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Ellen's Design Challenge Season 2: Designs From Melissa Rivera Torres

Flip through the designs that modern industrial furniture designer Melissa Rivera Torres created alongside HGTV carpenter Steve Zimpel.
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Meet Melissa Rivera Torres

Melissa Rivera Torres, a furniture designer and business owner born and raised in Mexico, describes her style as modern industrial. She now lives in Pleasant Hill, Calif. She says she loves to use bold colors and fun materials that allow her pieces stand out and make people smile. Melissa says she enjoys working with stainless steel, wood, PVC, acrylic and aluminum and isn’t afraid to try unconventional ideas — she once transformed a 28,000-square-foot warehouse into the stage for Hawaii’s first ever Fashion Month.

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Melissa + Steve

Steve Zimpel, a carpenter from HGTV's series The Outdoor Room, will work to bring Melissa's designs to reality. 

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Challenge 4: International Inspiration

For the series' fourth challenge, Ellen asked the designers to create a space inspired by travel. Melissa's destination du jour? France. 

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Challenge 4: Melissa's Design

When thinking of France, Melissa's mind went straight to fashion icon Coco Chanel. From there, she decided to create a vanity as chic as one of the fashion designer's sleek dresses. 

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