Montreal - Winners were announced in Richelieu Hardware’s Richelieu Awards for New Designers contest. Now in its second year, the contest focus was on creating a design for a micro living space.
The winners, André Jacques—a graduate from a school of interior design in St-George-de-Beauce in Québec—and Charles Laurence Proulx and Gil Hardy-Groleau—from the design firm NÓS Architectes in Montreal—let their ideas shine by proposing well-balanced and accessible solutions. Each winner was awarded a trophy and a $1000 scholarship.
Gil Hardy-Groleau of NÓS Architectes in the category for Young Professionals
The design challenge consisted in designing a layout for an optimized and versatile living space in a 450-square- foot micro-condo according to universal accessibility standards for people with reduced mobility. By using Richelieu’s multifunction products, young designers shared their vision of an adaptable space that adjusts to the age, physical condition, and needs of its occupants to make their life easier.
The winners of the second edition of the Richelieu Awards for New Designers were announced during a ceremony held in Montreal. According to the company, this contest provides a springboard for students and young professionals in interior design offering participants an exceptional opportunity to stand out and get noticed. The Richelieu Awards for New Designers aim to inspire creativity in today’s designers to envision the home of tomorrow.

Function and design

This year, some designers featured a space with accessories that adapt, transform and evolve with the needs of occupants for an optimal use of the condo. Layouts embraced the themes of universal design in every aspect, offering ergonomic storage and ease of movement for people with reduced mobility, all in an inspiring setting.
Other designers presented projects that were resolutely universal, versatile and timeless. Each area of the condo—bedroom, kitchen, living room and home office—was perfectly suited to meet the challenges of all occupants regardless of their condition while providing practical, ergonomic, and valuable storage areas.
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