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products profile thom filicia By Alissa Ponchione Photography courtesy of MDC and Thom Filicia 1 2 REALITY CHECK 1. The calm of a remote lake is evoked in the Tussah pattern, part of Filicia's partnership with MDC. If Thom Filicia looks familiar to you, that's because he probably is. You either know him from his stint on popular TV show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (which ran from 2003 to 2007), his books Thom Filicia Style and American Beauty: Renovating & Decorating a Beloved Retreat, his Style Network shows Dress My Nest and Tacky House, his design practice, or his product lines. The man is quite literally everywhere. He's also had his share of famous clients (Tina Fey and Jennifer Lopez, to name just two), but Filicia is grounded by his love of design, something that came to him at an early age growing up in Syracuse, New York. His first sketch, a house he drew on his grade school desk, landed him in the principal's office but not before his teacher took a photo of him with his drawing for posterity. "Whenever [design] was around me, I absorbed it, followed it, and ended up in the middle of it," he says. "I was driven visually by what was around me." He graduated from Syracuse University in 1993 with a degree in interior design, working his way up at well-known firms including Parish-Hadley, Robert H. Metzger Inc., and Bilhuber and Associates. At 29, the New York-based designer ventured out on his own. "I was definitely young," he admits, but the "crash course in business" made him appreciate the many facets that go into running a successful practice. A few years later, Filicia became a household name with Queer Eye-a "great but terrifying" experience and one that opened many doors. "I was really able to capitalize on relationships because of that," he says. Though he's stayed on TV in various forms, it's his design firm and clients that keep him busy and inspired. With a team of 20, the prolific Filicia has taken his ethos of "designing the concept of lifestyle and how people live" across multiple realms. His project list includes the Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos; 33 luxury residences for the Rosewood Mayakoba in Rivieria Maya, Mexico; a residential project in Miami; and houses in Beverly Hills, Boulder, the Hamptons, Manhattan, Connecticut, and upstate New York-an "interesting mix," he says of his wideranging portfolio. Along with lines for Eastern Accents, A TV personality makes design accessible 2. The Alden bedding collection for Eastern Accents channels the coast with refreshing hues of white and indigo. Vanguard Furniture, and Kravet, Filicia recently designed his first wallcovering collection with MDC (which will debut at HD Expo this month). It embodies "highperformance luxury," he says, with an elegant feel that is punctuated with texture and shimmer for a chic yet accessible product. "We take things that feel stylish and sophisticated and make them approachable," he adds. "You're not tired of living with it every day." hd t hom f i li May 2016 193

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - May 2016

Hospitality Design - May 2016
Online TOC
From the Editor
People: HD Summit
People: CitySCENE Atlanta
Business Sense: Mergers
Sustainable Studio: Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Inspiration: Zaha Hadid Superyachts
Trends: Airport Lounges
Trends: Extended Stays
Places: Austin
Places: London
Interview: Brad Wilson
Interview: Chip Conley
Interview: Alan Faena
Interview: Neil Jacobs
Interview: Pacifica Hotels
5 Questions for Dan Flannery
Profile: Thom Filicia
Trends Custom Art
ICFF Preview
HD Expo Preview
From the Show Director
Conference Highlights
Show Highlights
Places: Las Vegas
Special Feature: Los Angeles
The Camby Hotel + Axiom Hotel
Seamarq Hotel
The Charmant Hotel
Soho Farmhouse
Generator Amsterdam
Ovolo Woolloomooloo
Rivertown Lodge
Casa Bonay
Belmond Eagle Island Lodge
Les Bains
Talde Miami Beach
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - May 2016