The White Room Challenge wasn’t exactly Meg’s finest moment in season six — she was nearly eliminated before coming back to win the series. “It’s one of the hardest challenges…I know, because I failed it,” she says.
Hear her take one year later, why she felt for Hilari and why “every single minute counts.”
Watch: What Meg Learned From the White Room Challenge
Guest Judge Vanilla Ice With Design Panel and David Bromstad
I like to think of the White Room Challenge as the sand trap of Design Star: talented designers go in and they don’t come out. It’s always the ones you least expect, too. Here’s what went down on this year’s iconic challenge.
Read the Recap + Tell Me Your Take on Ep 2
Since season one of Design Star, contestants have been given the ultimate blank canvas: a white room and materials from an unconventional source, like a food and restaurant supply warehouse or a 99-cent store. Get ready for tonight’s White Room Challenge episode (airing at 9/8c) by browsing through the best white rooms from past seasons. Which one is your favorite?
Season 6 Contestant Mark Diaz's Air Force-Inspired White Room
The judges loved Mark Diaz’s Air Force-inspired white room, complete with a “flying futon” on season six.
Season 4 Winner Antonio Ballatore's Geometric White Room
Season four winner Antonio Ballatore wowed with a bold striped pattern and a headboard made of a bookcase and pool noodles and topped off with sugary cereal.
Season 4 Fan Favorite Dan Vickery's Apple Artwork
Season four fan favorite Dan Vickery used apples to create a, ahem, deliciously different focal point, and kidney beans for an inspired “rug.”
Season 2 Contestant and Room Crashers Host Todd Davis's Wave-Inspired Room
Season two finalist and Room Crashers host Todd Davis used paint and items from a 99-cent store to create this wave-swept space.
Which white rooms do you think have been the most memorable? See more inspiring white rooms from Design Star >>
Ice, ice, baby! You may know Vanilla Ice (aka Robert Van Winkle) best for his ’90s rap career, but he also has more than 15 years of home improvement experience and his own show, The Vanilla Ice Project, on DIY Network. He’ll bring his remodeling chops to this week’s episode of Design Star as a guest judge. So tell me…how would you caption this photo of Mr. Ice? Write your best caption in the comments below.
Next time on Design Star: The legendary white room challenge! Creativity is key in this classic test — but some designers are their own worst enemy.
See exclusive scenes from episode two after the jump.
Watch the Sneak Peek Now
This week, designer Thom Filicia joined Genevieve and Vern on the judging panel for the iconic white box challenge.
Catch Up on the Week’s Top Moments
Loren Ruch and Tanika Ray in front of the 5 Pointz Aerosol Art Center, where they shot the White Box Challenge.
We caught up with Loren Ruch, the show’s producer, to get answers to your most-asked questions from episode two. Get his behind-the-scenes take after the jump.
See the Q&A With Loren
Mentor David Bromstad dishes on his favorite Design Star challenge: the white box rooms.
What David Thinks About the Designs
Emily agrees that Mark had the best design of the night and thinks Tyler’s chair belongs in a gallery.
Watch Emily’s Take on the White Rooms
I may be busy shooting Candice Tells All, but I’m still keeping a close eye on Design Star! This week, extraordinary designer Thom Filicia came by to lend his style expertise to one of my all-time favorites: the White Box Challenge. It killed me not to be there. This time, the designers were each given an identical room and asked to transform it using only restaurant supplies. They were told specifically not to create functional spaces. This challenge is a great opportunity for the designers to really express themselves by thinking unconventionally (which can prove to be difficult for even some of the best designers).
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