Thom Filicia: Inspiration in Design May 17, 2010 Let me start by saying that Thom Filicia’s presentation was probably one of the best I’ve seen lately. He is just as great as you would imagine, and he was refreshingly insightful, open, and down-to-earth. The presentation took place in a small auditorium with a maximum capacity of, probably no more than 75 at most, which made for a wonderfully intimate environment. I even arrived early enough to have center second row seats (the front was reserved). Thom’s presentation was entitled, “What Inspires You, Inspires Me“, and I felt like I was reading a sacred text when he shared the components of his 5 step design formula: 1. Understand Your Client Learn what makes them tick–how/where do they eat, sleep, entertain? What do they do in their spare time? How do they define their lifestyle? 2. Understand Your Architecture Identify the architecture and examine how it relates to the client and why they chose that particular property. 3. Understand Geographic Location Coastal? Country? Urban? Suburban? How does the location speak to the persona/lifestyle of the client? 4. Identify Historical References Identify historical features in the space and determine if they can they contribute and add to the design plan. 5. Assign Moods Assign 3 to 5 moods to room as means of further identifying the client and the design they hope to achieve. Try to layer these moods into each space . Words like eccentric, sexy, vibrant, edgy, & refined help to create identity & definition (Thom says the more moods, the better!). (**sorry for the weird spacing here**) Thom presented 4 case studies (previous projects) and talked in detail about the way he approached each design plan. The in-depth discussion was almost like interning with him on a project–priceless! It was good to see a successful designer using (and improving) on many of the same principles I’m now learning in design school. For me it reinforced my belief that knowing the principles is important, but by no means all it takes to be a successful designer. Learn it, expand upon it, and make it your own. Thom talked a lot about his background and how he got to where he is today, including how he got discovered (stuck in an elevator with a talent scout and claustrophobe!) and the inspiration behind his furniture line. He shared that he’s working on a new book due out next year (yes!!!) and talked about organically following & nurturing your career as a designer. He was full of wisdom, and I’m glad I was able to hear him in an educational environment, because it met me right where I am in my career. And if you can spare a few more minutes, I found this great video on YouTube which, though old, really sums up the spirit of his energy. Enjoy! Share this: Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related 15 Comments on Thom Filicia: Inspiration in Design Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle May 17, 2010 at 8:09 am (9 years ago) Thanks for sharing Dayka. This must have been a lot of fun. One question, when he spoke about moods, does he ask the client to choose those moods or does he choose them based on what he thinks the room needs? Reply Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage May 17, 2010 at 8:17 am (9 years ago) I love the art in the second pic, but then I always love the art. Being that I advocate original art. Thanks for the inspiration, I’m working on my living room. I’m still slightly dreading it, and need all the inspiring I can get 🙂 Reply AB HOME Interiors May 17, 2010 at 8:40 am (9 years ago) Truly inspirational! I really respect him as a designer and loved meeting him at Highpoint. He is incredibly fun spirited and down to earth. What a great opportunity for you! Reply niki.mac May 17, 2010 at 9:02 am (9 years ago) Thank you so much for sharing his words of wisdom Dayka! I really wish I could have seen him in person but you summed it up very well. Happy Monday! 😉 Reply charmaine May 17, 2010 at 9:14 am (9 years ago) I love Thom Filicia. He really seems so down- to -earth. He has a great knack of defining and expressing the client’s style. Reply autumn May 17, 2010 at 11:06 am (9 years ago) yay! thanks for sharing dayka! i almost felt like i was sitting there on the second row with you listening to thom.very inspiring stuff.🙂 Reply Dayka (Life +Style) May 17, 2010 at 11:36 am (9 years ago) karen–from my understanding, he assigns the moods based on what the client describes/is looking for. glad you all enjoyed the wrap up! Reply Tammy@InStitches May 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago) Thanks Dayka, that was a great post ! Reply Mrs. Chic May 17, 2010 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago) Thanks for sharing this, i’ve love him for years! I like how he broke it down about desining Reply love jenny xoxo May 17, 2010 at 3:13 pm (9 years ago) Gorgeous rooms!!! I love your blog – I’m your newest follower!! XOXO Reply Adrienne S. May 17, 2010 at 10:26 pm (9 years ago) Excellent post, Dayka. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I love getting into the minds of experienced designers. Reply alison (semi-fab lane) May 18, 2010 at 10:25 am (9 years ago) Thom rocks! thanks for sharing his tips. Reply Averill May 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm (9 years ago) Thanks for the full recap, Dayka — seriously, I really appreciate it! I would have LOVED to have been in that crowd. Sounds like Thom’s presentation was incredibly useful and inspiring. Exactly the kind of thing I need to hear right now as I contemplate my own jump into designing/decorating. Reply L. Duncan May 19, 2010 at 9:07 am (9 years ago) Thanks for sharing this! I’m nso glad you were able to see/hear him speak! I guess that would be the equivalance to me hearing Janell speak?! Oh, and I love those pointers! Reply Hello Lover... May 19, 2010 at 11:13 am (9 years ago) Love love love his work! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment *Name* Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.