Ever wonder what really happens on the set of Design Star? We caught up with Loren Ruch, the show’s producer, to get answers to three of your most-asked questions from episode one. Get his behind-the-scenes take after the jump, plus watch a Loren from HGTV’s Facebook page.
Do the designers have to live in the rooms they design?
Great question, and the answer is definitely “no”. In reality, the women designers share rooms with the other women and the guys share rooms with guys – so, as an example, even though Meg & Tyler designed a room together doesn’t mean they both get to sleep in it. And one more thing that people find interesting is that the combinations change as designers start getting eliminated from the show…so if a bed opens up in a two-person female room, one of the designers from the three-person female room may move into it mid-season to keep the rooms from feeling lopsided.
How many hours a day are the designers on set (or on camera)?
The designers are virtually on camera 24 hours a day – no joke! We shoot our challenges for about 12 hours, and then we shoot them in their apartment for approximately two to four hours in the early mornings and late evenings. The other hours are spent sleeping – we want the Design Stars to be well rested since the tasks are so labor intensive.
Everyone was also very interested in the coffee table that Leslie used in the great room. Where did it come from? Also, did it have a rubber odor?
I, too, LOVED that coffee table that Leslie found! It was from a store called Montauk Sofa, and you can find it on the front page of their website. It had no odor, whatsoever, and was truly a piece of art. Best of all, it had an incredible amount of storage (as you saw when Kellie was able to lie flat inside of it) – which is really important, especially in New York City, where closet space is at a minimum!
Missed Loren’s live Facebook chat? Watch it all here right now:
What questions do you have for Design Star’s producer? Tell us in the comments below and Loren just might answer them next week.