I want to like this show. I really, really want to like this show. But if you were one of the network execs and you were debuting a new show on television that doesn’t depend on airing the episodes in any particular sequence, you’d pick the end-all-be-all episode to use as your premiere, right? If that was in fact the case with White Room Challenge, then this is probably the last time I’ll take the time to write about it. A spin-off from Design Star, I’m gearing up for WRC to follow in DS‘s footsteps–a show that falls short of its incredible potential.
Having interviewed WRC host David Bromstad a couple of weeks ago for the Williams-Sonoma Designer Marketplace blog (link to come, when it goes live) and heard from the horse’s mouth that these rooms are “stronger than what you see on Design Star,” I had a certain level of expectation.
What a huge disappointment.
Normally, the designers shop in some genre of store that is not normally associated with home decor. The idea is to repurpose this odd assortment of goods and use them in unexpected ways. That kind of challenge inspires creativity, and since the room is not meant to be functional, the space tends to be much like an artistic installation. The designers in this episode shopped at a floral market and were required to incorporate 1,500 stems into their design. Unfortunately, only one designer dipped his toe into the repurposing waters. The remaining three designers held a death grip on literal uses for the plant material.
If I were going to title it, I’d call this episode White Room Challenge: Gluing Flowers to Stuff.