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Lymesmith aka Sonia van de Haar, is an artist and colour specialist with 20 years’ experience working in the built environment. With a background in both painting and architecture, and a passion for connecting people and place, she designs intelligent and stimulating artworks for spaces where people live, work and thrive. Her work on a public toilet won Australia’s premium colour accolade, the Dulux Colour Awards Grand Prix, and she has received both National and International awards for her work at the intersection of colour, art and architecture.

Lymesmith employs colour to enhance connection; to amplify or to camouflage built forms; to signify cultural and historical connections; to reinforce way-finding strategies; to create new identities and regenerate places in transition.
Lymesmith aka Sonia van de Haar, is an artist and colour specialist with 20 years’ experience working in the built environment. With a background in both painting and architecture, and a passion for connecting people and place, she designs intelligent and stimulating artworks for spaces where people live, work and thrive. Her work on a public toilet won Australia’s premium colour accolade, the Dulux Colour Awards Grand Prix, and she has received both National and International awards for her work at the intersection of colour, art and architecture. Lymesmith employs colour to enhance connection; to amplify or to camouflage built forms; to signify cultural and historical connections; to reinforce way-finding strategies; to create new identities and regenerate places in transition.

DESIGN Canberra acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional custodians of the ACT and surrounding areas. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We aim to respect cultural heritage, customs and beliefs of all Indigenous people.