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The Plascon Colour Design Awards 2014

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Both students and professionals will have a chance to enter the new Plascon Colour Design Awards, which will be held for the first time in 2014. They have been classified as an official project of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 programme too!

The theme is ‘Uplift’ and uplifting neglected social spaces is central to the competition.
The World Design Capital 2014 carries the slogan “Live Design. Transform Life.” Similarly, the aim of Plascon’s awards is 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.

For student designers: 
Find a public space that has the potential to be revitalised and then 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 13 – 21 September 2014.
The three top entries in the student category each receive a R5000 cash prize.
In addition, the top three educational institutions each receive a R5000 grant and the top 20 students will have their entries showcased at Decorex Joburg 2014.

For professionals:
The category will consider projects that have already been completed.
It’s 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 R5000 cash prize and will feature in Plascon Spaces magazine.
The overall winner will receive a trip to New York valued at R40 000 as well as 100 litres of paint to donate to 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: namely Anne Roselt of Plascon, 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 are due on May 28 2014. The winner will be announced in August 2014.

Visit the Plascon website for information on the entry requirements and the rules of the competition.

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