Monday, May 31, 2010

Design for life series starts Wednesday June 2, ABC2, 8.30pm

Sandy and I thought you all might be interested in this series which starts tonight.

Design for Life

Wednesday June 2, ABC2, 8.30pm

OF COURSE, there's no reason that talent and competition shows have to always evolve around the same old activities - singing, making money, losing weight or cooking. In fact, put uber-designer Philippe Starck against Donald Trump and you'll find the very same characteristics that make such shows sing: flamboyance, eccentricity, ambition, left-field thinking … and definitely better hair. The conceit of this unusual talent quest sees a dozen young British students vying for the attention of Starck to win one six-month placement at his school of design in Paris. The wannabe apprentices' first challenge takes place in a massive supermarket where, armed with the equivalent of about $130, they have to source products that demonstrate the best and worst qualities of function, ecology or gender. Starck's thinking, however, is a country mile from the norm and the pleasure he takes in dumbfounding the naive contestants, all the while hamming up the role of judge and hangman, is palpable. The dullish contestants don't exactly rise to the challenge as much as one might have liked but hopefully that will change as Starck continues to hector them with his wit, bluntness, ideas and over-the-top theatrics.

Source: The Age

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