08 March 2016
NEW YORK — Vivian Beer, 37, a furniture designer and business owner from Manchester, N.H., has been crowned the second season champion of HGTV’s furniture design competition, Ellen’s Design Challenge. During Monday night’s finale, Vivian received the surprise of a lifetime when Ellen DeGeneres delivered the news and told her she would also receive a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of Wayfair.com and a feature in HGTV Magazine.

“This show is a launching pad for new designers and that’s really the whole point of this show, to find new designers with a new take on things,” said Ellen. “Vivian’s unique take on making furniture was really what stood out and made her this season’s winner.”

During the finale, Vivian, with help of two carpenters, Matt Blashaw and Karl Champley, raced against the clock to create an all-new signature dining table that featured a contemporary interlocking of steel legs, maple wood and an acrylic top. And, new for this season’s finale, Vivian also created a lighting fixture to compliment the dining table, which featured a series of candy apple red curved metal tubes with acrylic lamp shades lit up by motorcycle LED lights.

During the deliberation, judge Christiane Lemieux, founder of DwellStudio and the lifestyle brand Lemieux et Cie, expressed, “It’s beautiful, sculptural and totally reimagined,” while Cliff Fong, a twenty-year veteran interior designer and owner of the interior design firm Matt Blacke Inc., said that “I’m more pleased than I’ve ever been to see what you’ve done.” Guest judge, design writer and curator, Mallery Roberts Morgan said, “It’s beautifully sturdy, whimsical and very original.”

“It’s been such an incredible journey, but I always strive to make better and better work,” said Vivian. “I’m here because I love making furniture and I want to share it with the world, and this is the best way I could possible imagine—winning Ellen’s Design Challenge.”

The six-episode series, first conceptualized by television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres, featured 10 competitors as they tackled ingenious challenges to sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture. Produced by Ellen’s production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures, Ellen’s Design Challenge required contestants to create inventive furniture designs to avoid elimination.

Ellen’s Design Challenge is produced by Ellen’s production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. in association with Telepictures. The executive producers for the series are Ellen, Jeff Kleeman of A Very Good Production, and Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Ian Mallahan and Jonathan Singer of A. Smith & Co.

America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 96 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME™ consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, lighting, furniture, plants, fabrics and other home-oriented products. In partnership with Hearst Magazines, the HGTV Magazine, a home and lifestyle publication, is currently available on newsstands. Viewers can become fans of HGTV and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts through FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., HGTV is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI).

Telepictures is an industry-leading and Emmy® Award–winning producer of innovative, multiplatform advertiser-friendly television series and digital content for the first-run syndication, cable and digital marketplace. Programs produced by Telepictures have won 90 Emmy® Awards in the last 19 years, including Outstanding Talk Show or Outstanding Talk Show Host for 16 of the last 18 years. Telepictures series include Crime Watch Daily, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen’s Design Challenge, Extra, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Real, TMZ, TMZ Live, TMZ Sports and the upcoming Hello Goodbye. For more information about Telepictures programming, please visit www.telepicturestv.com.

A Very Good Production (AVGP) is the Emmy®-winning television and film production company of producer/writer/actor/host Ellen DeGeneres. Based at Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) with an exclusive multiyear deal, AVGP produces the nationally syndicated daytime talk program The Ellen DeGeneres Show and develops television projects for all divisions of WBTVG, including scripted and unscripted primetime series for network and cable, as well as additional syndicated fare. AVGP’s slate of television projects includes the upcoming animated family comedy Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix; the unscripted variety/comedy series Little Big Shots and upcoming unscripted relationship series First Dates for NBC; the unscripted design competition program Ellen’s Design Challenge for HGTV; and Hello Goodbye, an upcoming unscripted series for the Travel Channel highlighting heart-warming — and sometimes heart-wrenching — stories of love, sorrow, family and friendship from travelers of all cultures and walks of life. Jeff Kleeman serves as President of A Very Good Production.

A. Smith & Co. Productions creates some of the most innovative, highly rated, and high-quality programming for the domestic and international television marketplace. The company has produced more than 3,000 hours of award-winning programming - with budgets totaling over one billion dollars across more than 45 broadcast and cable networks. Current productions include “Hell's Kitchen,” “American Ninja Warrior,” “Spartan Race,” “Ellen’s Design Challenge,” “Unsung,” “Full Throttle Saloon,” “Team Ninja Warrior,” “Container Homes,” and “The Dunk King.” Past hits include "Kitchen Nightmares," "Wizard Wars," "Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura," "UFC Countdown," "Joe Rogan Questions Everything," "Paradise Hotel," "I Survived a Japanese Game Show," "The Swan," "Trading Spaces," "Pros vs. Joes," "Skating with Celebrities," and many others. For more information, visit www.asmithco.com.
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