More than a year ago now, a member of the T/m team was enjoying a copy of Elle Decor magazine, when what did appear but an interview with fashion’s most fabulous mentor, Tim Gunn! And who would have guessed it, but Gunn loves a lot of the same things we do! So, we thought we’d take this opportunity, in honor of Gunn’s birthday next Tuesday and the new season of Project Runway premiering tonight, to take a look at them:

Gunn collects miniature architectural models, including ten works by Timothy Richards. Richards’s models, ranging from historic to modern buildings across the globe, are made out of gypsum plaster that cleverly simulates masonry. Gunn also collects the diminutive chairs and tables found in Ming Dynasty tombs; some consider these works a precursor to fine-scale miniatures.

Gunn loves LEGO sets too, claiming “I was an addict as a kid; I still am.” It’s no surprise that he is a big fan of LEGO’s new line, LEGO Architecture that realizes the iconic buildings of world architecture as LEGO models. We think he’d get a big kick out of a visit to T/m!

Photo: Photo by Barbara Nitke, Copyright 2014 A+E Networks.