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Forum topic by Rick M posted 12-29-2015 06:12 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2015 06:12 AM

http://www.hgtv.com/shows/ellens-design-challenge

Disclaimer: THIS IS NOT A WOODWORKING SHOW. It is a furniture design show for companies who want to mass produce and sell rooms full of furniture. YOU ARE NOT going to see craftsmen building SHAKER OR CRAFTSMAN STYLE furniture. Last season a lot of people were upset because every contestant wasn’t a man in a plaid shirt building various incarnations of Shaker furniture. I would love to see that show too but just so you know, this isn’t it.

I know a few people watched S1 and might be interested in S2 which premieres Jan 26th on HGTV. It was a pretty good show, mostly sans drama. Each designer gets a team of “carpenters” to help them build a piece of furniture within a time limit. Like most shows they gloss over the actual build. The furniture may be made from a variety of materials. The winner of S1, Tim McClellan, was disqualified for copying some European guy who built a desk in design school, or something like that. It was very similar. In any case, McClellan denied doing it intentionally and I doubt it hurt his business. The most common criticism he received was that his furniture was too masculine.

The infamous “cow table”

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#1 posted 12-29-2015 01:25 PM

Never heard of the show, but I LIKE that shelving unit made from the big fan in the picture above

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#2 posted 12-29-2015 05:17 PM

That’s one of Tim McClellan’s pieces.

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#3 posted 12-29-2015 05:18 PM

I watched that first series and it was fairly decent!
My only objections were that they didn’t show enough of the actual build and spent too much time on the judging!

Some of the designers were very good but some of them, in my opinion, were designing apparel instead of furniture as they used way to much cloth.

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#4 posted 12-29-2015 05:45 PM

Rick – here is another interesting show I saw on Create TV yesterday. Check it out.

http://createtv.com/ShowInfo/Craftsmans+Legacy?gclid=CKadprzPgcoCFUeUfgodH3AKew

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#5 posted 12-29-2015 09:44 PM


http://createtv.com/ShowInfo/Craftsmans+Legacy?gclid=CKadprzPgcoCFUeUfgodH3AKew
- Hammerthumb

Looks interesting. I’ll look for a way to watch it.


...they used way to much cloth.
- oldnovice

Fabric and leather are pretty common in furniture. As for only showing snippets of the build, there are hundreds of youtube channels about building stuff, and still a number of tv shows about making things. I’m more interested in the thought process behind the design and the judge’s reactions and criteria.

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 10:00 PM

Rick, I understand that leather and fabric are used in furniture, chair, sofa, ottoman, etc. but I don’t believe a desk or bookcase needs fabric!

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 10:29 PM

I really enjoyed the first season, after my jaw dropped at the amount of Jet tools and the beautiful slabs of wood they had in their workshop.

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#8 posted 12-30-2015 05:02 AM


Rick, I understand that leather and fabric are used in furniture, chair, sofa, ottoman, etc. but I don t believe a desk or bookcase needs fabric!

- oldnovice

I thought you were just expressing a preference for all wood furniture, I have that bias myself. Although leather on a desk sounds pretty sweet to me!

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#9 posted 12-30-2015 06:51 AM

Yes, they do have some decent shop set ups for that show and excellent carpenters/woodworkers.

Rick, leather on desk is OK by me too.

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#10 posted 12-30-2015 05:01 PM

There is a season preview Friday @ 11pm. This season has ten designers. I think last season had five? Also Gaspar is listed next to the judges, he was a contestant last year.

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#11 posted 01-03-2016 04:58 PM

In the season preview they eliminated two contestants, both obvious. One was a guy who claimed to have been a furniture designer for 11 years but his portfolio was all 3D renderings except for a stained pine coffee table. The second was a woman who was already a working designer but her stuff was very contemporary, plus I’m sure she couldn’t build any of it. Overall the designers seem more experienced this season.

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#12 posted 01-03-2016 05:01 PM

Also I may have unintentionally fibbed in the OP, one of the designers is a woodworker that likes Shaker and Craftsman furniture.

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#13 posted 01-03-2016 06:14 PM

I like Ellen and her giving help to individuals and organisations that need help,she is a major supporter of good in the world..
I’d seen some of the first season ,I like the fact she combines a designed and an artisan to make the projects.
Disqualify the first winner had to be hard,if your into designing you look at every design you can for ideas ,it has to be hard when you design your own project if it was based on one you’ve seen before or not. I don’t know how they’re going to overcome the duplication of someone else’s designs unless they have a very knowledgeable furniture designer on staff that knows all the major furniture designs out there,which seems almost impossible.
I like the concept and that Ellen’s the creator,Go Ellen go.

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#14 posted 02-02-2016 07:30 AM

Some of the wood furniture from season 2. Some of these would probably need tweaking but they only have three 8 hour days to design and build, I cut them a lot of slack.

A wood “tire swing” outdoor chair. It’s large enough for a small person or child but most men would be cramped. My wife wants me to build a larger version.

The black center section raises revealing a concealed shelf.

I have concerns about banging knees but I like the concept. It probably needs tweaking.

This table has a design carved into the underside which is revealed by mirrors that reflect up through the glass center.

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#15 posted 02-02-2016 05:46 PM

I think this has to be challenging and frustrating at the same time!
One poor design and out the door!

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