sneak peek: goil amornvivat


it’s not everyday we get to show off the home of a reality tv star, but today we’re getting a great sneak peek into the home of goil amornvivat, former contestant on bravo’s top design and an on screen designer for TLC’s trading spaces (in addition to being a professor at parson‘s school for design). goil and his partner, tom, recently moved into this new place, and thought what better way to show it off than here. they see the place as a laboratory where they test and experiment with new ideas, while at the same time serving as a road map to their collective lives. click here for additional, full-sized images of their pad. p.s. keep your eye out for the set design these guys did for a new show whoopi goldberg is putting together for discovery! {thanks goil and tom!}anne

{in the words of tom and goil: The interior of this house is a construct of memories, both personal and cultural, as well as a constant reminder of the future. It is a place we experiment and edit constantly, expressing profound concepts of dwelling through whimsical details. When discussing our motivations to create a studio that designs and builds ‘with meaning’, one of our mentors asked, “how can stone and mortar have meaning?”. Our response shot right to his passion-opera- with, “how can sounds and words have meaning?”. The parts alone have no particular meaning, no investment of thought or emotion. The investment of meaning derives in the composition, and this carries through past the utility of every project we create.}

The images of our current house contain a collection of found and made items that contain meaning in that they provide a road map of memories and aspirations. Miniature mirror encrusted (disco) elephants found on the roadside in Bangkok sit next to a set of walkie talkies plucked from a tag sale in Westport, hints of adolescent adventures complimenting a nearby trophy won in a junior high school wrestling match. All of these are housed in a knoll cabinet set atop street found filing cabinets whose paint chip color coded drawers were filled with buttons when discovered and obtained.

CLICK HERE for the rest of Goil’s sneak peek (including all 8 images on one page) after the jump!


As the house faces northeast, we have used high contrast colors and patterns to elevate the feeling of lightness in all areas. Proudly standing above the Saarinen womb chair, a Philipe Stark FLOS gun lamp mocks a Mooi ‘rabbit’, all the while Kartell Ms. K’s glare from their respective nightstands. Several photographs came from Jen Bekman’s genius 20×200 website while the original works are a mix of pieces obtained from Yale Art Students and our friend Eric Shiner, an expert in contemporary Asian art and curator of the Andy Warhol Museum. Surrounded by lurid orchids atop a coffee table/ storage unit, a miniature terrarium contains a bronze finch within a gold lined ceramic version of a tin pie pan. The bird’s upturned feet delicately carry a century-old photo of well dressed friends, whose unknown identities are overshadowed by their symbolic presence at the core of our home and lives.




Home is a special place for us. Like many New York residents, we are not native, but there is nowhere else we call home. Several experiences forged our relationship with the concept of home and our current neighborhood, Williamsburg Brooklyn where we have resided for nearly ten years in three different spaces. The arrival in Brooklyn was preceded by the loss of our every possession in a Manhattan apartment that had caught fire. Our first place in New York, a dark and unpleasant spot, was in stark contrast to the second, a light filled railroad flat whose pink bath fittings and a turquoise floors were wrapped in neighborhood standard issue olive green aluminum siding. From this perch we witnessed September 11 and the Blackout, a night from which we remember people singing rounds from rooftop to rooftop. Our first collective creative endeavors began there, and continued on to the next place, whose abundant space fostered the development of the diverse ventures with which we are now occupied. It was live work in name only, a work/work space being a more apt description until we moved the office into a separate studio space. Our neighbors thought we were moving out, and the division of work/live from a spatial standpoint led to reassessing spatial needs, and the compacting of ‘live’ into what we now call home.


Left over fabrics from episodes of Trading Spaces produced both a healthy pillow collection and a emergency tutorial in sewing. Discarded chairs from a local high school were married to gold, creating “P.S. Bling” a set of seats complete with untoward inscriptions and a subtle comment on the value of education. Rethinking the chair makes an encore performance with the “sheep chairs”- the double entendre applied to cafe chairs reupholstered in lambs wool referencing the DIY cost savings and the striking resemblance to their livestock cousins.

  1. Duk Design says:

    What a fun and lively space! I can tell the designers are very confident in their style because they take big risks and it definitely payed off… and the Frenchies make it even more irresistible. i have a black and white one myself!

  2. Great color everywhere. Love the filing cabinet.

  3. Annelies says:

    So stylish yet playful. And cute puppies, too!

  4. Bernie says:

    well,……I like the rugs.

  5. laura trevey says:

    I love Orchids…..

  6. The Swan Art says:

    Gorgeous painting in the living room – details please!

  7. Amy says:

    Beautiful home! I want those dogs too!

  8. Olga says:

    Frenchies. Ah yes. I used to have three of them. They are definitely the best design accessory one could ever get! (Unless they are as unruly as ours were and destroy everything they lay their paws on)

  9. Elisabeth says:

    Where is the blue and green living room rug from? I am absolutely in love with it!

  10. Joseph says:

    I’ve always admired Goil’s design aesthetic, and have also always wondered how he would design his own house. Such an awesome sneak peek… but design geek aside, Goil and Tom are most definitely cute together!

  11. Marie says:

    I love this place. So much color and energy!

  12. SM says:

    Love the colors! Where is the bedroom rug from?? I’m looking for something exactly like that.

  13. Amanda says:

    I love the blug and turquoise circle rug! Beautiful colors and awesome pattern on the wall behind the bed! Love it!

  14. Ashley says:

    Wow, beautiful and inspiring! I love the color and how obvious it is that the space is so personal to its owners.

  15. Sammy says:

    Can someone tell us more about their art collection?

  16. Kim says:

    I have always wondered what Goil’s personal space would look like. And knowing that he is a fellow frenchie-lover just makes me appreciate him all the more.

  17. tara says:

    Link to Flickr page is private. Please fix.

  18. Eva says:

    love the boldness of this place :-) it feels really relaxed though. Great painting with the sepia.

  19. Lara says:

    Those Frenchies are adorable! It seems like they have my dog’s “love by osmosis” strategy -That if you are paying attention to object A, and *I* am on top of object A, then you are paying attention to me!

  20. CapreeK says:

    SM – the rug in their bedroom is the “Park” rug from GAN RUGS / Gandia Blasco, a textile design group based in Spain. They have showrooms throughout the world, including one in New York. They have a huge collection of some of the most amazing rugs I’ve ever seen. Check out their website for loads of eye candy! [] Hope that helps! :) On a similar note, does anyone know where the blue and green rug is from? I love it!

  21. Karen says:

    I love the bold use of texture and color in the space. Love the pillows….the frenchies are so cute too!

  22. christiana says:

    Such a cool space! I’ve been so curious to see what Goil’s home looks like since his Top Design days. It definitely doesn’t disappoint! Love the sheep chairs!

  23. Austin says:

    Oh yes, please any details on that gorgeous squid painting in the first image… I am coveting it in the worst way.

  24. eco-stylista says:

    I love the quirky touches!

  25. Alexis says:

    I would LOVE to know where the black and white fabrics ( or pillows) are from in the first shot!!!!

  26. Laura says:

    I must repeat to call for details on the gorgeous squid painting!

  27. Megan says:

    Ditto on the squid painting – nothing’s caught my eye quite like that in a loooong time. Whose the artist?

  28. Michelle says:

    Where did you get the cool robot looking stickers behind your TV? Your home is totally FABU!!


  29. Kayin says:

    You need to help my projects with decorating and furnishing. When can you board onto the next flight to Shanghai?

  30. I love the use of color and all the quirky details. It is SO Goil & Tom! Love the Frenchie’s too.

  31. lauren says:

    add me to the squid painting’s fan club. lordy, is it gorgeous!

  32. martin says:

    Where can I get one of those dead unicorn heads hanging on the wall? My girlfriend’s gonna love it.

  33. Kristi Buchler says:

    The stuffed animal heads on the wall are made by a student at Savannah College of Art and Design and can be bought at the school’s store of student work, Shop Scad. Their website is
    I just started school here at SCAD and it’s always great to see my fellow students’ success!

  34. Amy Zurcher says:

    Thanks Kristi! You can buy Jessica Knapp’s Plushkill at! They are amazing!

  35. meta says:

    Can I have this, please? Such a lovely place to live.

  36. Laura says:

    clamoring clamoring for info on the squid painting. really.

  37. Eileen 2 says:

    Where did you get the unframed horizontal art that hangs parallel to the bed pillows? I like it…and like the way it echoes the color blocks in the old library card catalog drawers.

  38. Susan Dennis says:

    Any update on info for the SQUID painting?

  39. Jason says:

    those fauxidermies are so great!

    and where do all you sneak peek people find these awesome filing cabinets and dewey decimal system drawers! Any recommendations on where we can score one of these? We have tried every antique store, fair, side of the road dump in southern california and nothing!

  40. Ashla says:

    I too love that squid painting! Can anyone tell us the artist?

  41. tracey says:

    I am in love with the blue and green rug too! Where oh where can I get one?

  42. Tug-1 says:

    The squid painting is by artist Kojima Kaori- a friend is an expert on Asian art, and found this piece at an emerging artist exhibit (she was a student when this was created and has just completed an MFA). The living room rug was from ABC home NY – no manufacturer is listed on the back. Sorry for the delay in questions. Last, set your DVR to record a new show on The Science Channel: Head Games! We designed the sets and the premier is this Saturday at 9-

  43. Nadege says:

    About the rug blue and green : this one was purchased at ABC carpet and home in NYC- a local store.


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