After the Jump: Thom Filicia!

by Grace Bonney

In the wide range of memories I have related to loving design, plays a huge part. Watching designer make over homes flawlessly episode after episode made interior design seem not only approachable and doable- but fun. I’ve followed his career ever since the show and have really enjoyed watching him bridge the gap between high and low, while never losing his sense of humor and lightness. So it was a complete honor to sit down with him yesterday for After the Jump to talk about design, books, making over homes and what it’s like to design for celebrities like Tina Fey (who wrote the introduction to his new book, ). In addition to television, Thom has designed his own furniture collection and written three books, the latest of which, , just came out this month from Clarkson Potter. American Beauty chronicles the makeover of Thom’s home on the finger lakes in upstate New York. was ever bit as fun and easy to talk to as I’d dreamed and I want to thank him for taking the time to come out to Brooklyn to chat. And thanks to all of you for listening! xo, grace

“One of the things we talk about a lot is the ‘democracy of design.’ I love the fact that design is becoming universal at a certain level, from the Targets to the world to the high end.. There’s this mix of high and low that I think is very appealing to the next buying power. That generation is all about mixing old and new, and high and low.” [6:35]

– Thom Filicia on After the Jump


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  • Grace, I was so excited when I heard you’d be interviewing Thom Filicia. I too have loved him since the “Queer Eye for the Straight Eye” days. He is a fantastic designer and has the best laugh ever – it’s infectious!

  • I’ve loved Thom since Queer Eye… when he would go into the apartment and exclaim “IT’S HAWRIBLE!” And then of course transform it into something personal and unique and great!

  • The fact that two of my favorites (Design Sponge and Queer Eye) merged into this lovely interview just blew my mind:) Thanks for doing this interview. I have loved how Thom was able to show people how with a little creativity their own spaces could be amazing.

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