Celebrating Design @2018 Malaysian International Furniture Fair Awards-min
Three international juries vetted hundreds of entries vying for recognition of design excellence in the MIFF Furniture Design Competition (FDC) and exhibitor categories and Furniture Excellence Award (FEA). Over 20 winners and merit recipients were awarded at a ceremony held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), the new co-venue of the trade show, on the eve of the closing of the four-day trade show. Datuk Zurinah Pawanteh, Deputy Secretary General representing Datuk K. Yogeesvaran, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Plantations Industries and Commodities, was the Guest-of-Honour.
This year’s FDC drew 304 entries, a 31% increase from 2017. Many of the 20 finalists presented ideas on space saving solutions and their designs are displayed at the new Millennials@Design (MAD) gallery in MITEC.
Young female designers made a clean sweep of the top three standings in this year’s MIFF FDC. First City University College student Ong Sze Xian took the top prize which included a RM6,000 cheque for FLOAT, a free-standing shelf based on the concept of play. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia student Sharon Wong Sik Dang took second spot and RM3,000 cash with Lollipops World, a colourful set of a coat rack and two side tables. Young working mother Tan Sin Yin won the RM1,000 third prize for LIFE, a cabinet inspired by the Tetris tile matching puzzle.
The MAD showcase underlines MIFF’s commitment to support young design talent. The gallery also features market ready products by past winners and finalists of FDC, Pattern Banyak, Tanggam Design Centre by Malaysian Timber Industry Board and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation.
The MIFF FDC judges comprised Philip Yap (PYD Associates China/Malaysia), Shinichi Mitsuki (MITSUI Designtec Co Ltd, Japan), Lu Ke Yan (Tian Di Ru Feng, China), László Szikszai (Sixay Furniture, Hungary), Dr Eric Leong (The One Academy, Malaysia), Walter Tan (Element Furniture, Hong Kong/ Malaysia) and Hamidah Abdullah, (Malaysian Timber Council, Malaysia).
Furniture Excellence Award
In the Household Furniture category, Vistawood Industries Sdn Bhd captured the Platinum Award for its baby cot, Sunshine Cot. The Gold Award went to Turkey’s children and teens furniture company, Cilek Mobilya A.S for its metal study desk and the Silver Award to Getha Bedding (M) Sdn Bhd for Dream Kingdom Mattress.
In the Office Furniture Award, Work Studio System (M) Sdn Bhd stamped their mark to wrest the Platinum Award with Retro System. The Gold Award was taken home by Euro Chairs Manufacturer (M) Sdn Bhd with Elements and the Silver Award was presented to Oasis Furniture Industries Sdn Bhd for Ramma.
Hardwood furniture manufacturer Acacia Home Furnishing Sdn Bhd received the Judges Commendation Award.