|Born||Thomas L. Filicia
May 17, 1969
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||TV host, interior designer|
Thom Filicia (born May 17, 1969) is an American interior designer, most famous for his role as an interior design expert on the American television program Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He is also a co-author of a book based on the show.
Filicia is founder and chief creative officer of New York City-based design firm, Thom Filicia, Inc. Since launching the acclaimed enterprise in 1998, Filicia's New-American Style has earned him widespread acclaim and notable clients in the worlds of entertainment, finance, sports, media, fashion and hospitality. Filicia is universally known for his ability to create stunning modern, yet classic interiors that retain an inviting aesthetic which reflects the individuality of his clients.
Filicia’s unmistakable design sensibility has earned him countless accolades from the design world including being named by House Beautiful as one of their “Top 100 Designers,” House & Garden dubbed him an “International Taste Maker” and Elle Décor regaled him as an “A-List Designer.” Additionally, Filicia has been featured in The New York Times, People, In Style, Vogue Home, O, USA Today and many other national and international publications.
Filicia's recognition expanded beyond the design world when he was cast as the interior design expert in the ratings juggernaut and Emmy-Award winning hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Filicia was assigned the program's most demanding segment—transforming the home of a design-challenged man. Filicia’s camera-friendly personality and design acumen garnered him a huge following and led to numerous TV appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, The Today Show, Ellen, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and many more. Filicia has also hosted several successful shows for the Style Network, including Dress My Nest and Tacky House and is presently featured talent on the HGTV Network.
Filicia’s diverse design portfolio also includes various first-class hotels and special projects such as the VIP Suite for the USA Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Aichi, Japan, an eco-friendly apartment for Riverhouse, Manhattan’s first premium (LEED certified) “green” luxury condominium tower, which received a merit award by Interior Design magazine for “Best Eco-Residential Design Interior” and designing the holiday decoration installation with American Christmas for the world’s most famous music venue; Radio City Music Hall.
The celebrated designer is also the author of Thom Filicia Style published in 2008 by Atria/Simon & Schuster, and is a contributing author of the best-seller Queer Eye For The Straight Guy: The Fab 5 Guide To Living Better. He’s currently completing his next book for Clarkson Potter Publishers, scheduled for release in November 2012. Furthermore, Filicia is the creative mind and driving force behind the Thom Filicia Home Collection, which includes furniture, rugs, textiles, art and broadloom for the retail market. The success of his franchise has led to partnerships and projects with some of the world's leading brands including American Express, Audi, Bosch, Barilla, Kravet, Soicher Marin, Safavieh, Classical Elements, Shaw, Vanguard, Procter & Gamble, Xerox, Kohler, Water Works and Viking.
Filicia graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and started his career at the renowned design firms, Parish-Hadley, Inc., Robert Metzger Interiors and Bilhuber & Associates. Filicia currently resides in Manhattan and Skaneateles, NY.
- Queer Eye won an Emmy in 2004 for Outstanding Reality Program, and received a nomination again in the same category in 2005.
- In 2011 he was named as one of Elle Decor's top 25 A-List Designers, in 2006 he was chosen as one of House Beautiful's Top 100 American Designers and House & Garden's Top 50 "Tastemakers."
- "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: Bravo Fab Five Say Goodbye", TVSeriesFinale.com, 18 January 2012, retrieved 8 March 2012