HGTV Design Star
August 2, 2011 by USA Post
HGTV Design Star, Has designed a few favorite places around Miami, and Marcos Diaz is now trying to bring television by storm. The Miami-raised, the FIU-trained industrial designer is one of the contestants of the sixth season of Design Star, a reality that competition is all about transforming spaces challenge with ingenuity and creativity – not to mention the sweaty palms Disposal.
Through three weeks, the 33-year-old behind MAD Design Miami has experienced the highs (winner challenge the infamous “white box”) and low (social drama, the possible elimination) of the competition convincing. Are you going to win, and handed the reins of their own online program? Time will tell – but before the TV hits hometown talent again Monday night at 9 pm, he tells himself.
How does it feel to win a challenge?
It was really exciting. It was the challenge of white box, so for me, was the most exciting. Along with Star design win or be elected a fan favorite, everyone remembers the winner blank box challenge. He was so passionate about it. I’ve never done a mural before, but jumping into the space and the first twenty minutes with the concept ready to go, I felt very strong during that episode.
Are you being portrayed correctly in the program?
I do not necessarily believe that the show was able to meet with the explanation of the concept behind [in the episode of white box], but there are 10 other designers and there is much to fit in an hour. I understand.
In the first weeks and the third had to work with a partner. Have you done before?
Not exactly. It’s a bit like writing a book if you have two authors, the concept may be far different and the direction of history would be different and then final goal can be different … If you are pliable, if it can be adaptive, which can have a great partnership. But if a person is not willing, the design has the ability to fail.
How scary is the process of elimination?
Our nerves are absolutely at the end of the mill. Everyone is very nervous and sweating – we all like, “Oh my God, what will happen now?” When they chose to stay in a week, was a total surprise. I had no idea.
We’ve heard that applies to the series in the last minute. How was this agonizing process?
I knew I had to come to Georgia [audition] and I had a 14-hour drive ahead of me. I threw my stuff in a bag and thought it all out on the road. Between Savannah and Atlanta, I was reading the questions, recording responses on my phone, and sending them to my girlfriend. I was writing and sending it back to me so I could copy and paste [my application] when I came to a Kinko’s.
Miami is a place that encourages good design? It is a city support for anyone who wants to become a designer?
There is much that is available here, if you have the time to hunt. There Wynwood, the Design District, and there is Design & Architecture Senior High, which would be a great place to start. Not too far from the Art Institute. Then there’s my alma mater, the FIU, which has a great architecture program. If you have an interest and the means to do what you have to do to grow as a designer, after all you can do that here … There is no design around us.
Do you have favorite places for the city to find inspiration?
I get my inspiration from two places: one is the nature of everything from the lines of a palm leaf to form a root system that is connected to the ground. The second thing is to get more details. So wherever you go, I am constantly looking for details that an architect or designer has created. If you can find art in the details, we will be able to transform it. [I find inspiration in Miami from] large Morris Lapidus concrete structures in urban planning from Lincoln Road.
Where can we see your work in Miami?
You can go get a Mani / pedi in Avant-Garde! One of the places listed on my application for the program. Borola south of Fifth and Sala El Bolero at the Electric Pickle. Those are three different places that the public can come and go. There is also a house on Palm Island, which is currently for sale if anyone wants a brand of original Diaz!
If you had to hire one of the other competitors in the series, who would it be?
Karl is the person who has inspired me more at this point in the series. I identify with him because he comes from a background in architecture as well as I, and the reasoning behind what we do is through everything she does. Nothing is arbitrarily placed or designed.
What is most important to you as a designer?
For me, it’s concept. Telling the background behind the concept is the most important thing.
What’s next for you?
Right now it’s all about the show. I want to win fan favorite and I want to show everyone that there is a difference in the dynamics between the program designers and decorators of the show. I represent a very strong sensation, and that’s what it is now.
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