The Latest From Ellen's Design Challenge: Pick Your Favorite Travel-Inspired Furniture

Take a design trip around the world with the final five designers' internationally-inspired pieces.
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As both a furniture buff and a travel junkie, Ellen knows how inspiring travel can be. She even traveled around the world with her wife, Portia di Rossi, and interior designer and judge, Cliff Fong, to find unique pieces for her home, including a vintage Giudo Gambone vase in Portofino, Italy.

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So, this week, she challenged the final five to be design tourists, taking inspiration from countries Ellen loves to visit. (Sorry, luggage cart not included.) 

The Designs

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Sef's design was inspired by Denmark. Since Sef's personal design style is so closely aligned with sleek Danish modern style, he easily decided which direction to go: A classic easy chair with S-curve arms and legs and streamlined cushions. 

See More From Sef

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Flip through his Ellen's Design Challenge projects. 

Meet Sef Pinney

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Chip + Sef

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Challenge 7: The Final Three

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Challenge 7: Hard at Work

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Challenge 7: The Finishing Touches

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Challenge 7: Sef's Finished Design

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Challenge 7: Pivot, Pivot, Pivot

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Challenge 7: Bright Details

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Challenge 6: Ellen-Inspired Design

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Challenge 6: A Sofa for 'The Ellen Show'

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Challenge 6: The Sofa, Before

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Challenge 6: It's All in the Details

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Challenge 6: The Finished Sofa

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Challenge 6: Built-In Coffee Table

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Challenge 6: Moveable Armrests

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Challenge 6: Back Detail

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Challenge 5: Under Construction

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Challenge 5: The Finished Design

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Challenge 5: Detail

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Challenge 4: International Inspiration

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Challenge 4: Easy Chair

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Challenge 4: The Finished Design

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Challenge 4: Chair Detail

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Challenge 4: Chair Detail

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Challenge 3: China-Inspired Design

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Challenge 3: Ornate Pattern

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Challenge 3: Sef's Design

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Challenge 3: Sef's Finished Design

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Challenge 3: Leg Detail

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Challenge 3: Sef Takes the Stage

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Challenge 3: The Inspiration

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Challenge 2: Outdoor Design

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Challenge 2: Construction Time!

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Challenge 2: The Finished Design

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Challenge 2: Design Detail

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Challenge 1: Sparks Fly

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Challenge 1: The Finished Bed

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Challenge 1: Judges' Take

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Vivian was asked to create a piece inspired by Italian design. A fan of the Brutalist movement, she decided to create a rugged, industrial-style wine rack with metal and rough-hewn wood. 

Vivian's Design Work

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See all her industrial-chic creations. 

Meet Vivian Beer

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Vivian + Matt

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The Final Challenge

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The Final Challenge: Table Construction

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The Final Challenge: Vivian's Finished Table

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The Final Challenge: Light Detail

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The Final Challenge: Table Detail

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The Final Challenge: Table Detail

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Vivian's Winning Moment

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Challenge 7: Multi-Functional Table

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Challenge 7: The Construction

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Challenge 7: Vivian's Finished Piece

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Challenge 7: Aluminum Frame Detail

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Challenge 7: The Transformation

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Challenge 7: The Second Use

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Challenge 6: A Sofa for 'The Ellen Show'

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Challenge 6: The Sofa, Before

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Challenge 6: The Sofa, After

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Challenge 6: Sofa Detail

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Challenge 6: Upholstery Detail

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Challenge 6: The Judges' Take

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Challenge 5: Ellen-Inspired Design

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Challenge 5: The Construction

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Challenge 5: The Finished Design

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Challenge 5: Design Detail

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Challenge 4: International Inspiration

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Challenge 4: Vivian's Design

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Challenge 4: Vivian's Design

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Challenge 4: Vivian's Design

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Challenge 3: China-Inspired Design

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Challenge 3: Fabricating the Legs

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Challenge 3: Sparks Fly

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Challenge 3: Wood Top

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Challenge 3: The Final Assembly

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Challenge 3: Vivian's Final Design

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Challenge 3: The Inspiration

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Challenge 3: Leg Detail

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Challenge 2: Outdoor Design

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Challenge 2: The Steel Frame

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Challenge 2: Vivian's Finished Bench

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Challenge 2: Detail

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Challenge 1: Vivian's Bed

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Challenge 1: The Bed

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Challenge 1: The Judging

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Kyle's international inspiration? Morocco. The country's design is characterized by rich colors, intricate woodwork, graphic tile and metalwork motifs. Because the culture is so food-centric, Kyle's first instinct was to create an expandable communal table with a lift-out tray in the center. The legs feature a modern metal take on a classic relief pattern, while the top features a more traditional carved detail. 

Kyle's 'Ellen' Portfolio

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See Kyle's pieces from the competition.

Meet Kyle Huntoon

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Kyle + Matt

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Challenge 6: A Sofa for 'The Ellen Show'

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Challenge 6: The Sofa, Before

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Challenge 6: The Design

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Challenge 6: Under Construction

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Challenge 6: Kyle's Finished Design

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Challenge 6: Bright and Tufted

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Challenge 6: Design Detail

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Challenge 6: Modern Legs

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Challenge 6: The Judges' Decision

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Challenge 5: Ellen-Inspired Design

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Challenge 5: From Sketch to Reality

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Challenge 5: The Assembly

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Challenge 5: The Finished Chair

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Challenge 5: Design Detail

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Challenge 4: International Inspiration

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Challenge 4: Dining Table

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Challenge 4: The Finished Table

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Challenge 4: Design Details

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Challenge 4: Design Details

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Challenge 3: China-Inspired Design

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Challenge 3: Kyle's Design

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Challenge 3: Finishing Touches

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Challenge 3: Table Test

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Challenge 3: Kyle's Finished Table

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Challenge 3: Kyle's Finished Table

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Challenge 3: Table Detail

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Challenge 3: Table Detail

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Challenge 3: Set the Table

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Challenge 2: Outdoor Designs

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Challenge 2: Shingle Siding

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Challenge 2: The Finished Daybed

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Challenge 2: Shingle Detail

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Challenge 2: The Judges' Take

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Challenge 1: A Foot of Fun

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Challenge 1: The Finished Bed

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Challenge 1: Detail

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Fresh off a win, Miles chose Japan as the inspiration for his furniture piece. His concept: A minimalist room divider with translucent walls (reminiscent of a shoji screen) and built-in storage. Another feature: The rolling screen folds in half for another display option. 

Furniture Designs From Miles

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Flip through his designs from the competition. 

Meet Miles Endo

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Miles + Karl

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Challenge 7: Multi-Purpose Furniture

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Challenge 7: A Toast to the Final Three

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Challenge 7: The Building Process

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Challenge 7: The Finished Design

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Challenge 7: Mobile Design Detail

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Challenge 7: Goodbye, Miles!

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Challenge 6: A Sofa for 'The Ellen Show'

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Challenge 6: The Sofa, Before

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Challenge 6: The Design

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Challenge 6: The Finished Sofa

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Challenge 6: Magazine Rack Detail

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Challenge 5: Ellen-Inspired Design

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Challenge 5: From Sketch to Reality

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Challenge 5: The Finished Design

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Challenge 5: A Look Inside

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Challenge 5: Leg Detail

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Challenge 4: International Inspiration

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Challenge 4: The Finished Design

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Challenge 4: Screen Detail

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Challenge 4: Screen Detail

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Challenge 4: Screen Detail

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Challenge 3: China-Inspired Design

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Challenge 3: A Surprise Inside

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Challenge 3: The Finishing Touches

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Challenge 3: The Finished Design

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Challenge 3: The Inspiration

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Challenge 3: Metallic Trim

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Challenge 3: The Wow Factor

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Challenge 3: The Winning Design

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Challenge 2: Backyard Furniture

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Challenge 2: The Metal Shell

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Challenge 2: The Finished Barstools

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Challenge 2: Barstool Detail

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Challenge 2: The Judges' Take

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Challenge 1: Miles' Bed Design

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Challenge 1: Metal Work

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Challenge 1: The Finished Bed

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Challenge 1: Bed Detail

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Challenge 1: Bed Detail

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When Melissa chose France as her inspiration, she went straight to a fashion icon – CoCo Chanel – for her piece. She created a black-and-white vanity with pink accents and lots of fine detail, like nailhead trim and scrollwork. 

Melissa's Furniture Ideas

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See her creative designs from the show.

Meet Melissa Rivera Torres

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Melissa + Steve

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Challenge 4: International Inspiration

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Challenge 4: Melissa's Design

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Channel 4: Melissa's Finished Design

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Challenge 4: The Judges' Take

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Challenge 3: China-Inspired Design

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Challenge 3: Melissa's Finished Design

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Challenge 3: Tabletop Inspiration

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Challenge 3: Curvy Details

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Challenge 3: The Judges' Take

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Challenge 2: Melissa's Outdoor Design

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Challenge 2: Catching Some Air

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Challenge 2: Rolling Design

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Challenge 2: The Finished Swing

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Challenge 2: Geometric Detail

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Challenge 2: The Judges' Take

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Challenge 2: Thumbs Up, Way Up

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Challenge 1: Cloud-Inspired Design

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Challenge 1: Melissa's Bed

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Challenge 1: Judge-Tested

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The Judges' Decision

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After reviewing all five pieces, judges Christiane Lemieux and Cliff Fong, plus guest judge Karim Rashid, are ready for the moment of truth. They loved how Miles combined classic Japanese design with modern function. Their least favorite? Melissa's French-inspired vanity, which they felt was a too-literal translation of the country's style. Miles is the winner, while Melissa is headed home.  

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