Furniture Makers Challenge: Reality Show to Premiere on Spike TV
November 10, 2014 | 10:32 am CST

Furniture Makers Challenge: Reality Show to Premiere on Spike TVNEW YORK – Spike TV is bringing woodworking to the reality TV circuit with the January 6 premiere of “Framework,” an original, non-scripted program which will challenge furniture makers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity license pieces with a major manufacturer.

In the 10-week series, 13 woodworkers and metalworkers will be challenged to rethink traditional furniture designs and create original pieces with unconventional materials.

Judges include Brandon Gore, who incorporates wood, metal and concrete in his original furniture line, Hard Goods. Gore has been featured in publications such as Dwell, Vogue and Wired, and has been recognized with awards such as "Best Furniture Design" at Dwell on Design 2012.

Gore will judge the makers’ use of joinery, as well as their precision and attention to detail.

Designer Nolan Niu, who has worked with Andaz Hotels and MGM Mirage Properties and has been featured in more than 300 publications, will judge the design principles of each furniture piece.

Grammy-award-winning musician, Common, will host the show and lead the judging panel from a consumer perspective.

In each 60-minute episode,  the judges will eliminate one furniture maker from the competition. The last remaining contestant will walk away with the cash prize and contract. The name of the manufacturer licensing the winning design was not announced.

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