‘Original and masterful’: 2020 Dulux Colour Awards finalists

Some 107 projects have been named finalists for the 2020 Dulux Colour Awards, chosen from a pool of 450 entries.

A panel of Australian and New Zealand design and creative industry professionals selected finalists that displayed “innovative use of colour in built environments” across both commercial and residential spaces.

Finalists for the program, now in its 34th year, were chosen across six categories: Commercial Interior: Public and Hospitality (23 finalists); Commercial Interior: Workplace and Retail (21 finalists); Commercial and Multi-Residential Exterior (15 finalists); Residential Interior (27 finalists); Single Residential Exterior (10 finalists); and Student (11 finalists).

“Architects and designers have set a new precedent with this year’s awards program submissions,” said Andrea Lucena-Orr, Dulux’s colour planning and communications manager.

“They have exhibited original and masterful use of both colour and texture in their design approach, creating sophisticated interior and exterior spaces. There has been a shift away from cooler whites and neutrals, which have previously dominated both residential and commercial interiors, with rich brown-based hues, such as soft terracotta, beiges, earthy greens and warm greys coming to the fore.

“Many briefs discussed the need for the space to be conducive for rest and a connection to nature, which translated to the employment of botanicals and natural materials, such as timber in both interiors and exteriors.

“The student submissions were also impressive, delivering fearless and original colour concepts and applications.”

All category winners (excluding the student category and New Zealand entrants), have the chance to take home the Australian Grand Prix title and A$5,000. New Zealand entrants will have the chance to nab the New Zealand Grand Prix title and NZD $5,000.

The judging panel includes Adele Winteridge, director of Foolscap Studio; Jean-Pierre Biasol, director of Biasol Design Studio; Jonathan Richards, director of Richards Stanisich Architecture; Kathryn Robson, director of Robson Rak Architects and Interiors; and Toni Brandso, director of New Zealand’s Material Creative.

Winners are to be announced in the coming months. To view the finalists, head here.

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