Are you a modernist BUT you find it challenging to describe and define what type of modernist you are? Modern design employs a sense of simplicity, clean and crisp lines and refers to a home that is absent of clutter.
However, Modern design is a broad design term that combines elements of several different styles like Wabi Sabi, Scandanvian, Bauhaus and more… This quiz can help you navigate your modern style and figure out why you like what you like.
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One of my clients renovated their kitchen about three years ago. I asked her how her family is holding up during the Quarantine and if the kitchen/family room has helped them thru it?
I LOVE what she said:
“Turning our outdated Colonial into a more modern, open floor plan was the best decision we made. We have loved the space that Michele designed since the moment we saw her initial drawings. Her philosophy of Poetic Modernism created a space that is modern, but not stark or cold. The cool colors bring a sense of tranquility, and the amount of natural light that fills the space makes it feel warm and inviting. The space has influenced everyone’s well- being during this time being locked up. Our favorite part of the space is the island in the center of the kitchen. It is our family gathering space and has increased our productivity and creativity. It provides ample space to spread out and do work, gather for meals, or even play games together. We are grateful for our updated space and would not change a single detail.”
“Ample counter space to make my own pasta too!”
My heart sings when I read something like this knowing that design can impact and shape lives, especially this wonderful family!
In college I was an applied mathematician. I also loved the arts- painting, drawing, sculpting, and jewelry making. I decided to apply to Architecture School thinking I would combine the disciplines I loved- math, science and art. Applying to architecture schools, the Dean of Architecture from Syracuse University told me on my interview that I was “too much of a romantic to become an architect.” Something inside me broke at that moment; it nestled itself in the back of my thoughts for all the years I practiced architecture…. Needless to say his words didn’t stop me from going to architecture school at UB and becoming an architect but the ghost of his words had an effect. I later learn how…
For most of my career, I worked for architecture firms in NYC, working on amazing projects like JFK Terminal One Airport, 34th street partnership revitalization, high end residential and an underground Interior Tunnel in Fukuoka Japan. I even went to Japan for the opening of the tunnel to see the fruits of my labor which earned an AIA honors award and a Business week/Architectural record award with the firm Walker Group/CNI. I am grateful for those times.
I was a disciplined architect but I felt like something was missing in my work and in my life. I wasn’t sure what was tugging at me, if it was those words from years past but I decided to start a blog called Mod Design Guru to express my voice on topics around innovation in the architectural interior worlds. To my surprise, brands were listening.
Rolling the tape ahead in 2017, I was selected by DXV, American Standard’s boutique bath brand to design a bathroom that would become their World of DXV – AD campaign for 2017-2018. The design was published in multiple trade magazines like Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Metropolis, Interior Design, The New York Time T-Style and a four page spread in Metropolitan Home. With new found confidence, I left my high-end residential architecture job and went out on my own to establish Michele Alfano Design, a boutique design firm specializing in architectural interior design. residential and commercial.
If I didn’t realize what I was creating then for DXV, I realize it now. I created my signature style – calling it Poetic Modernism™, “modern design with a pulse.” A modern design which beckons the human connection to be at the core of every design solution. I realize now that every corner of that DXV bathroom space invited discovery in a very tactile, visual and visceral way.
But why was this so important to me? I think because I truly am a “romantic!” I want the spaces I design to touch the people that live in them with warmth, functionality, honesty and discovery; Core values where you are able to discover your best self, to be the most productive, the most creative and the most well.
I have been exercising on my rug while watching exercise videos and found that a mat would be helpful from getting rug dust into my lungs. phew.. its defeating the purpose of staying healthy here! Love this abstract modern graphic on the Yoga mat. It inspires me! Does it inspire you?
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KBIS (Kitchen Bath Industry show) Design panel speaking about Whats New and Next in Kitchen & Bath, 2018
Wanted Design Panel speaking about Wellness as the New luxury 2018
DXV design Panel 2017/2018. Modern bathroom design was DXVs AD campaign featured in the following magazines: New York Times T style, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, INTERIOR DESIGN, Metropolis and a 4 page spread in Metropolitan Home