The winning entry of the Plascon Colour Design Awards 2016 combines bold shades of orange and blue, in patterns inspired by Xhosa beadwork.

Using bold shades of orange and blue, a first year student from Design Time School of Interior Design in Cape Town claimed the top prize as the winner of the third annual Plascon Colour Design Awards 2016.

Shani Bijleveld used the Oranjekloof Moravian Primary School in Hout Bay, Cape Town, as a canvas for her entry. The vibrant complementary colours, which included Atlantic Beach B5-B1-1, Plascon’s Colour of the Year for 2016, were used in patterns inspired by Xhosa beadwork, thereby acknowledging the cultural heritage of the majority of learners at the school.

According to Bijleveld, her colour picks will have a positive impact on the emotional well-being and performance of learners at the school and are also found on the school emblem.

“The Plascon Colour Design Awards are centred around creative thinking and making the world better through the use of colour,” says Anne Roselt, Plascon’s global colour manager and the driving force behind the awards.

Design to uplift
This year’s competition was aimed exclusively at South African students of architecture and interior design. Under the theme #colourcan, the brief for this year’s competition was to create a design that would uplift an existing school or educational institution building using Plascon’s Inspired Colour range.

“At Plascon, we know that creative thinkers, like our winners, have the power to change the world for the better and we’re also big supporters of budding design and architectural talent. We asked the participants to reimagine a space using our range of colours. The main aim was to make the space inspiring and empowering for the learners or students.”

Top honours
Bijleveld’s winning design was chosen from among 120 entries received – over 40 more entries than the previous year. Two of her fellow students at Design Time, Athena Strates and Janine De Bruin took second and third place respectively.

“One thing was unanimous: the standard of entries this year was outstanding!”, said Roselt.

As her prize, Bijleveld wins a trip to London Design Week 2016, which runs from 17 to 25 September, valued at R40 000. Strates and De Bruin, the two runners-up, will each receive cash prizes of R5 000. In addition, the top three students also receive R5 000 each for their educational institution.

The designs of the top 20 finalists were showcased in a dedicated display at 100% Design South Africa – the country’s leading local and international design show.

For more information, visit www.plasconspaces.co.za.

Caption: Shani Bijleveld – Plascon Colour Design Awards Winner-1
Shani Bijleveld, won the Plascon Colour Design Awards 2016 with her design using bold oranges and blues on a primary school in Hout Bay, Cape Town.