October 15, 2014
At the Show: Urban Barn Finalists
Now in its second year, Urban Barn’s search for its Next Top Designer has upped the challenge level. Using their design savvy and $5,000 worth of Urban Barn products, the three finalists have been asked to design a 150-square-foot microspace at this year’s Vancouver Home + Design Show which addresses at least two functions. At the last moment, they were each also given a specific colour to incorporate into the space. They are vying for a booth at next year’s show, a $1,000 Urban Barn shopping spree, and of course, the coveted title. Here’s a closer look at each of the contestants.
Kimberly Casselman’s formal education may have taken place within Kwantlen’s Fine Arts program, but friends and family have always known who to turn to when it came time to pick paint colours or items for the homes they were decorating.
For the competition, she is excited to have been assigned “vintage vino.” She plans to use deep purples and burgundy as an accent colour against grey, and to meld the comfort of modern technology with vintage design touches, like tufting and nailhead detailing.
“People have to be frugal with their budgets and actual space, so this kind of design is what people are looking for,” says Casselman. “To be able to align myself with such a respected and loved brand as Urban Barn – one I love, too – and to be surrounded by support from other creative people, it’s awesome!”
If Dexter Dolores wins the competition, he owes a debt of gratitude to the good friend who pushed him to participate.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Vancouver, he spent some time with the multi-disciplinary firm False Creek Design Group, and then moved on to a company specializing in high-end residential.
“After having clients who have basically unlimited budget and space to work with, this is going to be a challenge,” Dolores acknowledges. “But it’s a great opportunity to push myself, and it’ll be fun.”
He likes the juxtaposition of super modern furniture within traditional spaces, and is hoping to create a sophisticated esthetic within his assigned palette of olive verte.
Within her space, Joanna Kado wants to create a room that appeals to both men and women, exuding warmth and comfort. She plans on instilling a little bit of a ’60s and ’70s vibe, working off her assigned colour of blue and complementing it with hits of orange. Texture is also a big component, with layering of rugs or carpet and pillows and blankets.
“I’m looking forward to being able to design in my style – when you’re working with a client, it’s about designing for them,” she explains. “As a new designer, I appreciate being able to show people what I can do.”
Hues of blue pair well with the neutral grey colour palette used in this living room designed by Urban Barn. Colour used in any space plays an important role. In fact, when it comes to using colour there is an unwritten 60-30-10 rule. The dominent colour adds depth and unifies the space, where the secondary colour provides visual points of interest, and the accent colour is used the same way we use jewelry, to add a little sparkle. The three finalists have been given specific colours to use in their respective vignettes, ranging from burgundies and purples to olives, blues and orange.