Ellens Design Challenge is back for Season 2. If you missed the "Meet the Cast" Episode New Years Day on HGTV, we included every cast member below. This Season is extra special because we have had the special opportunity of supplying the competition with our very own Solarium Fabrics! So be sure to tune in to see what kind of amazing pieces all of these talented designers are able to come up with.
Tune in to the premiere January 18th at 9p | 8c on HGTV
Ten designers to make debut on Ellen’s Design Challenge
One-hour Meet the Cast special set for Jan. 1
Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today Post, December 22, 2015
NEW YORK — The latest slate of furniture designers for season two of Ellen’s Design Challenge, a furniture design competition series hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, has been announced.
During the one-hour HGTV Meet the Cast special at 11 p.m. on New Year’s Day, the 10 designers will make their debut appearance. Season two participants include: Vivian Beer, Manchester, N.H.; Bradley Bowers, Miami, Fla.; Julie Browning Bova, Indianapolis, Ind.; Miles Endo, Providence, R.I.; McKenzie Gibson, Providence, R.I.; Kyle Huntoon, Detroit, Mich.; Alexis Moran, Orinda, Calif.; Sef Pinney, Los Angeles; Melissa Rivera Torres, Pleasant Hill, Calif. and Dave Yale, San Jose, Calif. The special also will encore on Sunday, January 17, at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
Vivian Beer is a furniture designer and business owner in Manchester, New Hampshire. She says her style is modern and that she loves to “push the envelope” with her work by using industrial materials such as concrete and auto body paint.
Bradley Bowers, a furniture designer and business owner in Miami, says his ultimate design goal is to showcase the innate beauty of the materials he loves, including paper, latex, wood and fiberglass.
Julie Browning Bova
Indianapolis-based interior designer and furniture designer, Julie Browning Bova has worked in the design business with clients for the past 30 years and has been designing for manufacturers since 2011. Julie, who says she likes to balance eclectic and classic design elements, defines her design style as traditional with an equestrian influence.
Miles Endo was born in Tokyo and raised in Hawaii. He describes his design style as modern with a Japanese influence and enjoys working with different types of woods and metals, such as steel, bronze, brass and cast iron.
McKenzie is a furniture designer from Providence, R.I. She describes her design style as avant-garde and does not limit herself to traditional furniture norms.
Kyle Huntoon, a fourth generation woodworker, is a furniture designer and business owner in Detroit, Mich. He says he is inspired by the clean geometric lines of mid-century modern design and loves to incorporate traditional joinery techniques in his works.
Alexis Moran, a furniture designer and business owner in Orinda, California, describes her design style as modern, but acknowledges that most modern furniture lacks personality. She says she strives to infuse bold character into her designs and loves to showcase special aspects of each piece of material, whether it’s natural or industrial.
Sef Pinney, an L.A.-based furniture designer and business owner, characterizes his design style as modern with Danish and Asian influences. He says he prefers to work with any type of beautiful wood and veneers, as well as industrial materials such as aerospace plywood, aluminum, steel and titanium.
Melissa Rivera Torres
Melissa Rivera Torres, a furniture designer and business owner born and raised in Mexico, describes her style as modern industrial. Torres says she enjoys working with stainless steel, wood, PVC, Plexiglas, acrylic and aluminum and isn’t afraid to try unconventional ideas—she once transformed a 28,000-ft. warehouse into the stage for Hawaii’s first ever Fashion Month.
Dave Yale, a furniture designer from San Jose, describes his style as modern and says he loves geometry, working in 3D design programs and is a master at CAD/3D modeling. He says he is influenced by mid-century modern design and is currently designing a line that infuses classic forms with unexpected scale, color and materials.
During the competition, the designers will sketch, design and build furniture for specific challenges, including outfitting the greenrooms at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The winner of the competition at the end of the season will receive a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of Wayfair.com and will have their work featured in HGTV magazine. The first episode of Ellen’s Design Challenge premieres at 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18.