Furniture Designer Brian K. Ellison Hits Big with ‘Framework’


When Chicago-native Brian K. Ellison made the decision to leave a 15-year career in real estate development to pursue his passion for architecture, woodworking and furniture building nine years ago, he never imagined it would end up landing him a spot on Spike TV’s hit show, Framework, but that’s exactly what happened.

“I received a call from a friend of mine out of the blue asking me if I’d be interested in speaking with a casting agency in California about a reality show for furniture makers and I [agreed to it],” Ellison says. “She sent in my information along with a video [and] two weeks after that, I was on a plane to L.A. It all happened really quickly.”

Framework premiered back in January and is the first-ever furniture design competition series. Hosted by Common, 13 of the nation’s best emerging furniture designers are forced to put their artistry and skills to the test for 10 weeks, competing for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to have their work sold by a major manufacturer.

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