Designer Friday: Thom Filicia

You may have seen Thom Filicia on one of his numerous TV appearances, including Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and his latest Bravo TV special with his former castmate Carson Kressley, called Get a Room with Carson and Thom. But most in the design world know him as a designer of impeccable taste and accolade. In this week’s #DesignerFriday, we introduce you to Thom, an “A-List Designer,” an “International Tastemaker,” and a bundle of fun.

This thematic restaurant decor brings together sunny, warm lighting and cool, aquatic tones for a breezy brunch vibe. Photo by Nick Johnson.

Andrew Joseph: What modern design trend makes you cringe?
Thom Filicia: Textured feature walls.

Andrew: What’s your favorite time of day?
Thom: Twilight.

Andrew: What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had?
Thom: Not getting in trouble for burning my house down as a kid.

Andrew: Vintage or new?
Thom: Vintage.

Andrew: Who do you want to write your obituary?
Thom: Someone who’s not born yet…banking on more time!

Andrew: Who is your style (or design) icon?
Thom: My mom.

Andrew: What’s one ingredient you put in everything?
Thom: Mustard.

Andrew: What’s your current TV obsession?
Thom: Schitt’s Creek.


Thom Filicia perfectly balances this interior with color, form, and light – a testament to his delicate eye. Photo by Kim Sargent.

Andrew: Do you have a secret talent?
Thom: I can make this really loud sound with my mouth that sounds like the top just popped off of the earth.

Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Thom: Timely, timeless, and authentic.

Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing you own?
Thom: Vintage D-ring belt made out of a guitar strap.

Andrew: What is a must-have clothing item that everyone should have?
Thom: A cool bracelet that costs under $200.

Andrew: What’s the best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Thom: Be comfortable in your skin and be yourself.

Andrew: Is there a book that you think everyone should read?
Thom: Come Over To My House by Dr. Seuss.

Andrew: What would you like to be remembered for?
Thom: For having the most fun!

Andrew: What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
Thom: Life.

Andrew: Do you have a favorite scent?
Thom: Gasoline on a boat.

Andrew: What’s one thing that is always in your refrigerator?
Thom: A bottle of champagne in case of an emergency.

Andrew: Before leaving the house, you always…
Thom: I do the check..wallet, phone, keys!


About The Designer | Interior designer Thom Filicia is founder and principal of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the acclaimed enterprise in 1998, Thom Filicia Inc. has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients, including Tina Fey, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Delta Air Lines, Grace Bay Club, Jennifer Lopez, W Hotels, and others in the worlds of finance, sports, media, fashion, and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic that reflect the individuality of his clients.

Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, and many other national and international publications.

Filicia’s recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the rating juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was assigned the program’s most demanding segment – transforming the home of a design-challenged man. Filicia’s camera-friendly personality and design acumen garnered him a huge following and led to numerous TV appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, Ellen, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and many more. Filicia has also hosted several successful shows for the Style Network, including Dress My Nest and Tacky House and has been featured talent on the HGTV Network. Filicia’s newest television endeavor is a design show with former cast-mate Carson Kressley, called Get A Room with Carson & Thom, which aired on Bravo Networks. For more information visit his website: www.thomfilicia.com Photo by Amy Lamb.


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