Spared from a Generation Y beatdown, Todd informs the Top Designers that they are tasked with creating a post-college living space for these design students who have been assigned to them at random: "They need to be able to sleep there, eat there, and work there." And also be pained by doubts that they should have just chucked it all and enrolled in business school -- make sure to set aside some space for that. The Top Designers will have 20 minutes to meet with their new clients, and if you think that 20 minutes will begin after everyone's had a chance to digest all this information, you obviously have not caught the preceding episodes of Top Design. The 20 minutes starts now, now, now. Meet, meet, meet!
Carisa's feeling confident -- her client is a design student and she's a design student. Serendipity, baby! As Carisa's client, Eden, enthuses about her love of orange and her need for work space, Carisa observes that, "You and me are, like, soulmates." You say that now, Carisa, but what about when Eden talks about her love of beaches? Where's your soulmate then? Matt is commiserating with his client, Chad, about the folly of combining a live-eat-work space into a 12-by-12 room: "When you start comprehending the size of the space and all the activities that have to go on there, I'm like, 'Oh my god.' Now, I'm starting to freak a little bit." That's why they call it a "challenge," Matt, as opposed to "something you can knock off in about 15 minutes so the rest of us can catch the last half-hour of Lost." Andrea's client wants "edgy-but-laid-back" -- or "daring-but-conservative" or perhaps "one-thing-but-quite-possibly-something-else-entirely" -- while Michael's client is demanding lots of light fixtures, as are most of the kids these days. Erik and his client settle on "modern-but-clean" -- "modern-but-filthy" will follow after a few weeks of not dusting -- as Goil's similarly unusually named client Zeal shares her love for sci-fi and art books. So... kind of an Iasaac Asimov-meets-Claude-Monet-kind-of-aesthetic then? Like Carisa, Felicia feels a certain kinship with her client; they both like older antique things and have a great sense of style. "I thought, 'Gosh, she's like a Mini-Me,'" Felicia says. Hopefully with a lot less random urination.