bronze, with an off-cut of marble for a tabletop and pine structure.
Wilson will receive $30,000 to go towards the commercialisation of his product.
Flynn Talbot – X&Y
Alexander Fitzpatrick – Light Garden
Dominic Broadhurst – Scale
Dale Hardiman – Kids Straw Stool
Finalists were Dennis Abalos for his Woven fruit bowl, Marc Harrison for his Husque Jug, Kristian Aus for Dottie Coat Rack, Alexandra Gilmour and Dominic Chong (aka Evie Group) for their Spun Lamps, and Duncan Meerding for Cracked Log Lamp.
Dennis Abalos – Woven
Marc Harrison – Husque jug
Kristian Aus – Dottie Coat Rack
Evie Group – Spun Lamp
Duncan Meerding – Cracked Log Lamp
“Each year the impact of these awards grows and grows,” said Waller in his opening address at the Award announcement.
“These awards cast light on the everyday importance of design in all of our lives, and they reward and recognise a profession whose collective creative endeavours often remain unthanked and anonymous within our culture.”
2011 has been a huge year for all the finalists, with many of the designs appearing in exhibitions and nominated for other awards throughout the year. Wrapping up 2011 with a nod at the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Awards foretells even greater things in 2012 for the finalists, runners up and winner.
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