The Art of Outdoor Living
Patios are a quintessential part of the Canadian design landscape, the perfect place to take in the majesty of our country’s unparalleled natural beauty. Particularly in a post-COVID-19 context, indoor-outdoor spaces and enlarged patios have become a crucial part of our daily routines; not just a boon to our physical health but a sanctuary where days turn seamlessly into nights and every season becomes a reason to celebrate. A well-designed patio can be a sanctuary that nourishes the mind, body, and soul, facilitating the creation of enduring memories that transcend time.
Celebrating the splendour of the Canadian outdoors and the ways in which design can call attention to and enrich them, this iteration of LIV Design Studio’s Student Design Challenge asks the next generation of interior designers to envision a patio space that facilitates a deeper connection to our surroundings and promotes wellbeing year-round through functional & innovative design, with selected participants presenting their ideas with the help of augmented-reality (AR) technology.
Students are challenged to envision a 188 sq. ft. patio design for all-season use. The space should be multi-functional, accommodating basic functions such as entertaining and individual work, while also allowing for additional uses throughout the day. Participants are encouraged to use outdoor, weatherproof materials and incorporate elements of indoor-outdoor living where possible.
Three finalists will be selected by our judges panel to have their designs adapted into an AR experience by the LIV Design CG team for IDS Toronto 2024. Finalists and placements will be determined by the judges based on the following criteria: design concept, creativity, lighting, functionality, base building, and materials/finishes & colour scheme. The people’s choice award winner will be decided based on voting from the general public, who will view and interact with each augmented-reality design at IDS Toronto 2024. Both the final placements and people’s choice award will be revealed onstage at IDS Toronto on January 21st, 2024.