LIV Design Studio launches Canada-wide student design challenge

“The Future of Work: A Virtual Experience” booth at IDS Vancouver 2022 (Photo source: LIV Design Studio)

LIV Design Studio, a local multidisciplinary design firm, has announced the second edition of its Student Design Challenge, which offers Canadian interior design students a chance to showcase their talents and win cash prizes totaling $15,000.

Having previously collaborated with IDS, including designing the VIP Lounge at IDS Vancouver 2019 and the acclaimed “The Future of Work: A Virtual Experience” booth at IDS Vancouver 2022, LIV Design Studio will continue its partnership and engage with the Canadian design community and emerging designers through the use of AR technology.

The theme for the 2023 challenge is “The Art of Outdoor Living,” with a focus on multifaceted patio design. In collaboration with IDS Toronto 2024, the finalists’ designs will be presented in an in-person booth using augmented reality, marking the 25th anniversary of IDS and celebrating the rich history of Canadian design.

The theme aims to showcase up-and-coming interior designers from across Canada by allowing them to present their work in AR at IDS Toronto and beyond. This year’s challenge calls for designing a 188 square-foot outdoor patio space suitable for multi-residential contexts.

Patios play a significant role in the Canadian design landscape, especially in the post-COVID-19 era, where indoor-outdoor spaces and enlarged patios have become integral to our daily lives, promoting well-being and creating a connection to our surroundings. LIV Design Studio challenges student designers to envision patio spaces that foster a deeper connection to nature and enhance year-round comfort through functional and innovative design.

A panel of expert judges will select three finalists, whose designs will be brought to life as hyper-realistic 3D models by LIV Design Studio’s in-house CG team. These designs will be accessible through dedicated augmented-reality portals at IDS Toronto 2024, allowing attendees to interact with and vote for their favorite design. The final rankings, along with a new people’s choice award voted on by IDS attendees, will be announced during the IDS Toronto 2024 event, concluding on Jan. 21.

The challenge is open to all students who are currently enrolled in or a 2023/2024 graduate of a licensed interior design program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Submissions will be accepted from individuals and in groups of up to three students from the same academic institution until Aug. 8, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PT.