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From the gothic to the postal: Kiwis make colourful dash towards awards final

From the gothic to the postal: Kiwis make colourful dash towards awards final

The depth of Kiwi design talent in the running to win an award at the upcoming 2011 Dulux Colour Awards spreads far and wide as the newly announced 2011 shortlist reveals. Now in their 25th year, the awards celebrate the use of colour in architecture and design and this year’s shortlist features an impressive 23 Kiwi projects, with Auckland and Christchurch taking centre-stage. Although it’s only the second year Kiwi designs have been eligible to enter, it’s a marked improvement from last year’s 11 Kiwi finalists. The awards this year feature over 60 finalists.

Judged across seven categories (Residential Exterior, Residential Interior, Commercial Exterior, Commercial Interior, Sustainable Interior, Student and Grand Prix), New Zealand entries feature in all categories except the Grand Prix.

Georgia Webb, from Auckland-based Creative Spaces, will likely be receiving more than one pat on the back after four finalist nods for her design work on Auckland’s Mangere Arts Centre, the Land Information New Zealand office in Hamilton and New Zealand Post office in Auckland.

And while the redevelopment of Eden Park has inevitably caused some nearby residents to shake their fists in the air with frustration, Jasmax will be putting a celebratory fist in the air after picking up a finalist spot in the Commercial Interior category for its clever use of colour to help guide punters through the Stadium.

For Christchurch’s part, there’s loads of stand-out entries including Alex Fulton’s Dine by Design, a quirky dining room featuring a cacophony of bold, bright and at times, clashing hues that was designed as part of Feast of Canterbury’s Dine by Design event; Cymon Allfrey Architects electric blue and citric orange designs for Riccarton’s Loburn School Library, and Warren & Mahoney’s designs for Christchurch law firm, Duncan Cotterill.

Dine by Design

Athfield Architects’ designs for Christchurch’s Civic Building also caught the eye of the judges, with its Canterbury inspired colour scheme and use of environmentally friendly paint products helping secure the firm a finalist placing in the Sustainable Interior category.

Christchurch Civic Centre

Christchurch students dominate the Student category, with students at Christchurch’s Design and Arts College of New Zealand filling all five of the New Zealand student finalist spots.

And without further ado, here is the complete list of Kiwi finalists:

Residential Exterior

  • Heather Thorley, Colour Options (Paraparaumu) for Raumati Beach House;
  • Donna Butler, Donna White Design (Auckland) for Orewa Beach House.

Residential Interior

  • Irene Benfell, Creative Illusions Interior Design Concepts and Colour Co-ordination (Southland) for Murphy House (Glacier Rock Farm);
  • Alex Fulton, Alex Fulton Design (Christchurch) for Dine by Design;
  • Heather Thorley, Colour Options (Paraparaumu) for The Esplanade House;
  • Peta Tearle, Peta Tearle Colour and Design Studio (Auckland) for Waiheke Bach;
  • Peta Tearle, Peta Tearle Colour and Design Studio (Auckland) for Coatesville Country House;
  • Donna Butler, Donna White Design (Auckland) for Orewa Beach House.

Commercial Exterior


  • Georgia Webb, Creative Spaces (Auckland) for Mangere Arts Centre;
  • Jane Matthews, Matthews & Matthews Architects Ltd (Auckland) for Mt Eden Methodist Church and Village Centre.

Commercial Interior


  • Craig South, Cymon Allfrey Architects (Christchurch) for Loburn School Library;
  • James Downey, Jasmax Ltd (Auckland) for Eden Park Redevelopment;
  • Georgia Webb, Creative Spaces (Auckland) for Land Information New Zealand;
  • Georgia Webb, Creative Spaces (Auckland) for Mangere Arts Centre.

Sustainable Interior


  • Aaron Harvey, Warren & Mahoney (Auckland) for Duncan Cotterill Christchurch;

  • Michael Shore, Athfield Architects Ltd (Christchurch) for Christchurch Civic Building;
  • Georgia Webb, Creative Spaces (Auckland) for New Zealand Post.

Student


  • Katrina Margaret Pinnington, Design and Arts College of NZ for 14 Stepping Stone Childcare Centre;
  • Erin Gilbertson, Design and Arts College of NZ for Habitots Childcare Centre;
  • Kelly Hanrahan, Design and Arts College of NZ for Tiny Tots Childcare Centre;
  • Jessica Molony, Design and Arts College of NZ for Poco Poco;
  • Danilyn Green, Design and Arts College of NZ for Tiny Critters Childcare Centre;
  • Lucy Oliver, Design and Arts College of NZ for D & A Childcare Centre.



The winners of the 2011 Dulux Colour Awards will be announced at an avant-garde event in Sydney on 30 March.

And what’s up for grabs? Category winner’s will receive a trophy and AUD$1,500 (NZ$2,059) in prize money. The Grand Prix prize winner will receive AUD$2000 (NZ$2,745), a trophy, plus a return business class airfare and five nights accommodation to attend the renowned International Furniture Fair in New York City.

All finalist entries will be automatically entered into the Australian Interior Designer Awards, and will be put on display at designEX – Australia’s longest running and most prestigious design and architecture event.

Check out the entire list of finalists HERE.

Mangare Arts Centre

Waiheke Bach

Orewa Beach House