Design Star Season 7: Luca Paganico

Design Star Season 7: Luca Paganico

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Ahh, the many personalities of HGTV Design Star Season 7 finalist Luca Paganico…don’t let that boring-as-hell Mr. Rogers cast photo above fool you.

He could be one of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins:

At left: Luca Paganico. At right: John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino are HGTV's Kitchen Cousins.

At left: Luca Paganico, Design Star Season 7 finalist. At right: John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino are HGTV's Kitchen Cousins.

Or a Zen prepster model turned anchorman:

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He could hang with DS Season 4 winner, Antonio Ballatore (for the full effect, check out this video):

Luca Paganico (right) and his painted model.

Luca Paganico (right) and his painted model.

Luca airbrushes another model.

Luca airbrushes another model.

Another one of Luca Paganico's "Diablo Designz"

Another one of Luca Paganico's "Diablo Designz"

More of Luca Paganico's airbrush work.

More of Luca Paganico's airbrush work.

Luca Paganico airbrushes a model's face.

Luca Paganico airbrushes a model's face.

He can be funky:

Luca's the smiley one on the right.

Luca's the smiley one sitting on the right end of the sofa.

He can go uber metro:

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Or be a sweet-looking groom:

Alishia Azzarello and Luca Paganico tie the knot.

Alishia Azzarello and Luca Paganico tie the knot.

But can he pass as an interior designer?

I do like the work he did on the Savoy restaurant and bar:

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This unique bar was created from recycled glass and lit with mood LED lighting.

This unique bar was created from recycled glass and lit with mood LED lighting.

Love these pendants over the bar.

Love these pendants over the bar.

But the rest of Luca’s interior design portfolio relies upon more vertical tiles…

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…or bed-in-a-bag sets:

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…or outdated vessel sinks:

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Note the kid hanging out in the bathroom, visible in the left-hand corner of the mirror.

Then there’s this ticky-tack Vegas-inspired bedroom:

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…this amateurish mish-mash of art:

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This ill-advised use of tile to turn a toilet into a focal point:

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And this hideous room, which looks more like a “before” than an “after.”

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While Luca may not be able to rely upon an airbrush throughout the competition, he has the potential to pull some amazing art out of his ass throughout the competition. I’m not a fan of the goth and gore subject matter, but he’s clearly a talented artist. Let’s just say I don’t expect him to bust out with the type of squiggly “line looks” that Season 5 bitch rammed down our eyeballs. Maybe he’ll be crafty with some custom lighting designs too? Between these talents and his chameleon-like, model-worthy good looks, Luca seems like someone HGTV’s PR department would drool over. And more than a few viewers as well.

HGTV’s seventh season of Design Star premieres Tuesday, May 29th. Stay tuned to Fu For Thought for another year of episodic critiques throughout the season!

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