TRINH TAKING HIS TALENTS TO EUROPE
THANKS to his inspired new Rolla chair, a design student from Licombe Tech in Sydney’s outer west is off on a $ 10,000 study tour in Florence, the ultimate design destination.
Student Design winner of the Furnishing Industry Association of Australia Awards, Trinh Duy Dao, is pleased that his design for an ottoman is being recognised.
Trinh, who is in his second year of Diploma of Furniture Design at Lidcombe TAFE, says he is still ‘‘ over the moon’’ about winning the prestigious award and excited about learning more innovative techniques in Europe.
‘‘ I want to be a part of this industry when my studies are over, and it’s important to recognise the great innovation and design that is made in Australia,’’ he says.
The Furnishing Industry Association of Australian announced Tran’s award at its first national student design awards in Perth last Saturday.
Trinh had the choice of one of four courses in furniture design in Europe. The courses are available in Florence, Milan, Copenhagen or London and depend on the winner’s preference. The prize has a maximum value of $ 10,000.
It is the first time Trinh has designed and built furniture, and after two years of study his first exhibition takes place next week, showcasing his award winning design for the finale of his course. Next year, he plans to further his studies in design, with an aim to become an international designer in interiors, products and, of course, furniture.
‘‘ To study in one of the most prestigious design schools means I’ll be able to see the most unique and fashion- forward designs,’’ he says.
‘‘ I’ll be able to use these advances in design to make even more modern custom- made designs in Australia.’’
Trinh’s Rolla will be the first student- made winner to proudly bear the new Australian Made swing tag launched by the industry this year.
Kevin Feldman, President of the FIAA in Queensland, says the standard of entries ‘‘ was excellent and shows our home grown talent in this great Australian industry’’.
This award is part of the Furniture Industry Awareness Campaign ( FIAC), spearheaded by Feldman nationally.
‘‘ We are strongly committed to promoting Australian Made and felt it was time to make this a national award to encourage young people in their career path,’’ he says.
‘‘ Other students will benefit from the awards program with recognition of their excellence inspiring even more creative and innovative designs and leading to work opportunities.
‘‘ By encouraging the development of young local designers, we hope to ensure a sustainable future for the industry. ’’ The courses on offer are: four weeks at Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, which includes tuition, accommodation and air fares; four days at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London; 12 weeks at Arte School, Florence; or six weeks at the Danish Institute for Study in Copenhagen.
‘‘ Rolla presents both a sense movement and fun,’’ says Trinh.
‘‘ Rolla is an intentional departure from traditional forms. Using quality GVA birch ply, aluminium tube, Dun-
of lop enduro foam and 100 per cent recycled fabric.’’ Ian Hearn, CEO of the FIAA in Western Australia says: ‘‘ Young designers are particularly positive about the stunning, unique native timbers on offer in this country and our commitment to environmentally sustainable manufacture.’’