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Two young designers from Sri Lanka attend Nippon Paint’s Young Designer Summit 2017/18 in Malaysia

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Nippon Paint sponsored two young designers from Sri Lanka following their ascent to the top spots at the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) held in Sri Lanka to take part in the regional Asia Young Designer Summit 2017/18 held in Malaysia. 

The Gold award winner in the Architecture category, Dilushan Kodikara from the University of Moratuwa and the Gold award winner of the Interior Design Category, Sachintha Fernando from the City School of Architecture joined delegates from 14 other Asian countries to take part in the four day learning program. Spearheaded by Nippon Paint, the program included coaching sessions, enlightening talks by industry experts and educational study tours of local architectural and historical sites. The participants also worked on design concepts in line with the theme ‘You for Tomorrow’ and presented their designs to a panel of 56 renowned judges from across Asia, for a chance to win the highly sought-after ‘Asia Young Designer of the Year’ title.

Commenting on the summit Nippon Paint Lanka Managing Director Raja Hewabowala said, “Regionally, Nippon Paint implements this initiative to foster design talent across Asia and promote networking amongst young professionals in the region. During the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) which we held in Sri Lanka, we witnessed the exceptional talent that young Sri Lankan designers possess and we were pleased to be able to sponsor two of the best young Sri Lankan designers to take part in the summit in Malaysia. I am confident that they will bring a wealth of knowledge back to Sri Lanka and nurture friendships that will help Sri Lankan designers to reach further heights.”

At the Asia Young Designer Summit 2017/18, a number of internationally renowned speakers guided the summit delegates on various aspects of design and architecture. Amongst the expert summit speakers were Ar. Amit Gupta and Ar. Britta Knobel Gupta, internationally-acclaimed architects and Founding Partners of Studio Symbiosis (India); Chu Chih-Kang, Founder and Design Director of Chu Chih-Kang Space Design (Taiwan, Region of China) who incorporates Chinese cultural elements with deep cultural connotations in his commercial designs; Dr. Kamran Afshar Naderi, Branch Manager of Artelia Italia Company (Iran) who is also a renowned university professor and co-founder of architecture magazine Memar; Nicholas Ho, award-winning Deputy Managing Director of multi-disciplinary architectural practice hpa (Hong Kong, Region of China); and Rene Tan, Founder and Director at RT+Q Architects (Singapore) and 2016 recipient of ‘Designer of the Year’ at the President’s Design Awards.

“The summit agenda took us on an inspiring journey which encouraged us to break conventional barriers and come up with design concepts that can steer us all towards a better tomorrow. Moreover, competing with talented designers from other countries gave us both an extra edge and confidence which will guide us through to improve our own craft,” commented Sachintha Fernando. 

The two winners of the Asia Young Designers of the Year 2017/18 awards, Ng Wai How (Architecture) and Shahmeena Labeeb (Interior Design) from Malaysia each won $ 5,000 for their innovative designs. 

Commenting on their experience at the summit Dilushan Kodikara said, “The two of us were able to acquire the deep insights in to the nature of design during the summit and form friendships with other young designers that will enrich our future work and the wealth of information that we will be able to obtain in the coming years. Both Sachintha and I are thankful to Nippon Paint Sri Lanka for giving us this wonderful opportunity.”

Nippon Paint, one of the largest paint manufacturers in Sri Lanka, manufactures and markets its products in partnership with the parent Company, NIPSEA Group. The NIPSEA Group is market leader with a strong regional presence that spans across 15 Asian countries. The Group manufactures over 1 billion litres of paints and coats annually – positioning NIPSEA Group as the preferred supplier of coating choice in Asia as well as among the top paint manufacturers in the world. Nippon Paint has been providing a great opportunity for Sri Lankan consumers to experience innovative coating solutions of a global brand with advanced Japanese Technology and unparalleled quality. Nippon Paint brands, Nippon Paint and Nippolac are available across the island.


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