Holmesglen furniture design student Anthony Yang has won the Best Furniture Award at this year’s Fringe Festival (Design Fringe) Awards and the Student Award at Australian Wood Review's Maker of the Year Awards.
In the Holmesglen workshop, Anthony learned how to design and make fine furniture for display and custom and volume production – skills that supported his industry-award winning coffee table.
Anthony has been studying the MSF40213 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology to learn hands-on skills to complement his strong creative knowledge.
Previously an advertising professional with experimental marketing experience, Anthony describes his furniture design course at Holmesglen as the new creative chapter in his life.
What inspired Anthony’s award-winning furniture design?
Anthony’s coffee table (pictured above) drew influence from Greek mythology.
He says he was inspired by The Pleiades (or Seven Sisters), who were the daughters of a titan and sea-nymph.
Anthony’s furniture piece contains seven distinct components, which he re-imagined as raindrops.
“My furniture design is like a piece of art, plus a piece of furniture – it's functional art," he says.
Anthony credits his teachers for helping turn his bold design into physical furniture.
“When I first came up with the idea, I didn’t know if I could execute it.
“My teachers taught me to never give up. They gave me a lot of confidence and helped me look for solutions to make it happen.”
Anthony starts career with a furniture design course
Despite the disruption of COVID-19, Anthony has stayed productive and secured work with a custom design studio.
He currently makes custom tables for clients and says the skills he has developed in the Holmesglen workshop have helped with his day-to-day work.
“My course has been good preparation for me. It has trained me to work hard on my hands-on skills.
“The furniture design course really resembles industry."
Anthony sees furniture design as a global profession and would like to travel and learn from woodworkers and designers in countries such as Denmark, France and Spain.
He looks forward to continuing to grow his furniture making skills and one day start his own design studio.
Holmesglen has furniture and upholstery courses from pre-apprenticeship to apprenticeship, as well as non-apprenticeship certificate levels.
Find out more about our furniture and upholstery courses and how to apply.