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Call for Nominations


Who will be crowned the GTHA’s top restaurant, retail or product designer in 2020?

Designlines magazine is pleased to announce the second launch of our Designer of the Year competition, where we will celebrate the creative problem-solving and design prowess of one exceptional individual (or studio) working in interior design. Who will follow in the large footsteps of last year’s winner, Lebel & Bouliane? It could be you. Learn more about the competition – and enter by September 30th here. The winner will be announced in Designlines’ Issue 1, 2020 come January.

In the very same issue, we also turn the spotlight on the very best of local restaurant, retail and product design. Know someone deserving of this title? Is their work exceptional? Is the restaurant or retail space now open, and was it designed in 2019? Was the product, too, designed in 2019 and is available for purchase? Then let us know! Simply email us to tell us a little about who it is you’re nominating and why we should consider them.

Entries are due September 30th. Send your nomination in now, and be sure to tell all your talented friends, too.

The 2019 Winners

Best Restaurant design: Commute Design’s Aloette beat out the rest. The richly textured French eatery was inspired by dining cars, not the latest trends. Read the story here.

Best Retail design: Batay-Csorba scored high marks with Headfone Shop whose main feature is the 255 powder-coated folded metal panels that wrap around the walls and ceiling. Read the story here.

Best Product design: Twenty-nine-year-old Tom Chung’s portfolio of internationally-produced furniture, home accessories and lighting regularly wows us but it was the brilliance of his flat-pack Hover stool for Umbra that won us over. Read the designer profile here.


Get a closer look at what you can expect to find in the 2024 New Builds Issue of Designlines Magazine

In the 2024 Spring/Summer Issue of Designlines, we focus on New Builds and “celebrate the profound impact of creating something new, not just as an architectural endeavour but as a testament to laying down roots and shaping the very essence of our city’s identity,” editor-in-chief Joseph Cicerone writes.



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