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20 questions with Tommy Smythe

Designer and TV personality Tommy Smythe joins in on our 20 Questions series, sharing how Michael Jackson's Thriller jacket inspired a kitchen makeover.

We've all seen Tommy Smythe rock as Sarah Richardson's main sidekick on Design inc. and Sarah's House, so we wanted to get to know the fabulous -- and funny! -- designer a bit better. Tommy joins us to answer 20 questions about his design inspirations, favourite movie interior and why we should avoid buying knock-offs.

1 If you could shadow any designer for a day, who would it be?

Tommy Smythe I get to shadow my favorite designer every day (Sarah), but besides her I would say Rose Tarlow -- I'm in awe of her! Also, Thomas O’Brien because we’re friends and he is just so talented and fun to hang out with.

2 Where do you look for an obscure source of inspiration?
TS It looks for me! I find inspiration everywhere -- I really do. Recently during the relentless Michael Jackson retrospective, I became inspired by the jacket he wore in the Thriller video. I'm doing a red and black kitchen based loosely on that.

3 Favourite restaurant?
TS I have one in every city I’ve ever been to! I tend to lump them into two categories; ‘old school’ and ‘new and exciting’. The dining room at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC designed by Mark Hampton is an all-time favourite. In Toronto, I love Scaramouche and Splendido – they never disappoint. Deluxe on Toronto's Ossington Ave. is a new-ish favourite too -- just don’t try to order bottled water there, because you'll get a major lecture!

4 What’s your favourite room to decorate?

TS I love to design hall spaces. Passageways are often neglected, yet we spend a great deal of time in them. These areas offer interesting opportunities for art and lighting and are great places to experiment with architectural embellishment. 

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The ultra luxe dining room at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC, one of Tommy's favourite places to eat.

 

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