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12 November, 2015

Designer's generous donation

Henry sits behind a desk, pats his dog Slick

Guide Dogs chosen through love for four-legged friend

A beautifully constructed chair will help people who are blind or vision impaired thanks to industrial designer Henry Wilson.

The Darlinghurst artist has chosen to donate proceeds from the sale of his artwork in Cult Design's Chairity Project 2015 to Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

The annual event invites leading creatives from Australia and New Zealand to reinvent an iconic chair. Each designer is given complete freedom to produce the piece to be exhibited which is then auctioned off to a charity of their own choice.

This year, 20 designers took up the challenge of reinventing the iconic 'Series 7' chair, designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1955.

The chair designed by Henry Wilson

"It's such a famous chair, so it's difficult to reimagine," Mr Wilson said. "For my chair, I wanted to provide a strong contrast to the lightweight features of the original design."

As a lover of dogs, the designer said choosing Guide Dogs as his charity was a natural decision.

"I've got a dog myself and I find him to be a nurturing companion. In the face of technology, it's encouraging to see a charity use dogs to help people who are blind or vision impaired."

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is the leading provider of Guide Dogs and orientation and mobility services that enable people with impaired vision to get around their communities safely and independently.

"As we are financially dependent on the generosity of Australians to do our important work, any donation people can make is incredibly valuable in enabling us to provide our Guide Dogs free of charge to people who need them," said Leila Davis, Guide Dogs' General Manager, Fundraising.

"It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train one Guide Dog and as demand for our services grow due to increasing vision loss in the community, so does Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's reliance on the public's generosity," she said.

"We are incredibly grateful for the support from Henry Wilson."

Statistics show that every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with vision loss that cannot be corrected.

"With our ageing population the work of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will touch the lives of so many more as they seek support to build their confidence, mobility and independence," Mrs Davis said.

For more information about Cult's Charity Project 2015 visit http://cultdesign.com.au/blog/entry/chairity-project-2015