Behind the Scenes: Episode 2 of Ellen's Design Challenge

It's down to five designers! Go behind the scenes to see the design process, the judging and all the details of the finished pieces.

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Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

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Down to Five

The remaining five furniture designers stand in front of the storage pods that hold the contents of this week's challenge. Designers had three days to create and build a piece of furniture that would hold the contents of the pod, and be appropriate to the pod's theme.

The Judging Panel

Furniture designer Cliff Fong joins Amanda Dameron, editor in chief of Dwell magazine and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair, on this week's judging panel.

Leslie and David: Baby-Inspired Furniture

Leslie's storage pod was filled with baby clothes, toys and bedding, so she and David worked to create a changing table and storage solution that could be used from birth to a tween bedroom.

Changable Changing Table

Leslie designed the piece so that the knobs could be easily changed, making this piece suitable for a dining room sideboard or dresser once it's no longer needed in a child's room.

Design Flaw

The flaw of Leslie's piece? No way to hold the changing pad to the dresser. Without fastners or rails, this piece could be dangerous for baby, as judge Chrstiane Lemieux demonstrates.

Carley and Jeff: Arts and Crafts Storage

Carley's storage pod featured loads of craft supplies, from yarn to sewing materials to scissors. She was inspired by whimsical birdhouse designs to create a group of hanging storage pieces. 

Design Reveal

Carley presents her design to the judges.

The Design Details

Carley created three asymmetrical storage cabinets made of wood with organically-shaped steel handles and accents. The top cabinet displays yarn on open, easy-to-organize pegs.

Storage x 3

The cabinets offer a mix of open and closed storage, allowing unsightly or oversized items to live behind closed doors.

Katie and Karl: A Spot for Women's Clothing

Katie was presented with a clothing-filled storage unit, so she and carpenter Karl created a wild, whimsical wardrobe in which to house every single piece.  

Everything in Its Place

Katie presents her red acrylic wardrobe to the judges.

Full of Storage...and Whimsy

This fun piece is functional, too. it features hanging and drawer storage, and the mirrored sides open to reveal hidden storage cubbies for unslightly items or valuables.

Tim and Chip: A Barware Storage Solution

As the last challenge winner, Tim got his pick of storage unit. He chose the bar, and he and Chip set out to create a piece that was at once modern and masculine.

The Finished Look

Tim and Chip created a bar with a checkerboard butcher block and striped side accent, as well as a rack for glasses and bottles.

Checkerboard Detail

The team created a custom butcher block type using two different types of wood, creating a checkerboard effect.

Smooth Transition

A staggered edge creates an interesting shape for the cabinet door, which houses bottles and bar odds and ends.

Carpenters in Waiting

The carpenters pause for a photo as the judging panel deliberates to choose this week's winning designer.

The Moment of Truth

Katie and Gaspar presented the judges' favorite pieces this week, while Leslie and Carley were at the bottom of the pack.

Goodbye, Leslie

Leslie's design didn't meet the requirements of the project; she let the form of the piece outweigh its function. She's the second designer to go home.  Tune in Monday at 9/8c for an all-new episode!