IBI Group interior designer named to IDC Top 5
DateSeptember 13, 2013
TORONTO – Mel Sanderson, an interior designer in the Toronto IBI Group office, has been named one of the “Top 5 under 5” by the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC).
Now in its third year, the program recognizes Canada’s up-and-coming interior design professionals with less than five years experience.
The design challenge for entrants was to design a retail and community space for a non-profit women’s education and literary organization in Nepal.
Mel, 29, is a recent graduate of Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design and has worked at IBI Group since her third year of university. “Mel demonstrates an exceptional aptitude for design and brings a level of enthusiasm and professionalism not often seen so early in one’s career,” said Peter Heys, a Senior Associate in the Interiors group. “She continues to be a standout young designer in our office, thriving on the team spirit and collaborative nature of our work.”
“It felt very good to be supported by associates who help you develop as a designer,” Mel said. “There are a lot of parallels between designing this type of project – the space for women in Nepal – and designing an office space. You’re working to develop a sensitivity to designing for people, and I think that’s what interior design is really all about.”
PHOTOS ABOVE: MEL SANDERSON AND A RENDERING FROM HER DESIGN FOR A NEPALESE WOMEN’S RETAIL AND COMMUNITY SPACE