The competition on Ellen's Design Challenge is heating up, and we're losing more talented designers. This week's eliminated contestant may not have produced the biggest wows, but simple definitely doesn't mean basic.
Alexis Moran's checkerboard-and-whitewash table left the judges underwhelmed, and so her time on the show has come to an end. We chatted with her on what she'd do differently, how her style plays the long game, and what she's up to now.
Your designs aren’t flashy like some of the others'— do you think that put you at a disadvantage in a competitive setting?
Apparently! I think there are plenty of art forms that lend themselves to temporary shock value or entertainment, but I consider the goal of furniture design to foster a long-term relationship with a piece.
Looking back, would you do anything differently?
Yes. I should have trusted my personal taste. Instead, in an effort to reach the judges, I chose a loud place setting so I would design a louder-than-usual dining table. Unfortunately, the result was a table that doesn't really reflect my style - and still wasn't loud enough.
What will you remember most about your time on EDC?
Hmmm...it’s hard to choose just one memory because I have a stockpile of great ones. But mostly, I enjoyed getting to know my fellow designers. We were constantly laughing at ourselves and the ridiculousness that ensues when a bunch of furniture makers are thrown onto a TV set. We looked like kittens learning how to ice skate.
What’s the reception been like back home?
I have been so surprised by the excitement in people’s eyes when they find out I’m on the show - it’s as though I told them I was elected President!
Has your experience on the show changed your work?
Not that I can see yet, but I would like to incorporate gold leafing into a piece again. Gold reflections create the most flattering light and would be great for a vanity or another headboard project.
What’s next for you?
Well, my amazingly talented and stylish girlfriend and I have spent the last year designing and furnishing our beautiful home; we are expanding my business together to include a more top-to-bottom interior design service.