Behind the Scenes: Episode 5 of Ellen's Design Challenge

A surprise trip to the salvage yard inspired the final three designers to create amazing custom pieces this week. Go behind the scenes, see the designs up close and find out which designer went home.
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Surprise Challenge

For a surprise twist on this week's challenge, the contestants and carpenters were blindfolded and transported to a new inspiration spot: The salvage yard.

Ready, Set, Go!

Designers were given one hour to collect salvaged materials. This week's challenge? Build something they haven't built in the course of the competition with the upcycled objects. 

Hunting for Inspiration

Designer Katie and carpenter Karl search through metal scraps at Interior Removal Specialist's salvage yard.  

It's Electric!

These bundles of colorful electric wire caught Katie's eye at the salvage yard.

Salvaged Acrylic

Katie also found scraps of her favorite material, acrylic, in the salvage yard.

Ghost Desk and Chair

Katie and Karl discuss the design of their piece, a desk-and-chair combo made from salvaged acrylic.

Piecing it Together

Katie and Karl connect flat acrylic pieces to create the chair base.

The Finished Piece

Katie and Karl created a sleek, modern desk and chair using bullet-proof acrylic.  

Woven Detail

Colorful woven electric wire acts as the seat on Katie's chair.    

The Judges' Take

Judges were impressed with the fact that Katie and Karl designed the desk to be easily taken apart and reassembled, which meant that a lighter, commercial version could be flat-packed to buyers.

The Salvage Yard Search

Designer Gaspar and carpenter Brooks consider piles of recycled metal at the salvage yard.

Do Not Enter

Gaspar brough at "Do Not Enter" sign back from the salvage yard, along with recylced wood and scrap metal.

Gaspar's Desk

Gaspar and Brooks used recycled steel, wood and acrylic to build a computer desk.

The Finished Piece

This clean-lined desk is made of steel, wood and acrylic.

Clean-line Computer Desk

Steel mesh pockets on the side of the desk create a spot for cords and chargers.

Floating Structure

Gaspar used a strip of acrylic to float the desk top over the legs and frame.

Steel and Wood Computer Desk

Gaspar's piece wasn't a hit with the judges -- they questioned his marriage of materials and the practicality of the piece.

In the Judging Room

Gaspar and carpenter Brooks explain and defend their piece.    

On the Hunt for a One-of-a-Kind Piece

Tim and carpenter Chip consider piles of recycled metal at the Interior Removal Specialists salvage yard.

Furniture From a Fan?

Tim found this industrial-sized fan at the salvage yard and hatched a plan to create a one-of-a-kind bookcase.

The Finished Piece

Tim and Chip used an industrial fan and thick wooden beams to create a bookshelf and room divider.

The Judges' Take

Tim and Chip show their furniture piece to the judges. The panel thought it was a very successful marriage of materials and design style.

Shelf Details

Chip cut holes in both sides of the metal fan, then threaded thick reclaimed wood beams through as shelves to hold books and accessories.

Checking Out the Competition

The three remaining carpenter and designer teams gathered together at the end of the fifth build to check out each other's pieces.

The Final Three Carpenters

Karl, Brooks and Chip pose for a quick portrait.

The Final Three Contestants

Tim, Gaspar and Katie strike a pose.

The Judging Panel

Rachel Ashwell, creator of the shabby chic design movement, is this week's guest judge. Returning judges Amanda Dameron, editor-in-cheif of Dwell Magazine, and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair, discuss the designs as host Jay Monepare looks on.

The Moment of Truth

Who will go home, and who will go on to the finale?

Goodbye, Gaspar

The judges felt that Gaspar's design was the least successful, so he was sent home.

The Final Two

Designers Katie and Tim celebrate after learning they will be moving on to the finale. They're both one step closer to the $100,000 prize.

Cheers to You

The remaining designers and carpenters toast to their success so far in the competition.

Ellen's Back!

Tune in Monday at 9/8c for the finale of Ellen's Design Challenge, where Ellen Degeneres will crown the first-ever winner and award their $100,000 prize.