‘Innovation meets sustainability’: MTC’s TIMB3R design programme takes on RiX 2023

The TIM3DR DIP 3.0 at RiX 2023

The Malaysian Timber Council (MTC), in collaboration with the Malaysian Wood Moulding and Joinery Council (MWMJC), the Malaysian Furniture Council (MFC), and the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID), have recently concluded their TIMB3R Design Incubator Programme (DIP) 3.0 display.

Held from 26-29 Oct 2023, the showcase displayed four out of the 12 furniture products from TIMB3R DIP 3.0 at the Reka Interior Exhibition (RiX) 2023 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Building on the success of its previous editions, TIMB3R DIP 3.0, with the theme ‘Innovation Meets Sustainability’ aimed to redefine the boundaries of sustainable design and craftsmanship in the timber and furniture industry.

In a move towards sustainability, TIMB3R DIP 3.0 has embraced the concept of eco-friendliness. This includes collaborating with Rubio Monocoat, a sustainable wood coating company as a partner for the programme.

This commitment to sustainability not only aligns with global efforts to protect the environment but also aims to position Malaysia as one of the leading countries that advocate for responsible practices within the industry.

One of the distinguishing features of TIMB3R DIP 3.0 is its collaboration with one of Malaysia’s top institutions for art and design education, The One Academy (TOA). The TOA’s contribution lies in the final phase of the programme, where they bring their expertise to style the completed products.

By partnering with TOA, the TIMB3R DIP 3.0 hoped to infuse a fresh wave of creativity by involving younger designers, while enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal. The involvement of TOA underscored TIMB3R DIP’s dedication to nurturing the next generation of designers and seamlessly blending aesthetics with sustainability.

MTC CEO Noraihan Abdul Rahman expressed her enthusiasm for the programme: “TIMB3R DIP 3.0 marks a significant evolution in the country’s timber and furniture design. By promoting sustainability and collaborating with our various partners, we are confident that this edition will inspire positive changes and innovation in the industry.”

TIMB3R DIP 3.0 continues to build upon its mission to elevate the local timber and furniture industry’s competitiveness in the global market. It provides a unique platform for Malaysian designers and manufacturers to synergise their talents, fostering original design manufacturing (ODM) and original brand manufacturing (OBM).

This initiative is a testament to MTC’s ongoing commitment to advancing the industry.

Furniture products displayed at RiX 2023

Hey Hatch

Designed by Cayenne Lim from A Moxie Associates, and manufactured by Vistawood Industries, Hey Hatch is a versatile furniture piece that offers multiple configurations. It can be transformed from a dressing table with a mirror to armchairs, a coffee table and a baby crib to adapt to different stages. It combines Semangkuk wood with white accents, showcasing creativity in furniture design.


Designed by Tai Yih Yeong and manufactured by JL Resources, Kyokusen’s furniture collection combines storage with design, the lounge chair’s legs also serving as book organisers and the side table’s bent legs offering storage for cups


Designed by Dexter Koh from Dexter Koh Design Architect, and manufactured by Weng Meng Industries, the SinarBayu Door is crafted from Meranti wood and offers a blend of ventilation, natural light, and security. Its adjustable screens allow for precise control of airflow and natural light while maintaining privacy and safety. 

T Minus Series

Designed by Tennyson Chia from Sachi Interior Design, and manufactured by Dynamic Furniture Industries, the T Minus Series combines Malay and Chinese cultural elements into its furniture design, creating pieces that evoke nostalgia and celebrate local identities. These furniture focus on traditional craftsmanship, contemporary aesthetics, feature elegant curves, intricate carvings, symmetrical patterns and using local natural resources.

Images: Malaysian Timber Council