Art & Design

Young Bloods: Henry Wilson

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Are you tired of seeing your keys, wallet and phone always thrown about in an unorganised manner on the kitchen table? Do you want something that can organise all of that for you and probably survive a nuclear blast? If so, look no further than our very own Aussie born designer Henry Wilson.

Henry Wilson is a Sydney-based multi disciplinary designer whose background in the visual arts sector and attendance at the prestigious (and intimidating) Design Academy Eindhoven have gained him recognition as one of Australia’s finest young designers.

In his interview with Lucy Feagins of The Design Files, Wilson describes the frightening reputation of the University of Eindhoven as an experience that “almost broke him”, but at no point does it seem to have a negative impact on his outlook. Henry bounces back to describe his work with passion, honesty and sincerity, which shines through in his work.

Occasionally, when a designer talks conceptually about their work, it seems difficult for the end user to understand what the concept and theory behind their work was. And that’s what is so refreshing about Henry, there’s something honest and authentic about both Henry and the work his studio produces.

His studio believes that “beauty is the resolved outcome; the execution of design should tell the story of its process and function”. There is a very clear concept of his pieces being not only beautifully functional but also extremely durable in both material selection and process.

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One of Wilson’s more innovative designs was the A-Joint range, which not only cemented his place as one of the prominent designers in Australia, but also brought a new perspective toward furniture design. You’re not just buying joints to make a table, you’re buying beautiful crafted linkages that you never would have noticed previously. Henry is looking at the now mundane and redesigning them to be beautiful, and that’s something rare and special in today’s world.

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This brings us to one of our favourite collections by Henry Wilson, his ‘Accessories and Objects’. The series ranges from sturdy garment hooks, to stunningly crafted item dishes and even robust bronze bookends.

The Vide Posche Dish (translation: ‘Empty Pockets Dish’ for our non French readers) is a dish to keep all your generally ‘loose’ items like phones, keys, wallets and money clips in an organised and tidy manner.

The reversible gunmetal bronze/aluminium dishes come with slight differences in finish as they are produced in small distinct batches, and will ‘age’ over time as they oxidise and deepen in colour. The idea that the piece matures in your home gives a whole new dimension to the things you decide to keep in your household.

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Using the same two material options, the Compass Hook is a sturdy garment hook that has a rugged material feel, but this forgiving rounded aesthetic that is designed around the arcs of a compass and replaces the conventional ‘hook’ usually seen in mounted garment hooks.

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Construction includes liquefying different metals, which are then poured into a sand mould to give each batch slight differences for an individualistic finish.

Another masterful piece, the Bronze Bookends, are casted to “strengthen shapes and help brace corners”, however they still have gentle rounded corners to push home the idea that rugged materials can still be smoothly designed to create a long lasting and sturdy piece.

The back of the bookend has this amazing contrast between gentle curves at the joints and a solid flange only apparent in universal beams used in industrial construction purposes.

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For a time, remarkable design paired with durable dependability was lost among the everyday household items. However, Henry Wilson is part of a new wave of creators whose beautifully designed, everlasting pieces are slowly making their way back into our homes.

These previously mundane items not only fit our contemporary aesthetic, they remain completely functional to their purpose. They give recognition to a time when interior items matured with their owners, a time when you could tell stories about things that had a chance to grow with you.

For more information, check out Henry Wilson’s studio online at www.henrywilson.com.au.

 

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Marten Ascenzo
Marten is a Melbourne based designer and writer with a background in architecture and graphic design. When he's not dabbling as The Tailored Man's photographer, he's working inside a fashion startup as a creative designer.