Designer Profile: Ellen DeGeneres

Designer Profile: Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is known worldwide as a chat show host and TV personality, but in recent years she has become a prominent figure in the world of interior design, having launched her lifestyle brand in 2015 to great critical success. But why did Ellen DeGeneres start designing furniture? In this designer profile, we examine the designer’s background and learn what inspires the designs of her furniture.




Born 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, Ellen DeGeneres has always valued self-expression through art. DeGeneres got her start by performing at stand-up comedy clubs and coffee houses. By the early 1980’s she had started touring nationally with a small group of comedians. During this time, DeGeneres would get to see the entire country and experience its beauty in a way she had never dreamed of before. She would draw on this experience when designing her furniture.

In 1998, she crossed over from live comedy to TV. Over the next decade, she would play many roles, but none more iconic than her role as Ellen in These Friends of Mine, later renamed ‘Ellen’ to honor the star's success. The show would run for 5 seasons before being canceled due to a drop in ratings. While most people would ride on their past successes, always one for innovation DeGeneres reinvented herself as a talk show host. The Ellen DeGeneres Show premiered in 2003. It has won 25 Emmy Awards and has been nominated for countless awards over the last two decades.

In the summer of 2015, DeGeneres founded ED Ellen DeGeneres. Her show's viewers had always shown an interest in Ellen’s lifestyle and personal home décor, so this career change felt like a natural extension of her existing platform. Initially, the brand focused solely on creating a high-quality collection of fashion, home, baby, and pet items. But in 2020, DeGeneres partnered with EJ Victor to create a collection of furniture with uncompromising quality made using sustainable materials. But what inspired DeGeneres’s designs?



Ellen DeGeneres drew upon her love of nature when designing this collection. The collection features pieces made using natural elements like stone, rich leathers, and reclaimed timber to fashion exquisite furniture for the home. Under the guidance of the EJ Victor team, DeGeneres has created a collection that possesses a casual elegance yet one that honors the history of traditional designs with the structure of the pieces without making them look dated.

DeGeneres understands that every home is unique. That is why she ensures every piece in the ED Ellen DeGeneres collection is available in an array of upholstery options: from velvets to chenille's. Not only do these fabric options show off the piece’s curvilinear forms, but they can also be used to show your personality and create an inviting space you can’t wait to get home to.

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