The MIID Reka Awards, Malaysia’s premier interior design awards has just wrapped up and two of The One Academy students’ design has brought them awards! The prestigious competition honours works that reflect good design, problem-solving capabilities and soundness in construction. Alice Dinh, who won the Silver award, designed an exhibition for the Mermaid Melissa Foundation surrounding the theme ‘From Myth to Reality’ whereas Lim Joe Yi’s design of a pop-up container retail store for the Australian luxury beauty brand ‘Aesop’ got her a Mention.
‘From Myth to Reality’ is a temporary exhibition proposal for Mermaid Melissa Organization located at Lake Symphony KLCC, Kuala Lumpur. The project showcases a modern fairy tale world – one that combines fresh, futuristic and unconventional styles. It also symbolizes a dreamily eccentric and playful parallel world where everything is possible.
Embracing the mother ocean from within, the concept of this design is inspired by Mermaid Melissa - an aquatic professional mermaid company with the best mermaid performers who once said "Lets help to save the ocean before all the creatures become mythical". Therefore, the concept reflects the fluidity of mermaid movement towards the marine life and protecting the ocean. The movement of mermaids smoothly divide the space, creates a vision of vanishing and enhances the mystery of mermaid myth, drawing people into the exhibition and raising awareness on saving the ocean.
Being the first student from The One Academy to receive the MIID Reka award, Alice recounted feeling honoured and humbled by the entire experience. However, the journey to success was not all smooth sailing as she faced her fair share of challenges along the way. As a final-year student, her time was mostly occupied with challenging subjects and assignments.
Every cloud has silver lining, and Alice’s one came in the form of the support she received from her friends and lecturers. She also expressed her gratitude to The One Academy for giving numerous opportunities for students to shine through awards and competitions. Similarly, Lim Joe Yi also thanked her lecturers for their support and allowing her the freedom to design during the competition process.
Joe Yi’s concept for Aesop’s pop up store carries the aim to promote the products and brand information to both local and overseas visitors as the site is a strategic tourist spot. Founded in 1987, Aesop specialises in skincare, hair care, soaps and fragrances, which integrates ingredients from both plant-based and laboratory-made sources. Therefore, she also wanted her design to showcase their brand identity of emphasising on customer’s experiences through consultations, sharing sessions and workshops.
Their advice for future participants is to “always be creative”. Alice, who truly believes in hard work and loving what you do, is of the opinion that one who does not love what they do will never get the chance to do what they love. With talents such as these, it is apparent that the future of the creative industry is in good hands.