December 29th, 2019

By Veronica Vale

These frosty winter days call for a new Netflix series to binge, and the BBC’s Interior Design Masters delivers. The show’s concept and structure echos the fun, quirky British series, The Great British Baking Show, while the competition-based content feels as exciting and fast-paced as Project Runway. The show begins with 10 aspiring interior designers, competing to win a career-defining interior design commercial contract (and not to worry – no spoilers here!).

Each episode presents a new type of interior for the contestants to remodel, design, and decorate. The clients’ desires and the interior’s practical needs must be taken into consideration, whether they’re designing a restaurant for commercial use or a personal apartment.

Interior Design Masters Season 1 competitors

The show’s judge and world renown interior design Michelle Ogundehin invites a guest judge to assist in each challenge’s critique. Ogundehin then must decide whose design deserves promotion to the next round and whose warrants elimination.

Here are a few of our favorite guest judges from the show, as well as a few pieces from Gallery MAR to help you achieve their innovative aesthetic.

Guest judge Matthew Williamson doesn’t shy away from color and pattern in his designs

The first and last guest judge on the show is award-winning British designer Matthew Williamson, best known for his use of vibrant color and daring patterns. Mixing and matching patterns takes a masterful eye — one must ride the line between eccentric and clashing. If you’re looking for all of the eccentric and none of the clashing, we recommend the work of Hunt Slonem and Mary Scrimgeour.

Matthew Williamson

Spaces and wallpaper designed by the first and last episodes’ guest judge, interior designer Matthew Williamson

Gallery MAR

Hunt Slonem, “Toucan Barbet,” mixed media, 40″ x 60″



Hunt Slonem, “Monarch,” oil, 26″ x 18″



Hunt Slonem, “Blue Diamond,” mixed media, 29″ x 24″



Mary Scrimgeour, “There Were Horses In The Sky,” oil, 48″ x 36″



Mary Scrimgeour, “French Lessons,” oil, 40″ x 30″


Episode 4 introduces interior designer Sophie Robinson as guest judge. Her soft pastel palette and cheerful patterns warm and brighten any home, much like the work of Gallery MAR artists Jylian Gustlin and Allison Rash.

Sophie Robinson

Episode 4’s guest judge, interior designer Sophie Robinson is best known for her bright and cheerful patterns

Gallery MAR

Jylian Gustlin, “Fibonacci 412,” mixed media, 44″ x 58″



Jylian Gustlin, “Fibonacci 411,” mixed media, 48″ x 72″



Allison Rash, “Beauty from Ashes: Rose,” mixed media, 16″ x 12″



Allison Rash, “Beauty from Ashes: Stacy,” mixed media, 10″ x 8″



The designs of Episode 5’s guest judge Abigail Ahern read as an antithesis to Sophie Robinson’s designs: where Robinson’s are bright and cheerful, Ahern’s are dark and romantic (even Romantic with a capital “R”). Her moody interiors feel simultaneously cozy and high drama, melding traditional chandeliers and vintage pieces with modern accents. This elegant blend of dark modern with tasteful traditional is reflected in the work of Gallery MAR artists’ KOLLABS and Matt Flint.

Abigail Ahern

Episode 5’s guest Judge Abigail Ahern is world renown for her bold, dark interior designs



Abigail Ahern‘s dark interiors are imbued with drama and romanticism



KOLLABS, “Arthur,” mixed media, 48″ x 36″



KOLLABS, “Brody and Barry,” mixed media, 16″ x 20″



KOLLABS, “Victoria,” mixed media, 40″ x 40″


KOLLABS, “Mason and Madden,” mixed media, 48″ x 48″



Matt Flint, “Stedfast,” mixed media, 60″ x 48″



Matt Flint, “On the Water,” mixed media, 30″ x 42″


Here we’ve only touched on a few of the evocative, avant-garde styles present on this new series, so to anyone with an appreciation for good design and interior makeovers – or even just fans of charming British accents – we highly recommend Netflix’s addicting series Interior Design Masters.