Monday, August 1, 2011

"My Design Life" Premiering August 24 on TV

Lisa S. Roberts (left) is the star of a new reality TV show called "My Design Life" beginning August 24 on the Ovation network. Ten 30-minute episodes will air on Wednesdays with back-to-back episodes at 8:00/7:00c and 8:30/7:30c.

The new original TV series is a collaboration between Ovation (the only TV network dedicated to arts and culture), Lisa S. Roberts (author of "Antiques of the Future") and Nancy Glass Productions. A special My Design Life marathon featuring all 10 episodes will air on September 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Lisa S. Roberts was an architect who switched to product and graphic design. In the early 1980's, she began collecting contemporary product design objects which became the basis for her book, Antiques of the Future. Roberts has been featured on HGTV and The Today Show, serves on the Executive Committee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and is a trustee of Philadelphia's Museum of Art.

My Design Life follows Roberts and her team as they visit museum exhibitions, trade shows, retail stores and designers' studios gathering ideas and inspiration for Roberts' upcoming book, "DesignPop: Popular Trends in Contemporary Product Design".

Episodes include visits to the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the design studios of Harry Allen and Tony Wurman; retail stores such as Design Within Reach and Moss; and restaurants, including David Rockwell's Pod (right) and Christine Liaigre's Buddakan. Viewers will learn about the history behind designs and the designers and manufactures who created them.

Highlights from My Design Life include:

Episode 1 - Premiering Wednesday, August 24 at 8:00pm ET/PT --- Lisa and her team visit the NY International Gift Fair and discover a new garlic crusher, a piggy bank cast from a real piglet, Kaktus and balloon stools, the hands-on salad bowl, and a biodegradable umbrella called the Brelli, which they test out at The City University of New York.

Episode 2 - Premiering Wednesday, August 24 at 8:30pm ET/PT --- This episode features designer Karim Rashid, who gives Lisa an exclusive tour of his home; preparation for a party Lisa is hosting in Philadelphia; and a controversial photo shoot for the book, including a Garbo can and a provocative female model.

Highlights from upcoming episodes include a visit to CerealArt, designing your own shoes, the Snotty Vase, a visit to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, a hunt through New York City for condoms relating to the NYC Condom Campaign, and a segment featuring design products from Michael Graves and Debra Alder for Target.

Click on the heading above to go to the My Design Life website. For more information and schedule, visit or or follow Lisa on twitter @ mydesignlife.

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