Australian designer Henry Wilson has created a collection of useful objects in collaboration with a local foundry near his studio in Sydney. The collection is currently making its debut in Milan at Aesop Brera in for Salone del Mobile 2017.
April 7th, 2017
It’s always a prideful moment when you see the Asia Pacific region’s most exceptional talent killing it when the spotlight is shining on the global stage.
Australian designer Henry Wilson launches his latest collection, Cast Impressions. In partnership with Australian bespoke skincare house Aesop, Wilson demonstrates the end-game of his many material experiments, specifically focusing on the possibilities of the 6,000-year old casting process to produce contemporary pieces of singular form and lasting use.
“There is a clear form and function in my products, but it’s important they also have feeling,” Wilson explains. “I am interested in the awkward beauty that comes from something made by hand. I like to explore how imperfection can be introduced into an industrial process, to make something at scale that retains a sense of individual charm.”
The collection consists of the Surface Sconce lights and a series of table and desktop accessories, all sand-cast in bronze, with a rumble polished finish. They are tactile and precious, each with a gentle sculptural expression, designed with multiplicity and longevity of use at their core. They have a primal appeal beyond taste or trend, and ultimately, have been designed to be loved and lived with for a lifetime.
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