WIN a £2000 budget to design your own Corkcabin interior
PUBLISHED: 13:16 08 February 2019
Devon eco-build firm Mike Wye is launching the Devon Interior Design Challenge as part of its 25th anniversary year. Could the winner be you?
Do you have a keen eye for design? Can you fathom which colours suit which room? Is there a budding interior designer captured in your soul, desperate to be let free?
Then this is your time. Leading suppliers of natural and sustainable building and decorating materials Mike Wye is seeking out the best interior design the county has to offer. And it just might be you.
As part of Mike Wye’s 25th anniversary year, the firm is launching its new CORKCABIN® range of converted shipping containers to provide stunning sustainable spaces.
These versatile units are recycled from their previous life and are insulated using natural products to provide an affordable home or an extension to your living space, whether as a studio, an office, summerhouse or even a glamping unit.
The CORKCABIN® takes its name from the exterior cladding, made of decorative SecilVIT Cork Facade Boards, which both insulate the outside and provide a unique and attractive natural finish.
The company is offering an exciting opportunity for anyone with a passion for interior design to theme the interior of the CORKCABIN®.
As part of the launch of this new product, Mike Wye is introducing a Devon Interior Design Challenge for 2019 in conjunction with Devon Life. Designers with a passion for sustainable and natural materials are invited to submit design concepts for the finished interior of the CORKCABIN®.
Entries for the competition will close on 1 March, when a shortlist of four designs will be chosen and those ideas will be created and realised in the converted units.
Mike Wye will provide a budget of £2,000 to each of the four shortlisted designers to implement their concept. The company stocks a fantastic range of paint and wood finishes from Earthborn and Kreidezeit that can be used to create a beautiful look as part of each design. Further details of these products can be found on the Mike Wye website.
Designers will have a converted container to work with, which will be clad externally with one of the patterned SecilVIT Cork Facade boards, French doors and a full length feature window. Internally, there are engineered oak floors, with solid oak skirting boards.
The walls and ceiling are clad in untreated smooth softwood panelling. There is programmable coloured washdown lighting on the main feature wall, with sockets for table or standard lamps controllable by a central dimmer.
The £2,000 design budget is to cover:
• Up to three ceiling lights (wiring provided), with the cost of the light fittings and installation to be included in the budget.
• Decoration of the wood panels in a natural oil, wax, wash or paint. Mike Wye will supply the paint and the labour, with the cost of this to be included within the budget.
• Table lights or standard lamps
• Soft furnishings, etc. to complement the look
The full terms and conditions for the competition can be found at corkcabin.co.uk.
All of the shortlisted designers and their concepts will be featured in the July edition of Devon Life which is on sale on 30 May, and an overall winning design will be announced.
The four design concepts will be featured on the CORKCABIN® website as options for customers placing an order, and the designers will receive a commission from each confirmed order using their design on an ongoing basis.
Mike himself has some themes that he would like the designers to follow.
He says: “We’re proud to be able to introduce our new CORKCABIN®, and we’re excited to be able to open up the Devon Interior Design Challenge to designers to help us realise the full potential of these distinctive spaces.
“The judging panel will select four unique designs from themes that take their inspiration from cultures of the world such as Italian, Oriental, Scandinavian, African and Asian, and that take account of upcoming interior design trends.”
Designers will be informed whether their concept has been selected by 8 March and will need to implement their design by 4pm on Wednesday, 10 April, when an overall winning design will be selected and announced in the July issue of Devon Life magazine.”
Apart from the kudos of having your design shortlisted and becoming the overall winner, all four shortlisted designs will receive an ongoing commission of £250 for every design sold in the future.
HOW TO ENTER
The competition will close on 1 March 2019, and all entries must be received by Mike Wye on that date. Competition entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and no other method of submitting entries will be permitted. By submitting a competition entry, you are agreeing to be bound by the full terms and conditions that are available on the corkcabin.co.uk website.
Entries should include the following information:
• Name, address, telephone number and email address
• Name of your design
• A ‘hero image’ that presents your vision in the strongest way
• Brief description of the design and inspiration
• Optionally, up to five additional supporting images (which could include renders, sketches, drawings, photographs or any other visual material that conveys your concept
The competition will be judged by a panel from Mike Wye and Devon Life magazine. The decision of the judges will be final, and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.