The Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) have announced the finalists and winners of the 19th iteration of the Hoa Mai Furniture Design competition.
Through this competition, HAWA and AHEC seek to inspire young Vietnamese designers to unleash their creative design talent using American hardwood species.
John Chan, regional director, Greater China and South East Asia of AHEC, said, “As with past iterations of the Hoa Mai Competition, we saw a plethora of excellent designs this year. We are delighted that these talented young designers had the chance to learn about and use sustainable American hardwood to produce beautiful and practical pieces.”
According to AHEC, all design entries were created from American red oak, the most abundant species in the American hardwood forest and which is particularly suited to fine furniture making given its beauty, strength and workability. There were 268 entries this year and judging panel narrowed this down to a shortlist of 22, from which eight eventual winners were chosen.
The winners and their projects are:
First prize: Vu Dinh Nghiem with his Eastern Sofa
Second prize: Tran Thanh Huyen with her Mantis Chair
Third prize: Vu Phan Hoai Nhi with her Sevania
Honourable prize winner (Environmental): Truong Kha Tu with her 20.22 Lights
Honourable prize winner (Functionality): Nguyen Thanh Nam with his Nang Bench
Honourable prize winner (Marketability): Luu Xuan Quynh with her Ngai Chair
Honourable prize winner (Technique): Nho Minh Luat with his Horse Curve
Honourable prize winner (Aesthetic and uniqueness): Phan Van Tin with his SEN Chair