MONTRÉAL, June 11, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - On June 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Montrealers are invited to discover the 20 winners of the 2015 Commerce Design Montréal Awards as part of the "Veni. Vidi. Vote!" weekend. It's the ideal opportunity to meet the merchants and designers who created these concepts and learn more about their sources of inspiration.
Spread across seven boroughs, the award-winning businesses are highly diverse: clothing boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafés, a hair salon, bakeries and showrooms. During the "Veni. Vidi. Vote!" weekend, the winning merchants and designers will join forces to present their venues from a fresh perspective. Notably, they will emphasize the functional and organizational aspects of the space, and they'll explain how they went about creating just the right ambiance to attract and delight their clientele.
"Design promotes local businesses and helps them become both a draw for tourists and a favourite haunt of Montrealers. A well-thought-out design puts a human face on a space while providing a comfortable and enjoyable customer experience. In fact, these businesses improve the living environment of the neighbourhood and the city alike," states Manon Gauthier, member of the executive committee responsible for culture, heritage, design, the Space for Life and the status of women.
The weekend offers the perfect chance for families, couples or friends to make the rounds of the winning businesses on foot, bicycle or public transit. There's also no better way to rediscover many of the city's iconic neighbourhoods.
Winning businesses holding open houses on the "Veni. Vidi. Vote!" weekend, June 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vote with your eyes!
Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite business in any of the 20 winning establishments or online. Voters will also be eligible to win gift cards valued at between $50 and $250. Voting closes on August 31, and the People's Choice Award will be announced on September 14, 2015.
Commerce Design Montréal Awards
The Commerce Design Montréal Awards recognize the work of architects and designers while rewarding merchants who have wisely invested in the design of their business. The winners were selected by a jury of design and retail business experts, chaired by Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Jury members included Benoît Dupuis, Architect; Jean-Pierre Généreux, Architect and Vice-President, Brand and Concept Development, Groupe Aldo; Jessica Rivière-Gomez, Interior Designer and Founder, Index-Design; and Marie-Hélène Trottier, Graphic Designer and Creative Director, Jump&Love.
A made-in-Montreal concept
This year, the City of Montréal is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Commerce Design Montréal Awards, a Montreal initiative whose success has inspired similar competitions over the past decade in cities in Europe, Canada and the United States.
Commerce Design Montréal is a program to raise awareness of the importance of design among members of the city's business community. It is an initiative of the Bureau du design in collaboration with the Équipe commerce de la Ville de Montréal. With financial support provided by the City of Montréal and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec as part of the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montréal, Commerce Design Montréal contributes to the city's mission to promote the region and its economic and cultural growth.
Voting link: http://designmontreal.com/en/commerce-design/vote-with-your-eyes
Photos: mtlunescodesign.photoshelter.com (password: CDM2015)
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
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For further information: Sources: Andrée-Anne Toussaint, Press Attaché, Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee, Ville de Montréal, 514-243-1268; Information: Stéphanie Jecrois, Design Commissioner, Bureau du design de la Ville de Montréal, 514-872-5388; Anne Dongois Communications, [email protected], 514-826-2050