Its now about you and the emotional values you bring into your workplace. By Angelo Adamo – Creative Director for Design Elemental


The open space workplace is now a thought from the past.  There will be new strategies on how to implement a healthy work environment that is not intruding in people’s personal space. 

The most important phase of design is the initial phase called programming.  This is when a team of designers rely on feedback from the client regarding the structure of the firm, its brand strategy, and growth analysis. 

In 2016, I was the lead designer for Wake Forest University Sports Performance Center and a corporate office for Pike Electric.  All had different requirements, but the main emphasis was to identify the core brand of their business and how to achieve the best possible results in function and appeal. 

What we now must consider is for employees and students the flexibility to work from home or away from campus.  This means, designing an office is no longer about the brand of a business but more about you.

My principles of design are divided into categories such as balance, function, form, saturation of light and color, harmony, and detail. These categories are considered not on the individual, but the dynamics of a group. Now, the main categories for a home office must include personal values, flexibility, noise levels, digital access, and organization.

Most of us do not have the luxury of a new office space with modern features at home.  Typically, our choices are dining tables, small guest rooms, or the basement.  At the end of the day, we are then left with a messy space filled with open folders and empty coffee mugs.

However, there are ways to design an office that provides positive solutions to your work environment.  

This is my Design Strategy for home offices:


Adding photos or posters of your favorite artwork requires restraint.  Consider these factors when adding to your home office.

Select art, photos, or objects that have a positive reaction to your memories.  I have a photo of my wife from a while back when we were traveling Italy.  We were young and enthusiastic about life and how traveling was our method for trusting each other. 

Images of my two little girls always puts a smile on my face.  Every time I glimpse at Laila and Delphine, I remember myself saying to them “to never give up and do not be afraid to fail”.  I guess this memory encourages me to do the same thing.

Above my desk are drawings of the Eden Variety Theater in Paris and the Dorly Cartes Opera House in London. When I was 6 years old, I lived in Italy where my parents are from before immigrating to Australia.  I recall the day that my father, Giacinto Adamo, took me to La Scala Opera House in Milan.  His cousin was doing building repairs at the backstage, so I was able to tour the entire theater.  How can a 6-year-old child ever forget that?  I still have vivid memories of gold trim, hand crafted medallions, and the grand red velvet drapes.  Experiencing this with my father and listening opera with him is why I have a passion for theater design.  Fortunately, in 2015, I was the project manager for the renovation of the Raleigh Theater at the Duke Center for the Performing Arts, in Raleigh, North Carolina.   


On my desk I keep a book that my mother-in-law gave me for Xmas. I am obsessed with “The Italian Design Factories” from Interni. I am always intrigued by the originality of design and how artists can affect your way of thinking. When I need a 5-minute break from looking at the screen, I have this book to help me focus on the true reasons why I became a designer.


To be organized is to be prepared.  I have a leather mini filing cabinet that I keep essentials that are small enough to get lost in a drawer.  This handsome black leather storage unit is small enough the fit on my desk and large enough to become a detail. 

The Chopstick Holder is from a cool store in NYC called Pearl River Mart.  My wife and I worked in NYC for 5 years which were the most exciting but exhausting times. Still, they were awesome memories.

I like to use two note pads. I have a journal for notes and scribbling and a smaller book for sketches. I am not a big fan on sticky notes because inevitably they disappear.

Filing cabinets are essential and it beats having a book shelve filled with manila folders.  The objective is not to over pack your filings cabinets. Baskets are a great concept for storing oversize items, especially if your do not have a bookshelf.This ornate vintage box is a classic.  I hide my bills and other important information that I need for easy access.

I recommend pin up boards for displaying information that can be easily accessible and to be inspired.

I also use Trello, a pin-up board app, that can be installed on your smartphone or computer.  This system provides a methodological approach in project organization and management.  I have boards for collecting design concepts, vendor information, daily tasks, and client programming.


I have a Bose Bluetooth speaker on my desk that is easily transferred from one room to another.  I like background music as it provides me background music, especially if my girls are playing and making noise.   I am fortunate that my finished basement office has good noise reduction levels, but when I need total focus, I also use my Beats Noise Reduction headset. 


If I were not in love with these original Baker chairs, I would recommend an ergonomic chair from Humanscale or Herman Miller.  However, once you finish working then a fine piece of furniture is more appealing than an ergonomic chair.  This is a tough decision, but I personally take the side of beauty before comfort.


If you are fortunate to have natural light in your office, then you do not need to worry about ambient lighting.  However, most of us need an LED desk light for task lighting and a taller table lamp for surround lighting.  Having two lamps instead of one helps to balance light without creating shadows at the corners of the desk. 

The future of office design is now about you.  Control your surroundings by adding your personal brand and values to your workday.  Angelo Adamo

Consider these factories when designing your office space:

  • Add items to your desk that you have a positive reaction to your day like artwork, photos, and objects.
  • Include storage boxes for a better organized system. 
  • Do not clutter your desk.
  • Once you leave your home office, your desk becomes a vignette so hide the stationary supplies and your “To-Do list”.
  • Use ambient lighting with your LED task lighting.  Once you are done for the day, you can turn off the task lighting but still have the ambient light available.
  • Have a book on your desk that keeps you inspired when you have a 5-minute break.
  • Control your sound by using a Bluetooth device.

Life is all about change. My theory on Human Sense Connectivity is to connect to your senses and to focus on the memories that has had a positive effect in your life. These are moments that you should cherish and to build upon. Positive memories are essential during difficult times, so look deep and find out what your true values are. It’s time to add your brand to your work life.

Angelo Adamo – May 19th 2020

Updated Website for Angelo Adamo Design

Updated Website for Angelo Adamo Design
The new Angelo Adamo Design website –

I am thrilled to announce my new partnership with Socks Construction with the formation of Design Elemental, a design-build-live studio. The studio will include luxury retail, interior design and architectural services, and the revolutionary build method called Component Construction.

As Creative Director for Socks Construction, I am leading the branding development for Design Elemental’s exclusive ceramic tiles, plumbing fixtures, cabinetry, and home scent and body products labeled Adamo – (my last name which is Latin for people).

new business logo

Design Elemental is currently producing a new website which is due to be released before the opening of the studio during summer 2020. Please follow us via Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

For my information on Design Elemental, visit . Contact me direct at for branding or business opportunities.






I left Australia in 1996 to the USA to experience life away from home. My walkabout has taken me to extraordinary places like Chicago, NYC, North Carolina, and now Northern Michigan. I initially started my career as a sports scientist which led me to interior design. Creating an atmosphere for athletes to win is to prepare the perfect environment before it occurs. This is also true for interiors. My philosophy of design is not about objects or things but to sync the mind and body to a meaningful environment that helps you gain clarity and trust.

After 23 years learning design in the USA, I now have ability to open Design Elemental, which mentors home and business owners to create spaces that enrich their lifestyles and stimulate meaningful memories.

Rendering of the new complex using our Component Construction Systems

Its been my vision to guide clients through an aesthetic exploration of color, texture, and scent. My trademark philosophy Human Sense Connectivity, provides a personal approach to design, evoking elements to memory, space, and nature.

MODERN STATE on State Street in Traverse City, Michigan – Design Elemental’s first Component Construction due early January 2020.

In partnership with Socks Construction and Component Construction Systems, Design Elemental uses state-of-the-art component construction, a sustainable building method more economical and environmentally respectful than traditional construction. Our revolutionary way of building saves time, conserves resources, and minimizes waste, enabling us to offer luxury living and high-end living spaces with low environmental impact.

Design Elemental Tile Brand (DE) – Porcelain Tile from US & Italy

Rooted in the harmony of nature and the science of memory visualization, Design Elemental’s philosophy unites individual style with subtle elements of our natural world to create sophisticated, minimalist spaces tailored to each client’s unique palate.

Design Elemental tile (DE) available soon at the new Traverse City Studio

Socks Construction to open new Design Studio

Socks Construction to open new Design Studio


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.

Salt Box Homes by Socks Construction and Jonathan Lee Architects

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.

New Perspectives

New Perspectives

It’s that time of year when you start to reminisce and think about your accomplishments. Personally, I am excited that this was a year of change which I find cleansing and uplifting.

Vignette setting from the video clip “Roll Some Mo”

With changes comes challenges but it’s these moments when you take more risks and create opportunities that are foreseeable.

This year, I discovered that my position as a designer is to create memories for others that affect their senses, positively and emotionally. Design to Create Memories is the topic I presented during the Las Vegas Furniture Market in July. It’s about design that’s more than just an object or a thing. It’s the ability to connect with your senses that are conjoined to memories that have an emotional reaction to an inside space.

Fashion style from the video clip “Roll Some Mo”

This has led me to Hometherapy. It’s a brand I will be launching in Michigan that specializes in color, texture, and scent. These are the 3 areas that I am able to lead because of my science background, my experiences in Australia and the USA, and as a first generation Italian Heritage which nourished my passions for interior living.

Streaming music, downloading interiors, and tracking fashion via social media, is forcing a louder voice for individuality and purpose.

Vignette setting from the video clip “Roll Some Mo”

There is a no longer a right or wrong with what you sing, wear, or design but how you formulate a harmonious trend or note that people can relate.

One of my design theories that I have discovered is that music is an influential factor to how we present ourselves with fashion. If you follow fashion, you notice clothing as an intrinsically motivated source for material and finish selections in the industry of interior design.

Therefore, this is why I close this year with a song. It’s an R&B single by an young artist called Lucky Daye from New Orleans.

The official song clip from YouTube (see link below) is charismatic, whimsical, cool, stylish, and colorful. It’s a great example of how a musician is taking all of the convoluted emotions of his childhood and early adulthood, and leaving them all on wax.

This raw energy is what captures ideas of expression and has inspired me into finding my own voice.

Lucky Daye

Daye quotes “everything I was told about life and God, it blew my mind to be trapped in that,” he explains. “Once I realized I was trapped, it was like… Alright, let me just right my mind. I didn’t have nothing. No money, no resources, nobody’s around me. I just started over with my perspective. That’s how the album started, and that’s how ‘Roll Some Mo’ started.”