The winners of Dulux Colour Awards 2018 have recently been announced at the National Gallery of Victoria. 15 New Zealand designers were shortlisted for the awards.

The Crimson Education Office designed by Patrick Loo won the International category. Murali Bhasker from BOON was a judge at the 2018 awards and admired Patrick’s colour pallet in this project.

Davina Harper, design & colour specialist at Dulux, remarked, “All of us at Dulux are absolutely thrilled for Patrick and think this project represented not only an inspired use of colour but also the architecture and interior design talent we have in New Zealand.”

Patrick responded, “I am honoured for the project to have been recognised alongside all of the strong work from across New Zealand. It has been a great experience to meet and celebrate with all of the finalists and to have won the International category is a truly fantastic result.”

Below showcases winners within the interior design categories and corresponding jury notes:

Commercial Interiors: Workplace and Retail
Winner – Abbotsford Studio (VIC) by March Studio

“In this project, colour has been used to transform an industrial space into something more akin to an art installation. This bold, creative solution demonstrates a courageous design approach, incorporating the proportional and unassuming use of colour. Selected from a diverse range of entries, the studio stands out as an inspiring workplace that truly represents the personality of the company within.”

Commercial Interiors: Public and Hospitality
Winner – Wagaya (NSW) by Span Design

“Wagaya transports you to a different emotion and place akin to Japan. It was a standout entry, with clever use of colour and light defining what the space is about, particularly the way colour behaves in hand with lighting. Playing with neon illumination and colour can be tricky, and is difficult to master, but the neon against the selected tones in this interior adds another dimension to the space, creating an ethereal feel.”

Multi-Residential Interiors
Winner – North Perth Townhouse (WA) by Simon Pendal Architect

“A clear, concise concept at the heart of this entry separates it from the rest. With bold hues cutting through a base of white, the internal spaces are cleverly defined, while a play of gloss and matte paint finishes adds another dimension to the form. There is no subtlety here; instead, there’s an unwavering commitment to the use of contrasting tones to delineate the interior.”

Single Residential Interiors
Winner – Percy St (VIC) by Bagnoli Architects

“Underpinned by an innovative approach to its philosophy and execution, this entry has a beautiful energy and innocence, which captures the essence of what the Dulux Colour Awards mean to us. The exploration of colour is soft and serene, yet commanding, and responds to the architectural form rather than being simply applied to a surface. With greys, blacks and splashes of colour, the interior scheme flows seamlessly to the exterior, demonstrating how the consideration of colour in a design concept can add light and depth to a home.”