Sad as it may be, sometimes the only thing I like better than TV is reality TV. Preferably the kind of reality that requires some merit or talent (housewives need not apply, though I’d watch those, too) and can crown a contestant at the end for being the best.
Us design junkies then are pretty excited that an all-new season of Design Star on HGTV began Sunday night. Even better, Lumens was lucky enough to provide some of the lighting and furnishings for the contestant’s Deliberation Studio (take the tour here).
Here are the products featured in the show:
|Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp by Artemide|
|Tolomeo Classic Floor Lamp and Tolomeo Mini Table Lamp by Artemide|
|Elise Floor Lamp by Pablo Designs|
|Cigar Bubble Lamp with Stand and Cigar Bubble Floor Lamp by George Nelson|
|Spoon Stool by Kartell|
Here’s my quick recap (read: commentary) from episode 1: Contestants had to design a white-box bedroom for another contestant (based on personality) with materials that came from the Asian Market in one hour with just $500. Whew. And since reality TV is all about the trainwrecks, I’ll skip right to the first one. Let it be known that faux painting is not a skill you bring to a design show. Do. Not. You don’t see Project Runway designers picking up acid-wash fabric from Mood, do you?
Anyway, you can guess how that turned out. The rest of the rooms all had their own quirks, but I’m always drawn to the clean and comfortable (like Casey’s, Stacey’s or even Courtland’s designs). Best design went to Nina, who designed an Asian umbrella-heavy room for Courtland, and I can’t say it would have been my first pick. Way too much going on between the parasols and the potted branches—I think I’d feel like the whole room was closing in on me. (Since all images are copyright of Design Star and HGTV, I can’t put them here but if I’m not painting a proper visual, click here to see all the contestant’s rooms from episode 1).
Keep checking back for all of our thoughts on this season of Design Star!