Attention Designers: 5 Reasons to Enter the WL Design 25

Everything you need to know to enter Western Living magazine's newest design competition, which celebrates both incredible spaces and innovative product design.

Our sister publication, Western Living magazine, has launched a brand-new awards program: the WL Design 25, celebrating 25 of the best new designs of the year.

While its WL Designers of the Year awards celebrate a body of work, the WL Design 25 awards are designed to focus on specific projects: from an inviting bedroom to a perfect chair, an elegant office space to a sustainably crafted coffee table. Designers of all disciplines—from interiors and architecture to furniture and industrial—are invited to enter.  

The 25 winners will be highlighted in the March/April 2024 issue of Western Living and promoted on 

Still debating? Here are five reasons to consider entering.  

1. Shine a spotlight your work.

WL’s readers are loyal supporters of design in Western Canada—and winning a WL Design 25 means you’ll have their attention. Past winners of our WL Designers of the Year awards have seen their career trajectory change nearly overnight—and you can expect our WL Design 25 winners to see the same kind of love from the WL audience.

2. It’s easy to enter—and it’s free!

For its inaugural year, there are no entry fees associated with entering—just limits. That means you have to narrow down your entry to just five rooms or five products. Entering is easy—the toughest part will be deciding which projects to enter.

The team at Falken Reynolds designed this gorgeous living space in Smithers, B.C.—part of their winning package that named them our 2023 Interior Designers of the Year. What room will you submit to the WL Design 25 this year? (Photo: Ema Peter)

3. The WL Design 25 celebrates rooms of all shapes and sizes.

Gorgeous storage room? Excellent walk-in closet? Fantastic staircase? Enter it—along with incredible primary bedrooms, beautiful bathrooms, stunning kitchens… if it’s a room, it’s eligible.

4. We’re also recognizing excellent product and furniture design.

Designed an amazing dining table? A fantastic rug? A fab and functional pepper mill? Enter it.

2023 WL Furniture Designer of the Year won judges’ hearts with his three-legged Minus One chair.

5. You can lay claim to being one of the first winners.

You can only win one of the first WL Design 25s in the first year—and lay claim to being an inaugural winner of The WL Design 25. 

Ready to enter? The deadline is October 2. Get your entry in now!