Innovative and inspiring works of colour sought by Dulux

Kiwi architects, designers and students who aren't afraid to play it safe will get the chance to show off their prowess at the 2012 Dulux Colour Awards.

Entries are now open for the Dulux Colour Awards, which will be announced in late March in Melbourne, and for the first time a New Zealander, award-winning Auckland architect, Jeff Fearon, has been selected as a  judge.

Joining him on the 2012 judging panel are Peter Maddison, architect and host of Grand Designs Australia, Kim Chadwick from Colourways and Lucy Feagins, prominent Australian interior designer/stylist.

“The accurate and sophisticated use of colour is absolutely essential to the success of any design project, and I think, to its longevity,” says Fearon.

He is determined to bring a New Zealand perspective to the judging panel.

“The light is different here, and the external environment, whether urban or landscape, is hugely influential on how colour is used by New Zealand designers and architects.”

The awards have grown from six to eight categories, with the previous Residential Interior and Exterior Awards divided into four new categories: Single Residential Interior, Multi Residential Interior, Single Residential Exterior and Multi Residential Exterior.

These will join the Commercial Exterior, Commercial Interior, Sustainable Interior and Student categories.

Each category winner will receive AU$1,500 in prize money and a trophy, plus the opportunity to produce their own limited-edition Dulux colour palette. All entries will also have the chance to walk away with the coveted Grand Prix award, receiving AU$2,000, a trophy plus a trip to an international design fair.

Entries for all eight categories are open now until February 10. 

The awards have just celebrated their 25th anniversary in Australia; entries were opened up to Kiwis for the first time in 2010.

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