Our WL Design 25 is a brand-new awards program designed to celebrate projects and the design firms behind them. Each year we’ll celebrate 25 of the best new designs in Western Canada in our March/April issue, with our inaugural winners being announced in March/April 2024. We can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

Questions about the how/why/when of it all? Read on!

Frequently Asked Questions: WL Design 25

Who can enter the WL Design 25?

Any designer based in Western Canada (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba) may enter the WL Design 25 competition. With categories for both product and interior spaces, designers in a variety of disciplines are welcome to submit.

What does it cost to enter the WL Design 25?

It’s free to enter the WL Design 25 for our inaugural year.

How many entries can I submit to the WL Design 25?

Each designer or design firm may enter up to five separate projects total.

How will entries be judged?

Each entrant will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Form: Is the design aesthetically attractive, design-forward, elegantly crafted, well executed, poetic? Are there moments of delight, pause for thought, beauty in the execution?
  • Function: Does the space or product work the way it is intended? Is it practical, well thought out in its execution? Is it ultimately successful? (Selection, quality, combination of materials, unique techniques and processes, technical proficiency)
  • Innovation: How innovative is the design (fresh, forward-thinking design, unique niche in the field or market, solves problems creatively)?
  • Sustainability: What is the origin story of the materials sourced? Is it designed to last?

What kind of rooms can be entered into the WL Design 25?

If it’s a room in a home, you can enter it! For example: kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, entryways—even walk-in closets!—and so forth.

We also are accepting great hospitality spaces, such as restaurants, hotels and spas.

What kind of products can be entered into the WL Design 25?

If it’s a piece of home decor or furniture that’s designed in Western Canada, we want to see it—whether that’s a great nightstand or a beautiful piece of dinnerware. If it’s designed to help us live better in our homes, please submit!

How many awards will be given out?

Twenty-five! A combined total that is – whether it’s a room or a product, the total number of awards given out will be 25.

When is the deadline to enter?

Monday, October 2, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

Are projects or products that are built or manufactured elsewhere eligible?

Yes, as long as the designer/design firm are based out of Western Canada (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.

Are prototypes or renderings eligible for entry?

No, sorry! Only completed projects.

When will winners be notified?

We’ll be announcing the winners in the March/April 2024 issue of Western Living, and here online at westernliving.ca in early March… so you’ll find out at the same time as the rest of the world if you’ve made our inaugural WL Design 25 list!

Thrilling, right?

How do I enter the WL Design 25 competition?

Fill out either the Product Entry Form or the Room Entry form. That’s it!

Help! I’m having trouble with the form!

Drop us a line at mail@westernliving.ca

I’ve got a question that isn’t answered here…

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Ready to enter? Head to our entry forms now! You’ll want to fill out a separate form for each project you enter.