Continuing with our now standard tradition of bringing you interviews from people we’ve found across the web, those who maybe we haven’t heard from in awhile or the general media has lost touch with, Genevieve Gorder, who is one of the design talents behind many of the early, and not so early, continuing HGTV design shows. For those of you who may or may not remember she’s the super nice bubbly one who padded around the set barefoot, kind of hard to forget no? Well, it’s been some time really since she’s been on Design Star (over) and Dear Genevieve, she had a small resurgence with her home in New York City and here we’ve pulled some very choice takeaways from an older interview with her, we hope that you enjoy.
“I taught at art school in New York for quite a while too, so it was a nice way to kind of warm up the educator muscles again.”
Where did you teach?
“I taught at my alma mater, the School of Visual Arts. It’s a great school. I feel like I’m educating on all of the TV programs that I’m on, in some way or another. Design Star is just so much more dramatic and I think it’s solely about the process, the execution, and the concepts. I get such joy out of talking about it.”
How do you think you’re different, and how do you think he’s different?
“Vern comes from an architectural background and before that, he was pre-med. You definitely can see how his mind works throughout his planning and his process. I come from it more from a design and fine art background…without his 70 pages of plans. It’s more of a sculpture for me and I like to have the flexibility of altering things throughout the process.”
Would you have tried out for Design Star fifteen years ago?
How old was I… nineteen? Probably not, because I wasn’t really interested so much in interiors, honestly. The world of interior design felt a little conservative and stagnant to me at that age. I was kind of focused more towards advertising and packaging–that end of design–but I grew up designing homes with my family.
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