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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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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Industrial Design Exhibition

Showing off the talented students of Central’s Industrial Design course in an exhibition of original work demonstrating a vast array of design skills, methods and material exploration.

Central students were again selected to exhibit at Vibrant Visions in Design (VIVID), the contemporary section of Furnitex, Australia’s largest furniture trade show in Melbourne in July. The 3D NOW exhibition features a selection of those pieces – gems that demonstrate the world-class design abilities of Central’s students.


Exhibition closes tomorrow 22 August in the Showcase Gallery Central Institute of Technology, cnr of Aberdeen & Beaufort St, Northbridge


Industry showcase for design students

Central industrial design students’ continuing high profile and success at VIVID (Vibrant Visions in Design) has been recognised with the Institute given a unique opportunity to exhibit past and current students’ work at the largest furniture trade show in the country.

The organisers of Furnitex, of which VIVID is the centrepiece, approached the Industrial Design program at Central to create an exhibition display space in the main arena showcasing work from the multiple award-winning course.

The display was well attended, with local and international visitors to the stand being impressed by the content in the designs and superb level of making skills clearly evident in the prototypes.

“This was an interesting exercise for us all, and was a clear indicator and reminder of the incredible achievements and high-level design skills our students have been demonstrating for many years,” said Industrial Design Coordinator Peter Kitely. “Being so close to the work, we tend to forget just how fabulous the work has been and how it just keeps on getting better and better.”

Once again Central was the most represented institution in the VIVID competition event, with 15 finalists among the 58 emerging designers selected from around the country. VIVID provides an opportunity for students to have their work analysed, critiqued and evaluated by industry experts. It is also Australia’s longest-running design competition for new and emerging designers.

Central industrial design student Yulia Holil in particular gained the attention of the judges and took home the Green Award for her Sandwiched Shelf design, a modular and adjustable free-standing shelving system. The judges noted that the piece was designed for disassembly, flat packed for a reduced transportation impact and carbon footprint, and the modular design ensures continued use and relevance.

Yulia Holil, Sandwiched Shelf, Green Award Winner
Yulia Holil, Sandwiched Shelf, Green Award Winner

Yulia was delighted to pick up the Green Award.

“By now, designing sustainably, responsibly, and effectively has become a part of my design process, which I go through in every project”, she said.

> Find out more about Central’s furniture design (Industrial Design) courses

Top of the table

There is one course at Central that over recent years has seen its students consistently win state awards, national awards and even international recognition- Industrial Design.

It is an area in which we regularly out perform the major design schools of Sydney and Melbourne.  The Industrial Design course at Central (formerly known as 3D Design) creates a unique environment that allows students to express their creativity through the production of highly original, industry-ready, work.

The learning environment and success in design competitions continues to catch both industry and media attention. Here is an article detailing Central’s excellence in this field that has just appeared in Inside Interior Design Review – the premier professional journal for Australian interior architects and designers.