7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer

7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer

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Great balance and contrast from Australian Design firm – Regina Levine Design Office

What makes a designer unique is his/her ability to see what other people don’t.  How you can visualize space and be connected to the environment enables the right choices in balancing, contrasting, emphasizing, harmonizing, and uniting objects within an interior space. However, to have this objection you need a certain level of clarity in your life to excel.

As a sport scientist and designer, I have had the experiences to understand the physical requirements to be a competitive athlete and that is to have control of your body and mind.

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Emphasizing and uniting objects from Australian Design firm – Regina Levine Design Office

7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer by Angelo Adamo

  1. Find a purpose – You need something to aim for that be achievable, like finding a balance in life that makes you happy.
  2. Exercise – Your body needs to feel fit so that your mind can take control of your emotions. Exercise at least 20 minutes 4 days per week with your heart around 85% (125bpm average).
  3. Get into Aromatherapy – Improve your sense of smell. If you can adapt aromas with memories of the past, then you are able to help the client trigger memories. Design to Create Memories is my approach to successful designs and the sense of smell is a main contributor to achieving to remember positive memories.
  4. Listen to Music – Get inspired by sound and rhythm. Find a tune that you can visualize yourself succeed in and progress.
  5. Diet and Drinking – Control what you eat and drink, especially alcohol, which is a depressant. Let your body dictate when you are hungry and not the day. Just because its lunch time doesn’t mean that your body is hungry.
  6. Speak to family and friends – Talk to people that you feel at ease with. Discussion is a form of therapy which could quickly resolve issues that you are facing.
  7. Get a new outfit – I can still remember that my oldest sister taking for the first time at the age of 16 years old, to a men’s boutique store and finding the outfit that represents the person I was then. Dress yourself with confidence and pride.

These 7 steps will guide you to better visions and more clarity as to who you are as a designer and in life. Life is too short.

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Song for Clarity  is from Tycho – Horizon (Poolside Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAgQiTYwByQ

Centering a room with a Lantern Pendant

Centering a room with a Lantern Pendant

I have noticed a trend in 2018 the use of metal lantern pendants.  The design of open rooms are driven by the use of natural woods, stone, and cooler colors for residential and commercial interiors.  A metal lantern provides a neutral palette with enough texture and density to balance an open room.  Finding the right lantern could be a struggle so I browsed the websites of my primary trade dealers that I rely on for quality and unique light fixtures.  Below are not top selections of lantern pendants from Circa Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, Arteriors, and Visual Comfort.  Visual Comfort and Circa Lighting have more lantern pendants to select from and there are typically 3 finishes available (aged iron, gilded iron, polished nickel).  My favorite is Thorton Pendant by Arteriors.

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 Hinkley Lighting –  Clarendon Pendant (top left), Quentin Pendant (bottom left), Tinsley Pendant (right)
Arteriors  –  Thorton Pendant (top left), Mara Pendant (top right), Edmond Pendant (bottom)
Visual Comfort –  Plantation Lantern (left), Desmond Lantern (middle), Darlana Lantern (right)
Circa Lighting – Westminster Lantern (left), Star Lantern (left center), Neimann Weeks (right center), Greggory Lantern (right)

Top picks in May – Serena and Lily

Top picks in May – Serena and Lily

I could spend hours on the Serena and Lily’s website (www.serenaandlily.com).  Earthy and neutral colors and vintage patterns will allow you to mix and match with majority of their product line.   You can’t beat the variety of pillow selections from solid colors, embroidery, fringe edges, and patterns.

There is a come back of natural rattan and woven materials which Serena and Lily does very well.  You can custom set your dining table with corner benches which are now in fashion.  There are also quality table lamps that can be displayed in all rooms of the house.

I will definitely be using Serena and Lily in my current residential design and I am looking forward to show you how I position these selections very soon.

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May Picks 2018

 

A – Ross Dining Bench

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B – Vintage Olympia Pillows
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C- Mason Swing Arm Sconce

Swing Arm Lamp

D – Huntington Baskets (Indigo)

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E – Abbott Table Lamp

Abbot Lamp

F- Cove Rattan Lanterns

Lanterns

 

G- Riviera Counter Stool

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HIGH POINT MARKET, APRIL 2018 – Developing a Sense of Belonging

HIGH POINT MARKET, APRIL 2018 – Developing a Sense of Belonging

What a successful week at the High Point Furniture Market with new exciting materials and furniture that are representing the trends of today.  It was such a privilege to be a member of the “Instagram Takeover” where designers identify the hot trends from this year’s spring market.

Angelo at Europe2you

It became obvious to me as the Fresh to Follow designer, that my topic Design to Create Memories was evident with the fashion from the market. Creative directors are using memories of their past as an influence for styles and colors. These talented group of professionals are in the 30-40 age group, so the 70’s decade has now a strong element in what we are experiencing today.

Design to Create Memories is about analyzing styles and space from someone’s emotional past and present. It’s design that’s more than just an object or a thing. To create a moment which reflects the combination of senses that’s nurtured through time and to connect and understand colors, textures, sounds, tastes, and aromas, that’s associated to your environment.  It’s going back to the design that resembles who you are without the interference of social media, technology, and furniture manufacturers.

Christopher Guy, Angelo, and Jane Syemour

It was a privilege to meet Jane Seymour and Christopher Guy, two very talented artists.

Fresh to Follow Instagram Series

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It was an easy decision to select europe2you as an exhibitor to follow. Their products are clean, beautiful, majestic, and traditional.  You could possibly blend anything from their product line, especially their glass and lighting fixtures.

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Light Fixtures that feel like France from europe2you

Bungalow 5

I have such vivid memories when living and working as a designer in NYC.  Meeting Luca Rensi (Part owner of Bungalow 5) was a highlight. We were both designers for high-end residential firms, and now he leads the way with exceptional occasional side tables, lighting, furniture, bookshelves, accessories, etc., …  He has captured the cool style of NYC that Bungalow 5 now represents.

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NYC style living from Bungalow 5

Selamant

It was such an enjoyable and refreshing surprise discovering Salamant from California. Carefree and holistic is what I can describe their image.  Natural materials mixed with clever shapes and forms allows Selamant to be daring and a little different.

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West Coast Influences from Selama

Kravet

One of the highlights was hanging out with a dear friend who is the creative director for Larry Laslo, a recognizable NYC design firm.  Julio Jimenez has exceptional taste and charisma which is why having him along with me to select new trends was a major highlight for me.

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Spending quality time with the creative director of Larry Laslo, Julio Jimenez

Larry Laslo continues to influence our interiors by designing upholstered furniture for Kravet.  Classic, high grade upholstery, Hamptons style, sophisticated, and a little Florida, describes the style of Larry Laslo’s Kravet line.

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                                               Larry Laslo for Kravet

Thibaut

If you are looking for fine furniture look no further than Thibaut. When you sit in their sofa or arm chair, you will realize that nothing will be more luxurious.  Plenty of traditional styles to choose from and their selection of fabrics ranges from modern to classical.

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High end upholstery from Thibaut

Christopher Guy

If you want to talk about making a statement in the interior design world then Christopher Guy is the King of the Bold and Beautiful.  It’s like walking into a world of make-believe. The selection of étagères and art work are among the best for a high-end style.  It was such a pleasure to personally meet Christopher and celebrity Jane Seymour.

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My favorite piece from the High Point 2018 April Market by Christopher Guy

Emdee International

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The color of culture from Emdee International

I remember meeting Manju, Deepa, and Jenny when I first arrived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  They are such lovely people and their products are an indication of their personalities.  Soft, elegant, gentle, harmonious, and vibrant is a good representation of their window treatments and pillows.

 

Arteriors

It’s so hard not to source at Arteriors when looking for lighting.  They have cornered the market for unique lighting trends that have not yet been replicated.

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 Original and sophisticated lighting from Arteriors

Janus et Cie

There is remarkable outdoor furniture from Janus et Cie.  All their pieces are beautifully tailored for comfortable outdoor seating and dining.  The Amari High Back Chair was a highlight as its unique weaving material and grand shape makes this chair very appealing.

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A grand style chair from Janus et Cie

Surya

Cultural influences are strong at Surya with an emphasis on pattern and bold tones of color.  Many eclectic products, including rugs, lighting, pillows, and accent furniture to select from.

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Not afraid of color ? Check out Surya

Company C for Norwalk

Norwalk is another reliable source for upholstered furniture and bedding.  I always enjoy the new selections of fabrics and styles at each market which Norwalk leads with their direction in fashion and styles.

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New trends of fabrics and bedding from Company C for Norwalk

Franco Crea

It was exciting to introduce Franco Crea at my Fresh to Follow presentation.  Apart from Design to Create Memories, my other ambition is to bridge the culture gap in furniture in North America and Australia.  Franco is a very talented designer from Australia and our goal together is to manufacture his furniture in the USA for retail distribution.

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The Mesa stool from Franco Crea

This 2018 Spring High Point Market was fun.  It was a great start for me to be a part of this exciting new change in the interior design industry and to better understand that the High Point Market is more than just objects.  It’s about designers, creative directors, business women and men, enjoying and celebrating their visions from the past and of the future. This allows for the buyer to select what truly matters, which is to develop a sense of belonging in this interior world.

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My beautiful and brilliant wife, Katharine Laidlaw, at the Heart Ball of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Song of the Market –  John Legend ( Penthouse floor ft. Chance the Rapper )

I think this song is a good indication of the times we live in.  The fashion, music, politics, and the décor of the video clip definitely has a trend we are all currently experiencing.  It’s a good time to start creating good memories! I was listening to this song during the market.

“The NeoCon of the South”

“The NeoCon of the South”

It was a privilege to be the guest speaker for the new contract showroom for Furnitureland South.  Vey nice showroom with the best manufactures to select from and great consultants.  Congratulations to owners Jeff and Jason Harris and Director Daniel Whicker. Big things are happening for Furnitureland South.

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Contract Furnitureland South Showroom in North Carolina.