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Profile Michael Payne Interior Designer / Furniture Designer / TV Host

High Point, North Carolina – (October 16, 2006) - Michael Payne, host and interior designer of HGTV’s Designing For The Sexes, obtained a bachelors degree in physics and mathematics from Southampton University in England. After ten years in the computer industry, during which he was transferred from England to the United States, he pursued a career in interior design and graduated from the UCLA interior design program in 1980.

While attending UCLA Michael gained design experience working with a Los Angeles-based design firm that specialized in high-end, international clients. He founded Michael Payne, Inc. in 1980, offering interior design services to clients on a national and international basis. Michael teaches an interior design seminar at UCLA. He has a furniture design/manufacturing partnership with the Powell Company and the initial Michael Payne Collection by Powell was introduced in April 2005 (the furniture is available in furniture stores nationwide). Michael works with corporations, such as Benjamin Moore, Merrill Lynch, and Wickes Furniture, in promoting their products.

Michael is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is a Certified Interior Designer in the State of California.

In addition to Designing For The Sexes, Michael has been on numerous network television programs and on radio stations throughout the country, and has been the featured speaker at various national home shows, design events, museums, conferences, corporate events, and charity functions. He has also been the subject of newspaper and magazine articles across the United States and has authored Let's Ask Michael, published in the spring of 2003.

Michael and his wife live in Los Angeles. An avid runner, Michael has completed six marathons and numerous 10K races. His interests include gardening, automobiles, and antique toys.

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