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A Big ‘Dele’ in the Millennial Workspace Furniture Industry

May 23, 2019 | Campus News

Noviaputri (third from left) and the other winners of the MIFF FDC 2019

The MIFF Furniture Design Competition is one that has been running annually for the past 10 years. Over this period of time, nearly 2000 design students and young professionals have stepped forward to submit their designs and sketches in a bid to win the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas before a global audience of furniture manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, industry influencers and industry media.

Noviaputri holding up the award and certificate won at MIFF FDC 2019

Besides promoting the development of the Malaysian furniture industry internationally, the MIFF FDC also aims to encourage the creation of an identity for Malaysian furniture products. The top three winners will walk away with cash prizes, trophies and certificates whereas the finalists’ designs will be exhibited at a special exhibit during the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF). This time round, the theme of the competition was ‘The Millenials Workspace Furniture’. Participants were asked to come up with any type of furniture in workspace designed for commercial and home office such as office seating, work stations, partition, storage system, furniture in discussion area and more.

This year, one of The One Academy’s talented youths, Noviaputri Wijaksana had participated in the MIFF FDC 2019 and bagged the second prize. Her design titled ‘Dele’ incorporated various plants or natural elements into it to provide a fresh outlook on furniture. When asked about what she did to prepare for the competition, she replied that consultations and research was vital. Through research she could successfully identify the current needs and problems that the furniture market was facing and come up with an appropriate solution.

Besides that, she also stressed on the importance of time management. “I made a good timetable, managed work and prayed for the best”, she recounted. The ideas and inspiration started flowing in after thorough research and discussion with lecturers, people from the industry, fellow interior friends and more. To her, the most memorable part of the competition was the development of the prototype. She had made the prototype back in her hometown in Indonesia, and she was clueless on how to go about it at first. After trial and error which included visits to experts in the acrylic industry, she created a 1:5 scale of her 2D design. “It was truly an eye-opening experience for me as I got to speak to and get advice from many different people within the industry”, said Noviaputri.

Dele, Novia’s design for the furniture design competition

However, it was not all smooth sailing as she encountered her fair share of challenges along the way. One of the hurdles faced was time management as the duration of the competition was during her final year, which is known to be one of the most demanding periods of study. She also cited lack of ideas as a challenge faced. Noviaputri overcame all this by persevering and dedicating her time to accomplish her goal. Her advice to future participants is to really commit to doing the research required. “Go into details such as target market, efficiency of design, how to use it, what are the innovations or modern mechanism available on the market, types of materials and more. Consult with lecturers and people from the industry and test your design out on friends. By doing so, you will understand whether it is user-friendly or otherwise”, she stated.

The One Academy is committed to providing the best art education programmes and continues to nurture its students passionately through its ‘Masters Train Masters’ coaching philosophy, which has been practised for the past 28 years, by providing diploma and degree courses namely Advertising & Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture & Design, Illustration, Fine Arts and Paris Fashion Design & Pattern Making. For more information on The One Academy, visit or call (+603) 7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to [email protected]

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