Fleetwood man to star in BBC Masters in Interior Design with Alan Carr

A new round of BBC Interior Design Masters will return in March – and a Lancashire-born candidate is taking part, hoping to win a career-defining contract with a luxury hotel.

In the new series, hosted by Alan Carr, a whole new batch of budding designers will seek their big break in the fast-paced world of commercial interior design.

Every week, designers take on a new interior design challenge across the country, ranging from show homes, boutiques and restaurants to beach huts, bars and luxury vacation villas.

Fleetwood-born contestant Paul will take part in the new series and hopes to win a commercial contract with a hotel.

Fleetwood-born contestant Paul will take part in the new series and hopes to win a commercial contract with a hotel.

Paul, 52, is a visual merchandiser and he describes his design style as mid-century minimalist.

He said he applied to the show in hopes of pursuing the next phase of his career.

He said: “I applied for the series after watching during lockdown.

“I’ve always been passionate about design and interiors and that’s where the penny fell – it’s my plan B and an opportunity to get out of fashion retail which had become very corporate at my level and not at all creative and towards interior design.”

Paul said his experience on the show had “exceeded” his expectations.

He said: “We visited amazing destinations across the country and each challenge was completely different from the last.

“I wake up every day with my brain sparkling with creative design ideas and inspiration, the creative juices overflowing – I felt like a champagne cork about to burst. It was such a brilliant high!

However, Paul said the eliminations were “awful” after forging such strong bonds with other designers.

He said: “You literally become friends overnight because you’re all going through the same intense experience.

“Every week when one of you leaves, their emotions run away with you and you get really upset. You end up saying the dreaded word ‘travel’ but it’s true.

“You’re all on a journey and nothing prepares you for the emotional intensity of elimination day.”

Paul said he “learned so much” in the competition.

He said: “There’s never been a problem with my confidence in challenges, which comes from life experience and what we learn from each other.

“My biggest accomplishment is celebrating my own success and not being humbled about my talent.”

Design skills will be examined by Michelle Ogundehin, returning chief judge, interior guru and former editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration, as well as some of the biggest names in the industry as designers compete for win a defining contract with a luxury hotel in Cornwall.

What happens in interior design masters?

Every week, designers take on a new interior design challenge across the country, ranging from show homes, boutiques and restaurants to beach huts, bars and luxury vacation villas.

They will have to present their brightest ideas and do everything they can to wow the head judge, Ogundehin, and the esteemed guest judge who will join her that week.

At the end of each challenge, the weakest designers will meet on the couch to face the judges and explain their design decisions.

Then at least one contestant will be eliminated each week. With so much at stake, whose creations, character and curations will win them the crown of interior design masters?

What happens in the first episode?

The first episode sees Michelle joined by fashion designer turned interior designer, Matthew Williamson. Matthew returns to his Nordic roots in this first challenge, as Michelle’s mandate is to transform five 3 premium rental apartments in Manchester.

Working in pairs, the teams must each transform an apartment, with each designer taking on either a living room or a master bedroom, while working together to design a shared home office.

With just two days, £1500 and a team of craftsmen to help them, the designers set themselves the first challenge to convert these bland white boxes into cool contemporary spaces for young urban professionals.

The third season of Interior Design Masters officially begins on Wednesday March 9 at 9 p.m. to BBC One.

Betty K. Park