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Friday, 13 March 2015

CPUT students take top five places in Furniture Design Competition

FIRST PRIZE: Jess Kuhlenthal’s table can configure in nine different ways and attaches with magnets FIRST PRIZE: Jess Kuhlenthal’s table can configure in nine different ways and attaches with magnets

CPUT students have clinched the top five places in a furniture design competition run by the Department of Trade and Industry.

The competition tasked students with designing a multipurpose furniture piece for a limited space.

Jess Kuhlenthal’s Trimod table, which is an interlocking, interchangeable series of three triangles, scooped top place for its functionality and versatility.

The Trimod connects with magnets and has nine different configurations.

img-CPUT-students-take-top-five-places-in-Furniture-Design-Competition-3BIG WIN: Jess Kuhlenthal (first prize) and Daniel Afonso (third prize)

Then it was a case of second time lucky for Interior Design student Nicky van den Aardweg who first exhibited her backpack lap-desk a year ago at Design Indaba as a finalist in the Jigsaw competition.

img-CPUT-students-take-top-five-places-in-Furniture-Design-Competition-2SECOND TIME LUCKY: Nicky van den Aardweg with her backpack lap-desk

The desk fits neatly into a specially designed backpack and attempts to alleviate the issues around the lack of desks at some rural schools.

This time Nicky’s design wowed the judges and she won 2nd place. She was also the only student who was not studying Industrial Design to make it into the finals.

Then third year student Daniel Afonso’s Gud news chair, which incorporates storage into a seating solution and also promotes good posture scooped third place.

img-CPUT-students-take-top-five-places-in-Furniture-Design-Competition-4WINNERS: All the winners at Design Indaba

Created out of African fabrics and indigenous pine wood, the chair was commended for its unique African feel.

All the winners won a share of R25 000 worth of prizes but all agree that the best prize of all was exhibiting their work at Design Indaba 2015.

The platform allowed them to interact with likeminded designers, network and promote their work to potential employers.

“The prizes are great but ultimately being at Design Indaba was reward enough,” says Jess.

Written by Lauren Kansley

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