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Nippon Paint unveils Asia Young Designer Award 2016

by Nivelle DumlaoPublished: August 3, 2016Updated: August 4, 2016

Nippon Paint seeks the most creative young interior design and architecture students to send off to Bali, Indonesia for the Asia-wide competition.



Last July 25, what used to be called the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NPYDA) has been relaunched as the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA), referring to its expansion to accommodate three additional countries—India, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka—for a total of 15 competing countries.

“We are relaunching our design program as the Asia Young Designer Award, which places the competition on a higher echelon of gathering young talent across borders and spurring innovative thinking on how to make life healthier, more convenient and eco-efficient through design,” said Michael Chung, general manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines.

With an aim to inspire young interior design and architectural talents across the region, Nippon Paint launched the NPYDA in 2008 in Malaysia. The competition aims to encourage young designers to share not only unique and creative design ideas, but also concepts and solutions to social problems that can be solved through interior design and architecture.

From having only 87 entries in its debut, the said competition garnered over 2,500 entries from 12 different countries last year, including the Philippines, who first joined in 2014. In 2015, Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines held a local competition among young Filipino talents, ultimately selecting Jose Agustin Ricarte and Martha Joyce Tomas to represent the country in the Architecture and Interior Design categories, respectively.


This year’s theme, “Be Bold. Be Free. Be You,” aims to look for designs that are unconventional, nonconformist, innovative, and with a focus on individuality. Contestants may submit their entries in two categories. Interior Design entries are ideas that transform everyday spaces into extraordinary places with designs that will improve the space and the lives of the people who use and move around it.

Meanwhile, the Architecture entries should seek to transform ordinary structures into phenomenal design statements with designs to offer a one-of- a-kind and fresh perspective on solving common problems faced by human habitation.

“We have challenged the youth to observe what is needed in our society, to think beyond convention, and to create corresponding designs that express their distinct mark as tomorrow’s leaders in architecture and interior design,” added Chung.


2015 winners (center) Jose Agustin Ricarte, Gold winner in Architecture category and (2 nd from right) Martha Joyce Tomas, Gold winner in the Interior Design category shared their insights and experiences from last year’s competition with their respective mentors

The panel of judges will be composed of some of the most talented and well-respected professionals from the fields of Interior Design and Architecture in the country. The entries will be evaluated through the concept behind the design, their execution, and their technical quality.

There will be two AYDA grand-prize-winners—one from each category—and each winner will receive a Php50,000 cash prize and a six-month internship under interior design firm Lor Calma & Partners or architectural firm Aidea, Inc. They will also be part of a once-in- a-lifetime learning experience in Bali, Indonesia, where they will have the chance to represent the country in the Regional AYDA 2016 competition against winners from other countries for a $1,000 cash prize.

The final submission of entries is at 10:00 PM of October 15, 2016. To know more about #AYDAPh2016 and download an entry kit, interested applicants may visit


Images courtesy of Nippon Paint

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