MODERN DESIGNS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
Michele Alfano Design LLC is a collaborative design studio located in Hudson Valley, NY. With formal architecture training and experience, Michele Alfano brings a distinctive bold and modern architectural approach to interiors, furniture and product design.
Alfano refers to her design as “a tailored emotional intelligence,”- Livable modern spaces that are both eye-catching, highly functional and inspire well-being. It’s her disciplined yet edgy detailing which brings spaces to life by beckoning its users to touch, to emote and to challenge them to think.
Alfano has received plenty of attention from brands, publications and media for her work. She was selected for the DXV Design Panel 2017 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 accolades 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 KBDN Top Innovators 2018 in the Kitchen and Bath industry, 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 reflects my philosophy in totality.” 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 its a perfect event to showcase her perspective on design.
Michele is an allied member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), holds a M.Arch. (Masters of Architecture) from the University at Buffalo and holds a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics from Union College.