Panels & Furniture Asia Jul/Aug 2020

July / August 2020, Issue 4 | Panels & Furniture Asia 56 | DESIGN TheHandicraft andWood Industry Association of HCMC (HAWA) and the American Hardwood Export Council recently announced the finalistsandwinnersof theHoaMai Furniture Design Competition. T he 17 th iteration of the competition continues to provide young Vietnamese designers with the opportunity to explore the creative possibilities provided by American hardwood species and for business and industry to discover and connect with emerging design talent. Mr John Chan, executive director of The American Hardwood Export Council, said of the competition “We are delighted with the high quality of entries to the competition this year. The creative talent that continues to grow in Vietnam and the interest in the design and commercial possibilities that American hardwood species present is hugely encouraging”. All entries this year were created from American red oak, the most abundant species in the American hardwood forest. There were over 331 entries, 269 of which were from University students. The judging panel narrowed this down to a shortlist of 23 from which nine eventual category winners were chosen. The highlights and the quality of submissions can be seen below: The Hoa Mai Furniture Design Competition 2020 WINNER – THE HONOURABLE PRIZE SmartDesk Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa Hanoi Architectural University Solid and thin, bar and block, black and white, push and pull. The Smart desk is all about contrast. The intriguing design cleverly integrates wireless charger and USB ports with a concealed Hafele drawer. Designer Kim Thoa found the combination of the compressive strength of American red oak and ease with which it can be steam bent, a huge advantage in the manufacturing process. FB: