Manhattan Beach residents produce “Red Hot Design" for FYI Television
Updated: Apr 22, 2019
Michael Hixon, The Beach Reporter Oct 29, 2014
Manhattan Beach resident Jeffrey Butscher is pictured with producing partner and star of ‘Red Hot Design’ Shasta Smith at the show’s premiere on Aug. 11.
"Red Hot Design,” which features interior designer Shasta Smith and her team of “talented grease monkeys,” search for vintage treasures and artifacts, and then transform them into unique architectural elements that are used for her full scale interior and exterior design projects. The show recently wrapped its first season on the FYI Television Network in the United States.
“Red Hot Design” is co-produced by Manhattan Beach residents Jeffrey Butscher and David Bohnert, along with Smith, who is based in Sacramento with her company, The Vintage Monkey, that focuses mainly on architectural interior design. In the seven episodes, including the pilot which aired in August, Smith and her team faced many hurdles, including transforming a neglected, historic bar into an upscale venue to revamping a San Francisco spa's common area.
“She’s a very edgy, out-of-the-box kind of designer, not a pillow fluffer,” said Butscher of Smith. “A lot of the design shows are either more on the construction end or makeover … we’re neither of those. Everything is done with a little bit of edge, everything has custom fabrication in it where she has these guys, her team in the shop, who are working with her to fabricate things. It's a very architectural element type of show.”
Smith makes Manhattan Beach her home about two weeks every month to visit family as well as for business. She calls her business a “job of passion,” especially when it comes to her “overzealous” hobby of designing vintage motorcycles. She said one interest of being a co-creator of the show was “showing a living breathing entity, an American business that is chugging along and is creating, designing and building really cool stuff with really cool people.”
“Red Hot Design” took 18 to 20 hour days to shoot, according to Smith. Each episode had its challenges, especially episode seven in San Francisco.
“We built out two projects, one for a residential client and one for a commercial client in San Francisco,” Smith said. “(We were only) able to go there and get a quick measure, come back, build everything, go back into San Francisco for three days and construct it. (That was) all with very little information and lack of sleep. (You) try to look your best, perform your best and have a project that still wows your viewer.”
She also had to put her business on hold for nearly a year.
“When you have those cameras in the front of your face, there is a portion of your life that does shut down while that is going on because it is all encompassing,” Smith said.
“Red Hot Design” is currently airing in Canada and may run in other countries.
There is a possibility of a marathon run in the states, according to Butscher, but nothing has been scheduled. The “jury is out” about a second season, he added.