RMIT University students have scooped three top prizes at the 2014 Australian Furniture Association Industry Awards.
Furniture design students from RMIT won three out of the five student categories in the awards, which are among the industry's most coveted.
Held in conjunction with the 2014 Australian International Furniture Exhibition, the awards celebrate Australian furniture industry excellence in areas such as innovation, design and manufacturing.
Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) teacher Mette Stryhn said the successful design submissions had demonstrated an exceptionally high standard of work for second year students.
"RMIT design programs are practically based, and all of the students involved in the awards had the opportunity to work closely with industry and manufacturing figures," she said.
This year's event, held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, received submissions from emerging student designers from universities across Australia.
RMIT Certificate III in Cabinet Making (Furniture) student Benjamin Reddin was crowned the 2014 Andrew Kossenas apprentice of the year for his portfolio of outstanding work.
Ms Stryhn said Mr Reddin was a "standout" and had demonstrated overall quality in his submission.
"He has an eye for blending aesthetics with his high technical ability and is always trying to find that special something," she said.
Associate Degree in Design (Furniture) students Joe Casey, Matthew Donaldson, Matthew Booth, Jenna Dexter and Joshua Suklan were also awarded in their respective categories.
Ms Dexter drew inspiration from contemporary Japanese architecture for her award-winning seating piece, Kumo.
"I feel honoured to be acknowledged within such a talented group of emerging Australian designers," she said.
Mr Casey, Mr Donaldson and Mr Booth were awarded for their Atmos bedroom furniture design, which was inspired by their research of traditional blacksmithing techniques and created while working closely with Eagle Remac Furniture.
Joshua Suklan won the People's Choice Award for his minimally designed Too Lean storage unit.