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Budding designer’s bar stool picked to be manufactured

by December 31, 2016 General
V is for victory: Yap showing off his competition-winning Vifferent Bar Stool.

V is for victory: Yap showing off his competition-winning Vifferent Bar Stool.

JOHOR BARU: An Art and Design final-year student could not contain his happiness after one of his creations was chosen through a competition to be manufactured by a designer furniture company.

Southern University College (SUC) student Yap Jia Huei, 21, who won the Harmony at Home competition organised by More Design Creation Sdn Bhd (MDC), impressed the judges with his v-shaped stool he calls the Vifferent Bar Stool.

He said the idea was hatched after he found that most of the four-legged stools in the market were not stable and could potentially endanger users, especially when they are high.

“So I decided to design a simple, fresh-looking yet stable stool to resemble a V shape.

“It has two legs in front and the third and fourth legs are combined to resemble another V shape, making it different from what is in the market,” he said in an interview.

His design, selected as one of the best in the competition, was uploaded on MDC’s website where it got a lot of comments and orders from consumers.

“We have received orders from interior design companies and about 300 units of my stool are manufactured by a company in Muar and will be ready soon at RM300 each,” Yap said.

The other winner of the competition, Eric Cheong Jiunn Lin, 20, who designed a 2-in-1 stool set called Coolver, said the furniture could be used as both a chair and a coffee table.

He said four stools, with indivi­dual cushion covers, could be combined into one to be used as a coffee table.

“When we combine all four and remove the covers, it will become a coffee table that resembles a clover shape, which is where its name was derived from,” said Cheong, who started work as an interior designer at a furniture company in Singapore about a month ago.

They were met at a memorandum of understanding signing between SUC and MDC Pusat Per­dagangan Danga Utama, Skudai.

MDC’s design director Eekang Ooi said the collaboration allowed it to provide SUC students and teaching staff a platform to explore the art and design industry as well as business ventures.

“We will also provide a comprehensive three-month industrial training for final-year students and hold design competitions where selected designs will be developed for commercial production as well as guiding the students to set up their own brand and open their own business,” he said.