Ellen’s Next Great Designer

January 15, 2023
Ellen's Next Great Designer

I was 1 of 7 furniture designers to appear in Ellen’s Next Great Designer. If I were not among like-minded rule-breaking creatives; the experience may have been unbearable. We stayed on the 17th floor of a tired Holiday Inn. We had the floor to ourselves, reminding me of The Shining with Jack Nicholson. Due to strict COVID precautions, our key cards were taken. We were to stay isolated in our rooms except during filming. To ensure compliance, we had hallway police. If we wanted a cup of coffee, they escorted us down 17 floors and back. After one night, the creatives were having no more of that. On day 2, we started planning our escape. Paranoid that mics and cameras were secretly embedded, a few of us flipped over a mattress, disassembled a room phone, and took down a few vent covers to ensure our plans or need for social contact were not being listened to. Nothing was found, so nightly masked parties began in the fire escape stairwell. Not sure how it was done, but party stuff got smuggled up and past Ellen’s Next Great Designer hall police. It was the nightly storytelling and peeks into the other contestants’ backgrounds and design philosophies that got us thru long days in front of cameras on cold sets with milquetoast lunches.


A deficit of empathy Our babies are our treasure
A deficit of empathy
Our babies are our treasure

Welcome to Paul Rene. Custom-made modern furniture is deeply personal, so we eschew the traditional showroom because we do not repeat designs. The uniqueness of the luxury artistic and handcrafted furniture that we do for you reflects your oneness, which has no copy.

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