Published on : Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The MIFF Furniture Design Competition (FDC) 2016 carries the theme “Living Furniture, Global Perspective” with wood as the chief material. It is open to all design students and young professionals aged 30 and below. Their works will be presented to international jury led by well-known China-based Malaysian designer Philip Yap on Feb 29, ahead of the 2016 Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) from March 1 to 5.
The hunt for Malaysia’s top young furniture designer was launched six months ago that has reached its final countdown with 10 challengers racing to finish their prototype for the final round of the MIFF FDC 2016. Selected from 100 entries, the 10 finalists will also get to exhibit at MIFF 2016.
MIFF General Manager, Ms Karen Goi said, “This is the seventh year of our commitment to create a vibrant design culture for the Malaysian furniture industry. MIFF provides these designers with a much sought international stage and exposure to the local and foreign media. The designers also get to experience firsthand the dynamics of a global furniture market and what buyers are looking for.”
The MIFF FDC also gives attractive cash rewards sponsored by the Malaysian Timber Council. The winner takes home RM10,000 cash with the second and third-placed receiving RM5,000 and RM2,500 respectively, and remaining finalists RM500 each at the MIFF Prize Presentation Ceremony on March 3.
The pool has narrowed to a mix of young working professionals and design students who came up with a pack of chairs, stools, sofa, low tables, reading bench and a shelf unit. 2015 contestant Lim Bo Qiang has returned this year with two entries, Muk Sofa and Dudoo chair, picked for the final.
The competition continues to beckon young female talent with five making half the number of finalists – Izyan Syamimi Zainol (Universiti Putra Malaysia) with Rebung Shelves, Lim Mei San (Southern University College) with Dim Stool, Low Kah Ling (Supreme Office Furniture System Sdn Bhd) with Orient Revival, Chee Fang Yan (ALFA International College) with Clasik 1 & Elegan 1 and Vivian Lam Shi Wei (S.Kian Seng Sdn Bhd) with Flip.
The FDC jury comprises of Philip Yap, Lim Wei Hong (Arkitek WHL, Malaysia), Hamidah Abdullah (Malaysian Timber Council), Lu Ke Yan (Tiandirufeng Antique Furniture, China), Shinichi Mitsuki (Mitsui Designtec Co Ltd, Japan) and Fabrizio Carloncelli (Fabrizio Carloncelli Design, Italy).