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8.2.07

top design: episode two

alright, the second show is over and it's time to dish. will anyone be giving it a third shot? for me the show just doesn't fit the bravo format and it seems sort of lost in the pattern of host, judges, drama and deadlines. maybe it just hasn't hit its stride but i'm not sure if i can do another episode. i love that goil's architectural style reminds me of an even hipper vern yip and i actually really liked carissa's room, but i just feel like the show is missing the mark. does anyone else feel like it was a bad idea to have them only shop at the pacific design center? where's all the cool hip (young?) furniture? it just feels a little limited and stuffy. oh, and did anyone catch kelly's fingerless gloves? her sleepy "thank yous" reminded me of a mix of paris hilton and padma. anyway, feel free to dish below...

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Anonymous Caroline said...

I just wish I could view it in order to dish the dirt!!!!
I dont think it shows in the UK?

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh, those fingerless gloves...what the hell??? I lost all respect for her after seeing that. Maybe she needs a intervention with Tim Gunn.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

I feel the hosts sound like robots. Everything is sooo scripted and not natural that it gets boring to watch. Obviously some designers weren't meant to be on TV

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Lynn, I can't watch the hosts! And yes.. a bad idea to only shop at specific places takes away from creativity.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree. And the challenges themselves seem pointless, why not just LET them do a child's room and see who actually does do the best design, instead of trying to trip the designers up with a "plot twist" that would never happen in real life. It's like they're trying to create drama and give the judges fodder to make nasty comments, when they forget that viewers are tuning in to see INTERESTING DESIGN. I think I'm done tuning in, as well. Shame...

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelly's outfit wasn't exactly age-appropriate. You could say the same about the dress she wore last week. Margaret just gets more annoying. She's shocked -- shocked! -- that these designs that were done blindly in 5 minutes and executed in 6 hours are so lame. I was also surprised that the judges didn't have to take into consideration the reactions of the "clients" to the finished rooms. When did "confident" become the ultimate design compliment? About the Pacific Design Center, they're probably a sponsor of the show. I thought it was funny that when the contestants were obviously shopping at Target, they had to refer to it as a "department store."

9:33 AM  
Anonymous purplepops said...

What's up with the host and the judges? They were clearly not meant for TV. They sounded as if they were reading off of a script. yikes. I love Goil's style though.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Ape said...

Well said. I agree with everyone. I Tivo'd it but I think I'll take it off the list. It's actually painful to watch. And Kelly - pretty girl but horrible horrible style. Who let her go on TV like that? - much less a design show!

I'm sad - I had high hopes for it. Oh well. I'll hold out for the next season of PR.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Liz I said...

What a wasted opportunity this show is. Sourcing at PDC just turns it into "Top Shopping". "Designing" for three-walled boxes means that the designers don't consider light, flow, windows, doors--all the things that make rooms challenging. They don't have to consider or engage space, so the "rooms" are just boring showroom displays. Where's the innovation? the creativity? the inspiration?

11:49 AM  
Anonymous lisa said...

they so need to get out of PDC...working in cubes is not reality (or reality TV), and working only with PDC items is also not reality... and tod oldham is no tim gunn, that's for sure. yep, robotic, boring, uninspired.

12:27 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I will keep watching it, even though Todd O is so uncomfortable on camera, and not charismatic. Because I love watching designers design, of any ilk, in any arena. Last week I thought John was Mean to Michael. This week I still thoguht John was an ass, but Michael is a decorator, not a designer. As for PDC, I am thinking that they are using it because the costs involved in design are so much higher than in fashion or food. But I do hope they move out of that, because it may be massive, I don't know, but it appears to have a limited amount of cool stuff.

I will keep watching, because I have no life and would watch a train wreck if it involved design.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I needed to decompress after seeing show 2. I consider it a lost opportunity to educate the public about design.

Here's my 2 cents: Todd Oldham is actually the best thing on the show. The panel of 4 robo-judges...casting made a big boo-boo. All of them are actively consulting their (scripted?) notes while critiquing the "decorators". The show does a disservice to design as a profession because the jury doesn't seem to be on the ball.

1:58 PM  
Anonymous laura said...

agree with so many comments above. the show is just so...darn...UPTIGHT! it's SO stuffy, and no one seems to be enjoying themselves.
also this challenge was completely absurd. i understand doing the switcheroo and surprising them that their clients are kids (which was actually a great idea!), but unless you want to end up with really boring rooms (almost everyone's) i REALLY think they should have been able to shop after they met the kids, and maybe have had to plan their ideas previously to meeting and then change on the spot. i don't think i can watch another ep.

2:36 PM  
Blogger Linda Merrill said...

They actually have a "stylist" on the show - so Kelly's wardrobe is being selected for her. I think they are trying to make her the young hip one - but she's not 20 anymore and dressing her as such only makes her seem unappealing.

3:19 PM  
Anonymous pam z. said...

I completly agree. So much great design is found through small designers rather than just focusing on $8000 arm chairs from the Pac Design Center. Part of the fun is seeing them run around town to hip shops anyway. Big bummer. I do like Goil the BEST! Wish that one of the judges had been from Dwell or Ready Made.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hate this show. Ditto everything said above...it feels contrived and stiff. I don't think I'll be watching Episode 3.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what is up with that theme song!? It's an effort for me to just get past that...

10:45 PM  
Blogger Jennifer Perkins said...

Johnathan's tie bothered me more than her gloves. I acutally loved her outfit (eek, don't hate me). I'm not giving up hope on the show yet.

12:17 AM  
Blogger victoria@sfgirlbybay.com said...

and don't forget...

"you can't just decorate a room around a caaaaaat," she scowled. hiss.

it's pretty dull. i was able to blog through the whole show, hardly looking up. so disappointing. i want to like it so much, because i do admire todd, and he's just so darn nice. but i can't keep watching them decorate these blank white boxes with the boring, unhip PDC standards. yuck.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show seems to have a slight bit of evil attached to it. I don't know if it's the bitchy vortex created by so many gay men in one place, or Jonathan Adler's resemblance to Margaret Hamilton. Just something about it gives me the willies. Oh, and that judge who sits next to Adler, the younger woman, she's snobby.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

It's stiff and so disappointing. When is a client going to call an interior designer and say "I need a bedroom, all I can tell you about myself is that I like 60s music. Oh, and I will be over in 3 hours for a presentation."?

Johnathan Adler - love his design, hate him as choice for lead judge.

Did they really pick the pirate room?? So bad.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Top Design feels like Trading Spaces with a bigger budget.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes just shopping at the pacific design center is lame and boring. the show feels claustrophobic. they should be dumpster diving!

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Sara Jane said...

I agree with whoever mentioned the terrible theme song... just because designers and design fans are visual, doesn't mean we don't have ears.

I'm going to keep watching... hopefully as the numbers of designers dwindle, they will be able to put them into more real-life situations. But, if things don't change, I won't be tuning in for Season Two.

11:44 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Sooo right Liz I! We are watching Top Showroom!

So silly...When does Project Runway start?

9:00 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

omg grace, i know we were all hoping that this show would be amazing... and it's just not. and i don't know what's happening 'cause jonathan, toddles and maggy are so awesome. they need to deck the director, rip up the script and just go for it!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i say take 7500 away from the budget and spend it on booze--then maybe we'll see something worth watching. todd oldham sounds like he should be reading children's books at the library, not hosting this show.

12:03 PM  

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