2013 Dulux Colour Awards

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15 May 2016
2013 Dulux Colour Awards
Dana Tomic Hughes Owner and Editor, Yellowtrace

Entries for the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards open, with New Zealand judge, fashion designer Denise L’Estrange-Corbet of WORLD, appointed to the panel Another trans-Tasman battle is brewing – and this time it’s a clash of the colour charts.

New Zealand architects, designers, specifiers and students have the chance to compete against Australasia’s most imaginative colour schemes in spatial design, with entries for the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards now open.

And this year, prominent New Zealand fashion designer and queen of colour, Denise L’Estrange-Corbet of fashion house WORLD will be joining three high profile Australian judges in deciding the best colour applications for 2013. Now in its 27th year, the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards celebrates how architects and interior designs can apply colour to transform the three dimensional spaces they create. Denise L’Estrange-Corbet said she was pleased to be part of the judging panel for the preeminent colour awards, and said she was looking forward to seeing work “that challenges predictable colour palettes and finds new ways to re-invent spatial design for 2013.”

“Original, creative and sometimes unexpected combinations of colours can revitalise any design project, and can help turn a building into a place that radiates with personality and purpose. Without colour, our world would be a very dull place to live in,” said Denise L’Estrange-Corbet.

Also judging on the panel are three of Australia’s leading design professionals; Debbie Ryan, interior designer and owner of architectural practice, McBride Charles Ryan; Dana Tomic Hughes, business owner and editor of popular design blog, Yellow trace; and well-known Melbourne street artist and director of Blender studios, Adrian Doyle.

Louise McKenzie-Smith, Dulux New Zealand colour expert, is also on the first round judging panel, and said the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards judging panel collectively has an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience in colour, fashion, design and architecture. “Judged by experts and measured against the best in Australasia, the Dulux Colour Awards is a great opportunity for New Zealand professionals to showcase their flair for colour scheming. For 2013, we’re encouraging New Zealand architects, designers and students to expand their boundaries and find new ways to combine colours to bring spaces to life,” said Louise McKenzie-Smith.

In addition to the coveted Grand Prix, the categories in the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards are:

  • Commercial Interior
  • Commercial Exterior
  • Single Residential Interior
  • Single Residential Exterior
  • Multi Residential Interior
  • Multi Residential Exterior
  • Student Each category winner will receive AU$1,000 in prize money and a trophy. All entries, except for the student category, will also stand the chance of taking out the Grand Prix title. The Grand Prix winner with receive AU$1,500, a trophy and a trip to a feted design event.

The Dulux Colour Awards student winner will have the opportunity to develop a limited edition range of paint colours as part of the Designer for Dulux collection.

And to be sure there are plenty of New Zealand faces present at the prestigious awards ceremony in Melbourne, Dulux is contributing $500 towards travel and accommodation costs for each professional category finalist who would like to attend.

The 2012 Dulux Colour Awards Grand Prix winner was The Royal Children’s Hospital, was designed by Billard Leece Partnership & Bates Smart, Melbourne, which used colour as a key part of the design process and as a way-finding mechanism.

Representing the New Zealand fold, Auckland based designer Helen Wilcock of design.spec received a Commendation for her colour scheme for “The Church” - an historic converted kauri church situated in the trendy Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn.

Denise L’Estrange-Corbet said she hoped to encourage New Zealand designers to enter the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards, and that she is determined to bring a New Zealand fashion perspective to the judging panel.

“We do colour differently in New Zealand; our choices are influenced by the vibrant rural and urban landscapes, as well as our unique attitude to style that comes with living in this corner of the world,” said Denise L’Estrange-Corbet. Entries for all seven categories are open now until 8 February 2013.

Information on the 2013 Dulux Colour Awards and details on how to enter can be found at www.dulux.co.nz/colourawards.

The 2013 Dulux Colour Awards winners will be announced at a gala function in March 2013.


The 2013 Dulux Colour Awards is now accepting entries across seven categories: - Commercial Interior - Commercial Exterior - Single Residential Interior - Multi Residential Interior - Single Residential Exterior - Multi Residential Exterior - Student

How to enter:

Visit www.dulux.co.nz/colourawards for terms, conditions and entry requirements.

Who can enter: - Architects - Designers - Interior designers - Colour consultants - Students of Architecture and Interior Design

Prizes: - Commercial Interior: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy - Commercial Exterior: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy - Single Residential Interior: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy - Multi Residential Interior: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy - Single Residential Exterior: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy - Multi Residential Exterior : AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy - Student: AUD$1,000 cash prize and trophy, plus the opportunity to produce their own limited edition colour palette as part of Designers for Dulux program

  • Grand Prix: AUD $1,500 plus airfare, accommodation and entry to an international design fair About Denise L’Estrange-Corbet – Co-founder of fashion label, WORLD
  • Leading New Zealand fashion designer and entrepreneur Denise L’Estrange-Corbet is renowned for her fearless use of colour.
  • As the co-founder of WORLD, a company that is recognised today as New Zealand’s most progressive and directional fashion brand, Denise has a penchant for bold, dramatic and theatrical designs.
  • The idea for WORLD was hatched with co-founder Francis Hooper at a bus stop in Auckland late one night in 1989, and has grown to be regarded as the most forward-thinking label in New Zealand. The WORLD designers are renowned for their use of colour and print variations and for their irreverent humour.

  • With serious credentials to its name, WORLD has appeared at Fashion Weeks around the globe, including London, Paris, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and New Zealand and has its garments featured in museum collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.

  • In 2002, Denise was the first New Zealand female fashion designer to be awarded an MNZM (formerly an MBE) for her services to fashion design.

The 2013 Dulux Colour Award judging panel includes: Debbie Ryan – interior designer and owner of architectural practice, McBride Charles Ryan

  • Debbie Ryan is an owner of McBride Charles Ryan and an interior designer with vast experience in the design of commercial, institutional and domestic interior projects

  • Debbie’s singular design abilities, acute sense of interior composition and extensive product knowledge has given her a wide and well-deserved reputation

  • Her work has been widely published and Debbie has gained recognition as a public speaker and critic of interior design

  • McBride Charles Ryan was recently the subject of an ABC Documentary, Life Architecturally. The firm has also won numerous awards including World Architecture awards for 'The Klein Bottle House', 'Fitzroy High School' and 'Monaco House', and has featured in Architectural Review, Architecture Australia and Indesign

Dana Tomic Hughes – business owner and editor of Yellowtrace

  • Dana Tomic Hughes is a self-diagnosed design geek and founder of the hugely influential blog and interior design practice Yellowtrace. Since its launch in 2010, Yellowtrace blog has grown to attract over 250,000 loyal followers spanning some 165 countries

  • As an award-winning interior designer, Dana is unafraid to step off the beaten path to discover the unexpected for her clients. Her razor sharp design eye draws inspiration from many creative fields spanning art, fashion and photography, through to products and graphics, all of which she celebrates daily on her blog

Adrian Doyle – Melbourne street artist and director of Blender Studios and Melbourne Art Tours - Adrian Doyle is one of Melbourne’s most well-known street artists. He is the director of Blender Studios – a centre for the emerging Melbourne street art scene – and the popular Melbourne Street Art Tours - Doyle is also a director of the Franklin Street gallery, Dark Horse Experiment, a research based, cutting edge art gallery in Franklin Street, Melbourne - Over the last 14 years, Doyle has played a key role in the street art scene with his work extending from numerous exhibitions to commissioned public art like the 49 metre-long mural, ‘The Wall’, that brightens up the Crown Promenade in Melbourne. Doyle used some of his research from his PhD in Fine Art, which he is currently completing, to assist with the striking piece of artwork

  • Earlier this year, ABC’s Artscape screened Subtopia, a reality documentary that followed Doyle’s exciting life as an artist and director of Blender Studios

  • Doyle is currently working on his next exhibition which is due to open in June 2013

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