Colour design awards added to 2014 line-up

by Darren
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Entries for the Plascon Colour Design Awards 2014 are now open to students and professionals.


As part of the official World Design Capital 2014 programme, the Plascon Colour Design Awards will be held for the first time this year.

Aimed at students and professionals in the architectural and design industries, this new exciting competition will demonstrate how creative thinkers have the ability to make a positive impact on the built environment.

The World Design Capital 2014 carries the slogan “Live design, transform life”. In support of this notion, the theme of the Plascon Colour Design Awards 2014 is “Uplift” and consequently uplifting neglected social spaces is central to the competition. Participants will be challenged to show that urban spaces can be positively transformed through the use of design and colour, and how this makes a real difference in the daily lives of the people who use that space.

Plascon’s colour manager and the driving force behind the awards, Anne Roselt, says: “At Plascon, we know that creative thinkers have the power to change the world for the better. We’re also big supporters of budding design and architectural talent. That’s why we started the Colour Design Awards – a competition that celebrates colour, innovation and creativity.”

Student designers have a simple task: to find a public space that has the potential to be revitalised and then to show how it can be renewed using a design and colour intervention.

The winning entry in the student category will win a trip to the London Design Festival on 13 to 21 September 2014, while each of the three top entries in the student category will receive a R5 000 cash prize. In addition, the top three educational institutions will each get a R5 000 grant and the top 20 students will have their entries showcased at Decorex Joburg 2014.

To ensure that the student entries are in tune with contemporary urban culture, entrants are asked to incorporate one or more of the Plascon 2014 Colour Forecast palettes into their designs.

“The Forecast’s theme of ‘Colour Nation’ celebrates the way that we define our world with colour and each of the four palettes offers an inspiring perspective on how we do this,” says Roselt.

While the student category is conceptual in nature, the professional category considers projects that have already been completed. It is separated into two areas of submission, one for residential projects, spanning interior and exterior; and another for commercial projects, both interior and exterior.

Professionals need to submit images of a public space, residence, office or building that they have recently completed, showing how this has transformed the lives of the people living there or using the space. The winners in each area get a R5 000 cash prize and will feature in Plascon Spaces magazine. The overall winner will get a trip to New York valued at R40 000, as well as 100 litres of paint for a charity of their choice.

Entries in both the student and professional categories will be reviewed and scored by a high-profile panel of leading creatives in the fields of interior design, media and trend analysis. Joining Roselt on the judging panel are Annemarie Meintjies of Visi magazine, Alan Fennel of Designing Ways magazine, Laurence Brick of 100% Design SA and Dion Chang of Flux.

The Plascon Colour Design Awards will be judged in June 2014, and entries close on 28 May 2014. The winner will be announced in August 2014.

For more information about the Plascon Colour Design Awards, please call the competition co-ordinator, Sam van den Berg on 011 025 4246 or email sam@internet-sa.co.za. Be sure to visit the Plascon website www.plascon.co.za for information on the entry requirements and the rules of the competition.



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