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Monday, October 19, 2009

Why is Thom Filicia's TV work so bad?

Thom Filicia of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" fame has collaborated with House Beautiful to create a showcase apartment. Whenever I see his work outside of any television production, I'm always blown away but left wondering about his Sybil-like decorating disconnect. How is it that the designer who can deliver this...

and this...
and this...
and this...
...gives us this on television?
*scratching head*

[House Beautiful]

20 comments:

karly / design-crisis.com said...

It's just watered down for middle america. I would die if anyone thought the crap i made on our TV show was reflective of my personal taste.

...well, except for my hamster purse. Who doesn't want a purse that looks like a giant hamster is circling the ring of the handle. Tell me. Who?

Ok, no wonder we were never invited back for additional seasons.

sherri said...

Raina, I've wondered that about him too. And now after Karly's comment I'm also wondering why I don't have a hamster purse.

Alexis said...

Good question!

Design Junkie said...

one word: budget. each piece of art in the first photos probably cost more than the entire tv bedroom.

susieq said...

The other constraint is time. A friend of mind is a food/decor stylist for several shows, including Alton Brown’s Good Eats. They produce those shows in just a few days. The producers have a theme in mind on a Monday; they race madly to source everything by Wednesday. Then they shoot Thursday and Friday with the host.

I really like Thom Felicia's Dress My Nest show on Style. But not so much for the design results! Instead, I like it for his personality and sense of humor. It's like palling around with your best gay buddy.

pillow mint said...

i love that dining room he did for the showcase apartment. i also love that blue/white/yellow painting. love.

Debi said...

the horse mural looks very strange (yes the whole thing looks strange).

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Still....its a hellava lot better than the craptacular shite we down here get presented as 'good design.' eg: flip flops as wall art - i kid you not.

nkp said...

Budget, time, and clientele...on t.v. I'm sure all three are out of his control and obviously, make such a difference.

Designers' Brew said...

I have a far more specific question: why the hell are there eleven pillows lumped together like barnacles on that god damn bed?

Raina Cox said...

Pill-arncles!

Don't forget the three (!!!) on the Ghost chair.

Raina Cox said...

Design Junkie - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

House of Slappy said...

Ahhhh, if I lived in all of those top pictures, I'd be home now.

Bottom picture - gotta play it safe for the masses.

Robin said...

Kelly the Fab Assistant-No-More worked as a runner/PA/minion on Queer Eye (and has many tales to tell). Basically every week they had to scout out locations to shoot at (which meant the clothes & decor were dictated by who allowed them to shoot today vs who had the stuff that best reflected the transformation of the client), they had a budget of less than nothing and only 3 days to turn the whole thing around. And also they had to appeal to the masses, most of whom, if you think about it, just wanted to see a pig and his lair turned into a silk purse and to laugh at the shenanigans that ensued while it happened.

Raina Cox said...

OOOOH! Behind the scenes first-hand knowledge.

Thanks ever so much, Robin!

erin@designcrisis said...

Pill-arnacles. Ha!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Oh my gosh... hilarious! I agree with everyone Raina... that last room of Thom's is horrible. I guess budget, time and source availability are good excuses. But one has to wonder why he would lend his name to something that he doesn't have total creative control over. Oh... that's right... it's a TV show starring him! All kidding aside, I like watching Thom. Watched Queer Eye for one or two seasons... then it got boring (same stuff, different day). Love your blog!

Raina Cox said...

Hi ya Rebecca and welcome to this deliciousness!

Dandy said...

Time, budget--and assistants! So much of the work of big name designers is actually designed by the lowly design school grad who just got the job. I know! I was one! There's nothing wrong with it, just that design is more of a group effort than the public realizes.

Raina Cox said...

Dandy - Thanks for giving us the scoop and welcome to this deliciousness!