POETIC MODERN® DESIGNS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
Interior Architect and Designer Michele Alfano, ASID, ASSOC AIA is the Principal of MICHELE ALFANO DESIGN, LLC. Our ethos is the coming together of warmth, functionality, honesty and discovery where comfortable modern interiors reflect our client’s tailored lifestyles. Our signature look, Poetic Modernism® beckons the human connection to be at the core of every design solution. Michele refers to it as “modern with a pulse,” dedicated to transforming spaces and lives. Uncovering what makes you tick in a very tactile, visual and visceral way, our spaces invite you to discover the best version of yourself, the most productive, the most creative and the most well.
Starting off her career as an architect, Michele combines artistry with strong technical skills. Architecture underpins all great design and has proven a great foundation for Michele, teaching her about the intersection of all the trades like HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and structure. Her ultimate belief is if she designs and draws something, it not only has meaning but also will be warmly aesthetic and biological.
Michele has received plenty of attention from brands, publications and media for her work. She was interviewed by Forbes to weigh in on 2020 Forecast in Kitchen and Bath design, a 3 part series; Honored as KBDN Top Innovators 2018 in the Kitchen and Bath industry; Selected for the DXV Design Panel 2017-2018 to re-imagine the modern movement; the bathroom design was featured in such publications as the New York Times T Style, Luxe, Interior Design, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair, Metropolitan Home, Metropolis, and Architectural Digest. Michele received an Honorable Mention from the 2017 BLANCO by Design contest and been an invited speaker on design panels at KBIS and Wanted Design. She has received honors in the industry including the 21st Interiors Award for Best Public Space, and has appeared on BlogTalkRadio.
Michele says,” People and their connection to space has always been the forefront of my work. It was my design Iwataya Passage in Fukuoka, Japan with the firm Walker Group/CNI that kicked off my design philosophy.” It was a project using multi-media, light and the feeling of water underground. People were center stage and met with the unexpected: crossing a bridge when in reality they are walking through a tunnel. The project was recognized by Architectural Record and Interior Magazine, and represents a career of significant awards including an AIA Honors Award.
In her design blog MOD Design Guru, Alfano’s modern voice explores new innovations in the industry and investigates how lifestyles evolve alongside design trends. MOD Design has been recognized by the JDR Industry Awards and the Modenus Top 100 Interior Design Blogs and Influencers, and Alfano has been invited to travel and write for brands such as Tile of Spain, Miele, Mr. Steam, Brizo, Zephyr, DXV, Du Verre, the NKBA, Modenus, and Axor.
Michele feels strongly about the importance of giving back and has, since 2012, participated both as a designer, steering committee member and Brand Ambassador for DIFFA’s Picnic by Design and Dining by Design. This charity event redefines the concept of a traditional picnic where 20 designers come together to create innovative picnic basket experiences on an urban NYC rooftop. Michele believes it’s a perfect event to showcase her perspective on design.
Michele graduated from Union College with a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and from University at Buffalo with
a Masters in Architecture. Michele’s work includes new construction and renovated projects in residential and
commercial multi-family design. Along being NCIDQ certified, Michele is a Professional member of ASID and an
Associate AIA member.