Design, Appliances and a Food Network Star

Design, Appliances and a Food Network Star

Design, Appliances and Food, oh my! I attended a Monogram Appliance event at the AJ Madison appliance center in Brooklyn NY.  Food Network Star Christian Petroni was there cooking up all different kinds of pizzas in the Monogram Pizza oven! 

Growing up with an Italian grandmother from Naples, Italy, I remember she would always call her sauce, “gravy.” . I asked him if he called it sauce or gravy and he said sauce! 

We tasted many different kinds of pizzas: Margarita, kale, and mushroom pizza. The veggies were first prepared with simple ingredients – garlic, olive oil, and salt and then baked in the Monogram pizza oven for 5 minutes. Add sauce and fresh mozzarella..You too can do this in your home, the pizza oven is ductless.

Besides the awesome Monogram pizza oven, Monogram has a convertible refrigerator….with a push of a button you can switch the bottom freezer into a one touch convertible fresh food refrigerator or beverage center. See the video clip below:

I really loved the Dacor line which I am specifying for one of my projects now. I really love the sleek lines of the Modernist line and the refrigerator is smart. If you connect to the app, you will know what you need to shop for when you are in the super market! The cameras inside the fridge spies on your own food!

I learned about a new line called the Cafe Series, which is a boutique series for GE. Customization is there for the client who wants a designed look without digging too deep into your pocketbook, The face and handles come in several different finishes. Thumbs up!

Oh! There is a button for HOT water in the Cage refrigerator! I haven’t see that before!

DIFFA Picnic by Design 2018

DIFFA Picnic by Design 2018

It was my seventh season participating in one singular sensation….the DIFFA Picnic by Design fundraiser that celebrates design, food and fun to help further the fight against HIV/AIDS. This years soiree was hosted on the Lounge and Terrace at the Viacom building in Times Square inviting 20 top tier designers and brands to creatively re-imagine a staple in New York City culture… Broadway shows! Guests viewed and bid on more than 20 Broadway-themed baskets filled with over-the-top experiences and accoutrements. Donations raised an impressive $60k for organizations across the country working to support those affected by HIV and AIDS concluded Executive Director Dawn Roberson.

Inspired by the Broadway show Dear Evan Hansen, my basket design imitates the paradox of a world where we feel so interconnected yet so isolated. The show is about a socially anxious teenager who tells a big lie that spirals out of control. On social media, we are all looking and seeing how much fun everyone else is having. The basket plays off the main character’s striped shirt who is looking thru this virtual window.

I cant thank enough the following brands who donated the following items below: Robert Allen, Lee Jofa, Eileen Fisher,Horne, and Abalon!

Custom Made stage set basket made with Robert Allen Inc donated fabric Stellar Solid Indigo fabric.

Custom made blanket: Kravet/Lee Jofa donated fabric Periwinkle #400-50,

(2) Custom Made fabric setting: Kravet donated fabric #4005-5

(2) Custom made napkins: Eileen Fisher donated fabric Indigo scraps

Plates: CB2

Porcelain Cups: Abalon by Anna Bridgewater are actually porcelain candles! Aret they gorgeous with the indigo and gold. Thanks Anna!

Cutlery: Horne Goa Gold Plated and Resin Blue handles

Authentic Playbill: Dear Evan Hansen playbill signed by original cast

CD and Book: Dear Evan Hansen


Don’t you love the combination of Gold and Indigo? The Pollack porcelain pot handmade by Anna Bridgewater is a stunner.

Guests were going gaga over the Horne cutlery too featuring blue handles and gold.

Thank you to Doug Garfinkle, Vice President of Kravet showrooms for purchasing my Dear Evan Hansen basket!

Thank you to all Picnic by Design sponsors: KBIS, Kravet Inc/Lee Jofa, Robert Allen Duralee Group, Blanco, Catskill Provisions,Hunter Douglass, Interior Design, POZ Magzine, Studio TK/Teknion, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

2017, WHAT A YEAR!

2017, WHAT A YEAR!

2017 has been an incredible year for me professionally. First the honor of being chosen to design a room for the DXV / American Standard’s “Modern Collection!”.  I’m very grateful for DXV’s support of my creative vision and the opportunity to be the first to showcase their luxurious Modulus collection. The most exciting part has been seeing the design used in DXV’s national/international AD campaign shown as full page ads so far in Luxe Magazine, Elle Décor, Vanity Fair and Metropolitan Home, where Editor in Chief Newell Turner selected my space to put in their first issue back on the stands after a decade hiatus. The experience to work with the DXV brand has been a dream come true!

Another exciting surprise happened when Editor in Chief Cindy Allen purchased my DIFFA Picnic by Design basket design and featured it in the SNAPS section of Interior Designs October issue. Crazy! The design modelled elements from the DXV modern bathroom, using natural materials and moss. Even more crazy was to be invited to meet Cindy at Interior Design headquarters and get some chat time! I even and took a snap with her myself!!

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HBD Me + New Website!!

HBD Me + New Website!!

Happy Birthday to me and to my new website –  Michele Alfano Design!!  I am so excited! It is making its debut, bringing an architectural eye on interior design. Be it a building, a space, a chaise, or a garment, forward-thinking design succeeds when it fosters a point of view, layers a story, invites participation and is memorable. Trained as an architect, my experiential approach brings a Tailored • Emotional • Intelligence to life beckoning spaces to make you think, feel and want to touch. So like a stage set, my design posts will constantly unfold meaningful design to heighten your experience of everyday living. So – welcome!