Thursday, August 23, 2007
The Grand Tradition of Southern Hospitality
My favorite thing about Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is the quietly sarcastic home guru, Thom Filicia. While the other Fab Four are busy taking the "straight guy" to Brazillian dance class or to have their eyebrows waxed, Thom is always left behind with the daunting task of redecorating the poor schlub's apartment. Even if the house is piled high with Dungeons and Dragons collectibles, he finds a way to incorporate them into a pleasing, hip design. When the hour is up, everyone sobs with joy over their slick new digs.
Anyway, I was excited to learn that Filicia would be responsible for designing the new W Atlanta in Buckhead, slated to open June 2008. Of course it could always end up being corporate blah, but I am hoping the design will include some of Filicia's signature modern elements--like in the Chelsea loft project pictured above. According to the Starwood Hotel Group, the design plan will combine "urban style with the city’s deep history and culture" and "maintain the grand traditions of Southern hospitality". Yay Atlanta! See you at the rooftop bar!