Spike TV Has Designs on Furniture Competition Series

Spike TV is taking the non-scripted into the ranks of furniture design competition.

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 6, Spike TV will present Framework, a showcase for emerging furniture designers as they compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity for their work to be sold by a major manufacturer.

Hosted by the uncommon Common, the hip-hop artist, actor (American Gangster, AMC's Hell on Wheels) and author, the 10-episode season will feature 13 builders putting their talents to the test in a series of challenges in which they will use unconventional materials, rethink classic furniture pieces, and incorporate a variety of techniques and disciplines to demonstrate their mastery of furniture creation. Check out a clip here.

In each episode, a contestant will be eliminated by a panel, led by host Common and judges Nolen Niu and Brandon Gore, two of the most influential names in the furniture world today.

Niu, whose award-winning designs have been featured in over 300 publications worldwide and whose varied client list includes Andaz hotels, MGM Mirage properties and Esquire Magazine will speak to the contestants’ designs. Gore, internationally acknowledged as an artisan who has revolutionized the use of concrete in furniture, will critique the builders on their ability to execute their designs. Gore’s furniture line, Hard Goods, has been featured in Dwell, Vogue, Wired and many other design titles.

Framework was created by Dwight Smith and Michael Agbabian of Mission Control Media (Hollywood Game Night, Face Off) who serve as executive producers.