From a media release:
Grab your allen keys, Canada! Gusto debuts its first original design program with the premiere of THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER. From Bell Media In-House Productions, the six-episode, 30-minute series airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET, beginning October 16 on Gusto.
Hosted by THE MARILYN DENIS SHOWâ€™s design expert Tommy Smythe, the series sees six competitors vie for a coveted design contract with IKEA Canada as they face weekly challenges and eliminations. THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER encores on CTV Two, Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET, beginning Oct. 20.
For a group of up-and-coming Canadian design experts, the opportunity of a lifetime is about to begin! THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER pits six individuals against one another in a series of high-stakes dÃ©cor challenges. The lucky grand prize winner nabs a coveted design contract with IKEA Canada and a dream trip to Sweden.
Each week, designers work with IKEA Canada products to showcase their innovative design skills. From DIY-themed challenges to dealing with dated dÃ©cor on a budget, the challenges reference both IKEAâ€™s current line of products as well as the brandâ€™s history. With the threat of elimination hiding behind every challenge, itâ€™s up to each designer to put their skills to the test and show what theyâ€™ve got. Also in the blueprints are game-changing twists and fast time turnarounds! Thereâ€™s a lot at stake in this competition, and only one designer can come out on top.
In addition to Smythe, THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER features IKEA Canada judge Alicia Caroll and a cast of top-tier guest judges, including celebrity chef Roger Mooking, THE SOCIAL co-host Lainey Lui, Canadian home renovation guru Sebastian Clovis, winner of THE MARILYN DENIS SHOWâ€™s search for their next designer expert, Andrew Pike, and more.
The six competitors competing in THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER are:
- Christopher, Interior Designer
- Joey, Owner of Joey Vogel Interior Design
- Marcy, Entrepreneur and YouTube personality
- Martha, Engineer and Lead Designer at Hedgeford & Berkley
- Natalie, Owner of Nest Design Studios
- Victoria, Television Art Director
In the premiere episode of THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER (Sunday, October 16 at 9 p.m. ET on Gusto) the competition is on! Host Tommy Smythe dishes out the first-ever challenge for six up-and-coming design experts: a dining space transformation. Working with a limited budget and tight deadline, the designers soon find out that every little detail matters â€“ and for one of them, the journey is about to come to an end. The episode features special guest judge, Roger Mooking.
THE SEARCH FOR CANADAâ€™S NEXT DESIGNER is executive produced by Michelle Crespi. John Simpson is co-executive producer.