POETIC MODERN DESIGNS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
Award-winning Architectural Interior designer Michele Alfano is the Principal of MICHELE ALFANO DESIGN, ASID, ASSOC AIA. Seamlessly integrating architecture, interior, and custom-made furnishings, Michele strives to create Poetic Modern design for every day living. She creates three-dimensional narratives that reflect her diverse clientele’s needs with a human-centric approach where good design affects your productivity, creativity and well-being. Her tailored detailing brings spaces to life by beckoning users to touch, to emote, and to challenge her clients to rethink what they know about modern 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.
Alfano 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.