Collection by Jaime Gillin

Henry Wilson's "Things Revisited"

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When Australian designer Henry Wilson moved to the Netherlands to study for a Masters Degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven, he says he experienced a "philosophical shift away from the creation of new things and a re-examination of the role of the designer." He was feeling "increasing disenchantment with the role of the designer at a time of evident excess and wastefulness in a consumer driven market," he writes, along with a growing awareness of the world's dwindling resources. His musings and experimentations led him to invent a design exercise for himself: to tweak and update existing "classic" designs in a way that would reveal them in a fresh light. Here are the clever and elegant results of his experiments.

Here's the dashing 20-something-year-old, one of Australia's most promising young designers and keeper of the...
A typical enamel factory lamp is built for the purpose of directing as much light as possible downwards.
To make the light more appropriate for domestic use, Wilson sliced the fixture and added a two-part bone china sleeve...
I am particularly fond of this experiment—an addition to the iconic galvanized Tolix A56 chair, designed by Xavier...
And here it is spiffed up and softened with a fitted vegetable-tanned leather cover, which will age and patina...
"One of the keys to Le Creuset pot design is the suggestion that due to the beauty of form and material it can be...
...which enables the pot to be carried to the table and set down on the flipped, modified lid.
Wilson also updated the classic British Anglepoise lamp with a fine transparent glass lampshade and a nearly invisible...
In another experiment as part of the series, Wilson 'modernized' a workaday enamel coffee pot by transforming it into...
Here's a group portrait of Wilson's "revisited" things.
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