The overall winner of the 2011 Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award is Henry Wilson for his A-Joint design.
Wilson was up against ten other finalists and was deemed the winner by a panel including Heidi Dokulil, Ewan McEoin, Liane Rossler, Jennifer Sanders, Terri Winter, Colin Rochester and Richard Waller.
His design is a sand cast, multi-use joinery system that uses pre-dimensional timber in up-to four different configurations within a sturdy A-frame structure. Easy to recycle and produce, the joint is versatile in its potential uses, from tables and benches to market stalls, shop fit-out and temporary housing. “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,” says Wilson of his design ethic.
Wilson is awarded AUD $30,000 towards the commercialisation of his design and a trip to a design fair of his choice (from Index in Denmark, Design Miami or Interieur 2012 design fair in Belgium). Runners up, Alexander Fitzpatrick, Dale Hardiman, Dominic Broadhurst and Flynn Talbot will each receive $2,500, while the rest of the finalists receive $1000.
The top ten designs will be showcased in an exhibition at the Supa Centa Moore Park (Gallery Level) in Sydney from 3 November to 25 November.
Photography: Francesca Raft.