Sunday, August 31, 2008

BTD Love for our friends in Louisiana and Texas

We wanted to offer our thoughts and prayers to all our readers and friends in Louisiana and Texas as you face down another big storm.

In particular, we're thinking about Season 2 designers Preston Lee, Robert Reid and Shazia Kirmani who are all Texas folks.

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From the Mailbox

The Houston Chronicle has a Q&A with Robert Reid and Shazia Kirmani as the two Texas designers vie for Top Design.

Tulsa native Teresa Keegan tells The Oklahoman that she didn't expect a call back for Top Design.

The High Schooler offers some tough love with predictions on who will win, who is the first to go home and who annoys.

I have been digging into the contestants portfolios for hints about their design styles. Visit my blog ::Surroundings:: for more. I've got about half the contestants posted, so keep stopping back for more!

And, come back here tomorrow for a few exclusive sneak peeks into Episode One!

Images courtesy of the Houston Chronicle and BravoTV.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"See You Later Decorator" is LATERED!

Jonathan Adler's pissy and universally reviled (ok, reviled by me) "See You Later Decorator" send off from TD Season 1 has been latered, according to a story in the June 28th New Jersey Star Ledger.

All hail the smarter heads (aka Magical Elves!) that prevailed to remove a send off that was neither teutonically terse like Heidi's "Auf Wiedersehen" or gentle like Jaclyn's "You've made your final cut" or even cutting like Donald Trump's "You're Fired"!

So, what will the designers hear when they are sent back to the workroom to pack their scale rules, swatches and paint brushes?

India Hicks intones "We can't live with your design" (in a clipped British accent, of course).

So, then, the question is... will they still be "latered"?

Also, I noticed in the new video that I posted earlier that India is not only the host, she will also sit on the judges panel.

Images courtesy of BravoTV.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's a Top Design Preview!

From the Mailbox

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Eddie Ross talks Top Design with the Stamford Advocate.

Reality tv worlds collided last week when Serge Van Lian and cast members from Project Runway Season 5 were together for the viewing of last weeks Drag Queen Challenge on Runway. Alison from Running With Heels has the scoop.

One week to go!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

From the Mailbox

Teresa Keegan and Nathan Thomas -image courtesy of Bravo.

Nathan Thomas talks about what's hot in interior design with the Denver Post.

India Hicks and Todd Oldham get real over at Reality TV News.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Designer Reunion: Ryan Humphrey

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This week, we welcome Ryan Humphrey back to BTD! Ryan, an artist, came to Top Design with a different resume than most of the season 1 contestants and never strayed to far from his artists perspective on the tasks at hand.

BTD: How is business and what have you been up to since TD1?

RH: Since TD1 (sounds like an STD!) I have designed posters for The Beastie Boys, and Dolly Parton, created over 100 t-shirt designs for Old Navy, been commissioned to do a sculpture for The Progressive Art Collection - Which is a completely customized John Deere Gator, complete with stereo, cb, air horn, custom paint and rims. I have participated the aqua art fair in Miami and the pulse art fair in NYC. I am also preparing for my solo exhibition at DCKT contemporary which opens September 18th, 2008 which is titled 'All Or Nothing.'

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Designer Reunion: Elizabeth Moore

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We welcome Elizabeth Moore back to Blogging Top Design. Elizabeth (along with Goil) won the first challenge on season 1 and proved herself to be an elegant presence on the show. Elizabeth - obviously a woman who thinks visually - has sent us a pictorial update and what's she's been up to and her ideas about a season 2.

BTD: How is business and what have you been up to since TD1?

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From the Mailbox

A well titled, and ultimately disappointing, article at the LA - "Hidden Complexity in 'Design'" - does little to let us in on changes to the upcoming season. The only real insight comes in this sentence: "The Elves plan few changes on "Top Design" beyond the new host, India Hicks, a British-born stylista who happens to be the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten and the godchild of Prince Charles. Cutforth said they've tried to make the design challenges, or assignments, "a bit more practical and less conceptual, less abstract."

Casa Sugar caught onto Preston Lee back in January. Lots of pics!

Robert Reid was one of Architectural Digest's selected designers during their Texas Open Auditions in May. Robert's work has also been profiled in the Houston Chronicle and in Trends.

Eddie Ross has updated his blog with his portfolio images.

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Saturday, August 09, 2008

From the Mailbox

Judge Keller Wearstler goes shopping with The New York Times.

According to the LA Times, there will be a lot of cross over between between TD and Project Runway this season. OK! Magazine has even more details. When will Bravo produce "The Shear Genius of the Dancing Housechefs of Top Runway"?

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Friday, August 08, 2008

From the Mailbox

Ondine Karady is having a big year! Her wedding was profiled in the New York Post.

Shazia Kirmani was making news for her high style budget conscious apartment two years ago in Dallas' D Magazine.

Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves was chatting with Andy Cohen and Tim Gunn online after the 8/6 epi of Project Runway and Andy asked Jane if she enjoyed producing the upcoming Top Design. Her response? "It's a hard show to produce. Definitely hard. Fun. A challenge." Hmm...

Jonathan Adler has a new blog column on Huffington Post.

New host India Hicks' Bermuda house is amazing. Check it out at Domino.

Dragon mailbox image courtesy of Dean's Custom Mailboxes.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Designer Reunion: Goil Amornvivat

Photo courtesy of Bravo

Our season 1 designers are very special to us and we wanted to catch up with what they've been up to. Goil was definitely the designer with the most energy! This Yale educated architect made it to the final four - which is a huge accomplishment!

Goil - thank you so much for taking the time to let us know what you've been up to!

BTD: How is business and what have you been up to since TD1?

GA: Thank you for the question, business is great. TD1 opened all kinds of doors for me. I am having so much fun meeting new people, getting into all sorts of things I never would have thought I would if you were to ask me 2 years ago. It has also been exciting developing my practice (TUG: with my partner, Tom. We have been working together since graduate school, (8 years ago), to be ready for this step and I am lucky to have a great support system. It has been great.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

From the Mailbox

Annie of Relish Small Pleasures has some thoughts on the hotness - both professional and personal - of TD2 designer Preston Lee.

MidcenturyJo of the popular Desire to Inspire blog picked up on Preston Lee back in January.

Habitat for Humanity of Great Los Angeles shares a letter from Andrea Schroder on her experience working on a build site.

Shazia Kirmani offered her decorating 101 tips in Nirali Magazine.

Image from Wood Gate Shop UK.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Elle Decor does Top Design!

Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Decor and Top Design judge is sure doing her part for the team.

They have a great spread featuring all the TD season 2 designers in the August issue!

A big thanks to designer and TD2 contestant Eddie Ross for sharing these images that he's posted on his blog.