The Dulux Let’s Colour Awards is in its third year. The ceremony took place at London’s culinary landmark The Magazine Restaurant on Monday evening (April 27th). Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, played host to the event.
These awards were designed to celebrate and reward the most innovative uses of colour and design across the wide spectrum of Britain’s creative industries and events, and to recognise and praise the talent which makes the world a brighter place through colour. The Let’s Colour Awards 2015 judging panel, headed by Creative Director of Dulux, Marianne Shillingford included experts from the worlds of art, design, fashion and media.
How it works
• From the nomination list the panel compile a shortlist at the end of each year ready for the next edition of the awards
• In the month leading up to the Dulux Let’s Colour Awards the British public and beyond are able to vote for the most memorable and colourful moment of the year
Best Use of Colour in Homes & Interiors
Raw-Edges Design Studio for The Lake Collection
Best Use of Colour in the Arts
Artist, Dan Tobin-Smith, for ‘The First Law of Kipple’
Best Use of Colour in Fashion & Beauty
Colour Innovation in Technology & Design
Plastique Fantastique & Marco Barotti, For Sound of Light a synthetic sculpture that transforms sunlight into audio frequencies
Best Use of Colour in Commercial Architecture & Buildings
Aberrant Architecture, awarded for an Edwardian renovation of the Rosemary Works School
Young Designer of 2015
Contribution to Colour
Fashion designer, Jonathan Saunders for his lasting contribution of bringing colour to people’s lives
Colour Moment of the Year
‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept created by Ceramic Artist Paul Cummins MBE and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces originally at HM Tower of London 2014
‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ sparked international interest when the bright red installation took over one of London’s most iconic landmarks, The Tower of London, to mark one hundred years since the First World War. Each vibrant red poppy represented a British & Colonial fatality of the Great War and showed the 21st Century how emotionally powerful colour can be. The iconic poppy installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London that drew over five million visitors was the most memorable and colourful moment of the past year according to the British public. The poppy installation beat colour competitors including the unique ‘Making Colour’ exhibition at the National Gallery, ‘Summer of Colour’ at the Turner Contemporary and ‘Illuminating York’ festival to the award.
Paul Cummins MBE, winner of Colour Moment of the Year, commented: “”I am delighted to have been awarded the Dulux Let’s Colour Award for the Colour Moment of the Year for the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red,’ 2014, at the Tower of London. The colour of the ceramic poppies was very important to me and had to be right from the beginning, they needed to pop against whichever environment they were placed in. I had actually discovered the exact red back in 2012 when I was working on the Cultural Olympiad and was searching for colours for the created ceramic roses that were placed outside the Houses of Parliament. I had tested and mixed many different reds until striking upon the perfect colour which is a version of Cadmium red, only much more vibrant. The eventual colour we I found was perfect for the poppies and so I colour matched the paint to ensure its vibrancy and beauty shone from each particular poppy in the installation.”
Related Research (conducted BY Mortar London who polled 2,000 UK respondents)
• one in five wish there was more colour in their lives and 52% associate the current decade with black, white or grey
• 31% of the UK would be happier with more colour in their lives
• 67% of Brits believe that we were more expressive with colour over 50 years ago in the 1960s than we are today
The official Dulux Let’s Colour Awards can be found at www.duluxcolourawards.com
The judging panel will come together again at the end of the year to begin compiling the shortlist for the 2016 edition of the awards.
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