Charles Wilson

Industrial Designer

Charles Wilson is a free-lance industrial designer best known for his design of upholstered furniture.

After graduating from the University of Technology in 1991, Charles formed a co-operative workshop with fellow graduates developing a collection of experimental furniture. His first production design was the SW1 Swivel chair for Norman + Quaine, the piece that introduced his work to Woodmark. It is now held in the permanent collection of Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

In 2001 Woodmark commissioned Charles to design a compact sofa. His conceptual work for the sofa led to a multitude of sketches and prototypes, which in turn were developed into an extensive collection of sofas, chairs and tables. Consisting of four ranges, the CP1, the 801, Lamella and Julep, this collection has been a great success and has received critical acclaim Australia-wide and internationally.

Described by the Australian Financial Review as arguably the most talented designer in Australia, Charles’s design work has achieved much acclaim in recent years. He is the winner of a number of prestigious design awards including the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery award, for Spool, The Australian Design Award for his Candelabra for MENU, and LaunchPad New Designer of the Year.

Charles divides his time between living in Sydney, and at the farm where he grew up in Forbes, central NSW.

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