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Students win national design award

Furniture students Carolina Trombelli and Freddy Mata Mendoza have continued to show their ingenuity and passion, with the pair winning a national design award this month.

The students won the People's Choice prize at the Australian Contemporary Emerging Design Awards. The announcement is fitting recognition for their continued hard work.

In significant exposure for both students and the institute, the successful design – Joaquim chair – will now feature as part of the Australian Pavilion at China's International Furniture Fair, held in Shanghai this September.

Additionally, the duo also won the Green Medallion for a separate design, which was awarded by the Australian Furniture Association.

"Thank you everyone who supported us by voting and sharing our work on social media. We are working even harder to come up with products you will desire," the pair said in a statement.

The successful design is the by-product of Carolina and Freddy's new upstart furniture design business, TWO AM. The winning chair was inspired by Carolina's niece, with the piece of furniture containing individual sections to house colouring pencils and drawing paper. The aim is to give young children the chance to express themselves.

With Carolina originally from Brazil and Freddy from Venezuela, the designs carry a universal appeal, with Holmesglen fortunate to help the two students improve and develop their skills.

"We've been studying together since last year. I had the design background and Freddy is a really good maker. We decided to combine these two skills and see if we could go further," Carolina said.

Equally, Freddy was also a winner at the 2016 Holmesglen Awards, which were held earlier in 2016.

You can follow Carolina and Freddy's designs via Instagram - @two_am_furniture. Furthermore, you can also email the company - twoamfurniture@gmail.com  - to be placed on the waiting list for when the chair hits the market.