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March 2015



“At the end of the day, great design is really an emotion,” says
Thom Filicia. “When you walk into a space and you think, ‘This is fabulous,’ that’s an emotion—and there’s a multitude of ways to make that happen. And it’s all through thoughtfulness.” The celebrated interior designer—who is the founder, principal, and creative force of Thom Filicia, Inc., and the Thom Filicia Home Collection—launched his career at the venerable firms of Parish-Hadley, Inc., Robert Metzger Interiors, and Bilhuber & Associates. In 2003, Thom gained national attention as the interior design expert on Bravo’s Emmy Award–winning reality show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, where he used his sensitive eye for detail (and genuine kindness) to encourage “design challenged” men to live more organized, beautiful lives. Recently, the team from Best & Company had an opportunity to sit down and talk with Thom at Sedgwick & Brattle—the designer’s to-the-trade showroom at 200 Lex—and spend a few fascinating minutes in his very good company.



An inviting, comfortable, and thoughtfully detailed balance of “clean and modern” and “clean and classic.”

Inspired by:

People. Family. Friends. Fun. “I’ve always been interested in people, having people around, and entertaining and making people feel comfortable. Part of that is creating these wonderful backdrops that are interesting and fun and that people gravitate toward. That to me is what design is about. It’s not just about creating pretty spaces. It’s about creating environments that people want to be in, and that they’re having fun in. . . . The same attributes you would look for in a best friend, you should look for in a beautiful interior.”

Mood Board:

A subtle mix of textures and materials: Leather, velvets, and cottons. Painted finishes, natural wood. Patterns and plain solids.

"Customization is nothing more than thoughtfulness. And sometimes thoughtfulness is about editing—it’s not always about adding."

Every home needs...

“an interesting collection of books—about where you’ve been, what you love, where you’re going.”


On Pattern:

“Pattern becomes the voice and personality of the place—and the beautiful plains are the more quiet, thoughtful ones.  They very much rely on each other to create the energy that makes something feel alive.”


The BEST part of working in New York:

“There are so many collisions of ideas. And what’s wonderful about New York is that you can take the best of what you love about all these different things that are happening and really create your own combination.”

In Good Company © 2015 Best & Company.  All rights reserved. | Best & Co.  thanks Thom Filicia, Thom Filicia, Inc. | | American Beauty: Renovating and Decorating a Beloved Retreat, by Thom Filicia, forward by Tina Fey, published by Potter Style. | Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5’s Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better, contributing authors Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez, published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House.

Please join Best & Company's Chip Brian at the 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show/ The New York Times Design Series


Clockwise from top left: Moderator
Elaine Louie, Chip Brian, Sabrina Fierman, Gary Mindlin, Gideon Mendelson


Friday, March 20
12 Noon to 1 PM



Pier 94 at 55th Street and 12th Avenue
New York City

Best & Company founder Chip Brian takes us behind the scenes of the luxury home renovation and maintenance process as part of this engaging panel of professionals representing a wide range of exclusive home services available to homeowners who demand the very best.

Moderated by New York Times contributing writer Elaine Louie, this expert panel will also feature presentations by:


  • Sabrina Fierman, owner of the crème de la crème home cleaning service New York’s Little Elves

  • Gary Mindlin, head of Top Hat Home Services, a residential property management company

  • and Gideon Mendelson, the noted New York interior designer

Best & Company is one of New York’s leading general contracting and construction management firms, working with many of the city’s premiere designers and architects to build and renovate beautiful residences of the highest quality.


For tickets and complete show details, please visit today.

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