And the winners of the Plascon 2016 Colour Design Awards are…

Jul 21, 2016


Image courtesy of Zurita Moore

Every year we wait with baited breath for the date – in Anne Roselt’s, our global colour manager’s, diary – when the judging of the annual Colour Design Awards takes place. Tuesday 19 July was that day, and I was very happy when Anne invited me to join the team of judges and be part of the process at the Plascon Spaces Showroom.

Each entrant had to identify an existing school or educational institution building, which needed a colourful design intervention, and to show us how they’d use colour to transform it into an environment that uplifts, inspires and empowers.

This year we received 120 entries in total (41 more than in 2015). Due to the large number of entries, there were two rounds of judging, and the top ten entries were chosen out of 42 finalists (the top twenty will be displayed at 100% Design in August, and the top six will be featured in Issue 21 of Plascon SPACES magazine).


The Plascon 2016 Colour Design Awards judges. Image courtesy of Elske Kritzinger.

The judges – from the left: Donald Nxumalo, Interior Designer | Sumien Brink, Editor in Chief (VISI, Plascon Spaces, and New Media Books) | Leana Schoeman, Editor (Sunday Times Lifestyle Magazine) | Anne Roselt, Global Colour Manager (Plascon) | Jodi Robertson (International Trend Institute (ITI) | Samantha van den Berg (organizer) | Laurence Brick (Platform Creative Agency / 100% Design).

It was great to experience the judging process and to be part of the conversations that take place as each judge explains why they think a particular entry should be shortlisted. One thing was unanimous; the standard of entries this year are outstanding.

The judges shortlisted 10 entries, and the process started all over again. This was no easy task, and with the prizes up for grabs (as per below), the judges wanted to make sure that they made the right decision.


So without further ado, the overall (very deserving) winner is………

Shani Bijleveld – a first year interior design student from Design Time School of Interior Design. Her winning entry can be seen below (followed by the second- and third-place winning entries).

Plascon Colour Design Awards 1st Place Winner – Shani Bijleveld:


Plascon Colour Design Awards 2nd Place Winner
– Athena Strates:


Plascon Colour Design Awards 3rd Place Winner
– Janine De Bruin:


Congratulations to the top three students, and a big thank you to their respective lecturers (Natalie Kirkwood: 1st and 2nd | Anel Botha: 3rd) from the Design Time School of Interior Design for supporting the students in entering the competition.

We will be sharing the best of the rest of the top six with you tomorrow, as well as a special mention.