On the other side of the workroom, Team Architect is going for what Erik calls a "mod, clean, contemporary kind of space." As opposed to antiquated, filthy, and dirty, I guess -- apparently, this design business is all about coming up with the right adjectives. To be fair, Erik is working on something that seems to be cool -- a series of lattices and niches that will make up the wall of his team's tent -- but since we've never been privy to the team's overall plan except in bits and bites, it's hard to see the forest for all the latticed trees. "We've done some interesting things," Andrea says. "We've done funky. We've done experimental. And I think now is really the time just to do beautiful." Wonderful -- then show me, don't tell me. I hate to sound like a broken record here, but one of the chief flaws of Top Design is that it never really shows you what the designers are planning to do and how they subsequently do it; instead, we're treated to a string of increasingly meaningless adjectives that sorta kinda describes the general aesthetic but provides precious few details that we viewers can sink our teeth into. It's why I'm usually ready to kick my TV screen in at this point every week, and why I'm reaching for an extra stiff belt of Bacardi LimÃ³n this week in particular.
It's Todd Time -- thank God. Now we can actually have someone competently describe why a design is working or it isn't. First up is Team Architect, where Goil explains how they're incorporating Bacardi LimÃ³n bottles into the interior decorations. (Just let me know if you need any help emptying those bottles, Goil.) That makes sense to Todd: "Basically, this party is to hero this product. Sometimes, it's hard to figure out exactly what to give weight in a design, but that's very smart." Goil beams like he's just been given a gold star from the teacher -- or maybe he's gotten a head start on the rum. At any rate, Todd is off to offer aid and comfort to Team Discord, which wants to show off its cocktail tables -- they'll have lemons on the inside, with bottles of Bacardi LimÃ³n surrounding by a wooden case in a pebble-filled center. This doesn't strike Todd as a very good idea at all: "Does anybody have any casket concerns here?" Cut to Mr. Sobell frantically waving his hand: Indeed, it looks like Matt and Carisa have built a final resting place for all their empties. Both Matt and Carisa agree that they are beginning to get a casket vibe too, now that Todd's mentioned it. So... eighty-six that pebble-filled wooden frame, then. That's the magic of Todd Oldham, kids -- he tells you when it's a bad idea to create a design that suggests your client's product will help you drink yourself to an early grave.