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Friday 24 July 2015

Student wins interior design award

Following fierce competition from across the UK, final-year student Nick Snow from Southampton Solent University has been crowned Valspar Young Interior Designer of the Year 2015.

Looking to help shape the future of interior design, Valspar – the world’s largest paint and coatings manufacturer – searched for interior design students and recent graduates who are fearless when it comes to colour and who inspire colour creativity in the nation’s homes.

Commenting on the competition Claire Cullen, brand manager for Valspar, says: “…we wanted to create a platform, through Valspar Young Interior Designer of the Year, that champions the next generation of young interior designers who push the boundaries when it comes to colour creativity in the industry – and this has been embodied within Nicholas’ winning design.”

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In a fiercely fought final, Nick pitted his creation against seven other interior design hopefuls in front of a formidable panel of judges including: British design icon, Zandra Rhodes; Lindsey Rendall from the British Institute of Interior design; revered interiors stylist, Marianne Cotterill; and prolific interiors blogger and author, Will Taylor.

Nick, who was awarded a first class honours in BA (Hons) Interior Design Decoration this summer, impressed the judges with his unique interpretation and creative approach to use of colour and his use of space and light to create both a liveable and inspirational home environment.

Talking about his win the former bank worker, who left his job to go to Solent University and pursue his dream career, says, “I never dreamed that four years ago, sitting behind a desk dealing with complaints, I would eventually see that the hard work and sacrifice of following my passion for interior design really would pay off.”

As well as the accolade of becoming Valspar Young Interior Designer of the Year, Nicholas also receives £5,000 to go towards his interior design career or education. Working with top stylist, Marianne Cotterill and renowned interiors blogger Will Taylor, Nick will recreate his winning design within a residential home, with the completed work being featured in Livingetc magazine in October.

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The ambitious student will be using the £5,000 competition prize money to set up his own business and has attracted an investor to help create a ‘Nick Snow’ brand. His product range is aimed at people who want a luxury designer feel within their home at a fraction of the price. Nick is also setting up a you tube account where he will be posting regular videos with interior design hints and tips and an online academy for those interested in finding out more about interior design.

No stranger to being in the spotlight, Nick has already showcased his flair for design to millions of television viewers. Last September he was selected from thousands of would-be designers to take part in a new BBC series, Your home in their hands, in which homeowners handed over their keys to two up-and-coming designers, in a bid to inject some much-needed style into their homes.

Nick was given the bathroom – one of the trickier rooms to design – but he rose to the challenge and created a bright, sophisticated and chic room that was loved by both the owners and show presenter Celia Sawyer.

The ambitious student will be using the £5,000 competition prize money to set up his own business and has attracted an investor to help create a ‘Nick Snow’ brand. His product range is aimed at people who want a luxury designer feel within their home at a fraction of the price. Nick is also setting up a you tube account where he will be posting regular videos with interior design hints and tips and an online academy for those interested in finding out more about interior design.

For further information contact the media office on 023 8201 3040 or email press.office@solent.ac.uk