Guest Judge

Guest Judge Joe Stewart addresses the all-important question.

Feb 21, 2007

Editor's Note: Joe Stewart is more than the guest judge on tonight's episode of "Top Design." He is the set designer responsible for the shiny black floor and tufted walls in The White Room. Bravo was happy that Joe took time away from his busy schedule (he called us from the tents at the Independent Spirit Awards where he was setting up) to talk about not only judging, but designing the set where the winners and losers are announced.

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The job designing the set came from my relationship with Scott Stone, one of the producers of Top Design. We've known each other for a very long time. In fact, we made Jane Fonda videos together. The truth is everybody in town did them. There were 17, I think. And I did the last four.

Scott and I also worked on a game show called, "Shop Till You Drop." So he called me up and we hadn't worked in a long time and I thought: how fabulous. My plan for the white room was ...I think it's always good in television if you have some sort of signature thing that's easy. It can be anything as long as it's easy and you can say it in one sentence like "the white room."

Once I had that idea, then I started playing around and added the tufting, the shiny floors, etc. I use those floors all the time because they add depth. We use them on award shows because they hide things. Music shows they're great for, too.