Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Department of Interior Design at Manipal University, Dubai invited students to their brand new 'state of the art' campus at the DIAC, to be part of an exciting design workshop. The practicum promises to be a one if it's kind opportunity for budding young designers to 'floor' their eclectic creative geniuses!

The 'Colour Grid' is a project that looks at exploring the basic principles of colour mixing and art to create a large cohesive painting using the floor as a canvas! This highly interactive workshop will give innovative minds a chance to experience an artistic journey to strategically offer a wonderful flooring solution working in small, flexible hands-on-groups.

Students on an artistic journey as they experiment and innovate floor designs
Photos by Chris D'souza

The inspiration of the Color Grids was from works of Artist, “Piet Mondrian”. Piet Mondrian was a Dutch painter and an important contributor to the De Stijl art movement, which was founded by Theo van Doesburg. Despite being well-known, often-parodied, and even trivialized, Mondrian's paintings exhibit a complexity that belie their apparent simplicity.

The non-representational paintings for which he is best known, consisting of rectangular forms of red, yellow, blue, or black, separated by thick, black, rectilinear lines, are actually the result of a stylistic evolution that occurred over the course of nearly thirty years, and which continued beyond that point to the end of his life.

Using Jotun's wonder range of floor finshes like-'JotaFloor', the students got a chance to design a live solution for one of our design studios, currently relegated to being an all concrete base. 

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Manipal University, Dubai – Department of Interior Design is an Event Partner for celebrating “Festival Of Interior Design”, hosted by APID (Association of Professional Interior Designers ) on 22nd to 25th October 2011.