Spike, the network that brought you “Bar Rescue” and “Ink Master,” is introducing a reality series about furniture. On Tuesday, Jan. 6, their latest competition show, “Framework,” will premiere with hip-hop artist Common as host.
If you’re like Brick Tamland of "Anchorman" and “love lamp,” then you won’t want to miss “Framework.” The 10-week series will pit 13 furniture designers against each other for a chance to win $100,000 and “the opportunity to launch their furniture nationally.” But the competition isn’t as simple as designing and building something that is structurally sound and great to look at – the contestants will have to “use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation.”
The series has teamed up with Ace Hardware, which will use a “hub station” to provide contestants with power tools, paint supplies and more. American industrial designer Nolen Niu and Gore Design Company founder Brandon Gore will join Common to judge the competitors and eliminate one person each week.
Meet the cast of “Framework” below:
Hailing from Chicago, Ellison is the owner of BKE Designs. The competitor, who was in real estate development for almost 20 years, specializes in wood, glass and lighting.
Rew has been making furniture since he was 10. The Spokane, Washington, carpenter teaches at a woodworking shop on the weekends and likes to create with reclaimed wood.
Furniture maker and designer Bayens, from Louisville, Kentucky, has a passion for woodwork and metal, and tries to be “100% environmentally friendly.”
Building furniture started out as a hobby for Brown, but it quickly turned into a career. She is a furniture designer and builder from Golden, Colorado, and hopes to open up her own business.
Hill, of Akron, Ohio, was initially a pre-med student and musician before becoming a furniture maker and designer. He likes working with wood, leather and glass.
Brown is the owner of Garrett Brown Designs in Denver. Specializing in wood, metal, concrete and stone, he hopes to win the competition in order to “expand his business.”
This Rocky River, Ohio, native is the owner of 44 Steel. He believes his strengths for the competition are in welding and fabrication.
Brown studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received her master's in industrial design. The owner of Lady J Designs in Providence, she is looking forward to showing off her expertise in wood, lathe turning, midcentury Danish style and reclaimed lumber.
Brigham, a dad from San Luis Obispo, California, enjoys creating “dynamic” designs. His style centers on wood, concrete and metal.
Campbell has a knack for repurposing. She’s hoping to use that skill, as well as her degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, to win the “Framework” competition. Her expertise is in metal, upholstery, wood and plastic.
Hall comes from a family of carpenters. The owner of RxMadera Design in San Diego, he is furthering his career at San Diego State University, where he is a graduate student. He enjoys working with wood, metal, light and folding furniture.
Taj will be channeling his ice and roller hockey hobby during the competition. The owner of RAH:DESIGNS in Los Angeles says his work is best described as “midcentury with an industrial twist.” His expertise lies in solid wood, sculpting, aluminum and metal casting.
The owner of The Factory Red in Huntington Beach, California, specializes in metal, wood, plastic, fiberglass and glass, and is hoping to not only expand his business, but “develop the Huntington Beach arts scene.”
Watch the premiere of "Framework" on Spike on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 10 p.m. EST.