USM students bag two awards at furniture fair

UNIVERSITI Sains Malaysia (USM) second year student Emmy Kong Kei Pack, who is majoring in Product Design, walked away with RM10,000 when her ‘Unity Table’ won first prize at the Malaysian International Furniture Fair 2013 (MIEF 2013).

Her creation was inspired by the gasing (Malay traditional spinning top) and the gendang (Malay traditional drum).

The 22-year-old said the product combined glass, rattan and steel.

“The dark-stained rattan base symbolises unity among all the different races in the country.

“The idea for the tripod legs was conceived from the gasing, to represent the three main races in our country,” said the lass who hails from Subang Jaya.

Kong added that her creation was space saving, aesthetically attractive and could be used as a dining, coffee or study table.

She was among two USM students who clinched the top two awards for best designed furniture in the MIEF 2013.

Third-year Product Design student Priscilla Lok Ai Fang, also 22, came in third, winning RM2,500 for her ‘Ketupat Table’, based on a traditional Malay delicacy.

Her brainchild required overlapping four pieces of timber.

“Every piece of wood must support each other in this design for stability, just like how the races in Malaysia unite together,” she said.

USM School of Arts dean Associate Prof Mohamad Omar Bidin commended his students on their achievements.

He said the recent MIEF 2013 event at the Putra Wold Trade Centre attracted over 500 exhibitors from all over the world.

He added that the competition saw university students from all over the country participating in the event.

The winners were chosen from 50 finalists.

Their designs were prototyped and constructed by keen furniture manufacturing companies and displayed during the exhibition.

The fair was organised by MIEF and UBM Malaysia, while The Star was the official media partner.

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