Students, graduates and academics from the Industrial Design and Furniture Design programs at RMIT University have taken home every award at the Fringe Furniture forum.
The open-access event, held by the Melbourne Fringe, displayed more than 90 furniture, lighting and interior object designs from local emerging and established designers under the theme of Living Traces.
All five award winners in 2014 came from the RMIT industrial and furniture design community.
Sydney-based Industrial Design graduate Max Harper won the Sustainable and Waste-Wise Design Awardwhile sessional lecturer Jonathan Ben-Tovim, of Northcote, won the Best Lighting Design Award.
Fitzroy resident Chris Goff, a Furniture Design and Industrial Design graduate, said winning the Emerging Designer Award for his "Uragaeshi" chair was an 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 Jonathan Ho, of Southbank, was awarded the Most Market Ready Design Award while Furniture Design student Mechelle Shooter, of Carlton North, received the Best Student Designaward.
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.
Liam Fennessy, Industrial Design Program Manager, said RMIT's success was a testament to the quality of its industrial and furniture design programs and 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.
Fringe Furniture is at the Abbotsford Convent until Sunday, 5 October.
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