‘Project Interiors’ will be judged by former editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration magazine Michelle Ogundehin, who will enlist the help of celebrities Mary Portas, Jade Jagger and Matthew Williamson as specialist guest judges.
The series – commissioned by BBC Two and Netflix – will see 10 fledgling designers compete to win a life-changing design contract with a prestigious commercial client.
BBC commissioning editor Catherine Catton says: “‘Project Interiors’ will see our designers striving to be at the top of their game and hoping to wow the judges. Each week the creative challenge gets tougher as they get closer to the coveted commercial contract.”
The designers will be confronted with a new space to transform each week, from redesigning hairdressing salons and holiday chalets to hotel bedrooms. Working to tight deadlines, they will be judged on their creative skill, as well as their ability to manage a project from initial planning to execution.
Over eight episodes, a different guest judge will share their expertise, to help Michelle evaluate which designer has achieved the best design and who will be leaving the competition that week.
Fearne Cotton said: “I’m thrilled to be part of ‘Project Interiors’. With such a love of interiors, art and design, this show couldn’t be any more up my street. The designers on the show are so talented, so it’s going to be really creatively inspiring, with loads of ‘wow’ moments.”
Michelle Ogundehin said: “It’s so exciting to be part of a show that truly celebrates the art and craft of what it really takes to be a great interior designer.”
Retail consultant Mary Portas, who will share her skills and knowledge on shop design, said: “Retail is going through such a cultural shift that it was a real pleasure to see these bright and incredibly creative designers create tomorrow’s shops in this exciting competition.”
Designer Jade Jagger, who has created hotel interiors across the world, said: “It was great fun to work on ‘Project Interiors’. It’s always impressive to see what the next generations are doing and I’m really proud to be a part of that process.”
Fashion, lifestyle and interior designer Matthew Williamson, who will share his expertise on creating show homes, said: “I really enjoyed my time working on the ‘Project Interiors’ as I was able to focus on an area of design I’m particularly passionate about. I found the designers’ work to be of a really high standard – and it was inspiring to see new and diverse talent emerging within this exciting design space.”
Netflix has acquired the global rights on ‘Project Interiors’ after it has been aired on BBC Two in the UK. A broadcasting date has not yet been announced.
L-R: Michelle Ogundehin and Fearne Cotton