Industry Benchmark for Industrial Designers

Year on year Central Industrial Design students out perform student designers across Australia and this year is no exception, with current and former Central students taking out half of all the honours at a recent industry award night.

Central students collected three of a possible six awards at the Australian Furniture Association’s (AFA) Australian Contemporary Emerging (ACE) Design Awards in Melbourne.


The event, held from the 9-12 of July at the Royal Exhibition Building, is designed to promote the development of emerging Australian design talent.

The ACE awards are open to students and practicing designers with the aim of presenting designs to industry for review, critique and discussion related to commercial opportunities and linking designers with manufacturers.


This year approximately 50 designs were selected for the ACE Awards exhibition. Once again, students and recent graduates of the Industrial Design program at Central were by far and away the most widely represented institution.

A highlight of the event was seeing the number of former graduates at the event. It shows not only their commitment to developing a career in design but their ability to compete and perform at the highest level.

The three ACE awards won by either current of former Central students were:

Kristina Melnikova – Moxie Chair

(Current student Advanced Diploma ID)

Kianoosh Kavoosi – Orbit Table

(2014 Graduate Adavanced Diploma ID)

Jack Flanagan / Calum Campbell – Grain Stool

(2012 / 2013 Graduates Advanced Diploma ID)


Making the wins of these designers even more special is the announcement by the AFA that ACE Award Winners would be offered exhibition space at the AFA’s International Pavilion as part of an Australian Trade Mission in the London Design Festival later in the year.

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