A new reality show featuring design expert Lisa S. Roberts is scheduled to premiere with two back-to-back episodes on the Ovation network on Wednesday, August 24, at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
Consisting of ten 30-minute episodes, the show follows Roberts and her team as they visit museum exhibitions, trade shows, retail stores and designers’ studios, gathering ideas and inspiration for her upcoming book DesignPOP: Popular Trends in Contemporary Product Design.
Highlights include visits to the Cooper-Hewitt 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 and Christine Liaigre’s Buddakan.
Viewers will learn about the history behind the featured designs, as well as back stories of the designers and manufacturers who created them. The aim of Roberts and her team is to educate their audience about the importance of contemporary design while adding an air of whimsy and accessibility at the same time.
Roberts began her career as an architect before pursuing her professional interests in product and graphic design. In the early 1980’s Roberts began collecting contemporary product design objects which she calls “Antiques of the Future.” In 2006, Roberts published a book by the same title and, since that time, has traveled throughout the country speaking on the subject of design. She has been featured on HGTV, The Today Show, and the Early Show and Antiques of the Future was reviewed in Time, USA Today, Parade, Dwell, and local publications. In addition, Roberts serves on the executive committee and as a trustee of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and as a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), where she is a longstanding member of the museum’s contemporary design group, Collab.