Pull up a chair for new sea­son of Ellen de­sign show

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - ARTS & LIFE - By Fraizier Moore

NEW YORK — For most of us, the word “chair” prob­a­bly brings to mind a sin­gle, uni­ver­sal im­age sig­ni­fy­ing the to­tal­ity of chair-ness. Same with the idea of “ta­ble” or “bed.”

But the fact is, the range of chairs, ta­bles, beds and other fur­nish­ings is lim­it­less and ever-grow­ing, al­ways in­spir­ing fur­ther in­no­va­tions.

Any­one doubt­ing that is wel­come to tune into Ellen’s De­sign Chal­lenge, which re­turns for its se­cond sea­son Mon­day at 8 p.m. on HGTV.

“How many more ways are there to make a coffee ta­ble? How many more ways are there to make a chair?” Ellen DeGeneres says.

De­sign Chal­lenge prom­ises to shed light on those ques­tions.

DeGeneres — who says, “I love any­thing that goes in a house, in­clud­ing the house it­self” — hatched the idea for this de­sign com­pe­ti­tion, which will show­case 10 can­di­dates (up from six last year). They will sketch, de­sign and build in­no­va­tive fur­ni­ture with the hope of out­last­ing their ri­vals and, at the end, re­ceiv­ing the US$100,000 prize.

On ev­ery episode, th­ese com­peti­tors will face new de­sign chal­lenges as each is paired with an ex­pert car­pen­ter to ful­fil that week’s as­sign­ment. Maybe they’re re­quired to make a cer­tain type of fur­ni­ture. Maybe they’re lim­ited to cer­tain ma­te­ri­als. Then their cre­ations are eval­u­ated by a panel of judges, with the field of com­peti­tors con­tin­u­ally nar­row­ing.

“It’s got the drama of their hav­ing to come up

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