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Local in running for best young designer

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Richmond's Karen Wong is one of six finalists for the title of B.C.'s top young interior designer.
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Richmond’s Karen Wong is one of six finalists for the title of B.C.’s Best Young Designer.

Wong, who specializes in restaurant and hotel design and works as an interior designer for a Vancouver hospitality group, was provided access to a newly built suite at Morgan Crossing, and given a budget of $10,000 to $20,000 and five weeks to fully decorate and furnish the space.

“All of our up-and-coming designers have done incredible things with their suites and we’re impressed with the range of ideas and creativity,” said Bryan Woolley, design competition director.

A panel of expert judges will select a grand-prize winner who will walk away with the title, along with an all-expenses paid trip to the design mecca of New York City and a pass to one of the world’s premiere design events, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

Voting by the public will also determine one “fan favourite” winner, who will win a $2,000 cash prize.

The six suites will be open to the public from Jan. 19 to Feb. 20 and visitors to South Surrey’s Morgan Crossing, at 103-15775 Croydon Dr., can cast their vote on site. The presentation centre is open every day except Friday from noon to 5 p.m.

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