Portsmouth uni student wins £10,000 prize and six-month paid internship

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A UNIVERSITY of Portsmouth interior design student has scooped first prize in a design competition.

Tony Tan, 23, has beaten more than 80 other entries to win The Janine Stone Young Interior Designer of the Year award to promote emerging talent among UK design students.

The third-year undergraduate impressed judges with his vision of a contemporary New York apartment. They awarded him the £10,000 prize money and a six-month paid placement at Janine Stone’s offices in London.

He said: ‘The work experience means everything. Spending six months as a working member of a design practice will open up a world of opportunities and I hope it will accelerate my career. I couldn’t be more excited.’

Janine said: ‘There were some very exciting ideas presented but Tony showed everyone how simplicity can reign.

‘I felt that his design showed a maturity and confidence that would enable me to present him to clients and have him fully involved in projects within a short space of time.’

Tony, who will begin his internship in September, said his design was driven by the concept of modern day urban life and sustainable living.