"Design Rivals" is a home improvement and design show on the ION Life channel starring hosts Steven Sabados and Chris Hyndman, who go through a process of debate and creative conflict to find the best options in designing clients' living spaces. The show, which is rated TV-G, airs in the early mornings between 3 and 4 a.m. To view a show schedule, visit IONLife.com, and select the Schedule tab.
The focus of "Design Rivals" is on the hosts' clashing personalities as they design according to the clients' personal style, desires and needs. The show thrives on the hosts' ability to use conflict as a means for creative design, and emphasizes the importance of ultimately compromising to suit the clients' individual style.
After meeting in Toronto in 1988, Sabados and Hyndman used their personal relationship, which is full of humor and banter, as a catalyst in on-screen collaborations. In 2003, they developed the idea for "Design Rivals," launching the show on June 27, 2004 on the HGTV network. Though canceled in 2007, reruns continue to play on the ION Life channel as of 2015. In 2008, Sabados and Hyndman launched the show "Designer Guys," but it was recently canceled due to Hyndman's sudden death in 2015.