Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
The Plascon 2014 Colour Design Awards were intended to be a celebration of colour, design and creativity; a way of demonstrating how creative thinkers have the ability to make a positive impact on the built environment. The Awards (an annual competition for architectural and design students and professionals), grew out of the previous Plascon Prism Awards. The theme for the Plascon 2014 Colour Design Awards was ‘Uplift’, with specific focus on neglected social spaces – one of the reasons why it was an officially recognised project of Cape Town’s World Design Capital 2014 programme.
The World Design Capital 2014 carries the slogan ‘Live Design. Transform Life.’ Similarly, the aim of this year’s awards was 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.
The student category required students to find a public space with the potential to be revitalised and show how it could be renewed using a design and colour intervention, incorporating one or more of the Plascon 2014 Colour Forecast palettes into their designs. The 2014 Colour Forecast’s theme was Colour Nation, celebrating the way in which we define our world with colour – with the palettes running from dark and contemplative neutrals to clean modern pastels.
The judging took place on Tuesday 24 June 2014 at the renowned Plascon Spaces Showroom in Fourways, Johannesburg, and the judging panel was comprised of leading industry experts, including Dion Chang (Flux), Lawrence Brick (100% Design), Annemarie Meintjes (Visi), Alan Fennell (Designing Ways) and Anne Roselt (Plascon).
The judging panel considered each entry’s insight and application of the theme, innovation, aesthetics and use of colour, and after much deliberation and discussion, winners in the student and professional categories were selected:
Plascon 2014 Colour Design Awards Winners! Student Category
Above is the submission of 1st prize winner: Charlene Goncalves from the Tshwane University of Technology, for her entry “Uncontained Emotional Response to Colour”.
Above is 2nd prize Winner Nicholas Smit’s entry “Analog Animation”, from Inscape Education Group Cape Town, and below is 3rd prize Winner Matthew Burgess, also from Inscape Education Group Rosebank, for his entry “Phomolong Primary School”.
And finally, below is 4th prize Winner Kim Tattersall from Design Time, and her entry “Pop Up Train”.
Charlene Goncalves won a trip to the London Design Festival and a R5000 cash prize for her school. The other prize winners each received a R5000 cash prize, with the second and third place winners also receiving R5000 cash prizes for their schools.
Tomorrow we will be featuring our Professional Category Winners, so don’t miss that post!