After months of careful planning, hard work, and collaboration with our student designers and brand partners, LIV's inaugural Student Design Challenge has come to a close. This multifaceted undertaking culminated in our groundbreaking 'The Future of Work: A Virtual Experience' booth at IDS Vancouver 2022 – which we're proud to say was a resounding success. Designed from top to bottom for an unprecedented level of immersion, The Future of Work booth allowed attendees to view students' work in augmented reality – allowing for more meaningful interaction with each design.
Now, we're pulling back the curtain on how the LIV Design Studio team brought this ambitious concept to life. In this article, we'll be breaking down each step of our months-long journey in creating The Future of Work booth, as well as shining the spotlight on our talented student designers, generous brand partners, and our student collaborator for this project.
From the earliest stages of ideation, LIV Design Studio sought a creative way to apply this year's IDS theme of "New Futures" to each and every step of the design process. At many points throughout the past months and years, we've found ourselves wondering exactly what the future of work would look like – both in the interior design industry and beyond. While we certainly have our own ideas on how hybrid work models will evolve, we thought it apropos to consult the interior designers of the future on how they see our offices contributing to a more balanced, productive future.
And so, LIV's Student Design Challenge was born. Over the course of the summer, we challenged students from BCIT, KPU, LaSalle Colllege Vancouver, and VIU to develop a concept and design that embraced new modalities of work while allowing for both virtual and in-person meetings, as well as a third creative function. From a diverse pool of entrants, we selected four teams whose designs best embodied an innovative approach to the future of work.
The Future of Work booth was imagined as a vessel for hosting these four teams' works, consisting of four 'micro-spaces' where IDS visitors could view and interact with their designs in augmented reality. As another step towards embracing this year's "New Futures" theme, LIV Design Studio also enlisted the help of Peri KONE, a fourth-year interior design student at LaSalle College, to assist with the design and construction process.
The physical booth also provided a means of determining final placement for the Student Challenge, with over 1500 IDS Vancouver attendees submitting votes for their favourite design. Students competed for an $8,000 cash prize for the first-place winner, as well as an internship opportunity with LIV Design Studio which any finalist is eligible to apply for. Ultimately, "Pixel" by LaSalle College Vancouver students Jordana Dall’Igna, Julia Soares, and Kimiya Khezri took home the grand prize following the conclusion of IDS Vancouver 2022.
In the following sections, we'll look more closely at how this booth came together – in terms of both the design of the physical space, as well as the logistics of creating an immersive virtual experience from students' designs.
On behalf of the entire LIV Design Studio team, we'd like to take this opportunity to express out heartfelt gratitude to all of our amazing sponsors. Without the invaluable contributions of these businesses, institutions, and teams, LIV's Student Challenge and The Future of Work booth would not have been possible.