RMIT's School of Architecture and Design has confirmed its position as an industry leader with outstanding results at Fringe Furniture.
The open-access program, held in conjunction with the Melbourne Fringe, unites local emerging and established designers over inspiring furniture, lighting and interior object design.
This year saw a phenomenal display of talent, with all five award winners - selected from more than 90 works - emanating from the RMIT industrial and furniture design community.
Industrial Design graduate Max Harper won theSustainable and Waste-Wise Design Award while sessional lecturer Jonathan Ben-Tovim won the Best Lighting Design Award.
Chris Goff, Furniture Design and Industrial Design graduate, said being awarded the Emerging Designer Award for his "Uragaeshi" chair was a huge honour.
"It's always great being involved in industry events because it gives you a chance to meet other designers and make connections with people," Mr Goff said.
Industrial Design (Honours) student Jonathon Ho was awarded the Most Market Ready Design Award, while Furniture Design student Mechelle Shooter received the Best Student Design Award.
Ms Shooter said her studies at RMIT had been invaluable in giving her an understanding of industry processes and developing her design style.
"It's been a great way for me to meet other inspiring design students, with whom I hope to collaborate with in future projects," she said.
Student Mechelle Shooter was recognised for her unique table, Monkey Bars.
This year's Fringe Furniture theme, Living Traces, expressed the notion that design is a tangible, evolving process that creates artefacts to help us understand how we conduct our lives.
This idea also expresses the way design informs the future, with the forum encouraging participants to create living traces that represented both history and the future to come.
Liam Fennessy, Industrial Design Program Manager, said RMIT's success was a testament to the quality of its industrial and furniture design programs and teaching staff.
"We're really lucky to have Fringe Furniture as an avenue for designers to explore and showcase their ideas in a forum that is inclusive of seasoned professionals and students alike," Mr Fennessy said.
RMIT's School of Architecture and Design delivers a range of multidisciplinary, innovative and creative programs recognised globally for design excellence.