A new eight-part series on BBC2 will take 10 up-and-coming designers looking for their next big break, and throw them into the fast-paced world of commercial interior design, where they will compete to win a life-changing contract for one of London’s top hotels.
Entitled ‘Interior Design Masters’, the show is presented by TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton with design expert and former editor of ‘Elle Decoration’ Michelle Ogundehin as the series judge.
Episode one airs on Wednesday (August 14) at 8pm on BBC Two.
Each week, the fledging designers will be confronted with a new space to transform, ranging from shops to show homes and restaurants to hair salons. 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.
Michelle will be accompanied by a different guest judge each week who will be on hand to offer their expertise, including Mary Portas, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Sophie Robinson, Matthew Williamson, Abigail Ahern, Naomi Cleaver, Thomasina Miers and Jade Jagger.
Fearne commented: “I am hugely passionate about art and design, and interiors have always been massively exciting to me. I love the way you can change the feel of a home. You can create warmth, space, or comfort by using colour and texture and can express how you feel when you use each room by styling it to suit your mood. A blank box can switch up into a space where you feel relaxed and free and that’s really quite magical.”
Michelle added: ‘The excitement for me about ‘Interior Design Masters’ is that it delves deep into what it really takes to be a great interior designer – and that it’s about a lot more than having a way with cushions and a thing for paint charts!”
Fearne Cotton with Michelle Ogundehin