New York City-based retailer & distributor Lighting by Gregory (LBG) has announced the winner of its LBG Design Competition (#LBGDesignCompetition), which was open to new and established interior designers. The challenge was to propose a renovation for the second floor above the 8,500-sq.-ft. showroom to serve as a multi-functional area for hospitality events, educational sessions, and corporate meetings.

Dan Endara, from the Wellbuilt construction firm in New York, won the competition with a design concept utilizing materials that can be used to achieve LEED status.  A 2011 graduate of City Tech with a B.Tech in Architecture, Endara offered a design that featured moveable walls and panels, custom shelving and cabinetry, detailed workspace vignettes to accommodate showroom staff, and a variety of textures and materials to enhance the architecture of the existing space.

“We are very pleased with the creativity and the quality of the submissions that we received from all of the designers during this competition,” remarks William Skarren, CEO of Lighting by Gregory. “We wanted to host the #LBGDesignCompetition to give the design community the opportunity to showcase their talents by crafting a design for our new space. With the amount of traffic we receive from the design and specifying community, interior designers, and residential customers from in and around Manhattan, this new space and its new design will receive a lot of visibility.”

As the Grand Prize winner, Endara was awarded a $1,000 American Express Gift Certificate and his design will be incorporated into the new showroom build-out to begin construction this summer.

The following designers were also awarded for their submissions: Joseph Siladi, of JS Architecture Design in New York City, received a $500 Lighting by Gregory store credit; and Anantha Sampathkumar & Mary Chandrahasan of NDNY Architecture + Design in New York City were awarded a $250 Lighting by Gregory store credit.