We've revealed the top three designs for this year’s Colour Design Awards – now take a look at the best of the rest.
In no particular order, herewith some of the judges’ other favourites from the top 20.
University of South Africa (UNISA) before.
Elizabeth Cilliers’ aptly named design proposal “Pouring out Africa” marries rich colours with geometric African patterns and pouring paint. A student of interior design and décor at Potchefstroom Academy, Elizabeth produced a design for the University of South Africa (UNISA) centering around an illustration of the African continent, with colours echoing those of the South African flag “pouring” into one another at the tip – a visual representation of the melting pot of cultures in our country, according to Elizabeth.
A sophisticated African-optimistic setting is created through the use of patterns, vivid colours and geometric directional lines. The inspiration of pouring colours is a link to South Africa's melting pot of traditions, intertwined with today's modernism.
Attie Van Wyk Primary School before.
A student at Design Time School of Interior Design, Karla took a decidedly different approach. Her project’s title “Resolution” has multiple meanings, one of which refers to screen resolution and the use of pixels in her project, and the other making reference to solving a problem. “The problem I’ve identified at Attie Van Wyk Primary School in Durbanville is the minimal use of colour,” she explains. Her suggestion of greens, yellows, reds and oranges from Plascon was inspired by the hues of the surrounding Diemersdal vineyards through the seasons.
In this clever design concept, the ‘dots’ on the classrooms are in fact pixelated vine leaves, that create a bigger picture for the passing traffic. And it’s only when you stand closer that you see the individual dots that symbolise the grapes growing on the farms around the school.
In this clever design concept, the 'dots' on the classrooms are in fact pixelated vine leaves that create a bigger picture for passing traffic. And it's only when you stand closer that you see the individual dots that symbolise the grapes growing on the farms around the school.
Using shades from Plascon’s Discovery palette from the 2016 Colour Forecast, Tiffany, an interior design student at Inscape Education Group, pitched the radical colour transformation of Harold Cressy High School in Cape Town’s historic District Six.
Harold Cressy High School before.
“The Discovery palette is described as striking, harmonious and captivating – just as I want my design to be,” writes Tiffany in her proposal. “I want these colours to create illustrations symbolic of friendship, leadership, growth and strength. The different qualities of our flourishing youth.”
The colours in Tiffany's design were specifically chosen to capture and symbolise the diverse attributes of South Africa's burgeoning youth.
TEXT: ASHRAF BOOLEY