How best to get to the root of why design matters than to dive into the minds of some of today’s most innovative thinkers? This series, now into its second season, explores the applied philosophies of such iconic design pioneers as installation artist Olafur Eliasson, costume designer Ruth E. Carter, and architect Neri Oxman.
Take 10 aspiring interior designers from the U.K., challenge them to reimagine a variety of spaces ranging from cafés to bedrooms to home offices, and add in a bit of feel-good backstory about ordinary people finally pursuing their dreams, and you have the binge-worthy Netflix series Interior Design Masters. What’s at stake on this competition show? The winner is awarded a contract with a top London hotel to redesign its lobby bar.
File this under aspirational fantasy homes come to life. On this series, homeowners show off the eccentric, unique ways that they’ve decked out the interiors of their homes to reflect their specific interests and lifestyles, ranging from a retiree with a full-size aquarium installed in his living room for scuba diving to an origami-inspired apartment with movable walls.
Though it’s been around since 1999, Grand Designs made its way across the pond only this past year. It showcases middle-class homeowners who decide to ditch their average-looking houses in pursuit of more ambitious, often cantilevered designs. The show, hosted by Kevin McCloud, follows the homeowners’ journeys from concept to creation, chronicling all the drama and handwringing in-between, and the results are, indeed, grand.
The tiny house trend is here to stay, and on Tiny House Nation, host John Weisbarth and expert Zack Giffin help folks do some major downsizing and rethink their relationships to space and possessions. In each episode, the two-man team gets to know families looking to go small, assess their needs, and builds them a custom mini home.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to turn your home into an inviting, profitable short-term rental, then Stay Here is the series to binge this holiday season. Designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter Lorimer team up in this feel-good show to help ordinary homeowners up their rental game, reimagining everything from spaces to decor to marketing.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes fuses the aesthetic pleasure of beautiful architecture with the decadence of world travel, visiting unconventionally designed homes in places as far-flung as Norway, India, and Portugal. In each episode, viewers will gush over the inventive spaces that make each house a true one-of-a-kind home.
Every cabin has a story to tell, and on Cabins in the Wild, craftsman Will Hardie and engineer Dick Strawbridge are on a mission to learn more about eight different unique structures—including one modeled after an airship cockpit and another cabin built in a treehouse—before endeavoring to design their own.
Fans of the Great British Baking Show will likely take to this interior design competition, which sees 24 wannabe interior designers tasked with transforming entire rooms from top to bottom, showing off their discerning eyes in a number of different types of housing structures, including Victorian homes and eco homes.
No amateurs allowed in this delicate competition, wherein 10 expert glass blowers are faced with timely challenges that test the limits of their ability to create the most beautiful, unique sculptures under massive amounts of heat. The winner takes home $60,000 and notoriety.