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First Year Interior Decorating Student Wins Plascon Colour Design Awards 2016

The winner of the annual Plascon Colour Design Awards was officially announced at 100% Design South Africa, held at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 5 to 9 August 2016. This year’s competition was aimed exclusively at South African students of architecture and interior design. Top honours went to Shani Bijleveld, a first year student from Design Time School of Interior Design in Cape Town. Second and third place went to Athena Strates and Janine De Bruin respectively, who are also students at Design Time.

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Powered by South Africa’s leading coatings company, the Plascon Colour Design Awards, celebrate colour, design and creativity. 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.

Bijleveld chose Oranjekloof Moravian Primary School in Hout Bay, Cape Town, as a canvas for her entry. Her winning design incorporated bold shades of orange and blue including Atlantic Beach B5-B1-1, Plascon’s Colour of the Year for 2016. The vibrant complementary colours were used in patterns inspired by Xhosa beadwork, thereby acknowledging the cultural heritage of the majority of learners at the school.

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“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. “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.”

Bijleveld’s winning design was chosen from among 120 entries received – over 40 more entries than the previous year. The judging panel consisted of Anne Roselt, Global Colour Manager  at Plascon, Sumien Brink, Editor in Chief of VISI and Plascon Spaces magazines as well as New Media Books, Leana Schoeman, Editor  of Sunday Times Home Magazine, Jodi Robertson, Director of International Trend Institute (ITI),  Samantha van den Berg, organiser of the Plascon Colour Design Awards, Laurence Brick, MD of Platform Creative Agency and Creative Director of 100% Design South Africa and up and coming interior designer, Donald Nxumalo.

“Due to the large number of entries, there were two rounds of judging with each judge explaining why they thought a particular entry should be shortlisted,” adds Roselt. “One thing was unanimous: the standard of entries this year was outstanding!”

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.

What’s more, Plascon recognises the value of public and media exposure for students, who constitute South Africa’s next generation of industry professionals. To this end, 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. The top six entries will also be featured in the upcoming Issue 21 of the popular Plascon SPACES magazine.

The Plascon Colour Design Awards grew out of the previous Plascon Prism Awards, which Plascon supported for several years. These awards demonstrate Plascon’s ongoing commitment to further the architectural and design industries.

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