‘American Dream Builders’ Profile: Darren Moore

darrenRenowned designer Nate Berkus hosts NBC’s bold new reality competition series American Dream Builders that showcases the talents of the most accomplished designers and home builders in the country. The show pits 12 talented contestants against one another in a high-stakes competition. Read about all the contestants.

Meet “American Dream Builders” designer Darren Moore.

Zillow: How did you get into design?
Moore: I’m kind of an unusual thinker and I didn’t see a lot of things in the marketplace that reflected my values. I don’t have formal training in design, but I have years of experience working with designers and I was involved with the building industry from a very young age. If you think of anyone who creates as a designer, I’ve been designing for a very long time.

Zillow: What’s the best design advice you’ve ever received?
Moore: Measure three times, maybe four. Double check, then triple check. Design is very much an art, but when you’re marrying form and function, the function has to work. If it doesn’t, if the measurements are off, the form won’t matter.

Zillow: What’s your signature design trick?
Moore: You’ll always see something reclaimed, something reused in everything I do. That’s the basis of sustainability. I love to re-imagine things that exist in other forms and put them in new environments to create new items.

Zillow: Describe your design style in three words.
Moore: Sustainable. Innovative. Thoughtful.

Zillow: What are the design trends that excite you most right now?
Moore: I like that unappreciated materials of the past are becoming in vogue. It’s great to see people repurposing things as simple as old barn boards or fencing or even old fir two-by-fours, which were much cooler than what we have now. When you bring those old materials into a new space, it’s a way of saying, “Hey, Grandma and Grandpa, we loved you and what you represent, but check out our new vision.”

To see more of Darren’s work, visit his website, Facebook and Twitter.