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Design students taking over Melbourne

Six North Metropolitan TAFE students and graduates were selected to participate in VIVID, a national Decor + Design competition in Melbourne.

VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) is the longest running design competition in Australia, shining a spotlight on some of the most dynamic emerging Australian designers. Every year, the competition receives hundreds of applications from all over the country; only 43 were selected to exhibit in 2017.

Advanced Diploma of Industrial Design student Roberto Vessela was one of the selected students from North Metropolitan TAFE. Passionate about creating concept design and furniture, he found out about the competition through his lecturers.

“This was my first exhibition. It was really exciting to go to Melbourne for it – the city has a great creative atmosphere”, he said. “I spent most of my time at the exhibition, next to my product, networking, sharing my opinions and discussing design practices.”

“I met a lot of interior designers who were very interested in my product and got really good feedback for the quality of the design. I even got a few job offers over East, which at this point in time I may have to decline because I want to complete my studies first.”

Hailing from Napoli, Italy, Roberto will complete his qualification at the end of the year. He wants to continue his studies with a Bachelor Degree at Curtin University, looking for jobs in the industry he is passionate about and pursuing more opportunities to exhibit his creations.

“If people want to start a career in the product design industry, I would definitely recommend North Metropolitan TAFE”, he said. “Not only is it the only college delivering the program in WA, but it is also a great environment, very hands on and lecturers are very supportive. You get a lot of help through your projects.”

Other students selected to exhibit were Cadon Gates, Alistair Cole, Sebastian T. Heske, Rex Nai-Hsuan Yu and Haqiqy Hawary.

North Metropolitan TAFE Product Design lecturer Peter Kitely congratulated all students exhibiting on their success.

“Part of the Australian International Furniture Fair, VIVID is the preeminent design event on the Australian Furniture and Lighting Industry calendar”, he said. “What is significant about this event is the industry involvement; work is judged and selected for exhibition by an industry panel. To have their work showcased is in itself an indication of the quality and standard of the design.”

“As emerging designers, these students have taken a significant step in their career development. The show attracts 11,000 visitors and industry personnel – this is fantastic exposure and a well-deserved reward for them.”

Page last updated July 27, 2017