2017 DXV Design Panel – “Mid-Century Hygge,” Copenhagen (1950-1990)

2017 DXV Design Panel – “Mid-Century Hygge,” Copenhagen (1950-1990)

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DXV Design Panel 2017: “Journey the World” takes inspiration from four cities with uniquely distinguishing building characteristics and design styles and interprets them through exquisite bathroom settings that highlight timeless DXV fixtures and faucets.

Suggesting life on a houseboat, Alfano’s DXV bathroom brings the city of Copenhagen indoors with the use of natural materials, like hewn beams, water-inspired colors, and a living moss wall.

To achieve a sense of Nordic coziness, Alfano balanced light-colored materials with the occasional geometric pattern and pop of color. The design flexibility and cool curves of the complete DXV Modulus collection, scheduled to launch this November, were a natural fit for this aesthetic, from the striking soaking tub to the unique, wall-mounted drawer unit, countertop slab and vanity tray. “The DXV Modulus collection’s user experience is impressive,” Alfano noted. “The vanity tray fits perfectly on top of the lavatory, on top of the floating drawer, or even inside it. There’s thoughtfulness to the design.”

The DXV bathroom design consummates well being and was their 2017-2018 AD campaign featured in the following magazine’s: New York Times T Style, Vanity Fair, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, INTERIOR DESIGN, Metropolis and Metropolitan Home.

DIFFA PICNIC BY DESIGN 2017

DIFFA PICNIC BY DESIGN 2017

HYGGE BASKET

The HYGGE Modern Basket, inspired by the Danish philosophy of Hygge, translates the elements of my DXV space. Hygge is a feeling of happiness and well-being. To achieve a sense of Nordic coziness, I balanced light colored materials with geometric pattern,  a pop of color and nature.  To depict the landscape of Copenhagen, the angled lines of the basket works in concert with a customized wood coastline Pangea of Copenhagen – which was customized specifically for the basket. Thank you Pangea Maps!

All the senses are touched with elements representing earth, water, and fire. So, whether you are sipping wine, eating good food or enjoying yourself with good friends, the key to this sensorial picnic design is to elevate your picnic experience and heighten the simple pleasures of life. That is Hygge!

Thank you to HORNE for the gorgeous flatware, and Robert Allen for the beautiful fabrics Artworld Indigo, Tessa Techtonic and Tessa Stitch blue, and Tiago Fonseca of Five Star Millwork who brought my design to life.

DIFFA PICNIC BY DESIGN 2016

DIFFA PICNIC BY DESIGN 2016

MOLECULE DESIGN

I designed a molecular basket design which embodied a fractal nature with patterns essentially repeating over and over again. Inspired by atoms, the design revealed how we are all made out of atoms – our bodies and the universe. The universe is made up of 5% atoms and the rest dark matter and energy. Astronomers as well as medical researchers are on the brink of discoveries whether it be the vast unknown or diseases like AIDS. The molecular basket stands as a beacon of hope. I worked with Tiago Fonseca of Five Star Millwork who brought my design to life.

#HowDoYouPerlick – 2016 Competition (Finalist)

#HowDoYouPerlick – 2016 Competition (Finalist)

The Challenge

The 2016 #HowDoYouPerlick Design Contest tasked the design community to design a vignette highlighting Perlick Refrigeration and Beverage Dispensers in each of the following categories: kitchen, outdoor, entertainment and rest of home. Michele was named a finalist and had her design built into the Perlick booth at KBIS.

The Solution

Michele’s design was “The Charred Bar” – an outdoor living experience that utilized Refridgeration from Perlick’s “Outdoor” line.

DIFFA PICNIC BY DESIGN 2013 – “LIFE’S ESSENTIALS”

DIFFA PICNIC BY DESIGN 2013 – “LIFE’S ESSENTIALS”

The pure elements of Life: Air, Fire, Earth, and Water. Each essential life element is embedded into the experience:

Air: The EOS light fixture by Vita Lighting is encased in pure bird feathers. (Fixture donated by VITA LIGHTING);

Fire: Candles; 

Earth: The cross-section of the box depicts the earth and it’s many layers. The basket’s top layer transforms into a table for two, perfect for a picnic.

Water: A pop of ocean blue.

Constructed by Five Star Millwork