MICHELE ALFANO DESIGN MANIFESTO

M A D BELIEVES in reviving your space and recharging your life with POETIC MODERNISM®.

M A D BELIEVES in seeing/experiencing a space with more than just your eye. The human experience becomes poetically alive when linking the five senses and the five universal elements: fire, water, air, light, and space.

M A D BELIEVES poetic spaces breed emotion, uplift your heart, and recharge your being. Feeling good feeds confidence, fosters resilience, and fuels productivity—all leading to success in business and life.

M A D BELIEVES that to live poetically is to live with a down-to-earth yet innovative attitude. Celebrating tailored spaces that not only incorporate calming and beautiful natural materials but also take advantage of technology to improve all aspects of your life.

M A D BELIEVES in Scandinavian, Bauhaus, Japanese and Art Deco influences.

M A D BELIEVES in visionary design. We dream about what spaces could be.

M A D BELIEVES what we do, we do well.

POETIC MODERNISM® FOR EVERYDAY LIVING

Interior Architectural Designer Michele Alfano, WELL AP, NCIDQ, ASID, IIDA, ASSOC AIA, principal of Michele Alfano Design, LLC has developed a new evolution in the modern design movement: reviving your space and recharging your life with POETIC MODERNISM®. 

In her 20 years of experience, a pattern keeps showing up in Michele’s design work: linking the five senses and the five universal elements: fire, water, air, light, and space. As the daughter of a physicist, it’s no surprise that she is drawn to uncover the science behind emotion and design. Her multisensory design approach heightens your ability to collect information and experience the world, enhances your sense of self, and amplifies your daily life. This philosophy led her to trademark POETIC MODERNISM®, a design that ignites resilience to achieve a more balanced lifestyle. Her purpose is to design innovative spaces that will recharge her clients physically and mentally so they can bring their “A” game to business and life decisions. Michele incorporates POETIC MODERNISM® into her interviews with clients because human connection is at the core of every design decision. The process integrates design and emotion in a tactile, visual, and visceral way that produces new energy and in turn impacts lives. Ultimately, poetic modern spaces invite clients to discover the most productive, creative, and healthy version of themselves.

Trained as an architect, Michele combines creativity with strong technical skills. Architecture underpins all great design. Michele’s experience in architecture gave her a foundational understanding of the intersection of all the trades like HVAC, plumbing, lighting, and structure. She applies these specialized skills when transforming interior spaces.

Michele has received plenty of attention from brands, publications, and media for her work. In 2021, American Standard asked her to create a visionary design for the Post-Covid Kitchen of the Future and her concept was featured in Real Simple magazine; She was interviewed in a three-part series by Forbes to weigh in on 2020 Forecast in Kitchen and Bath design; She was honored as KBDN Top Innovators 2018 in the Kitchen and Bath industry; She was selected for the DXV Design Panel 2017-2018 to re-imagine the modern movement; her spa bathroom design called Mid Century Hygge was featured in such publications as: The New York Times Style Magazine, 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 was an invited speaker on design panels at KBIS and Wanted Design. She has received industry honors, including the 21st Interiors Award for Best Public Space, and has appeared on BlogTalkRadio.

People and their connection to space have always been at the forefront of her work. It was her design of Iwataya Passage in Fukuoka, Japan with the firm Walker Group/CNI that cultivated her 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 received an AIA Honors Award in 2000.

Michele feels strongly about the importance of giving back. Since 2012 to present, she has participated 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 graduated from Union College with a bachelor’s in applied mathematics and received a master’s in architecture from the University at Buffalo. Michele’s work includes new construction and renovation projects in residential and commercial multi-family design. In addition to being NCIDQ certified, and WELL AP certified, Michele is a Professional member of ASID, IIDA, NKBA and an Associate AIA member.