BC's Best Young Designer Crowned
The search for BC’s Best Young Designer has concluded, and Morgan Crossing is pleased to announce that the winner is Daniel Meloche of Vancouver. The judges selected Meloche from a group of six finalists who competed for the prestigious title and grand prize by designing a suite at South Surrey’s Morgan Crossing village.
“The judges were looking for the designer that really captured their target market, while remaining true to their own design aesthetic,” says Kari Henshaw, Competition Judge and Principal at Insight Design Group. “It’s a tough balance to achieve, and Daniel accomplished it with thoughtfulness, cleverness and a well executed design.”
Meloche, a graduate from the Art Institute of Vancouver, is currently an interior designer and project coordinator for Northland Properties. In his suite at Morgan Crossing, Meloche favoured a clean and contemporary design aesthetic with striking pops of colour and strong lighting elements. As his prize, Meloche will choose either an all expenses paid trip to New York City to attend the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, or the cash equivalent.
“I am overwhelmed and thankful for the honour of being named BC’s Best Young Designer,” says Meloche. “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. Every competition has its up and downs, but through all the hours of painting, ironing, shopping, and some more painting, there was nothing more rewarding than the final result, and the reaction of people who come through my suite.”
Public voting also determined a winner in the “Fan Favourite” category. Burnaby’s Joanna Kado won the category by designing a suite that featured warm colors, urban influences, and layers of textures. Kado will be awarded a prize of $2,000.
The furnished design suites are open for public viewing every Saturday and Sunday until March 20. BC’s Best Young Designer competition winner Daniel Meloche will be on site each weekend 12 pm - 3pm to offer general design advice to members of the public who tour the suites.
Each of the finalists’ suites are now available for sale. A 773 sq. ft. fully furnished one bedroom + den is priced at only $254,900 and a 828 sq. ft. fully furnished 2 bedroom sells for $313,900. Until March 20, new purchasers of suites at Morgan Crossing are eligible for a complimentary two-hour design consultation with Daniel Meloche or Joanna Kado.
Morgan Crossing’s BC’s Best Young Designer competition was an opportunity for aspiring interior designers (both professional and non-professional) to apply their creative design skills and showcase their talents. Six competition semi-finalists were given access to a newly built suite at Morgan Crossing village in South Surrey, along with a $10,000-$12,000 budget and a month’s time to decorate and furnish the suite.