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The fi­nal­ists of the Rado Young De­sign Prize show they have ‘un­lim­ited spirit’.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE - By AL­LAN KOAY

The fi­nal­ists of the Rado Young De­sign Prize show they have ‘un­lim­ited spirit’.

AN­I­MA­TION, fur­ni­ture, paint­ing, il­lus­tra­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture – the Rado Young De­sign Prize Malaysia 2010 fi­nal­ists’ art­works en­com­pass all these. The five fi­nal­ists that have been cho­sen now have their works ex­hib­ited at the con­course of Suria KLCC from to­day till Nov 2.

The Rado Young De­sign Prize, an art and de­sign com­pe­ti­tion that started on Aug 19, is be­ing held for the first time in Malaysia. It aims to pro­vide young de­sign­ers and artists with an op­por­tu­nity to be recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally. In look­ing for works that are new and in­no­va­tive, fu­tur­is­tic and vi­sion­ary, and min­i­mal­is­tic in na­ture, with the theme Un­lim­ited Spirit, Rado has nar­rowed the com­pe­ti­tion down to the fi­nal five: Chua Poh Ang, 25; Looi Lin Chen, 23; Shahrul Anuwar Mohamed Yu­sof, 24; Png Theng Hui, 20; and Mohamed Nizar Musa, 35.

Rado brand man­ager Bernard Yong was one of the judges of the com­pe­ti­tion. The oth­ers were pho­tog­ra­pher and por­trait artist Jen Siow and artist, painter and ed­u­ca­tor Jalaini Has­san.

Said Yong: “The fi­nal­ists have pro­duced cre­ations that not only re­spect our theme but also pos­sess in­spir­ing qual­ity and orig­i­nal­ity. In reach­ing our de­ci­sion, we were amazed to dis­cover the over­whelm­ing level of en­thu­si­asm and artis­tic sense among the de­sign folk in Malaysia, es­pe­cially that most of the con­tes­tants were be­low 25. This goes to show the po­ten­tial embed­ded in the younger gen­er­a­tion which will even­tu­ally be an as­set to the nation.”

In to­tal, Rado re­ceived more than 700 en­tries in cat­e­gories such as paint­ing, fashion, in­te­rior de­sign, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy and prod­ucts.

Chua sub­mit­ted a de­sign of an Ur­ban School with the prob­lem of scarcity of land and high pop­u­la­tion growth in mind. It is cre­ated in a ver­ti­cal form “with an in­ter­lock clus­ter­ing con­cept within the ur­ban land­scape.” The judges found it to be a good ex­am­ple of think-

Ur­banS­chool, de­signed by Chua Poh Ang us­ing an in­ter­lock­clus­ter­ing con­cept and a ver­ti­cle form that saves space.

Png Theng Hui cre­ated this il­lus­tra­tion from his daily ob­ser­va­tions of the go­ings-on along the path to his col­lege.

Er­gonomics and com­fort are ev­i­dent in this piece of ‘fer­na­ture’ de­signed by Shahrul Anuwar Mohamed Yu­sof.

< Mohamed Nizar Musa’s an­i­ma­tion video, TheBigDrop, por­trays the fear­less spirit of a kam­pung boy of the fu­ture.

Looi Lin Chen’s Syn­dromeOfMe­tal­licCity, an art­work that uses steel-plate weld­ing and etch­ing.

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