Young Designers Competition

KLC is an interior design school based at Chelsea Harbour in London. Whilst we offer a number of different courses for a range of abilities, KLC are keen to seek out young designers of the future.

As part of our 'Design Changes Lives' charity initiative we have launched our Young Designers Competition, to seek out young designers of the future.

Commencing 12 September 2016, this national competition aims to encourage creativity and design skills from a young age and champion interior design as a viable career option after sixth form. The competition challenges entrants to design a room for a chosen celebrity across two age categories 11-14 years and 15-18 years.

The respected judging panel will consist of KLC Founder and Principal, Jenny Gibbs, renowned Interior Designer and BIID President Daniel Hopwood, plus KLC Alumni members, Victoria Gray, Lifestyle Editor at S Magazine and Co-Founders and Editors at Heart Home Magazine, Carole King and Arianna Trapani.

The Brief

KLC would like you to design a bedroom for a celebrity of your choosing. It is entirely up to you to then decide what they require within the space. It may help you to consider the following:-

  • How would your celebrity use the space? What would they need in the morning? The evening?
  • What are the personality traits of your celebrity? Are they introspective or brash? Extremely private or hungry for fame? Are they natural or do they hide behind a facade? Working out these traits can help you to decide what kind of look you would like to create for their bedroom. It is important to work to a client brief, rather than basing it on your personal likes and dislikes.
  • Where is the bedroom? Is it in London? In Las Vegas? In the Australian outback? Does this influence the style of the design? Try to avoid creating an entirely themed space but look at mixing elements from the clients' personality, what they need and where they are based.
  • Don't necessarily be influenced by where and how the client lives at the moment. They might not even necessarily like it! Consider how you can develop your design to suit the client. Don't worry if it's entirely different.
  • Most importantly, don't hold back. KLC want to see your most creative ideas and why you are potentially a young designer of the future.


There are no verbal presentations for this competition. Senior staff within KLC and external industry judges will look at all work submitted.

You must include the following with your submission:-

  • A picture of your celebrity with some information (either visual, written or both) showing what they mean to you as a person and how you intend to take this into the design.
  • The room plan provided by KLC to show the positioning of furniture within the space. Download the room plan below.
  • Sketches or illustrations demonstrating your ideas.
  • Images of furniture or key ideas.

You may wish to include some, or all of the following with your submission:-

  • Materials suggested.
  • Images conveying the mood / atmosphere within the space.
  • Any description/textual information that would aid the design.
  • Anything / everything you think you need to communicate your design.

There are two age categories for the competition 11 to 14 and 15 to 18. Please clearly label all work with your name, age and contact details. You are welcome to either submit images of work digitally to or send by mail to:-

Lizzie Stirrat
KLC School of Design
501-503 Design Centre East
SW10 0XF

Please note that we will be unable to notify entrants if their work has been received.

The Prize

The winning designer in each category will receive a student membership to the Design Museum in London, the world's leading museum dedicated to contemporary design and £100 in cash. The winners will also be featured on the KLC website with their design created as a 3D virtual room, be invited to spend a day on an interiors shoot with S Magazine and be the subject of a feature with Heart Home Magazine. A runner up from each category will receive a £50 in cash.


Submission date: Monday 20 FEBRUARY 2017

Terms and Conditions

  1. Entrants are required to confirm that their entry or entries are original and of their own work and the property of the entrant.
  2. As a condition of entry, the entrant grants KLC permission to use or reproduce the work in print or digital format.
  3. KLC will not be liable for any action or claim arising out of the reproduction of entered designs.
  4. The entrant gives all usage and design writes to KLC on submission of their design.
  5. KLC will credit the winning design to the entry and will embark on a process to produce this design within a virtual format. However there will be no obligation to fulfil this process and ownership rights remain with KLC.
  6. KLC will be unable to offer individual feedback on the submissions although overall feedback and the winning submission(s) will be announced on the website.
  7. KLC are unable to return work submitted.
  8. KLC accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of material submitted.
  9. The decision of the judges is final and the winner agrees to take part in reasonable post-event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
  10. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the above terms and conditions.
  11. In the event of winning, entrants agree to cover their own expenses to and from the photoshoot.
  12. Prizes must be claimed within one month of winning.


Your work should be submitted to KLC School of Design c/o Lizzie Stirrat by Monday 20 February 2017. Please clearly label all items submitted with your name, age and state:

"I [INSERT NAME] can confirm that all work submitted is my own original work".

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