May 8th, 2019. Highly regarded Traverse City developer Socks Construction, is in preliminary phases of creating a Design Build & Modern Lifestyle studio called Design Elemental. The studio is due to open at their new headquarters on Randolph and Division in early 2020. In partnership with Angelo Adamo Design, a design and brand consultant firm, their studio will specialize in modern luxury and natural aesthetic interior design, high end tailored products, and custom homes and workplace using sustainable building methods.
Socks Construction and Jonathan Lee Architects are pioneering these new innovative methods called Component Construction, that save time, conserve resources, and minimize waste. This new design build method will attract affordable and trend setting homes catering towards millennials and family professionals.
Angelo Adamo Design – Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan
The design and lifestyle studio, led by creative director Angelo Adamo, is based on platforms that he has mastered on reconnecting our human senses and expressions to scent, color, and texture. His programming phase of interior design results into interiors with self-awareness, purpose, and harmonious styles. If you are interested to learn more about Socks Construction residential and commercial packages, please contact Angelo at 231.631-0055.
The Lifestyle Studio will exclusively represent high end luxury brands such as Holland and Sherry, Polywood, Palecek, Farrow & Ball, Rizzoli Books, Trinity Tile, and Angelo Adamo’s private home and body scented label called Opathy.
It’s a thrill and an honor to be a part of Andreu World 2019 Catalog, highlighted in their new projects.
It was my vision for the Pike Electric’s IT Department to obtain an uncluttered, fresh, and organized workplace to better support employee communications and task awareness.
All Rockfon ceiling tiles have added acoustical support and Mannington carpet tile have cushioning to absorb noise. The open space environment was ideal for the engineers to gather in smaller or larger groups.
Andreu World’s furniture provided the minimalist palette with European comfort and style that compliments the commercial grade materials and textures selected throughout the project.
LIVE & LEARN AT THE LAS VEGAS FURNITURE MARKET – WINTER 2019
The Las Vegas Furniture Market (LVMkt) has become the modern interpreter for natural aesthetic and luxury living furnishings and home décor. LVMkt is an exciting and informative event that’s simple to navigate.
This was my second show as the “Fresh to Follow” and “Instagram Takeover” designer for International Marketing Center (IMC), who is the owner and operator for the market. Discovering new products is important as to getting to know the people behind the brand. For example, Lily from Lily’s Living who is from Beijing, China, has over 20 years of experience as an antique dealer. She is so passionate about her culture. Her goal is to represent Chinese antiques using a European weathered influence so that her products aren’t as bold or rigid as original antiques. She has a wonderful perception for culture and the ability to mix styles and traditions.
As a designer, I am looking for rich subdued hues, soft and warm tones, lush natural materials, and interesting patterns. It’s also important to me to connect with the owner or director so that their products become more then just an object or thing. What I have noticed about this market is that it isn’t just about furnishings or home décor. It is also about the people.
Top Trends from the Winter Market 2019
Angelo’s top art
Eric and Jenny from St George, Utah created “You Be Are” in 2013. They offer the best of topic art with modern and tradition settings like my favorite, the Blue Agave. The composition of clean backgrounds with vibrant subjects can be applied to many styles of interiors.
Angelo’s top Wallpaper
Self adhesive wallpaper is genius! Great for apartment living or rentals. Adding texture to a wall is no longer a hindrance. Twin sisters from New Jersey, Jennifer and Julia, started Tempapar in 2009 and have influenced designers in wall patterns and textures. My favorite is L’AMOUR in metallic gold and white.
Angelos’s top Gift
It’s so inspiring to hear about two teen sisters, Isabel and Caroline, that created a booming business called daBOMB. Each fragrant fizzer is made by hand in the USA and has something fun inside when dissolved. It smells great too! My kids are now going to enjoy taking baths.
Angelo’s top Fine Furnishing
Handley Drive provides quality inspired interior furnishings. Business partners, Rick and Don, design furniture that’s to human scale, ideal for urban apartment living. The attention to detail is impeccable and their use of color is soothing and attractive.
Angelo’s top Home Furnishing
Lily’s Living is where the influence of antiques in the east meets the weathered finishes of the west. Her furniture is comfortable, especially the Naples slipcover sofa with whitewash linen fabrics and contemporary piping. Products also range from traditional Chinese pottery to farmhouse lighting.
Angelo’s top Home Décor
Meeting Claire Summers, who is also an Aussie, was such an heartening moment. She founded Gratitude Glass Jars, an act that allows you to capture the spirit of living, celebrating life events, sharing memories and expressing words of love in jar. Such a brilliant idea that administers a better way of life and a use for a jar!
Angelo’s Honorable Selections
Currey & Company still leads the way in lighting fixtures. You can find materials like marine rope, brass, stained glass, metal, natural woods, and porcelain. Products are appealing because most fixtures are perfectly scaled for either large or small rooms. Great use of mixed materials is a highlight as well.
I was impressed with Feizy handmade rugs. Inky charcoal warm beige and inviting ivory create an approachable neutral palette in the Phoenix Collection. Handwoven of wool and cotton these tonal flatweaves feature easy-to-decorate with geometric motifs that seamlessly integrate into transitional and contemporary spaces alike with alluring textures that add intrigue.
Everything about Palecek is stunning. Their distinctive furniture, lighting, and accessories are amongst the most beautiful and elegantly manufactured. The use of natural materials is incorporated throughout their product line.
Bungalow 5 has the best of metropolitan style furnishings. The new Hunter collection takes its inspiration from a neo-classical design using fine leather and custom-cast metal fixtures and hardware.
Fresh to Follow
I was fortunate to be a participant of the “Fresh to Follow” panel with the talented Breegan Jane and Jannicke Ramso. It was a productive session because the crowd asked questions on how to get an edge into todays interior design market. I think the common thread to become a competitive designer is to understand your values and evaluate your strategies towards branding. We all understand that styles and trends are subjective. What’s necessary is to develop a storyline that the client can relate to and live with. It would also help to attend the LVMkt and introduce yourself to new creative ideas and the people involved.
Thank you for reading my updates from the Winter Market 2019 and please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding this blog.
Syracuse, IN – POLYWOOD, the originator of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic materials, officially introduced their Design Ambassador Program for 2019. The company has collaborated with three prominent interior designers who will pair their own unique styles to create beautiful outdoor spaces with POLYWOOD furniture.
“There’s a shift happening in the market which speaks directly to our
foundation at POLYWOOD. Our founders’ original mission of stewardship, to do
something meaningful for future generations, remains at our core,” stated Megan
Pierson, SVP of Business Development. “Sustainability in design continues to
gain momentum and we’re thrilled to team up with talented designers to help us
to tell that story.”
Along with increased consumer interest in sustainable outdoor
materials, outdoor spaces are becoming an extension of the indoors. “Everything
from furniture and decor (pillows, ottomans, rugs, decorative accents) are now
being designed specifically to look like indoor furniture and decor, but for
your outdoor space,” explained Farah Merhi, Founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor.
“This allows us to create beautiful outdoor sanctuaries that feel just as cozy
as your indoor space.”
POLYWOOD Design Ambassadors include:
Shayla Copas, Author, IDS,
Founder and Principal Designer of Shayla Copas Interiors
“After touring the POLYWOOD campus and gaining an understanding of the integrity of POLYWOOD products, I knew immediately they were a company I wanted to work with. Not only does POLYWOOD build products with longevity, they build relationships that last a lifetime.” -Shayla
Farah Merhi, Founder and CEO
of the Inspire Me! Home Decor Brand, the most followed home decor platform on
Instagram. Designer of the Inspire Me! furniture and home decor line.
“The moment I
heard the POLYWOOD brand story and experienced for myself how durable the
furniture is, I was sold! Their focus is to offer their customers products that
are environmentally friendly, visually appealing and made to withstand the test
of time. That’s a powerful combination! I’m excited to be working with a
company that truly focuses on their customer’s needs.” -Farah
Angelo Adamo, International
Interior Designer, Interior Branding Expert, Founder and Principal Designer of
Angelo Adamo Design
“POLYWOOD is more
than a line of products. It’s a philosophy. They’ve created an entire business
model around sustainability and an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors.
As an Australian, I am passionate about protecting our natural resources and
encouraging stewardship of our environment. I’m thrilled to represent a company
whose products speak to the way I choose to live.” -Angelo
Together the design ambassadors will collaborate with POLYWOOD on a
wide variety of projects throughout 2019. “We’re thrilled to have the
opportunity to work with Shayla, Farah, and Angelo,” said Lindsay Schleis, VP
of Business Development. “Their work, insight, and perspectives are nothing
less than genuine — they represent who we are perfectly, each in their own
To follow along and be the first to see behind-the-scenes content,
follow @polywoodoutdoor on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
In the late 1980’s government mandated recycling programs were in full
swing. As the use of plastic in the U.S. grew, the need to transform the
overabundance of recycled plastic into something new was greater than ever.
POLYWOOD saw an opportunity in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic
specifically — an extremely durable and weather resistant material, perfect for
outdoor furniture. Today, POLYWOOD recycles an average of 400,000 milk jugs per
day. Truckloads of recycled milk jugs are transformed into genuine POLYWOOD
lumber which is then used to construct the wide array of POLYWOOD Adirondack
chairs, rocking chairs, benches, gliders, deep seating, dining, and more!