INVENTING a stool that symbolises the unity of the people in Malaysia, Tan Kian Peng won first prize in the Malaysia Furniture Export Exhibition 2003 (Mafex 2003) competition (student category).
Named “Modular”, the stool is made of rubber wood and is modularly constructed. As the word “‘module” implies, individual frames are joined together to construct the stool. Coupled with the intensive use of rubber wood and its solidness, the “Modular” depicts Malaysia's strength.
“I got the idea from what I learnt in the Interior Architecture & Design course at KBU International College. This stool is environment-friendly, easily produced, practical and lovely to look at. In addition, it is flexible, lightweight, portable and easy to assemble,” said the third year student.
For his creativity, Kian Peng received RM3,000, a certificate, a trophy and a return air ticket and two nights' accommodation to visit the Taipei International Fair.
The competition was held at The Mines Exhibition Centre from March 3 to 7 in conjunction with Mafex 2003. It was an avenue for participants to demonstrate their creativity in furniture design.
In another event, KBU student James Wong Yoon Thean won first prize in the IZONE Mural Art Competition 2003 organised by Sunway Pyramid.
His creative entry, entitled Community Street Murals, won him RM3,000 and a plaque.
The first year Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Graphic Design student said he was happy to have won in spite of stiff competition. He added that creative art and advertisements have been his passion since childhood.
“I like to promote my creative ideas to other people. Therefore, I love advertisements and artwork designs, especially those using rope or woven materials as a medium,” said James.
The objective of the Street Murals Art Contest, opened to art and design students in the Klang Valley, was to promote the use of art as a way of expressing youth culture.
Participants were required to choose from one of six themes – Art & Culture, Hope, Nature, Community, Heroes or Freedom.