Metropolitan Floors Reveals Design Competition Winner

Metropolitan Floors unveiled the winner of its annual design challenge at the Interior Design Show (IDS) in Toronto.

Jenny Bae Huggon, Gigi Lombardo-Dybalski and Natalie Guberney, all students at Sheridan College, were the recipients of this year’s award for their design called Origins. The trio constructed and showcased their entry at Metropolitan Floors’ booth during the show, Jan. 18-21. The honour also came with a cash prize of $1,500.

“It was such a fun project for us to undertake,” says Guberney. “We wanted to symbolize our connection
to the earth but also to each other.”

This year, the challenge took inspiration from Metropolitan’s clean floors program, a forest-to-floor quality assurance and environmental compliance initiative. The theme of the challenge, ‘crafted with conscience,’ challenged participants to design an installation that gives both meaning and life to the phrase and incorporates the latest flooring designs from the company’s Kentwood engineered hardwood collection.

“Our hope with the piece is that it provokes conversation amongst people as they view it,” says Bae Huggon.

Three distinct flooring products from the Kentwood collection were used to create layers of depth, guiding the audience toward the central point of the installation. Each panel is vertically mounted in multiple tiers to form a gentle arch over the world map. The overlapping lines in the design narrate the intricate connections shared with the planet and communities, emphasizing the bond shared with the environment. The warm backlight adds clarity and represents the certainty of people’s collective existence with each other and Earth.

Viewers were invited to interact with the installation through the use of a map, inspiring them to
document their own ‘origins.’

“The challenge is all about giving back to the design community,” says Metropolitan commercial business manager Joe Cosentino about the competition, which is open to Ontario students enrolled in a post-secondary interior design program. “It’s rewarding for us because we always look forward to seeing how students draw inspiration from the theme and use our products.”

The company also launched new 2024 flooring designs during IDS. Featuring 10 new collections with selections from Kentwood and Evoke flooring, the offerings include extra-wide plank-engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl flooring for light to heavy commercial applications, and herringbone designs, among others.

Metropolitan is a Canadian-owned and operated flooring manufacturer and distributor headquartered in Delta, B.C. Founded as a hardwood flooring retailer in 1992, the company has grown to include specialty flooring products and become an end-to-end flooring solution provider.

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