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WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN 2017 KENTWOOD DESIGN CHALLENGE

The 2017 edition of the Kentwood Design Challenge was staged last week at the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto.  Six teams of design students were given the opportunity to design and build innovative installations using Kentwood flooring; the completed works would be displayed at IDS and judged by a panel of design experts. 

Empty Gestures

First prize was awarded to Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Empty Gestures, an artful juxtaposition that compares and contrasts hardwood flooring with custom moulded plaster objects and features some remarkable life castings. 

There was a tie for second place, resulting in two second prize winners:

Immersion

Immersion, by Fangyuan Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen, also of OCAD, creates a complex but enticing environment utilizing sculpted wood flooring components set against walls of wood and curtains of softly falling fabric elements – a truly immersive experience.  Immersion was also awarded a ‘Love tag’ by Designlines magazine, denoting it as one of their favorite things at the show.

Rift, by Kyle Wong, Andria Wong and Eleanor Ching-Yee Kuan of Ryerson School of Interior Design, is a bold, brash installation that transforms 2D flooring into a dramatic three dimensional vision inspired by a clash of icebergs. It is an arresting and engaging composition, rife with sharp edges and unexpected perspectives.

Rift was also awarded the Builder’s Choice Award, as voted on by designers from this year’s sponsor, Mattamy Homes.

The People’s Choice Award, voted on by attendees to the show throughout the weekend, was also a tie, going jointly to Empty Gestures and Rift. 

three installations

The other finalists were Leticia Hutchings of Ryerson for her concept titled <25, Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD for Embrace,  and Kexin Zhang and Alana Lee of Ryerson for Structurally Chaotic.

Congratulations to all the students for their inspired work and thanks to everyone who took the time to visit us at IDS.To view a behind the scenes video of this year’s competition, click here.

JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR KENTWOOD DESIGN CHALLENGE AT IDS 2017

Kentwood is pleased to introduce the panel of design professionals who will serve as judges for the Kentwood Design Challenge at IDS 2017.  They are:

Elaine Cecconi, Founding Partner, Cecconi Simone Inc.

Cecconi Simone is a multi-disciplinary interior-design practice based in Toronto.   Established in 1982, the company has created award-winning interiors for the retail, corporate, hotel-hospitality and residential sectors in Canada, the United States, Anguilla, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, India and China. The firm has designed some seventy-five condominium communities in Toronto alone.  In addition to her work at the firm, Elaine is in high demand as a lecturer, speaker and design consultant. She and her business partner Anna Simone were also key players in HGTV’s Design Interns, currently in syndication in the United States.  cecconisimone.com

Hannah Waisberg, Team Leader, Seven Haus Design Inc.

Seven Haus Design is a multi-disciplinary design studio that blends the disciplines of interior design, architecture and graphic design into creatively inventive interiors for commercial and residential use.  Hannah brings a strong background in the development industry and a vast knowledge of multi-unit residential design to the Seven Haus team, where she specializes in overseeing the creation of beautifully functioning spaces that combine efficiency and simplicity with a touch of luxury.  Recent projects include The Carlaw Lofts and Carnaby Residences, both for Streetcar Developments.  sevenhausdesign.com

Melissa Davis, Founder, Melissa Davis Group

Toronto-based celebrity designer and contractor Melissa Davis has been providing renovation and design consulting to clients throughout Ontario for nearly two decades.   A specialist in helping clients get maximum value for their design dollar, she served eight seasons as Art Director and Series Designer on the award winning HGTV series Income Property.  In addition, her work has been profiled in several national print publications and she is a regular contributor to the Toronto Sun and a variety of other design publications.   melissadavis.com

Neil James, Managing Partner, Stylegarage

Stylegarage is a leading designer and builder of beautiful, functional, custom-made contemporary furniture.  Their signature collection is made in Canada, supports local craftspeople, and sources sustainable materials whenever possible.  They also provide customers with the opportunity to tailor designs to their personal tastes – creating a true, custom-made experience.   Stylegarage is the original Gus* Modern retailer, and operates a flagship retail store in Toronto in addition to working directly with architects and interior designers.  stylegarage.com

Corey Klassen, Design Team Leader, Corey Klassen Interior Design

Corey Klassen Interior Design is an award-winning, full-service design firm based in Vancouver.  Founded in 2011, the firm is known for creating curated spaces that are contemporary, authentic, and functional, with a special focus on project management and custom cabinetry.  The firm’s design work has won multiple international awards and has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Gray Magazine, Homes & Design Magazine, and more.  Corey is an adjunct instructor in a local interior design program and regularly contributes to Ask a Pro with the NKBA. coreyklassen.ca

Vicky Sanderson, Writer & Broadcaster

Vicky Sanderson has been writing about décor, design, trends and lifestyle for nearly two decades.  She is a regular contributor to The Toronto Star and  Reno and Décor magazine, and was recently named décor editor for a new magazine called Abode Toronto. Her work has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, House and Home and Canadian Living.  Vicky frequently appears on CBC Radio, Breakfast Television, Global Noon News, and CHCH Morning Live.  Follow her on Twitter @vickysanderson

The 2017 event follows on the success of the first ever Kentwood Design Challenge, held last year at IDS 2016 in Toronto.  Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by the over 50,000 visitors to the show.  The event was a resounding success, and the 2017 edition promises to be bigger and better, says Kentwood Vice-President of Sales & Marketing Brady Page. 

“This is the second year of the competition and as such we had a higher level of awareness and interest from the students.  The quality of the submissions was really impressive and we’re looking forward to seeing them brought to life at IDS.” Page said, adding:  “We’re also really honoured to once again have the participation of an amazing group of design professionals to judge the competition.  Their opinions not only add a lot of interest to the competition, but it is a fantastic experience for the students to have their work critiqued by such an esteemed group of industry insiders.” 

The finalists for the 2017 Kentwood Design Challenge are:

  • Leticia Hutchings of Ryerson School of Interior Design for her concept titled <25
  • Fangyuan Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
  • Kexin Zhang and Alana Lee of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Structurally Chaotic
  • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
  • Kyle Wong, Andria Wong and Eleanor Ching-Yee Kuan of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Rift
  • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Empty Gestures

All six finalists are hard at work to bring their visions to life in the Kentwood booth at IDS, which runs January 19-22.  Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday Jan 19 and the winners will be announced from the show floor on Friday Jan 20.  The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award.

KENTWOOD DESIGN CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS

The finalists have been announced in the 2017 Kentwood IDS Design Challenge, this year's edition of the innovative design competition which Kentwood introduced last year at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration, held in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.   

At IDS 2016, rather than a traditional trade show booth, Kentwood proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design institutions.  Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by the over 50,000 visitors to the show.  (See highlights of the 2016 event here.)

This year, over twenty concepts were submitted by students from several design schools, and after much difficult deliberation, six finalists have been selecteds.  They are:

  • Leticia Hutchings of Ryerson School of Interior Design for her concept titled <25
  • Fangyuan Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
  • Kexin Zhang and Alana Lee of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Structurally Chaotic
  • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
  • Kyle Wong, Andria Wong and Eleanor Ching-Yee Kuan of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Rift
  • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Empty Gestures

All six finalists will now be challenged to bring their visions to life in the Kentwood booth at IDS, which runs January 19-22.  Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday Jan 19 and the winners will be announced from the show floor on Friday Jan 20.  The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award. For more information on the Kentwood Design Challenge, watch this space!

KENTWOOD SHOWCASED IN ‘AMERICA’S BEST CITY’ HOME PARADE

The Building Contractors Association of Southwestern Idaho recently unveiled the 2016 edition of the Fall Parade of Homes in which a selection of outstanding new homes from local builders are open to public viewing.  The homes are located in and around Boise, recently ranked by USA Today as the ‘best American city to live in’. 

kentwood brushed oak fjord in idaho showhome

Nearby Meridian is home to the Biltmore Company, a local family-owned design-build firm that works throughout Idaho’s Treasure Valley region.  Biltmore scooped up six design awards at a 2015 Parade of Homes event; its entry in the 2016 fall parade is a slimmed down variation of the award-winning 2015 design, dubbed the ‘Katherine’.

kentwood brushed oak fjord in idaho showhome

At 3725 square feet, the Katherine still provides generous space for an active family, including five bedrooms, modern kitchen and large pantry, and lots of built-ins and extras, all designed and finished with Biltmore’s legendary attention to detail. (Check out that secret den under the stairs.) 

kentwood brushed oak fjord in idaho showhome

The flooring is Brushed Oak Fjord from the Elements by Kentwood Engineered Collection.  Interior design by Liz Amar of Biltmore Company. For more views of this beautiful home, visit www.bcaswi.org.  For more on the Biltmore Company, go to www.biltmoreco.com.

LIGHTHOUSE STUDIOS SHOWCASES LEED PLATINUM DESIGNS

Calgary-based Lighthouse Studios specializes in high-end custom home design and counts many of southern Alberta’s leading builders among their clients.  For a recent design-build duplex project on Calgary’s William Street, the company raised the bar and designed both residences to target LEED Platinum Certification. 

Brushed Oak Glace Bay in 1823 William Street. Photo by Zoon Photography.

Barb Kelsall is Lighthouse’s designated LEED Design Associate: “Our commitment was to give consumers a high quality, durable, healthy home. We chose to follow the LEED program because rather than focusing on one aspect of the building, LEED looks at the complete project including energy efficiency, water use, indoor air quality, building materials, land placement and more. LEED certification is also rigorously tested by a third party and difficult to achieve, unlike other green certification programs. We felt this accreditation would add real value to our customer.”  The William Street homes will join a very select group of Alberta residences that have achieved LEED Platinum status.

Kentwood sculpted oak Cougar Rock

Sculpted Oak Cougar Rock in 1825 William Street. Photo by Barb Kelsall.

Some of the notable features include triple glazed, low-E, argon filled windows; doubled insulation values in walls and foundation; airtight building envelope, Energy Star appliances; LED light fixtures; low-flow shower heads and faucets and dual-flush toilets; low VOCs in paint and finishes as well as high quality, durable products and materials to ensure a healthy indoor environment for occupants.  Even the landscaping contributes to the program by using a low maintenance design and drought-tolerant, native planting. 

For the flooring, the company chose Kentwood Originals European Plank.  One home features Brushed Oak Glace Bay to match the French grey palette, the other Sculpted Oak Cougar Rock, to complement the walnut cabinetry. Both products were chosen in part for their ability to contribute to LEED credits, as can most products in the Kentwood line.  “We get nothing but compliments on the floors - they really are beautiful.”  

For more on this and other Lighthouse design projects, visit www.lighthousestudios.ca

THE LANDMARK EARNS ITS PLACE AMONG DENVER’S HIPPEST PLACES TO LIVE

The Landmark comprises two buildings and 271 luxury condominiums in Denver’s lively Greenwood Village, center of the city’s rapidly developing tech industry.  Designer Cynthia Steinbrecher of Davis Partnership Architects worked with developers East West Partners to create design concepts that were both classic and sophisticated, with a nod to the modern edge that defines Denver’s culture and character.  The results are absolutely beautiful. 

The project was completed in late 2015, and utilised three styles of Kentwood flooring: Brushed Walnut Natural from the Elements Engineered line, and Brushed Oak Cobble Hill and Brushed Oak Sanderson, both from the Originals European Plank Collection.

For a tour of several of these gorgeous interiors, visit the Galleries section of the site.  Photography by J.C.Buck.

BRUSHED OAK SNOHOMISH ADDS COOL ACCENT TO MONOGRAM MODERN HOME

Dwell and Monogram Appliances are joining forces again for the 2016 Monogram Modern Home Tour, and this year, they’re taking Kentwood along for the ride.

The Monogram Modern Home is a travelling showcase of contemporary design and up-to-the-minute building trends.  At each stop, the home is opened to both professional designers and the general public, and plays host to design seminars, culinary tastings and more. 

kentwood brushed oak snohomish in monogram home

This year’s model features flooring by Kentwood, specifically Brushed Oak Snohomish from the Kentwood Originals European Plank collection.  The wide plank, long board styling lends an added sense of space to the compact rooms, and the pale frosted color is a perfect complement to the sleek stainless aesthetic of Monogram’s signature appliances. 

The tour kick off in Seattle was a tremendous success. Despite grey skies and rain more than 1200 people visit the home over the weekend.  The Monogram Modern Home will make five more stops as it travels coast to coast, hitting San Francisco, LA, Houston and Atlanta before finishing up in Miami at the end of the year.  For more information, visit www.dwell.com/monogram.

HALFMOON BAY MAKES HAPPY AT HUDSONS

Calgary design firm McKinley Burkart shared this uplifting image from their recent redesign of Hudsons Pub in Red Deer.  The wall treatment is Kentwood Sculpted Oak Halfmoon Bay, with a twist.  For more images, visit mckinleyburkart.com.

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN KENTWOOD DESIGN CHALLENGE

The first ever Kentwood Design Challenge, held last week at IDS 2016, was a huge success.  Five teams of design students created innovative installations using Kentwood flooring, which were displayed on the show floor for the duration of the show.  The finalists were judged by a panel of design industry professionals and visitors to the show had a chance to vote for their favorite in a People’s Choice ballot. 

First prize was awarded to: Olayide Madamidola, Kyung Hyun Kim and Joon Leem of OCAD University for NATURE X NATURE.

This amazing installation featured moveable sculptures fashioned from pieces of Kentwood flooring.  The team cut and sanded over 5000 individual pieces of hardwood flooring to create the elaborate objects. 

Second prize was awarded to: Hamid Shahi and Victor Mancini also from OCAD for DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE.

Their installation comprised elaborate structures all built from a simple building block fashioned from interlocking pieces of hardwood and fitted together with amazing precision.

The other finalists were Agnes Chow and Vivian Kwok of Ryerson School of Interior Design for INKLING, Topher Kong and Avis Ho of OCAD for SHAN SHUI, Husseina Kakal and Irene Liu of Ryerson for LIGHTBOX CAFÉ. 

Each design was a unique and engaging treatment of the material.  The student displays attracted a huge amount of interest throughout the show, and the students were thrilled to have the opportunity to display their work in such a prestigious venue. 

The People’s Choice Award went to Nature X Nature. Click here to view a video of all the finalists at IDS.

A huge shout out to IDS and the participating institutions for all their support and assistance.  And a special thanks also to our judges:

•       Christianne Barbuto, Designer, U31
•       Neil James, Managing Partner, Stylegarage
•       Stella Salvador, Principal Interior Designer, Tridel
•       Karl Lohnes, Design Expert
•       David Dick-Agnew, Senior Editor, AZURE Magazine
And thanks also Stylegarage for the loan of the furniture and accessories. 

“The talent and creativity and passion that the students have brought to this project has been nothing short of incredible,” said Brady Page, Metro’s VP of Sales and Marketing.  “It’s been a privilege to provide such gifted young designers with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and together I think we’ve put on an amazing show for visitors to IDS2016.”
 

KENTWOOD IDS DESIGN CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES FINALISTS

Early next year, Kentwood will once again be on display at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration, held every January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.   

For IDS 2016, Kentwood decided to try something different.  Rather than a traditional trade show booth or display, we proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design schools.  With the support of IDS, the Kentwood Design Challenge was launched in October 2015 to students at several design institutions in southern Ontario.  Students were invited to create a design concept that used Kentwood flooring in unique and innovative ways.  Finalists would have the opportunity to ‘build out’ their concepts at IDS 2016, where they would be judged by a panel of design professionals and viewed by the 50,000 visitors to the show itself. 

“As a company, we have very strong ties to the architect and design community and we’re always looking for ways to add value to the relationship,” says Kentwood’s Brady Page.  “This competition seemed like a great way to nurture some up and coming design talent, and support the community in general.  It’s also a very good fit with IDS’ mandate to promote design innovation and inspiration.”  

The five finalists are:

  • Agnes Chow and Vivian Kwok of Ryerson School of Interior Design for INKLING
  • Topher Kong and Avis Ho of OCAD University for SHAN SHUI
  • Olayide Madamidola, Kim Hyung, Joon Leem and Brandon Skarpa of OCAD University for NATURE X NATURE
  • Husseina Kakal and Irene Liu of Ryerson School of Interior Design for LIGHTBOX CAFE
  • Hamid Shahi and Victor Mancini of OCAD University for DYNAMIC LANDSCAPE

“We’re really excited to watch these young design talents put their ideas into practice, and to allow them to do it in such a high profile setting,”  said Page. 

All five teams will have their work on display at the Kentwood booth at IDS 2016, January 21-24 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday Jan 21 and the winners will be announced from the show floor on Friday Jan 22.  The design installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award. 

IDS is Canada’s leading showcase of interior design.  Begun in 1999, the 18th edition of Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents as well as internationally known designers and manufacturers. The Interior Design Show has established itself as the breeding ground for design creativity, innovation and inspiration, bringing together hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year. For more visit www.interiordesignshow.com.

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