Photography by Curtis Comeau
Al Black, winner of the 2nd annual Avenue design challenge
“I would like to congratulate the other contestants for creating such beautiful rooms,” Black says. “Thanks also to all those who voted.”
The Design Challenge ran in Avenue‘s February issue. It featured Black and fellow local interior designers Chantal Ross and Brie Stachniak.
“Trends come and go, but good design endures and is timeless,” says Black of his winning design. “My room features classic mid-century items, infused with history and whimsy. I wanted to use bronze and brass as one of the elements, as it is such a popular component today. The cool tone bedding sets a mood of calm sophistication, and the colourful artwork adds lots of punch!”
Black also mentioned that he tried to balance the feminine and masculine elements of the room, noting that many designers focus too much on feminine trends. His look featured a prominent royal blue overtone with brass and bronze accents, which gave the room a warm, masculine feel.
Black has owned Above the Bank Interiors for more than 20 years. He has a vast reserve of knowledge and experience, and he’s always managed to stay on top of current trends – traits that landed him the top spot in our second annual design challenge.
“The end result is a great room to be proud of and a great place to start and end one’s day.”