Vancouver Home + Design Show is looking for Urban Barn's Next Top Designer

The Vancouver Home + Design Show, Western Canada’s ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement,  is on the hunt for the city’s next big name in interior design, thanks to a new partnership with retailer Urban Barn.

Flush with $10,000 in prizes, Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer competition will challenge creative hopefuls to throw down in the name of good style, beginning with a Pinterest board that showcases their signature aesthetic. Starting now professional decorators and designers can enter the challenge at

“Our design competitions are always a huge hit at the show, and we’re getting more creative and having more fun with them every year,” said Jill Kivett, show manager for Marketplace Events, producer of the Vancouver Home + Design Show. “We’re thrilled to partner with Urban Barn in our unique search for undiscovered talent.”

Three finalists will be chosen from the Pinterest entries and armed with a $5,000 budget, plus an assigned style and colour revealed by Urban Barn creative director Sébastien Fauteux. From there, each finalist will be tasked with designing the ultimate living room using products sourced exclusively from Urban Barn.

“Vancouver is home to some of the world’s most creative minds,” said Fauteux. “I can’t wait to see our finalists’ faces when I reveal their style and colour challenge! This competition is certainly not one for the faint of heart.”

The three completed designs will be displayed at the Vancouver Home + Design Show, happening October 17-20, 2013 at BC Place, where more than 35,000 consumers will vote for their favourite setting – and one lucky voter will walk away with their design of choice. The living room design receiving the most votes will be showcased at Urban Barn’s flagship South Granville location during the last two weeks of October, with the designer also receiving an exhibitor booth at the 2014 Vancouver Home + Design Show.

“From seasoned professionals to enthusiastic new graduates, we want to see what this city has to offer!” added Kivett. “We are so excited to meet Vancouver’s next generation of designers.”

Entries will be accepted up to Friday, July 19, with finalists chosen throughout the month of August. For more information, visit