I just finished watching a new reality TV show broadcasted on BBC 2 called Design for Life, which features world renowned designer, Philippe Starck who is seeking new design talent in the UK. Twelve contestants were personally selected by Philippe along with his wife, Jasmin, and a designer who works for Philippe (whose name I can not spell and can’t seem to find on the internet). Although I do not care much for reality shows in America, I did graviate to this one when I read a tweet from Abitare on Twitter announcing the show featuring Philippe Starck.
The format of Design for Life is like many other competition based reality TV shows. The contestants are put to the test, judged, and eliminated until one person remains and is crowned winner.
What interests me about this show is Mr. Starck’s explanation and discussion of how to approach design with fresh new ideas to solve current and everyday issues.
In the first episode, Mr. Starck assigned the contestants a task to buy two items based on 1 of 3 themes; ecology, function, or gender. Each item must be an example of a good design and a bad design based on the themes as outlined, or an example of a male product vs. a female product (for the gender theme).
Of the 12 contestants, only 1 contestant will win an opportunity of a life time to work with Philippe Starck at his Paris office for 6 months. And already 2 contestants have been booted off. I don’t know if each week will eliminate 2 contestants at a time but it’s worth a watch.
For those of you who do not have access to BBC2, you can catch the first episode here. Or you can click my Vodpod widget on the sidebar.
Vodpod videos no longer available.