Ellen’s Design Challenge: Meet Dave

updated May 3, 2019
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Name: Dave Yale
City: San Jose, CA

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Style: Modern aesthetic with a foundation in simple forms, executed beautifully, with hints of geometric reference

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When did you realize you had potential in furniture design?

Late one night in my first semester of Architecture school, I realized that instead of the drafting up the floor plans for my building, I was sketching furniture to go in it!

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What are your design strengths?

I have a very commercial aesthetic and strong background in mass production. I have a clear grasp of what people want and how to manufacture those pieces.

What are your design weaknesses?

I am not a master craftsman. You won’t find me in the shop gluing up a fine dining table or tacking on the upholstery to a luxurious chair. I’ve had to rely on my communication skills, and CAD skills, to make up for that.

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How did you end up auditioning for Ellen’s Design Challenge?

I have been an avid fan of Project Runway since its first season, and often wondered, “how would this format translate to furniture?” Once I heard Ellen was putting together this show, I jumped online to find out how to apply.

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Which challenge from last season would you have loved to compete in? Which one would you pass on?

I would have loved to participate in the reclaimed materials challenge where Tim incorporated the industrial fan into his bookshelf. I bet I would have been a kid in a candy store choosing my parts to re-appropriate. On the other hand, I am glad I didn’t get stuck making a storage piece for the baby’s room.

On a scale of 1 to 5 sweater vests, how amazing is Ellen in person?

Come on now, who would possibly give her anything less than 5?

Eliminated? Casting special

Thanks, Dave!