I love interior design – actually I love almost every expression of art. I’m not a fan of reality TV, but when HGTV had their design star reality series last year, one of the contestants stood out. Antonio was a movie set designer/builder, originally from New York and scruffy mess in a completely lovable way. Anyway, his fresh, out-of-the-box ideas won him his own TV series. Let me put it this way, my husband hates design shows and actually enjoyed him because he’s an Italian, tatted up man’s man.
I finally watched a couple of episodes of his new show (The Antonio Treatment) tonight. He is so out there without alienating anyone – he is so creative, uses techniques no one else thinks of without the bourgeois attitude of some designers. He’s an artist. He’s got his own style, that while evolving, it truly his own.
In one of the episodes he designed a living room/art studio for a deaf client who is a cartoonist. He brought in one the guy’s favorite artists to do a piece for the room – his insight was so cool.
It’s just nice to see real art on TV and not copycat prettiness that gets really boring.