Top Design, Episode 2: "Archie Bunker"

Top Design, Episode 2: "Archie Bunker"



So, I'm not sure if anyone else had this issue with Top Design this week, but on my cable package, The Rachel Zoe Project was actual rerunning in the normal Top Design slot, and TD wasn't on until midnight. I love me some fashion, but you all know I love my design shows a lot more.

In this latest episode, the designers were responsible for working in a 12-by-14-foot space with a partner. To find out about their challenge, the designers watched a vintage beta tape brought in by Todd Oldham, with a cartoon explaining the importance of a bomb shelter.

Yes, the designers are building a bomb shelter; I'm not sure if this was supposed to have resonance with the show's air date's close proximity to 9-11, but either way, it was an interesting concept. Given a budget of $6,000 per team, the teams planned for 30 minutes in their bomb shelters, which were gray, concrete, and definitely depressing canvasses for the designers to work with. Many of the designers leaned toward bright, airy, and nature-based colors and designs

Oh my. And some designers revealed their absolute lack of knowledge on issues outside the interior design world. Natalie hypothesized that if the world ended, it would be because, "Like, the Chinese have built the transformers to bomb us back, because they were pissed about the Hiroshima bomb." I hate to be a stickler for details, but Hiroshima was a town in Japan, not China, and transformers deal with voltage, not with bomb making. Maybe she meant these transformers? They do seem dangerous.

To find out who I loved, who won, and who was kicked off, read more.

Not that I'm disappointed in all of the contestants, by any means. I'm actually sort of in love with opera-singing Wisit, who utters such adorable phrases as, "All of my dreams are coming true with this bunker." So cute! I also have a soft spot for Kerry, who described the personal effect of the heat output of 50 candles in a small space as there's "going to be a fat boy on a rotisserie." Jennifer and Robert, who were teamed up for this challenge, and who seemed to have issues with working as team players in the first challenge showed that this was perhaps their modus operandi. Their dysfunction was reflected in feedback from Todd, who was concerned about their bunker becoming "a sad dorm room."

Eddie and Andrea won for their sophisticated, nature-based design, and Wisit and Nathan were a close second. Jennifer was sent home, and in a surprise move (though equally well-deserved), Robert was also thrown off the show.

Who do you think deserved to go? Did you agree with the judges' decisions? And did anyone else notice that the Pop Design challenge seemed to be missing in this episode?

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Photos courtesy of Bravo

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