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Announcing the WINNERS of the NDA National Design Award!

The Moment Has Come to announce the WINNERS of the NDA National Design Award featuring Dulux Colour of the Year 2020.
Hundreds of Entries Down to 40 Interior Designers…


Residential:   Nawara Adra & Amelia Hunter
Commercial:  Rand Jasim & Phoebe Wright

The judges also selected 4 designs to be Highly Commended…..

Residential: Michele Cronje & Eleanor Loaring-Adams and Commercial: Philip Baldacchino Caruana & Molly Clayton


Ahmed Beauty Kwarteng,   Alex Lilley,   Amber Thompson,    Amira Hussein,   Andrea Loades,   Barbara Pawelko,   Charlotte Whittaker,   Cody Smith,   Danielle Balazs,   Edward Humphrey-Davies,   Eleanor Philp,   Emily Bartlett,   Erin Sharp,   George Ilie,   Helen Moss,   Holly Weatherly,   Jordan Leslie,   Lucy Dolke,   Lucy Sjovorr-Packham,   Madeleine Tapp,   Mason Louis,   Matilda Jefferies,   Megan Stephens,   Natalie McMahon,   Olivia Devereux,   Paige Lamb,   Rebecca Lambert,   Richard Twinning,   Sadie MillerMaggs,   Salima Mulji,   Sam Edgar  and  Toni Bowie.

A massive thank you to all who submitted their designs. We received hundreds of brilliant schemes over the past few months and we were thoroughly inspired by your diverse use of the Dulux Colour of the Year, Tranquil Dawn.

We’re sure you’ll agree, the winners of this year’s NDA National Design Award have created some absolutely amazing designs. From spa settings to slick nightspots, the commercial interior design entries had us all wishing that we had more time off! Those who chose the residential brief leveraged many of the key interior design trends in new and exciting ways. Sustainable materials, terrazzo tiles and biophilic design all featured within these stunning schemes. 

Our many congratulations to all of the winners and highly commended entries. It was so difficult to choose just four winners of the NDA National Design Award when the standard of the work submitted was so high.

So what happens next?

The winners will receive £250 in Amazon vouchers plus a day at Dulux HQ with the Dulux Academy to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of colour! The day will also include a very special trend forecasting workshop with Marianne & the Colour Team. Finally they will create & name their very own paint colour!

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The Brief

To celebrate the launch of Dulux Colour of the Year 2020 ‘Tranquil Dawn’, The National Design Academy teamed up with Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux to present the first NDA National Design Award, Featuring Dulux Colour of the Year 2020.

Your task was to WOW the judges with your use of ‘Tranquil Dawn’ and, so that you could do just that, we provided two creative and challenging briefs for you to choose from, one commercial and one residential.

Both briefs included both an indoor and terrace area, highlighting the extensive range of interior and exterior Dulux paint finishes available.

Whichever scheme you chose, at least 50% of your surfaces must have used the Dulux Colour of the Year 2020.

The Judges

Marianne Shillingford

Creative Director at Dulux

Marianne was the first ever NDA Tutor over 30 years ago! She is currently the Creative Director of Dulux in the UK and Ireland, which involves working closely with many creative disciplines from designers, architects photographers and videographers to new design talent, global colour experts, professional decorators, the media… and of course the Dulux dog.

More about Marianne –

Anthony Rayworth

NDA Director of Design Studies
President of the International Decorative Art and Design Association; Anthony holds a Master of Design Degree from the Royal College of Art, London and has over 30 years experience in interior design, garden design and decorative arts management. He is a Freeman of the City of London, Educator Member of the British Institute of Interior Design, a Member of the European Academy of Design, an Educator Member of the Society of Garden Designers and an Accredited Lecturer for the Arts Society.

The Prize

NDA National Design Award Trophy
+ £250 Amazon Vouchers
A Dulux Colour Experience

Create a new Dulux Paint Colour – even name it after yourself or a loved one!

Two lucky winners from each category (two commercial and two residential) will be invited to spend a day at Colour Central Dulux HQ for a one of a kind, full immersion colour experience.

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