Studying Industrial Design has enabled Richard Greenacre to pursue his love of furniture and lighting as his career.
I’ve always been intrigued by the objects that inhabit our lives and the processes and materials used to bring them into being.
“I love that the workshop is my playground. Having access to a wide variety of machinery, technology and tools has allowed me to expand my knowledge of manufacturing processes, and experiment with a wide variety of materials.
“Last semester I was introduced to the world of metal “fabrication. The studio offered a particularly unique opportunity to experience processes such as forging, welding and lost-wax casting. These new found skills have since been vital in the development of a number of new projects, and will continue to inspire and inform my industrial design practice.
“The degree has helped me to understand the realities of taking a design from concept to production. It has also introduced me to a broad spectrum of practicing designers and helped me establish contacts within the industry.
“This year I was lucky enough to win a couple of awards for a furniture piece I designed and made, Agave Credenza. It won the Dowel Jones Furniture Concept Award of Excellence in Design at the Vibrant Visions in Design (VIVID) awards, and won two awards at Fringe Furniture as a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. As a result, I will be exhibiting my piece internationally in 2016.
“RMIT has helped me build the necessary skill set and industry experience to feel confident in pursuing a career in Industrial Design.”