Design Junkies host Shane Hansen.

The premise

Essentially Design Junkies is a competition – six designers have six weeks to prove they are the best designer of them all.

They will compete against each other in challenges, using scraps and other salvaged materials to create innovative designs while working to a brief.

They have two days to design and create each piece and are guided through the process by Kiwi designer Shane Hansen. 

The judging

The finished product is judged by furniture designer Tim Webber and vintage design store co-owner Emma Eagle, with the top three designs winning the gold, silver and bronze awards.

There are no ruthless eliminations in Design Junkies. Instead it works on a points system, with the designers accumulating points for challenge wins – three for gold, two for silver, and one for bronze.

Plus there are bonus tasks along the way that will be worth extra points.

The prize

The winner will take out the title of New Zealand’s Best Design Junkie and a trip to the internationally acclaimed Milan furniture fair. 

Why you’ll love it

If you’re worried about the catty rivalries and petty dramas that often come with competition shows, don’t be. This is not one of those shows!

Design Junkies is about creativity, problem solving and that no. 8 wire mentality that Kiwis are so well known for. 

The designers wait for the judges' verdicts.

The contestants even give each other the odd helping hand.

In the six designers you also see different working styles, from laid back to high energy, and different approaches to the briefs. 

They prove there are many ways to be creative and mistakes can sometimes be happy accidents.

The first challenge

In episode one, the designers meet Shane at Burrells Salvage Yard – a warehouse full of building materials salvaged from construction sites.

The challenge? To build a show-stopping coffee table that also says something about who they are as designers.

Design Junkies starts Thursday 3 May at 7.30pm on TVNZ 1.

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