Highlights

MIFF 2021 Industry Seminars

The MIFF Industry Seminars are back with a range of topics that are shaping the industry. Meet and learn from industry experts on what you need to know and ask the questions you want. This is another great opportunity to network and catch up with the professionals to build the right connections.

Coming Soon! The list of seminars at MIFF 2021 will be released in January 2021. The list below are industry seminars that were scheduled to be held during MIFF 2020.

Status of Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0 Applications Amongst Furniture Manufacturers in Malaysia and its Benefits

  • 6 March 2020 • 2:30pm - 3:15pm
  • Prof Dr Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Synopsis: What are the benefits of IR 4.0 among furniture manufacturers in Malaysia? Get an insight into the experience of manufacturers who have embarked on this journey. This presentation is part of an international research project funded by the European Union (EU) with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) as the partner. It is the first such long-term study on this topic which has far reaching relevance to the furniture industry.

Prof. Dr. Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam is the leading authority on the Malaysian furniture sector, with more than 30 years in the industry and academia. He has consulted extensively for many furniture manufacturers throughout Asia and authored over 700 publications. He is Professor of Furniture Manufacturing & Management at the Faculty of Forestry, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and a Senior Research Fellow of the International Furniture Research Group. Voted the most outstanding furniture researcher with impactful research outputs in Asia by the Industrial Finance Forum of Asia (IFFA) in 2018.


Innovative Wood Drying Technology for Value-Added Furniture and other Wood-Based Products

  • 6 March 2020 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
  • Dr Sik Huei Shing, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Synopsis: FRIM works in tandem with stakeholders from wood-based sectors for the advancement of indigenous and innovative wood processing technologies. Find out more about FRIM’s High Temperature Drying (FRIM HTD®) programme, a green initiative which promotes the use of rubberwood and acacia wood, the two major plantation species in ASEAN region, and other plantation timber species.

Dr Sik Huei Shing is Head of Wood Drying Laboratory at FRIM. Her doctoral research work dealt extensively on developing high temperature lumber treatment technology based on local innovation. A key researcher who won the Malaysian National Innovation Award in 2013, National Intellectual Property Award in 2014 and recipient of Outstanding Doctoral Research Award by International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) in 2014.


Prevent Moisture in Shipping

  • 6 March 2020 • 4:00pm - 4:45pm
  • Kenny Hing, Sales Manager (Singapore & Malaysia), Super Dry Desiccant (Malaysia)

Synopsis: Why do we need to implement moisture and dirt control measures at earlier stages of the supply chain? It is far easier and much more cost effective to prevent mould development and growth than trying to remove it. Find out what can happen inside a container and steps that can be taken to minimise the occurrence of moisture.

Mr Kenny Hing has five years of experience in the desiccant industry and has conducted more than 50 seminars, workshops, training and 30 factory audits.


Conference on Wood-Based Furniture Design 2020

  • 7 March 2020 • 9:30am - 5:00pm
  • Various (see below)

Sustainable & Commercial: Creating Own Design as Own Brand
Co-Organised with Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB)

Speakers: Various speakers from Malaysia and other countries

*Full schedule will be released soon


Design for the Small People

  • 8 March 2020 • 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Various (see below)

Synopsis: The childrens' furniture market is getting bigger than ever. What considerations and designs will persuade parents in choosing furniture for their kids? Join us for the conversation with three design experts:

Dr Eric LeongHead of Interior Architecture & Design School, The One Academy, Malaysia • (Moderator)
A celebrity design guru for 29 years, he is also known as DREL. A popular home makeover series and lifestyle shows aired on Malaysian television and radio has left him with the crown as “King of Design”. Chief Judge of 2020 MIFF Furniture Design Competition.

Tul LekutaiPrincipal & Co-Founder, Deco Moda Studio, Thailand • (Panelist)
Tul Lekutai is graduate in architecture from Chiangmai University and is involved in diverse creative fields Founded Deco Moda Studio in 2003 and in 2017, he established Thailand visual practitioners spearhead team called Pictures Talk. He is currently a board member of International forum of Visual Practitioners, USA.

Walter TanManaging Director/ Design Consultant, Elemental Republic, Malaysia/China • (Panelist)
Walter Tan is an industry veteran with 26 years of experience, Walter Tan designs and develops a variety of furniture for markets all over the world. Elemental Republic is a wooden furniture manufacturer in China. He is also a furniture design consultant for a Sydney-based company. Mentor to a group of young designers called “Pattern Banyak” for the Millennials@Design showcase in MIFF in 2018, 2019 and 2020.


Digital Cathedrals and the City of the Future - Man, Technology and Nature: Synergy in the Urban Environment

  • 8 March 2020 • 11:00am - 11:45am
  • Mr Chris Bosse, Director, LAVA Asia Pacific, Australia

Synopsis: Achieving more with less. How do geometries in nature create both efficiency and beauty? What can architecture learn from nature in the areas of structure, material and building skin? Efficient, intelligent and beautiful membranes for interiors and exteriors.

Mr Chris Bosse founded LAVA in 2007 with Tobias Wallisser and Alexander Rieck. Educated in Germany and Switzerland, Bosse bases his work on the computerised study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions. He is a multiple award winner and recognised as a new generation architect. Whilst Associate Architect at PTW in Sydney, Chris was a key designer of the Beijing Olympics Watercube, winner of the Atmosphere Award at the 9th Venice Architecture Biennale. LAVA was the 2016 Laureate of the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.


From Furniture Manufacturer to BRAND: Concept to Creative+Innovation

  • 8 March 2020 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
  • Jirachai Tangkijngamwong, R&D Director & Marketing Director, Deesawat Industries, Thailand

Synopsis: The story of product development from OEM brand DEESAWAT since 1972 to become the creative and innovative international brand.

Jirachai Tangkijngamwong has won numerous awards in Thailand and internationally, among them ADEX Awards (U.S.A), Design Asia Award (Hong Kong) and Design and Design Award (France). He is also a brand guru with vast experience in assisting SMEs and Thailand’s local entrepreneurship programme, OTOP.


Reflections on the Future of Multi-Disciplinary Design

  • 9 March 2020 • 11:00am - 11:45am
  • Atilla Kuzu, Founder, Zoom/TPU, Turkey

Synopsis: All design solutions are based on architecture and subsequent interior design; it extends from furniture, daily use tools and object design. Follow my design journey and how it has evolved from architecture and interior design..

A fine arts graduate of Marmara University, Atilla Kuzu has won a string of awards at home and abroad. He is the co-founder of Zoom / TPU with Levent Çırpıcı for design projects and implementation. His works have been recognised by IFDA Japan, WAF Awards, Aga Han Architecture Awards and in 2016, Atilla Kuzu was selected “Designer of The Year” at Elle Decor International Design Awards. He still works on furniture designs and as well as interior design and architectural projects.


The Future of Furniture, Co-Living Style

  • 9 March 2020 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
  • William John Linnell, Head of Interior Design, Hmlet, Singapore

Synopsis: Hmlet (pronounced “Hamlet”) is a co-living company that provides a flexible and hassle-free living experience, with custom-designed homes, engaged communities and inspiring events. We believe in furnishing spaces to be more than just functional; Hmlet spaces are designed for our members to experience a true sense of community and belonging. But none of the great times can happen without the most important building block – good ol' furniture. Can a bed be more than just a bed? Is that sofa really just another seat? Let's talk the future of furniture.

After studying interior architecture at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, Will Linnell’s passion is creating unique and innovative spaces for the people that use them. Leading the Interior Design team at Hmlet, the fastest growing co-living company in Asia-Pacific, he and his team customise and renovate properties to unlock their full potential of community-orientated spaces. Skilled at creating beautiful modern designs, Will leads Hmlet through every phase of the design process from coordinating architectural details to creating and implementing the full interior concept.