B.C.’s best

At the end of September, a happy throng of 300 attended the 29th annual Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia’s Awards of Excellence. Guests were treated to an evening of networking, laughs, eye candy (including images of the interior design projects nominated for awards) and taste delights catered by the Vancouver Convention Centre. Local jazz band Mimosa provided the entertainment.

IDIBC holds the annual event to celebrate excellence in interior design and promote its members throughout the province. 

Total awards this year number 20: Best in Show; five Awards of Excellence; 12 Awards of Merit; and two Awards of Merit, Sustainability. 

The big winner of the evening was Box Interior Design Inc., which took home three awards: Best in Show and an Award of Excellence for MJ Jewellers, a sumptuous, jewel box of a space, giving new life to a long-established private jewellery store; and an Award of Excellence for Black & Blue Restaurant, a modern steakhouse referencing the forms and traditions of the past.

Winners of the three other Awards of Excellence: Sarah Gallop Design, for Waterfront Hideaway (which also won an Award of Merit, Sustainability), a modern residence nestled into a cliff of a relatively undeveloped island; Mitchell Freedland Design, for Mountain Penthouse, a redesign with a contemporary edge; and Perkins+Will Canada Architects, for Cobalt Office Interiors (which also won an Award of Merit, Sustainability), a light and airy workplace.

To view the full list of winners, visit idibc.org and click on Awards.