Ringmaster of the Design Circus

When Central design students enter a competition it’s a pretty safe bet that they will be up there with the best and this year’s Mobilia Design Circus competition was no exception.

Central Industrial Design students were awarded first, second and third place at the recent Design Circus competition run by Mobilia and partnered by Spanish Lighting Manufacturer Santa and Cole.

Entrants designed their own rendition of Santa and Cole’s ‘Head Hats’, hanging lamps with shades, with the winner receiving an all expenses paid trip to Barcelona to visit the company.

Mobilia contacted Central course manager Peter Kitely to invite students to participate. The competition became the second semester design project for first and second year students, with third year student Kristina Melnikova also entering.

Peter Kitely discusses the work with Nina Maso
Peter Kitely discusses the work with Nina Maso

The competition was open to the whole WA design community, but the winners and shortlisted designs were dominated by Central.

Kristina Melnikova was awarded first prize, Katherine Graham second and Do Pepper third, with the remainder of the ten shortlisted designs all submitted by Central students.

The judges were consistently impressed with the creativity and content of the designs, with the overwhelming comment being “we would never have thought of that”. The panel included:

  • Nina Masó – Co- Founder of Santa and Cole
  • Jordi Nadal – Santa and Cole International Export Manager
  • Salvatore Fazzari – Mobilia
  • Antonio Navarro – Art Director of Kettal
  • Jonathon Levien – Doshi Levien Studio

The three Central students were presented their prizes at the annual DIA WA (Design Institute of Australia) Award night on 3 December.

Following their first and second places, Kristina and Katherine will have their lighting designs put into production and featured in the Santa and Cole global catalogue.

Following Central’s success, designer Pepe Garcia of Culdesac and curator of the Design Circus, has offered to run a series of workshops next year for Central Design students.

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Success to Counterpoint Design

It’s funny how often a parent or grandparent can unknowingly inspire and direct us down a certain path. For Peter Milligan, the unsuspecting catalyst was Grandad Frank.

Peter, an Industrial Design Advanced Diploma student, recently won the Beacon Lighting Award for his Counterpoint Light, at the Furnitex VIVID event held in Melbourne earlier this year.

His inspiration stemmed from his childhood where he watched his grandad tinker and fix household items.

“My grandad Frank was a pretty extraordinary handyman, fixing things and solving household hiccups with basic hand-tools and salvage yard materials.  As a kid I watched him tinkering with vacuum cleaners and wooden toys in his meticulously ordered shed”, Peter said.

Peter didn’t go directly into design; he completed a double degree in chemistry and geology first, which he now uses to inform his design. He enjoys finding alternate ways to do things through experimentation and an unwillingness to accept the status quo.

Peter’s award winning light, demonstrates his ability to think outside the box, without compromising on a simple, striking and balanced design.

The Counterpoint Light consists of a stoneware base, a carbon rod and 3D printed plastic cone. While the materials themselves are common enough, the way the materials are assembled is unconventional.

“It is a balancing act but it’s also a very simple mechanism. The weight of the ceramic base is important and again I’m not sure if it was a happy accident or a familiarity with the material that lead me to it first”, Peter said.

Central students consistently lead the nation in contemporary design and this year is no exception. Congratulations Peter on receiving the Beacon Lighting Award for 2015.

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Christian Makes a Stand

It’s that time of year again; where Central and Billy Blue design students prove that they are design industry leaders.

This year, Christian Oshiro won the coveted National Samsung Staron Design Award in the concept category (edition 2) for his Kokoro Stand.

Christian receives award from Fiona Parsons - Specifications Manager, Austaron Surfaces
Christian receives award from Fiona Parsons – Specifications Manager, Austaron Surfaces

The Staron Design Awards is open to any designer, architect, developer or student that has created a project using Staron Solid Surfaces. The awards are designed to create exposure for designers that use Staron in outstanding applications.

As winner of the concept category, Christian created a unique product design using Staron. He designed a mid-floor shoe display in the shape of a heart for shoe boutique Melissa.

Melissa is a Brazilian company, which prides itself on customer care, a value, which translates into heartfelt, pure, honest products.

Kokoro in Japanese means heart, the feelings, spirit or essence of an individual. Christian used this concept to inspire his design to represent the culture and values of Melissa.

Adding to the sentiment of the project, Christian dedicated his heart shaped design to his mother, who recently passed away.

The design that could be created in one continuous surface with no joins using Staron, has received high praise from the judges.

”This design extracts the essence of the Melissa brand – it’s geometric shapes and colours – merges it with an abstracted heart shape and infuses it with emotion and meaning, while understanding the potential of the Staron product to create such a sculptural solution”, said Stephen Varady of Stephen Varady Associates.

Which clearly should be the final word here!

Christian with Central's Design portfolio staff
Christian with Central’s Design portfolio staff


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Central to transform the streets

Graduates from Central and Billy Blue Design College have been given the opportunity to use their skills to propose new ways for Northbridge business owners to refresh and improve their premises.

The Council has authorised the graduates to develop a property design program, which will be presented to the owners for voluntary implementation.

The focus area will be James Street (between Lake and William) and Lake Street (between Roe and Aberdeen).

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said property owners might be able to apply for Matched Funding Grants up to $5,000 to carry out approved works.

“The program is intended to provide industry pathways within the creative sector for graduating CIT design students while also resulting in a tangible improvement to the appearance of private properties in the focus area,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“The plan is for the graduates to form a ‘design collective’, Guerilla Creative, which, in partnership with CIT, will be contracted to work with businesses.  Lecturers will act as project leaders and mentors.

“Property owners may be exposed to new ideas which ultimately could benefit their businesses.

“City officers have undertaken a land use and dilapidation audit to identify issues which may inhibit businesses from improving their streetfronts.

“The audit highlighted such things as cleanliness, paint and material finishes, graffiti, visible air-conditioners and signage.

“The project brief will emphasise the need for an improved interface with the street and require elements including fire escapes, awnings, windows, entrances and alfresco areas to be incorporated, but will not require major structural changes.”

Ms Scaffidi said the City had a strong relationship with CIT through earlier ‘What If Northbridge’ projects, providing real-life experience to student designers

Eastern influences stay with six West Australian Designers

Japan is a land of great culture attention to detail and profound levels of organisation, which was experienced first hand by six lucky Central Interior Design students and their lecturer, Julie Fowell.

In late September, a select group of Interior Design students went on a study tour of Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, to learn about Japanese interior design and culture.

For many it was the first time on an overseas trip, but for all, it soon proved to be an eye opening and inspiring experience.


The overwhelming response from the students was surprise at the attention to detail prevalent in Japanese design and how well they used space. Design student Amy Owen found that the trip gave her a whole new approach to interior design.

“Seeing the ways the other students learn and create their interior spaces was so interesting. They take a more architectural approach to their designing, where as we go for a more decorative approach. We were able to see the same space we had previously worked on, be transformed”, she said.

It was the attention to detail that struck fellow student Nicole Hollingshed.

“The study tour has motivated me to pay more attention to the little details in design as I noticed so much of their architecture and interior design was detail focused”, she said.


Wendy Hopper enjoyed mixing with the Japanese students to see how they went about designing.

“It was quite fascinating to see their approach was to build the physical space with model making skills while we put pen to paper and worked on our design in a different method and medium.”

The tour included visits to subway stations, castles, temples, gardens, shrines, teahouses, historical districts and the opportunity to participate in a local college workshop. The students have now returned to their studies with some long lasting travel memories, coupled with a greater awareness of the vast possibilities within the world of design.



Fashion students shine in SunSmart competition

Cancer Council WA partnered with Central Institute of Technology fashion and textile students to set a challenge to design sun smart clothing for young people. This is the fourth year of the collaboration, with the three winners this year being Cassandra Pittard, Silvia Dzemail and Lauren Willems. The Diploma of Fashion and Textile Design students worked in groups to design and make the garment.

Fashion students

The design competition aims to change the perception of SunSmart clothing whilst promoting the benefits of covering up in the sun. With innovative design students on the case – ideally covering up in style.

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All For Show

It’s that time of year again – one that sees Central‘s 2014 Creative Industries Graduation Exhibitions in full swing.

Each and every year Creative Industries graduates show why Central is one of the leading art, design and media schools in Australia.

Central’s Graphic Design students are currently showing off their hard work in the ‘Fresh Collective’ exhibition in Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen St until 22 November.

The exhibition features a range of graphic styles and applications used by students in their final projects, including illustration, typography, branding, advertising and digital design.

So come down and check out the best up and coming creatives Central currently has walking through our halls. From Interior Design to Jewellery, Photography to Games and Animation, Central’s Creative Industries Graduation Exhibitions may just inspire you to create your own magic.


Interior Design

East Perth Campus 140 Royal St, East Perth

19-21 November, 9am-5pm


Graphic Design

Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen St, Perth

20-22 November, 10am-4.45pm Monday to Friday 12pm-4pm Saturday


Industrial Design

Central Park Foyer, 152-158 St Georges Terrace

24 November to 5 December, Monday- Friday 10am-5pm



Gallery Central 12 Aberdeen St, Perth

26-29 November, Wednesday- Friday 10am-4.45pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm


Animation and Games

East Perth Campus 140 Royal St

27 November 10am-4pm


Music and Radio

Rosemount Hotel

27 November 7pm


Film and TV

Cinema Paradiso, James St, Northbridge

Screening 3 December, ticketed event


Visual Art & Craft, Jewellery Design

Gallery Central 12 Aberdeen St, Perth

4-13 December, Monday– Friday 10am- 4.45pm Saturday 12pm-4pm