Exploring the future of interior design


The One academy students, faculty, speakers and Vips from the industry after an informative sharing session.

AN annual programme designed to assist the Malaysian timber and furniture industry grow, TIMB3R Design Incubator Programme (DIP) 3.0 recently held an informative sharing at The One Academy for students in the Interior Architecture and Design programme.

The session highlighted the programme’s unique approach of pairing local designers with timber manufacturers.

This collaboration not only raises awareness about the beauty and potential of Malaysian timber, but also emphasises the crucial role interior designers play in maximising the value of this sustainable material.

This year’s theme, “Innovation Meets Sustainability”, promises to push the boundaries of eco-friendly design and craftsmanship within the timber and furniture industry.

To inspire and educate students, five renowned local interior designers each shared their unique furniture collection for TIMB3R DIP 3.0, along with the creative process behind each piece.

The event kicked off with Tennyson Chia of Sachi Interior Design showcasing his collection, titled “T Minus”, a symbolic reference to both the past and the future.

Wong’s “Butterfly” dining set focused on inclusivity. inspired by butterfly wings, the strategically angled table legs provided ample legroom for people with disabilities and the elderly.Wong’s “Butterfly” dining set focused on inclusivity. inspired by butterfly wings, the strategically angled table legs provided ample legroom for people with disabilities and the elderly.

Drawing inspiration from his grandmother’s life story, the design of the chairs, coffee table and storage box, combined Malay and Chinese elements, traditional craftsmanship, and modern aesthetics. Each piece incorporates woven rattan with a wooden frame, reflecting her passion for sewing.

“As a designer I always focus on aesthetics only at the very end because experience and storytelling are the most important part of design,” said Chia.

Sarah Rahman wowed students with her play on the theme by creating a unique, durable furniture set.

The award-winning graduate from the Royal College of Art in London shared her collection “Nilam Puri” which was assembled in a way that could last for generations.

Lim’s multifunctional furniture set ‘hey hatch’ displayed at The One academy while dexter Koh shares the amazing functionality and ideation behind ‘Colobox’ with students.Lim’s multifunctional furniture set ‘hey hatch’ displayed at The One academy while dexter Koh shares the amazing functionality and ideation behind ‘Colobox’ with students.

Inspired by the traditional interlocking timber construction technique of South-East Asia’s oldest mosque, Masjid Kampung Tua in Nilam Puri, the collection comprises modular sofa chairs, side tables, and coffee tables.

The interlocking technique was a clever way to ensure the durability of the furniture pieces by reducing the wear-and-tear of additional tools needed to hold each piece in place.

A Moxie Associates Sdn Bhd design director Cayenne Lim’s “Hey Hatch” redefined baby furniture. Inspired by hatching eggs, it hides a crib within a multi-functional piece.

The tabletop flips to reveal a mirror and storage, transforming into a dressing table or living room set with armchairs and a coffee table.

It was an impressive way of giving more than one purpose to a baby crib which once its outgrown, eventually gets thrown away.

Dexter Koh sharing the amazing functionality and ideation behind ‘Colobox’ with students.Dexter Koh sharing the amazing functionality and ideation behind ‘Colobox’ with students.

“It takes an entire team, countless brainstorming sessions as well as trial and error throughout the design process to execute this piece,” said Lim as she emphasised on the importance of teamwork.

Architects like Dexter Koh and Eric Wong, however, created innovative designs that prioritise both aesthetics and functionality.

Wong, of Hoe Design Architect, focused on inclusivity with the “Butterfly” dining set. Inspired by butterfly wings, the strategically angled table legs provided ample legroom for people with disabilities and the elderly.

DEKODA founder Dexter Koh champions sustainability with his “Colobox” design.

This eco-friendly, built-in storage system is removable, allowing for easy reconfiguration or removal without waste.

‘T Minus’ furniture set exhibition displayed at The One Academy for students to view.‘T Minus’ furniture set exhibition displayed at The One Academy for students to view.

This collaboration between The One Academy and TIMB3R DIP 3.0, exposes students to industry experts, allowing them to learn from experienced designers and stay updated on latest trends.

By the end of the session, they discovered the transformative power of interior design, where both spaces and furniture come alive. Witnessing the meticulous process of crafting masterpieces from raw materials widened their creative and strategic thinking skills.

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 over 33 years, by providing diploma and degree courses in Advertising and Graphic Design, Digital Animation, Digital Media Design, Film Visual Effects, Interior Architecture and Design, Illustration, Fine Arts, Paris Fashion Design and Pattern Making, Computer Science and Game Design.

■ For more information, visit www.toa.edu.my or call 03-7875 5510 or e-mail your enquiries to info@toa.edu.my

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