Designer Ryan Humphrey – a former contestant on Bravo’s Top Design – got what can only be called wildly creative with his apartment redesign project, which features these Hot pink fake fur-lined shelving units. Oh my. Ryan explains: “These are guitar amplifier cabinets that I turned into bookshelves lined with faux fur. Nothing says ‘Hair Metal’ more than high quality pink fur.” I would have them in my house; that is without question. Read all about the redesign project and see pictures of all of the other rooms (hint: very cool) at this link.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of BravoTV’s reality programming. Project Runway, Sheer Genius, Top Chef, Top Design – I love all that crap. So I got a little thrill this afternoon when Geoffrey and I were at the Museum of Modern Art and I spotted Nathan Thomas, winner of Top Design’s second season. I was actually so excited that I forgot I am supposed be a jaded rock critic and I walked right up and asked if he was Nathan from Top Design, and he said yes, he was. I introduced myself and mentioned what a huge fan I am of the show and of his design work in particular. Then we made small talk about the art for about a minute before I excused myself and scampered off to find Geoffrey, because people are probably always recognizing him in public and bugging him and blah blah blah. Anyway, he was REALLY nice!
Nathan and the Room he Designed for the Lighting Challenge
Ira Glass Hosts the Best Show on TV: This American Life
I take lot of heat for being such a shameless, diehard fan of reality TV shows like The Amazing Race, Survivor, American Idol and all those embarrassingly addictive programs on Bravo such as Project Runway, Top Chef and Top Design. Clothes, food, home décor: It’s like there is a reality show specifically geared to feed each of my secret obsessions! Hurray for digital cable!
I guess it follows then that I also love to watch a good documentary and often prefer that genre of film to the garden variety comedy or action/thriller. I recently joined Netlflix and you’ll find my queue is loaded with documentary selections like The Nomi Song — which was just awesome — and this cool movie about the guy who invented the Theramin and ended up getting kidnapped by the KGB. That’s a more convoluted and compelling storyline than any fiction plot you could dream up! So I was particularly thrilled out of my mind to discover that the radio show, This American Life has been translated for television. Continue reading →