keyboard_arrow_upAnnouncement of the winners of the PG Bison 1.618 Awards 2013
keyboard_arrow_downAnnouncement of the winners of the PG Bison 1.618 Awards 2013

On Thursday 3rd October 2013, the PG Bison 1.618 Awards were held at Katy’s Palace Bar in Kramerville, Johannesburg, where more than 200 guests were transported into a world of Steampunk science fiction.

keyboard_arrow_upWinners in the Caesarstone Student Design Competition 2012
keyboard_arrow_downWinners in the Caesarstone Student Design Competition 2012

The Caesarstone Student Design Competition Awards were presented in September. Nine finalists were honoured for their entries and the winner and runner-up were announced. 

keyboard_arrow_upJudging in the PG Bison 1.618 Student Design Competition 2012
keyboard_arrow_downJudging in the PG Bison 1.618 Student Design Competition 2012

It’s been 20 years since PG Bison first launched its interior design competition for students. Jason Wells, brand manager at PG Bison, says, “We see this competition as integral to our business and stand behind its ongoing development. Over the past 20 years the competition has adapted and seen its share of change, but the essential elements remain: a focus on design and creativity and the nurturing of young design talent. “The competition is also one of the ways in which we stay in touch and in tune with the requirements of our customers and we will continue to strengthen this link as the competition moves forward.”

keyboard_arrow_upPG Bison 1.618 Student Design Competition 2012
keyboard_arrow_downPG Bison 1.618 Student Design Competition 2012

The brief for the 2012 PG Bison 1.618 Student Design Competition is wide open and wildly romantic.  It challenges students not only to design the space but also to choose the location. A wealthy client, a woman, wants to create a luxurious place in the natural environment that invigorates, revitalises and energises. And there are no budget constraints!

keyboard_arrow_upCaesarstone Student Design Competition 2012
keyboard_arrow_downCaesarstone Student Design Competition 2012

This year the Caesarstone Design Competition invites students of interior design and architecture to ‘re-establish a healthy relationship to our planet’ by designing The Good Food Arena. The 2012 brief was conceptualised by Lisa Younger of Activate Space and calls for the design of an interior space that accommodates the following key activities:  GROW   –  plant, harvest, nurture, prepare COOK    –  demonstrate, perform, interact, compete, educate TASTE  –  balance, nourish, revitalise, rejuvenate, share, connect, inspire, repair RECYCLE  –  re-use, re-generate.  The Good Food Arena is also required to make imaginative and innovative use of Caesarstone quartz surfaces and the product’s broad colour palette.

keyboard_arrow_upAward-winning design students
keyboard_arrow_downAward-winning design students

The award-winning students in the 4th Caesarstone Design Competition were announced at the beginning of September.  The brief for this year’s design competition, Real & Simple, was conceptualised by architect Janina Masojada of Design Workshop SA. It invited the students to design “a place for the range of what our lives are about” and called for the design of a single space of mixed use and multi-functionality: “a place to sleep, eat, live, work and ultimately express our souls”.

keyboard_arrow_upAward-winning design students
keyboard_arrow_downAward-winning design students

The award-winning students in the 4th Caesarstone Design Competition were announced at the beginning of September.  The brief for this year’s design competition, Real & Simple, was conceptualised by architect Janina Masojada of Design Workshop SA. It invited the students to design “a place for the range of what our lives are about” and called for the design of a single space of mixed use and multi-functionality: “a place to sleep, eat, live, work and ultimately express our souls”. The annual Caesarstone Design Competition has now become one of the premier student design competitions in South Africa. This was reflected in the much higher number of entries received this year, from students of interior design and architecture at education institutions around the country. There were nine finalist projects selected, the work being that of students from the BHC School of Design, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

keyboard_arrow_upDesigning a multifunctional living space
keyboard_arrow_downDesigning a multifunctional living space

The Caesarstone 2011 Design Competition encourages students of architecture and interior design to “find a place for the range of what our lives are about”. The 2011 brief was conceptualised by Janina Masojada of Design Workshop SA and calls for the design of a single multifunctional space: “a place to sleep, eat, live, work and ultimately express our souls”.

keyboard_arrow_upThe challenge of retail interior design
keyboard_arrow_downThe challenge of retail interior design

The brief for this year’s PG Bison 1.618 Student Competition was conceived by Callie van der Merwe, founder partner of The Design Partnership, in collaboration with Nkhensani Nkosi of Stoned Cherrie. The competition is open to all full-time students of interior design, architecture, interior architecture and industrial design. Nkhensani Nkosi has been asked to come up with new designs for her Love Movement fashion range of Afro chic products, currently housed within 50 Foschini stores nationwide. Foschini has purchased an existing building in Woodstock, Cape Town, to house the design studio and workshop for the Stoned Cherrie - Love Movement range, and to provide display and retail space for the new designs.