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Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015
William Cole


TV judge Nolen Niu is an American Industrial Designer recognized for his holistic approach to design and clean, provocative aesthetics.

Starting this month, he will be featured as a judge on Spike TV’s highly anticipated show, Framework; alongside furniture designer, Brandon Gore and hip-hop artist, Common, who is also hosting. Framework is the first ever furniture design competition series. The show airs Tuesdays at 10pm on Spike

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The show features 13 emerging furniture designers who will compete over the course of 10 weeks for a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity for their work to be sold by a major manufacturer.

Niu is an expert in the world of design producing private furniture lines, custom one-of-a-kind pieces, mass production furniture, residential and retail spaces for corporate, private and celebrity clientele.

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Dish Nation was fortunate enough to chat with Niu and here are his answers to our ‘Side Dish‘ questions:

Q – Where did you go on your first date and what happened?
A – I never revisit past relationships.

Q – If you had an elephant, where would you hide it?
A – What a bizarre question. If I had an elephant I wouldn’t hide it at all. I would call the LA Zoo.

Q – What song is the most played on your iPod and which is the most potentially embarrassing?
A – I don’t own an iPod but right now I’ve been listening to Get Low by Dillion Francis quite a bit. I can’t say there’s anything embarrassing to me. I literally listen to everything; country, rock, rap, pop, classical, electronic, etc.

Q – If you had one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
A – To be able to teleport for obvious reasons. I would travel whenever and wherever I wanted.

Q – What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
A – It’s always when I’m dreaming that I’ve worked all day, only to wake up and realize that I wasn’t and my day was just getting starting.

Q – If you didn’t need to eat or didn’t need to sleep, which would you choose?
A – No sleep for sure. I love food too much to go without it. Plus I could get so much more done if I didn’t have to sleep

Q – What’s your favorite lunch dish and which food do you not like and why?
A – I typically don’t eat lunch. I find that when I do, I end up getting sleepy and lazy for the rest of the day. Usually an iced coffee in the middle of the day keeps me going. There’s nothing really I won’t eat and I’m willing to try anything at least one.

Q –  Do you have any phobias and what have been some of the repercussions?
A – My biggest phobia is being on a boat in the middle of the ocean. I’ve tried working on it over the years but still have a pretty difficult time with it.

Q – How do you relax and how easy do you find it to let go?
A – Food and great red wine is usually how I like to relax. I’m a really big foodie and find it very euphoric for me. When I’m super wound up, I typically start cleaning my place. Cleaning brings my mind to peace pretty quickly.

Q – If you could be anywhere and with anyone right now, where and who would it be at this very moment?
A – Hands down in New York City with my girlfriend Edith.

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