Kelowna developer helps students build their skills

Lauren Mason, McKenzie Hedman, Lisa Voeller and Mica Harvey formed Team Maled it for the the Mission Group
Lauren Mason, McKenzie Hedman, Lisa Voeller and Mica Harvey formed Team Maled it for the the Mission Group's first Next Top Designer contest; they designed an interior space for a single male using chartreuse, black and grey.
— image credit: Christie Jones

Students from the Centre for Arts and Technology's interior design program got to bask in the glow of cameras this week as they unveiled their entries for a unique design competition.

Mission Group, a local development company, created the Next Top Designer to help stage their latest townhouse development for sales and give the CATO students some practical experience in their trade.

The concept is the brainchild of the developer's sales manager, Darcy Nyrose, and drew significant media interest when the final designs were unveiled Wednesday morning.

"What a great idea to have the actual target market be the designers," said Randall Shier, Mission Group president, who told those gathered that the townhouses are aimed at people in their 20s and 30s.

Some eight CATO students participated in the contest, dividing themselves into two teams: one to design a home for a young male bachelor and one for a childless couple.

Each team was give a $2000 budget for paint and allowed to borrow furnishing from upscale furniture store, Momentum; the store also sent professional designer Shannon Nystrom along to help.

From start to finish, the project had to be completed in just three months, furniture orders included.

"It's very modern, upscale," said Leesa Resch, a member of Team Hooked it Up, who designed the golden-touched space for a young couple.

The three-storey townhouses will be used as show homes and prospective buyers can vote for a preferred d├ęcor option on site. A winner will be crowned at the end of May.

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