Toronto, Ontario Nov, 2017:  Metropolitan Hardwood Floors has announced the finalists in the 2017 Kentwood IDS Design Challenge.  All six finalists will now be challenged to bring their visions to life in the Kentwood booth at IDS, which runs January 19-22.  Judging will be done during the Gala Opening on Thursday January 19th and the winners will be announced from the show floor at booth # 710  Friday January 20th at 1:30 PM The installations will remain on view throughout the weekend, and visitors will be invited to vote on a ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors (Metro) is the exclusive manufacturer of the Kentwood line of premium hardwood floors and is a long time exhibitor at the Interior Design Show (IDS), Canada’s leading exhibition of design innovation and inspiration, held in January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. At IDS 2016, Metro introduced the Kentwood IDS Design Challenge. Rather than a traditional trade show booth, the company proposed to showcase the talent and creativity of students from some of Canada’s leading design institutions.  Students were challenged to create a unique design utilizing Kentwood hardwood flooring, and five finalists were selected to ‘build out’ their visions at IDS, where their work was judged by a panel of industry experts and viewed by the over 50,000 visitors to the show.

“The event was a resounding success, and the 2017 edition promises to be bigger and better,‘ says Metro Vice-President of Sales & Marketing Brady Page.  “This is the second year of the competition and as such we had a higher level of awareness and interest from the students. The quality of the submissions was really impressive this year and we’re looking forward to seeing them brought to life at IDS.”

Six finalists have been selected from the submitted designs. They are:

  • Leticia Hutchings of Ryerson School of Interior Design for her concept for <25
  • Annie Zheng, Avis Ho, Iris Ho and Sony Chen of OCAD University for Immersion
  • Kexin Zhang and Alana Lee of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Structurally Chaotic
  • Nazanin Minoei and Raha Rouhollahi of OCAD University for Embrace
  • Kyle Wong, Andria Wong and Eleanor Kuan of Ryerson School of Interior Design for Rift
  • Parker Galbraith-Nolan and Dylan Roworth of OCAD University for Empty Gestures

About Metro:

Metropolitan Hardwood Floors is a manufacturer and distributor of premium quality hardwood, laminate and luxury vinyl flooring.   Founded as a hardwood flooring retailer in 1992, the company has grown to become a leading manufacturer and distributor of specialty flooring products, with sales and distribution centers throughout Canada and the US.  For more visit

About Kentwood:

Kentwood is Metropolitan’s flagship product line, launched in 2003.  This unique collection of premium quality genuine hardwood floors offers a wealth of ideas for the contemporary home, all bearing the Kentwood hallmarks of superior quality, inspired design, and outstanding value.  Unique custom-designed colors, hand-worked artisan surface treatments and innovative finishes are just some of the high value features that have made Kentwood an international success story. For more visit

About IDS:

IDS is Canada’s leading showcase of interior design.  Begun in 1999, Canada’s design fair celebrates leading brands, innovative speakers and rising local talents as well as internationally known designers and manufacturers. The Interior Design Show has established itself as the breeding ground for design creativity, innovation and inspiration, bringing together hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year. For more visit

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Jamie Lennon, Communications Coordinator
Metropolitan Hardwood Floors

November, 2016