Thom Filicia ’93 is the host and driving force behind the highly acclaimed Style Network’s Tacky House and Dress My Nest, and appears in a variety of shows on the HGTV network. Before he came into the public eye with his first television role as the design expert on the groundbreaking series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, he was an emerging superstar of interior design with a New York City practice, Thom Filicia Inc. (TFI).
Founded in 1998, TFI clients include celebrities, international luxury hotel chains, and clientele in the fashion, entertainment, media, real estate, and finance industries. His design portfolio includes interiors for Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, multiple W Hotels, dressing rooms at The View, windows at Christie’s, and an eco-friendly apartment for Riverhouse, Manhattan’s first premium (LEED certified) “green” luxury condo, which received a merit award by Interior Design Magazine for “Best Eco-Residential Design Interior.” His retail home collection “Thom Filicia Home” is available in the United States and internationally and includes furniture, fabrics, rugs, broadloom, wall art, lighting, and more.
Among his many honors include an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Art Direction for Queer Eye, recognition by Barbara Walters in her “The Top 10 Most Fascinating People” show, and being named among OUT 100’s “Most Influential People.” Listed as one of House Beautiful’s “Top 100 Designers,” and among Elle Decor’s “Top 25 A-List Designers,” he is a recipient of House & Garden’s coveted “International Tastemaker” designation. He completed a series of home makeovers for the Oprah Winfrey Show and has appeared on numerous TV programs. In addition, his projects and expertise have been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Country Living, Us Weekly, People, Entertainment Weekly, O At Home, Domino, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, The New York Times, USA Today, InStyle, and Teen Vogue.
Filicia published his first design book, Thom Filicia Style (Atria/ Simon & Schuster) in 2008, and his second book will be published by Clarkson Potter in 2012.
An environmentally conscious designer for the past 10 years, Filicia earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the College of Visual and Performing Arts and has worked at the most venerable firms in New York City, including Parish-Hadley, Robert Metzger, and Jeffrey Bilhuber. He was a contributing author to The New York Times’ best-selling book, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better, has appeared in national advertising campaigns, and partnered with some of the world’s best-known brands, including American Express, Audi, Amana, Anderson Windows, Bosch, Electrolux, Lumber Liquidators, Proctor & Gamble, Viking, and Xerox.