DWR’s Columbus Avenue Studio recently had Nathan Thomas, winner of Bravo’s Top Design Season 2, take on a new design challenge. His brief was to create his ideal workspace using pieces from DWR’s collection, mixed with a few surprises sourced from the local Housing Works (whose thrift stores fund AIDS and homeless relief). On February 12, Nathan presented his design, which included a Cross Table topped with white acrylic, a pair of Paulistano chairs and graphic black and white vases that Nathan revealed were actually wine bottles that he had covered with opaque paint. The striking backdrop to the workspace was a wall which Nathan primed with chalkboard paint, then invited artist Aaron Johnson to fill with a chalk mural. To top this off, Nathan installed a blue neon sign spelling out the suggestion (or command?) “TRUST ME.” Among the honored guests attending Nathan’s standing-room-only presentation were Top Design finalists Ondine and Eddie, and Elle Decor Editor-in-Chief and Top Design judge, Margaret Russell.