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How a furniture design course can bring your ideas to life

Furniture course students Jiun Yaw Ng and Raelene Hoskins have used practical workshops, competitions and industry experience to turn their ideas into innovative furniture designs.

The furniture course students took part in Fringe Furniture, as part of Fringe Festival. The competition is described as an “experimental playground” that provides an exhibition for the best emerging furniture designers.

Holmesglen students are encouraged to enter their designs in the competition. Jiun submitted a table (see picture above) and Raelene a bar stool (see picture below).

“The teachers were very supportive. They were open to suggestions and gave me advice on how to construct the joins, how to use glue and how to properly clamp them together when on an odd angle,” says Jiun.

Raelene used recycled wood – a material she uses on all her furniture – to form her bar stool. Motivated by a previous Fringe Furniture entry that was purchased by the Mayor of South Yarra, Raelene’s stool saw her expand on her creativity.

“I wanted to make something sculptural. I like to go a bit outside the box,” she says.

Our building and construction courses offer various training pathways, from apprenticeship to non-apprenticeship study modes. Both Jiun and Raelene came to their diploma course after completing certificate qualifications. Jiun finished the CPC31912 Certificate III in Joinery, while Raelene did the MSF40213 Certificate IV in Furniture Design and Technology.

Both students have used their training to enter the furniture industry. Jiun works for timber flooring company Renaissance Parquet and Raelene has started her own business, Off the Rails, specialising in timber designs.

As for their advice for turning furniture designs into reality?

“Just make it your own. Have fun with it. If you make a mistake, there is always a way to fix it,” Raelene says.

Find out what study and career opportunities are available to you at our furniture courses page.

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