Student Chair Collection, Made by Maxton Fox

Monday, 2nd August, 2021

In 2020, Maxton Fox forged a partnership with Western Sydney University’s School of Engineering, Design and the Built Environment, by launching a competition to Year 2 Industrial Design students; a competition that literally could launch a career.

The brief: To design a ‘feature chair’ that could work in a variety of settings. Whether that be hotel lobbies, residential spaces, reception areas of workplaces or hospitality venues.

The students were led through our manufacturing facility to understand our capability.

The requirement was that their designs needed to adhere to what could be made in-house by our Maxton Fox production teams at our Western Sydney facility.

Students were required to not only create a 3D drawing of their designs but write a synopsis that included the details of their inspiration, as well as submit a pitch video and a physical 4:1 scale model of their chairs.

Out of 40 entries and models, 12 were shortlisted and presented to a voting committee consisting of architects, interior designers, and Maxton Fox key personnel. The committee decided on the top 3 winning chairs.

Maxton Fox committed to working with each student designer to showcase the manufacturing of their prototypes, provide advice on key finishes and finalise their prototypes ready to launch to market.



WSU Maxton Fox Student Chair Collection


THE ADA CHAIR, by Meg Dortmans
Ada Chair by Meg Dortmans

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THE SÍNTE CHAIR, by Harry Williams
Sinte Chair by Harry Williams

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Super Tree Stool by Anthony Cham

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Dennis Hall, Founding Director and Owner of Maxton Fox says:

As a family-run Australian manufacturing business based in Western Sydney that has been manufacturing furniture and joinery for over 50 years, we’re pleased to partner with Western Sydney University, to support the next generation of emerging designers.”


Karen Yévenes, Lecturer and Academic Course Advisor in Industrial Design, said the program at Western Sydney University is committed to providing students with rich opportunities in work-integrated-learning.

Our partnership with Maxton Fox has been a very rewarding experience for our talented young designers; students have applied their understanding of product semantics, sustainable materials, and lean manufacturing processes to create unique and functional products, as delineated by the client brief. We’re proud of the students’ achievements and in the collaboration with vibrant local industries such as Maxton Fox.”


We are so pleased to bring you this new and exciting and diverse collection and it won’t be the last.

Get in touch today for further information.



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