Panels & Furniture Asia May/Jun 2018

May / June 2018 • Issue 3 • PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA 34 DESIGN Hoa Mai winning entries were displayed at VIFA Expo Hoa Mai, awarded every spring by the Handicraft & Wood Industry Associat ion of HCMC (HAWA) , star ts in October when entries are invited and culminates with presentations. Winners are displayed at the V i etnam Inter nat i ona l Furniture Fair (VIFA) in early March. F or many years the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been a lead supporter, providing materials for the prototypes, funding judging inputs and promotional work in demonstration of its longstanding relationship with HAWA. This competition attracted 198 initial entries fromall over Vietnamwhichwere reduced to just 22 for the second round; selected to produce prototypes for the final judging in March just prior to the VIFA show, where the winners were to be awarded. This year, the hardwood material supplied was American red oak. SevenHAWAmembermanufacturing companies stepped forward to assist entrants to produce their projects, while several others arranged their own manufacturing. The standard of prototyping has recently risen, due largely to the increased assistance of such companies. HAWA attracted entries from all over Vietnam, demonstrating its reach and the assistance of HAWA’s manufacturing member companies is impressivewith the time that senior staff gave to the prototyping process. AHEC members Baillie Lumber Company and Tioga Hardwoods Inc., and Vietnamese importer Tavico donated red oak lumber – all with a range of grades and dimensions supplied rough sawn. The panel of judges is chaired by HAWA Chairman Nguyen Quoc Khanh who has been the driver of the competition’s momentum together with his deputy chairman architect Nguyen Chanh Phuong. Both are personally determined to raise the level of furniture design in Vietnam by young Vietnamese designers. On March 5, the panel of 13 judges reviewed the 18 prototypes, and two winners and six ‘Highly Commended’ were selected using six criteria: Functionality, Marketability, Innovation, Aesthetic, Creativity and Eco-Friendliness. Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang topped the competition with ‘Giao Thoa’ table followed by Le Doinh Chung with his ‘Roly’ lamp. Bothweremade in the small Hoang Thao factory. The awards were presented at the opening ceremony of VIFA Expo. ℗ Hoa Mai winner Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang with 'Giao Thoa' table