Monday, May 10, 2010

The Great Within Design Contest


P1000646Plasterwork detail at base of grand staircase, Mompesson House, Salisbury

The beautiful 18th century embellished plasterwork of Mompesson House in Salisbury, England has inspired me to launch a design contest for The Great Within.  Take a look at the post on Mompesson House and its ornamental plasterwork for ideas and inspiration for your own design proposal that uses decorative plasterwork.  Then enter the contest and maybe win a prize!

I.  Contest

Using the 18th century decorative plasterwork at Mompesson House as a source of inspiration and a point of departure, how would you employ decorative plasterwork as a design element in a residential or commercial room today?  In Mompesson House the plasterwork is full of classical references.  What would be the content of your plasterwork?  How would that content speak to and reflect today’s clients?  In which room of a private house or a commercial setting would  plasterwork be used?  What areas of that room would feature decorative plasterwork- the ceiling, the walls, the mantelpiece etc.?

P1000632 Plasterwork detail in The Staircase Hall, Mompesson House, Salisbury

Come up with a design scheme in any style you wish, modern, traditional and so on, for a room in a private home or a commercial space that employs decorative plasterwork as a featured element.  Submit an image of a  photograph, drawing, painting, watercolor or even a collage along with a written description of your design scheme that conveys your inspiration and ideas.

Submissions should be emailed to by Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

II. Prizes

The Winner will be chosen by myself and my dear friend Deirdre who is an artist with a keen, modern design sense.  The Chosen Winner will receive a genuine English solid silver 5.25” coffee spoon hallmarked Birmingham 1909 by Elkington and Co.  and weighing over 1 ounce.  This spoon with its shell motif is reminiscent of some of the plaster designs at Mompesson House. 




Readers of The Great Within will also select a Reader’s Choice Winner by casting their vote on the blog.  The winner of the Reader’s Choice will receive a pair of 6” silverplate teaspoons by Tiffany in their pattern Whittier which was introduced in 1907.




III.  Final Details

All entries will be posted on The Great Within on Friday, June 4, 2010 in order to allow voting for the Reader’s Choice Winner.  Voting for the Reader’s Choice Winner will end at midnight Friday, June 11, 2010.  Both the Reader’s Choice Winner and The Winner selected by myself and Deirdre will be featured in their own individual post on The Great Within with reactions and comments from myself, Deirdre and other readers.

The Winner and The Reader’s Choice Winner will be announced on Saturday June 12, 2010.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

I look forward to seeing all the unique proposals!

Cheers, Kelly

P1000622 Dining room ceiling, Mompesson House, Salisbury

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