Industrial Design students named VIVID design competition finalists

Five outstanding Monash University Bachelor of Industrial Design students and graduates have been named finalists in the 2019 VIVID design competition, part of the Decor and Design Interiors and Furnishings trade fair.

VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is Australia’s longest-running awards program, dedicated to unearthing and rewarding Australia’s next wave of design talent.

Amongst the five talented Industrial Design students is Marinos Drakopoulos, a recent graduate and now teacher in the course. Last year, Marinos won both the Furniture Design and Object Design categories for his James Chair and Arion Rocker.

“VIVID always puts on a fantastic show, the opportunity to exhibit your work and meet the judges and industry leaders is invaluable. Sharing the experience with other emerging designers fosters a great sense of community while also providing engagement with the broader design community,” said Marinos.

Dr Mark Richardson, Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design said, "It's wonderful to see so many of our current students and graduates recognised through the VIVID Design competition. The innovative design thinking and the way these emerging designers are developing creative solutions to tackle the design challenges of today and into the future is inspiring."

Congratulations to all of the finalists. The winning designs will be announced late July.


Designed by Brandon Chow.

Steel Bench is a two-seat bench is made for outdoor use. It was designed for both residential and commercial use.


Designed by Jaron Dickson.

Grenache Wine System is a wall-hung or stackable wine cellar system for the living space or purpose-built cellars. Hand made in Melbourne from FSC Certified Tasmanian Oak and Black Aluminium. Designed to display your wine collection as a centrepiece in the living space.


Designed by Marinos Drakopoulos.

MM03 Chair is a bentwood dining chair made of solid timber. The design is simple with a refined structure, highlighting the natural wood. The construction is as minimal as possible and features solid joinery throughout. The construction of the chair is a mix of traditional and CNC fabrication.


Designed by Phoebe Rogers.

Bernard is a loveseat, designed to fulfil a growing need for environmentally friendly pieces and an ever-growing desire for timeless design. Using renewable local timber, natural finishes, with solid construction made to last, this piece is sure to make an impact in the home, without having one on our environment.


Designed by Jack Balfour.

Candy is a collection of uniquely wheel thrown porcelain forms celebrating the beauty of controlled surfaces accentuated by refined glazes derived from the lanthanides oxides, copper and iron. Each object creates a vibrant individual experience capturing the motions of the handmade afforded by small batch production.


Designed by Eial Donnenfeld.

Espressflow is an espresso cup specifically designed for at home machine use. The design features a slope proportional to the gravitational constant, causing coffee to flow perfectly without creating air pockets in the ‘crem’ due to splashing. The cup features a 5mm double walled glass design to insulate the temperature of the coffee better.

Images courtesy of VIVID design competition.

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