Blogging Top Design: Episode 9

Blogging Top Design: Episode 9

Aaron Able
Apr 5, 2007

The final two! With more time and more intricate challenges, the remaining talented designers are making things interesting. This week on Top Design, the remaining three were asked to choose a cover from a previous issue of Elle Decor. Then they found out the cover room was the inspiration for their own room on a budget of $7500...

We think Andrea is extremely talented — her winning chef's room design was one of the best designs from the entire season of Top Design. We suspect she was overthinking everything these past few challenges. Her design is easily recognizable as a result of inspiration from her cover (without looking like a copy), but it just fell flat.

Carisa is wearing everyone thin. Her carpenter, Carl, is on my sympathy list. She is credited as having a recognizable style of her own but Carisa's furniture choices are so predictable! The Arco lamp, the Eileen Gray Table, the Jacobsen Egg chair, Bertoia chair...we love all of these things but all together is nothing new or special. Looking at her room, is it a wonder that Jonathan Adler is on her side?

Matt wins the challenge! This is the second challenge that Matt has won and he wins the important ones — he has two editorials coming up from Hachette Filipacchi publications. After seeing the three final rooms, Matt's was the clear winner as his looked expensive for a tight budget. Even though it was a bit unifinished, his floor and furniture placement sealed the deal.

In the end it will be MUCH more interesting to see Matt's style up against Carisa's. (Andrea was good, just too boring.)

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