Designing woman Vivian Beer featured on HGTV ‘Ellen’s Design Challenge’

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Tune in Jan. 18 for the first episode featuring Manchester's own Vivian Beers.
Tune in Jan. 18 for the first episode featuring Manchester’s own Vivian Beer.

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Vivian Beer

UPDATE: March 7, 2016: If you missed this week’s finale, you can recap it here, but we’ll give you the scoop: Vivian Beer won “Ellen’s Design Challenge, Season 2.”

Click here for a Q&A with Beer, on her experience.


Jan. 15, 2016

MANCHESTER, NHVivian Beer is our own innovative designing woman, with a successful furniture design business on Dow Street that has not only put her on the innovator map, but also has landed her a spot on Season 2 of HGTV’s “Ellen’s Design Challenge.”

The first episode airs Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. and will showcase eight competitors as they sketch, design and build innovative furniture to avoid elimination and go for the win.

Vivian Beer poses with her carpenter, HGTV and DIY host Matt Blashaw on set.
Vivian Beer poses with her carpenter, HGTV and DIY host Matt Blashaw on set.

From the Design Challenge site:

In a season filled with countless surprises, the finalists will be tasked with designing furniture for the greenrooms at The Ellen DeGeneres Show and more. At the end of the season, the last competitor standing will receive a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of and see their work featured in HGTV Magazine.”

In her official show bio, Beer describes herself as a designer with a modern style who loves to “push the envelope” with her work by using industrial materials such as concrete and auto body paint, and that her academic background in the Fine Arts allows her to find inspiration in different places, including the arts and crafts community, architecture and even car design.

Her resume is impressive — she earned her master’s in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and served as a 2014 Research Fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

According to her website, Beer’s work is included in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Metals Museum; The Currier Museum of Art; and the Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; and public art pieces are on display in the cities of Portland, Maine, and Cambridge, Mass.

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