Pull up a chair for new season of Ellen design show
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