Behind the Scenes: Episode 3 of Ellen's Design Challenge

Ellen crashes the set to help the judges make their decision in the most difficult challenge yet. Relive the action, see the designers' chair-inspired dining tables, and find out which hopeful was sent packing.

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The Final Four + The Executive Producer

Ellen De Generes pauses with the final four -- Tim McClellan, Gaspar De Jesus, Katie Stout and Carley Eisenberg -- during a surprise visit on set.  

The Carpenters and the Comedian

Ellen poses with the remaining carpenters: Chip Wade, Karl Champley, Brooks Utley and Jeff Devlin.  

The Design Panel

Judges Christiane Lemieux, Amanda Dameron and guest judge Ray Azoulay ready to choose a winner in this week's challenge. 

Brunch for Four

As seen on Ellen's Design Challenge, the remaining four designers pose for a portrait at a celebratory brunch prepared by one of Ellen's favorite vegan chefs. (The chef even cooked at Ellen's wedding!)

Pick a Chair, Any Chair

The jumping off point for the series' third challenge? A single chair. Each designer chose their favorite from a wall of options, then had 48 hours to design a dining table that complemented their chosen model.

Gaspar and Brooks

After a near-win in last week's challenge, Gaspar works with carpenter Brooks to wow the judges with an ultra-modern acrylic table.

Gaspar's Inspiration

Designer Gaspar de Jesus chose a black, molded plastic chair with wooden legs.

Gaspar's Table

Gaspar created a transparent acrylic table with a tree-inspired base to complement the wood-and-acrylic chairs.

X-Style Tree Motif Dining Table

The X-style base allows the tree motif to be three dimensional.

Acrylic Table with a Tree

Brown leaves are sandwiched between the top of the table, creating the top of the tree shape.

Tim's Inspiration

Designer Tim McClellan chose a modern S-shape Panton chair as the inspiration for his table.

The Table Design

Tim and Chip plan an organic table with a live-edge detail to contrast the molded chair. After Carley and Tim fight for the same piece of wood, Tim and Chip alter their design to use a narrower piece of wood.

The Big Reveal

Tim and Chip created a wood and steel table in a style reminiscent of 1950s automotive design to complement white Panton chairs.

Tim's Wood and Steel Table

A swooping metal base mimics the shape of the Panton chair, while the wooden top provides an organic touch.

Metal Detail

A textured metal piece flows through the center of the table, connecting the industrial base to the natural top. 

Katie + Karl's Design

Always one to color outside the lines, Katie created a wild, plaster covered table to complement her chosen chair.

Katie's Chair

Katie chose a molded, transparent ghost chair as her inspiration piece.

Katie's Finished Table

Moo! This marbled plaster table took on a bovine quality -- especially the legs.

Holstein-Inspired

The black-and-white pattern on the legs of the table unintentionally took on animal-like quality that Katie embraced.

Carley's Design (and Her Photo Op!)

Carley poses for photo with executive producer Ellen De Generes after she created a rustic wood-and-iron table. 

Carley's Inspiration

Carley chose a whitewashed French Country-style chair for this challenge.

Carley's Finished Table

Carley combined a traditional iron-forged base with a live-edge top for an old-meets-new look.

Iron Base

A blacksmith by trade, Carley and carpenter Jeff created this open metal base with a traditional shape.

Table That Decision

After seeing all four amazing tables, judges
Christiane Lemieux, Amanda Dameron and guest judge Ray Azoulay deliberate on who created the winning design.

Ellen's on the Set!

The designers react as Ellen crashes the set during judging.

And the Winner Is...

The judges are conflicted about this week's winning design, so Ellen helps them out by choosing this week's winner. And the winner is...

This Week's Winner

Tim and Chip! Ellen favored their modern, forward-thinking design and loved how it complemented the Panton chair.

Who Goes Home?

Ellen gets to deliver a second piece of fun news this week: No one goes home! All four designers will be back for an all-new episode Monday at 9/8c.