> Michael's Bio
Michael Payne, the original 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
specializing in high-end, international clients. He founded Michael Payne, Inc. in 1980, offering
interior design services to clients on a national and international basis. In addition to his interior
design business with private clients, he has licensing arrangements with various companies to design
contemporary furniture, bedroom furniture, mirrors, and sculptured wall art. He was a spokesperson for
Exciting Windows and Shaw Carpet and taught an interior design seminar at UCLA. In October 2007 Michael
was nominated for a Pinnacle Award for his Max line of children's furniture.
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
radio stations throughout the country. He has also been the featured speaker at various national home
shows, design events, museums, conferences, corporate events, and charity functions. Many newspaper and
magazine articles have been written about him and he authored Let's Ask Michael in 2003.
Michael and his wife live in Los Angeles. Michael has completed seven marathons and numerous 10K races.
In addition, he is an avid bicyclist and practices yoga. His interests include photography, gardening,