Following your piece on contestants from BBC Two’s Design for Life saying how they are looking forward to leaving behind the influence of Philippe Starck (www. designweek.co.uk, 21 September), I have a few legitimate gripes.
If Starck was to impose on himself the criteria he started to impose on the contestants – a reluctance to reference aesthetics, consideration of the environment, and a rather banal focus on functionality – he wouldn’t be producing the (admittedly very nice) groovy plastic chairs he’s still designing.
It rather annoyed my wife and I that the programme stated that students were chosen ‘on the basis of their drawings alone’.
I was selected for the initial stages, but can vouch for the fact that there was an initial phone call from the producers.
Fortunately, I was successful in the first interview, and was invited to the office of Two Four [the company that produced the show for the BBC] by a Miss Cox for an hour-long videotaped interview.
If the contestants were selected without consulting their personal profile and general TV suitability, then why the lengthy interview process?
But, being a sucker, if there’s another series commissioned, I’ll definitely try again.
Douglas Montgomery, by e-mail