Best Use of Colour in Homes & Interiors
Curiousa & Curiousa
Esther Patterson, the founder of Curiousa & Curiousa, designs free-blown bespoke glass lighting. Based in Derbyshire, Esther is passionate and committed to working with UK based craftspeople and suppliers. Esther says, “Glass is such an amazing material, I enjoy designing simple shapes to show off the pure beauty of coloured glass, which for me has a magical quality with endless possibilities.”
The Triptych Stacks were originally commissioned by the Hayward Gallery, this specific collection was inspired by the colours and cityscapes of Asia and Morocco. The three designs are made of free-blown stacked glass in a vibrant colour palette balanced with slices of dark walnut discs.
“I fell in love with this lighting brand last year at TENT London, immediately drawn to the colourful hand blown glass executed with such a sophisticated edge to make this traditional technique so intriguing. Lighting plays such a fundamental role in any space so getting it right is essential to how you use the space and the mood it evokes. This unique lighting collection gives hand blown glass a new lease of life with colour at the very heart of their appeal. I can really see this range projecting a positive impression with colour onto any space.”
Rebecca Thompson, Senior Colour & Design Manager, Dulux
Best Use of Colour in Fashion & Beauty
Roksanda Ilincic has been showing her womenswear collections on the London Fashion Week runways since 2005, and her label has fast become a go-to for women who desire an elegant but unmistakably modern approach to dressing. With a bold use of colour and a signature take on shape, Roksanda’s designs effortlessly blur the line between day and eveningwear and encourage bold uses of colour in both. Her latest collection showcases chic wardrobe staples through her unique but innately feminine approach to luxury fashion with a striking edge.
“Roksanda Ilincic’s designs always incorporate bold colour in a way that is usually difficult to pull off in the fashion world. Although she uses bright, neon hues, all of her designs are effortlessly sophisticated and undeniably chic. She blurs the line between different types of styles, adding flashes of uplifting colour throughout. Her Spring Summer 2014 collection was a ray of sunshine at London Fashion Week, with an array of citrus shades juxtaposed with elegant silhouettes and girly hair accessories. The venue was designed to match, with colour being the centre point of the show, creating a stunning effect for guests who were truly immersed in a world of colour.”
Fleur de Force, Fashion & Beauty Blogger
Colour Innovation in Technology & Design
Flaster Concrete Tiles
The distinctively designed Flaster Floor Tiles by IVANKA are made from ultra durable material and come in 18 different colour ways. The combination of top notch design credentials and durability has earned the company contracts with the likes of design-led department store Liberty London and most recently G Star Stores.
The contemporary design is inspired by traditional Moroccan tiling and parquet flooring. The expansive number of colours and small, medium and large tile components offers endless possibilities to transform your space with a unique pattern, completely personalised to you. The company’s website also offers a fun interactive tool to create your own Flaster floor.
“I love the fact IVANKA has created floor tiling in such imaginative colour ways. It really makes this flooring fun – and gives someone the opportunity to play with the colour combinations to create their very own, unique floor design which ties in with their interior scheme perfectly. Really impressed with their level of innovation to re-imagine what could be a very practical product into a thing of beauty.”
Jimmy Macdonald, Founder, TENT London
Best Use of Colour in the Arts
English National Opera
The late Anthony Minghella’s Olivier Award-winning take on ‘Madam Butterfly’, produced for and performed by English National Opera, was hailed by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘the most beautiful show of the year in operatic London’. The story documents a clash of cultures and a tragic love story between a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval officer. This iconic opera was strongly inspired by Japanese culture and was brought to life with colour through elaborate costumes and spectacular sets.
“With its breath-taking mix of cinematic images and traditional Japanese theatre, its riot of colourful costumes, stunning sets and unforgettable use of puppetry, Minghella’s production brilliantly delivers what The Independent called ‘the simplest and the most sumptuous thing we’ve ever seen in this theatre’. Colour truly brought this culture-clash tragedy to life and this is why I’ve nominated Madam Butterfly for best use of colour in the Arts.”
Marianna Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux
The Guardian Camera Club Photography Competition
This year’s Let’s Colour Awards, Dulux teamed up with The Guardian for a new and exciting partnership to celebrate the positive emotional impact colour has on our lives.
Through the established Guardian Camera Club, we gave all photography enthusiasts the chance to respond to the assignment ‘Colour Stories’ and to show what colour means to them personally through a series of original images. Through this we’ve witnessed the breadth and scale of what colour means to us as individuals, how fundamental it is to our lives and how colour can be captured in so many different ways - everyone really does have their own colour story to tell.
The Guardian Camera Club photography competition saw over 200 entries and the winning entry was selected as Florence Fox. Florence’s portfolio is a self-acclaimed search for the bold colours of the world, matching or clashing them with vintage fashion pieces and having a whole lot of fun. Florence prides herself on her friendship with writer, model and general fashionista Rosalind who is featured in some of the shots and shows how wearing a certain colour makes them both change the way they feel emotionally. These childhood friends continue to get together to shoot photographs that explore colour, fashion and seasons at every opportunity.
As the Creative Director for cult make-up brand Illamasqua, Alex Box is instrumental in shaping the brand’s product development, imagery and creative vision from conception to execution. Her masterful work with shade, texture, contrast and bold use of colour brings to life the fantasy and creativity inherent in everyone, inspiring them to explore and express their alter ego.
Having studied and exhibited as an installation artist in her earlier career, Box explored her interest in the relationship between the body and the environment. As a make-up artist she went on to explore this relationship between art, science, nature and the magical. Today Alex creates looks for designers from Gareth Pugh and McQueen to Anne Valerie Hash and Chanel. Leading the field in experimental beauty she regularly collaborates with photographers including Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Karl Largerfeld, Rankin and Solve for magazines such i-D, Numero, Vogue, V and 10.
“Alex Box is the most amazing artist with her canvas being the skin of her subjects, for that alone, she gets my vote. Alex uses make up as a palette for expression and you just can't help but feel encouraged to experiment with colours and beauty trends after seeing her work.
Her new Illamasqua collections never fail to disappoint and she champions a real individualistic style in her own make-up and fashion choices. As a stylist, how can I not love the fact Alex really LOVES colour?”
Angie Smith, Celebrity Stylist & Fashion Consultant
Colour Moment of the Year
The Color Run
‘The Color Run’, also known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’, is a unique colour race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community. The run is less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life. A five-kilometre un-timed race, where thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colours at each kilometre. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic ‘Color Festival’, using more coloured powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid colour combinations.
“Fast becoming a global phenomenon ‘The Color Run’ truly is the happiest 5k on the planet. The run showed the people of the UK how much fun you can have with colour and the positive impact it can have on our lives. Capturing the energy of a music festival, the fun of carnival and the healthy glow of exercise, this event was unique in allowing a whole new generation to discover the pure and simple joy of colour.”
Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director, Dulux
Contribution to Colour
Known for his intensely colourful paintings, installations and public displays - colour is at the centre of artist and painter Michael Craig-Martin’s work. Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941, he was raised and educated in the United States, studying Fine Art at the Yale University School of Art. At Yale he studied under Josef Albers, whose famous colour course taught artists to investigate colour and its interactions in an almost scientific way.
As the ultimate catalyst of creativity and innovation, Michael received a CBE for his services to art in 2001. He is well known for his use of intense and vivid colour in his work and during 2014 this can be viewed at exhibitions including; sculptures at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and prints at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London.
Melinda Ashton Turner, Interiors Stylist & Blogger, Colour Field