Q&A With American Dream Builders Finalist Lukas Machnik

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May 22, 2014
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  Machnik has a robust residential portfolio and an international client list. His design philosophy is "uber-minimalist" and modern, with heavy Bauhaus influences. He lives and works with his partner, artist Lonney White, whose work can be seen on the wall. Lukas incorporates his personal art or design into most of his projects, playing the role of curator to his clients. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik.

    Machnik has a robust residential portfolio and an international client list. His design philosophy is "uber-minimalist" and modern, with heavy Bauhaus influences. He lives and works with his partner, artist Lonney White, whose work can be seen on the wall. Lukas incorporates his personal art or design into most of his projects, playing the role of curator to his clients. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik.

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  Machnik says he is an object designer. He makes furniture, lighting, and wall coverings which he incorporates into the interior design of his commercial and residential projects. He loves to experiment with materials specifically marble, reclaimed wood and plywood. "I love plywood, you can do so much with it!" Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik.

    Machnik says he is an object designer. He makes furniture, lighting, and wall coverings which he incorporates into the interior design of his commercial and residential projects. He loves to experiment with materials specifically marble, reclaimed wood and plywood. "I love plywood, you can do so much with it!" Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik.

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  In Week 2 of American Dream Builders, Lukas was the team leader in charge of renovating a midcentury modern home in Palm Springs. Lukas divvies up assignments amongst his teammates, giving himself the living room and the outdoor dining area. While midcentury modern is not Machnik's forte, we see his potential as a designer and a team player, as he turns a neglected midcentury mess into a modern masterpiece. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik.  

    In Week 2 of American Dream Builders, Lukas was the team leader in charge of renovating a midcentury modern home in Palm Springs. Lukas divvies up assignments amongst his teammates, giving himself the living room and the outdoor dining area. While midcentury modern is not Machnik's forte, we see his potential as a designer and a team player, as he turns a neglected midcentury mess into a modern masterpiece. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

     

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  In episode 5, Machnik and his teammates were asked to reimagine a pre-fabricated modular home. Lukas is commended for his idea to create a built-in daybed that saves space and provides a nook for relaxing. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

    In episode 5, Machnik and his teammates were asked to reimagine a pre-fabricated modular home. Lukas is commended for his idea to create a built-in daybed that saves space and provides a nook for relaxing. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

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  Machnik's "if you build it they will come" mentality contributed to his success on the show. Each week he took on a seemingly impossible task, given the time constraints, but always came out on top. "I don't take no for an answer," said the 34-year-old designer. Machnik contructed 10 tables throughout the show. "I'm a designer and a builder, so I used the Lowe's materials to make beautiful things." Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

    Machnik's "if you build it they will come" mentality contributed to his success on the show. Each week he took on a seemingly impossible task, given the time constraints, but always came out on top. "I don't take no for an answer," said the 34-year-old designer. Machnik contructed 10 tables throughout the show. "I'm a designer and a builder, so I used the Lowe's materials to make beautiful things." Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

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  Machnik's final design on the season finale, airing Sunday, May 25, 2014 on NBC, is a beach house with a black exterior and a white interior. While controversial to the other designers, the result is very European and modern. "I don't like fluffy decorations," says Machnik. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

    Machnik's final design on the season finale, airing Sunday, May 25, 2014 on NBC, is a beach house with a black exterior and a white interior. While controversial to the other designers, the result is very European and modern. "I don't like fluffy decorations," says Machnik. Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

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  Lukas creates this lighting fixture by assembling metal conduit pieces from Lowe's. He also created a chandelier from hanging lanterns. "I like taking old materials and making something new." Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

    Lukas creates this lighting fixture by assembling metal conduit pieces from Lowe's. He also created a chandelier from hanging lanterns. "I like taking old materials and making something new." Photo courtesy of Lukas Machnik. 

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