Name: Dave Yale
City: San Jose, CA
Style: Modern aesthetic with a foundation in simple forms, executed beautifully, with hints of geometric reference
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!
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.
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.
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