This was quite a challenge! I did like that they got a second chance in the lighting "store" and that they had the chance to test their designs sans studio lights.
I wondered if the carpenters had electrical training... because honestly, I think this was the one part that would be most concerning.
I'm glad that the "City Lights" design won. I liked it best- though I wish it had read as a room with great design features instead of great design features that might or might not be a functional room.
I was totally shocked that the underground space landfill was not eliminated immediately. I thought it would be the first to be eliminated.
Now.... if I had been in this competition, I would have set up the room as a bedroom (since the futon looked like it would do that) and created a shadow headboard... really playing up the "shadow" part of "light and shadow".
Have you seen those sculptures that look like a series of cut dowels, or a pile of trash, but the shadow cast is the silhouette of a person running or whatever? (I'll have to look for links to this kind of thing later and add it).... anyway, I totally lack the skill on one level, but I would have tried to create a version of that anyway.
But, alas, here I am, just being creative in my family room as a viewer. To be honest, I do enjoy that aspect of watching the show.... just asking myself what I would do with the challenge!
edited to add: I found the link! http://www.froot.nl/posttype/f...gemaakt-van-schaduw/This message has been edited. Last edited by: Tomatoqueen,
TQ, looked up your link...that is truly amazing. I have never seen anything like that.
I liked City Lights the best, too. I think that young man is very talented.
Enjoyed this one, too. When we heard the underground, messy hair guy respond with indignation when David suggested he add more shadow - we all decided he appeared on WRC for the purpose of showcasing his art installations, period.
Funny that he ultimately tried to improve his piece towards the tail end of the challenge. Had a feeling Antonio would vote for him so didn't expect him to go first. We believe David has the deciding vote or two votes, essentially. Jamie finds something positive to say to everyone - he's so polite.
Liked City Lights, too but disappointed he didn't take it farther. His cityscape reminded us of a Lite Brite, lol. Thanks for the link, TQ. That's really cool. Would have loved to have seen something like that in City Lights.
TQ- thanks for that web address. That was fascinating, but apparently way beyond the ability of those four designers. The sloppy hair guy didn't do much of anything but he got raves. Go figure. Bright Lights was the only one that presented a complete cohesive piece.
I still don't understand why they can't design a room that's a room with real room things. These things may show their creativity but it sure doesn't show their design skills one tiny bit.
So far the rooms have leaned more toward art installations than actual rooms. I think this is, in part, the nature of the challenges- but also, it could be the expectations of the contestants. They come expecting to "think outside the box" and so far, the most conventional choices have been eliminated first.
I'd like to see the pendulum swing just a bit back toward conventional. Perhaps tell the contestants that the rooms don't have to actually
be functional- but they do have the appearance of a functional room. I know... that may be a lot to ask while designing a room of light and shadow (to be judged sans studio lights) but it appears that some contestants would still be up to the task, and others won't. But I'll bet there are at least a few contestants who would have preferred function-like as one of the requirements.
I agree with you completely, think outside the box, but keep it functional. You can't get too abstract that then it just doesn't seem design.
In the early episodes (at least several, probably more), David was actually instructing the participants to be creative and go for it but give their finished product the appearance of functionality. IIRC, the one woman's rope swing was an example of that -
Can't remember that instruction during the last few episodes. IIRC, they started stressing the abstract more and more. BTW, didn't they criticize Mark during the judging - indicating his space appeared too conventional (with its tables in the dining room) and functional?
As much as I wanted to really enjoy this show and do actually watch it - just for the "OH NOOOOOOOOOOO factor", I'd really rather they did something even verging on functional. As CharlesD said (maybe another post concerning WRC) it bears little resembance to the way real design professionals work (sorry, Charles, paraphrasing a tad there - I'm old, my memory isn't good) and so cannot be really considered a design show. Entertainment, absolutely - so I'll just consider it that.
Does anyone know if this will go away when DS starts next week or if if will be before/after it?
ITA, doodles. We watch, even though something's a little off. Don't believe they defined the concept well enough. Design or art installations?
WRT the schedule, according to my dvr (not always perfect), it's not on the schedule - replaced by DS.
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