Always on the lookout for trends and design inspiration, the Dulux colour team are a curious bunch. Here’s what we loved in July:
1. Dreamland, Margate
Roll up, roll up! We're always up for a trip down memory lane, so we’re itching to take a trip to the seaside and visit the recently relaunched theme park Dreamland in Margate. Closed for restoration for nearly a decade, designer Wayne Hemingway has championed the revamp of the iconic seafront entertainment venue. And the results were worth waiting for – it breathes new life into the traditional seaside funfair, with rides from every decade brought back to former glory, from the waltzers to the teacups. Aside from the smell of popcorn, the allure of spun candy floss and our favourite childhood rides, we’re especially inspired by the iconic flamboyant painting techniques the fair's attractions boast, which are so memorable and evocative of the past.
If you can’t experience the dodgems first-hand, check out Nigel Edginton-Vigus's book that explores the history of one of Britain’s favourite and most colourful rides – the Waltzer. Packed with incredible stories and photographs of the greatest Waltzer rides in Britain, it also includes lots of the work of our very own Creative Director, Marianne Shillingford, who spent five years painting fairground rides with one of the leading fairground artists.
See Nigel's Kickstarter campaign here
Entry to Dreamland from £12.95 www.dreamland.co.uk.
2. New Designers
We're always excited to discover a new wave of creative talents at the New Designers show each year, and this year's bright young things didn't disappoint. Featuring work from final year graduates from all the top creative universities and colleges across the UK, the show was celebrating its 30th year, and the talent on display was arguably the best we’ve ever seen.
From crafts, textile and fashion to graphics, furniture and new technology – the skills on display were breathtaking. Two of the talented graduates whose work we really loved were Anna Trainor from Ulster University (right), whose sense of colour and pattern is fantastic. Meanwhile Jessica Taylor’s work (left) explodes with confident colour and vibrancy proving that Leeds is still on top for nurturing amazing fresh talent with unique individual style. Remember you heard about them here first…
3. Mirrored Beach Hut
Like a shimmering UFO or a mirage on Worthing beach, this project by local architecture firm ECE captured our imaginations this month. The practice wanted to create an art installation that would engage and delight the community, so with the help of Mark Sephton from agency Creative Forager, they took a classic beach building and gave it a fresh twist. It's been a hit with the public – passers-by have been making the most of an unusual new photo opportunity. Now there's a selfie worth taking.
4. ATM’s Endangered Bird Graffiti
We unexpectedly came across street artist ATM’s work in Acton, west London and were taken away by the stunning attention to detail and brightly coloured backdrops.
His paintings of rare and endangered British birds such as snipes, barn owls and bitterns, are appearing on brick walls, railway arches and concrete facades around the capital – about as far away from the birds’ natural habitat as you can get, or so you’d think. In fact, much of London is built on marshland, so these birds are being brought back to their rightful home while raising awareness of their declining numbers.
To see more, visit ATMSTREETART.
5. Designs of the Year 2015
The Dulux Colour team where honoured to be asked to hand out the prestigious design award for Graphics at this years Design Museum Awards.
And the award went to… 'Inglorious Vegetables’, a campaign which encourages us to eat misshapen vegetables. To fight against food waste, Intermarché, the third largest supermarket chain in France, decided to sell imperfect fruits and vegetables 30% cheaper than the perfect ones with an aim to help people realise that ‘ugly’ food is just as good to eat as perfect specimens.
Intermarché launched a massive global campaign to rehabilitate and glorify them through print, billboards, TV, radio, PR, and social media platforms. The ‘Inglorious Vegetables’ campaign has proved to be a complete success. Consumers get the same quality products for cheaper, the growers get money for products that are usually thrown away, and Intermarché have increased its business by selling a brand new line of products.
Check out some of our other favourite entries for the Designs of the Year.