‘Framework,’ ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’ contestants display furnishings in LA*SHO

Expect intriguing design and perhaps some behind-the-scenes gossip as participants and winners in two recent TV furniture building competitions -- Spike’s “Framework” and HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge” -- display their work this weekend in an exhibition entitled LA*SHO at the Think Tank Gallery in downtown’s Fashion District.

On Friday, many of the 15 designers will be on hand for a meet-and-greet session from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The show can also be viewed by appointment on Saturday by calling (610) 772-4433.

LA*SHO is curated by “Framework” third-place winner Jason Radcliffe of 44 Steel in Cleveland, who founded and has staged F*SHO, an annual exhibition of local design, since 2009.

“Cleveland is 100 percent the new Brooklyn. Space is affordable, and we all work in a style some call industrial chic or Rust Belt beauty,” said Radcliffe, who is shown in the slideshow above with his Mouse desk, named for the hole in the center of the drawer, which is mitered on both edges.


Radlcliffe is part of a five-man contingent from Cleveland that also includes Stephen YuskoJoe RibicPeter Debelak and Freddy Hill.

Other “Framework” contestants exhibiting at LA*SHO include Lacey Campbell, Garrett Brown, and four California designers: Rahil Taj from Los Angeles, Wesley November from Huntington Beach, Nathaniel Hall from San Diego and San Luis Obispo-based Jory Brigham, who won the competition.

Brigham will be debuting his Jax table, $2,800, which incorporates three solid walnut legs and powder-coated X-shaped steel braces, a departure from the fine woodworking he displayed on “Framework.”

Likewise, steelworker Radcliffe, who impressed the show’s judges with his seamless welding, will be showcasing some of the carpentry skills he picked up on the show with a wooden version of his steel Mouse desk. Radcliffe is also collaborating on new projects with Brigham and Brown.


LA*SHO also features the work of Israeli designer Amir Raveh, Fullerton woodworker Brandon Monk Munoz and two Los Angeles contestants in “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” That series had less of a happy ending: The original victor was disqualified because his prize-winning piece bore a strong resemblance to the work of European designer Simon Schacht.

Leslie Shapiro Joyal, who has designed furniture for top architects and private clients including Patricia Arquette and Thomas Jane, was eliminated in the second episode of “Ellen’s Design Challenge.” She joked that “they all got to swear on ‘Framework. I should’ve been on that one.”

Joyal will show a tribal-influenced Sirk coffee table made from Claro walnut and a piece inspired by her experience on the show: a leather-wrapped steel chair with a high back crowned by a huge heart.

Third-place winner Gaspar Dejesus will display refined steampunk pieces made with copper pipes and walnut along with his Madonna chair, a limited-edition polished stainless throne for $25,000. “I’ll have to get the real Madonna to buy one,” he said.

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