BC’s Best Young Designer contest winners announced

Vancouver resident Daniel Meloche (above) won first place in the BC’s Best Young Designer contest. - Contributed photo
Vancouver resident Daniel Meloche (above) won first place in the BC’s Best Young Designer contest.
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Morgan Crossing’s search for BC’s Best Young Designer has concluded, with Vancouver resident Daniel Meloche taking top prize.

Meloche – an interior designer who graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver – was chosen from six finalists for decorating one of the South Surrey development’s two-bedroom condos using a clean and contemporary design aesthetic with pops of colour and strong lighting elements.

“I am overwhelmed and thankful for the honour,” said Meloche, who will choose either an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the Architectural Digest Home Design Show or the cash equivalent as his prize. 

“The competition was not only a great test of skill, but also a test of strategy in orchestrating my design vision on budget and on time.”

Judge Kari Henshaw, of Insight Design Group, said judges were looking for the designer who captured their target market while remaining true to their own design aesthetic. 

“It’s a tough balance to achieve, and Daniel accomplished it with thoughtfulness, cleverness and a well-executed design,” Henshaw said.

The finalists – who were selected from around 16 video entries – were given a $10,000-$12,000 budget and a one-month deadline to decorate a two-bedroom condo or a suite with one bedroom and a den.

The public was invited to view the spaces from Jan. 19 to Feb. 20 and cast their vote for the “fan favourite.”

Burnaby’s Joanna Kado – whose suite featured warm colours, urban influences and layers of textures – will be awarded $2,000 for receiving the most votes. 

The furnished suites are still open for public viewing every Saturday and Sunday until March 20. (The Morgan Crossing Presentation Centre is at 103-15775 Croydon Dr.)

Meloche will be onsite each weekend from noon to 3 p.m. to offer design advice.


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