South African cement producer PPC Limited announced the winners of its first PPC Imaginarium Awards in Cape Town on 5 March. The aim of the competition is to find new talent across six specialisms: industrial design, film, fashion, jewellery, architecture and sculpture. PPC Imaginarium received 477 entries, all of which incorporated concrete.
A panel composed of leading architects, designers, jewellers, artists and filmmakers judged the entries. Winners in each of the six categories had their work displayed at the UJ Gallery in Johannesburg. The exhibition then moved to the Design Indaba Expo in Cape Town and subsequently to the Youngblood Foundation Gallery.
The overall winners were designers Martin Bolton and Craig Tyndall for the concrete speaker that they entered into the industrial design category. The Concrete T L Speaker was selected as the overall winner due to its ‘elegantly minimal reinterpretation of an African tradition into a contemporary design solution’.
“The winning piece is not only an original approach to the functional dictates of a speaker design, but executes it in an uniquely sculptural way. This is a demonstration of the versatility of concrete as product design,” said Daniel van der Merwe, architect and PPC Imaginarium Director.
Bolton and Tyndall will share the grand prize of R100 000. Each category winner has been awarded R50 000 and the runner-up entries have received R15 000.
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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