DESIGN ELEMENTAL STUDIO

DESIGN ELEMENTAL STUDIO

SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2019 – TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN.

RENDERING OF THE NEW DESIGN ELEMENTAL STUDIO IN TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN

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

DESIGN ELEMENTAL
DESIGN BUILD LIFESTYLE 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.”

www.youtube.com/watch

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IN THE AIR TONIGHT

IN THE AIR TONIGHT

Do you remember a song that had a profound influence in your life?  A song that would stick with you and have a huge impact on your taste of art, music, and fashion.  There was a song that changed my life when I was 8 years old.

This song was playing in the car while my parents drove me to school, but I wasn’t sure who the artist was. Then one night, this song appeared in the background of my dream. This dream was so intense that I still remember the feeling when I woke up with such adrenaline and visions.  I had asked my cousin and we tried to puzzle who this was.  I didn’t have a record player at that time in the early 80’s, so I had to wait to hear it again on radio.

Then the day came.  It was “In The Air Tonight”, by Phil Collins.

Model 2

When I was younger in Chicago during a modeling shoot for Jil Sander-  I was listening to George Michael during 1996-1998 

Instantly, I became a PC and Genesis junkie.  As a teenager, I would visualize the future while running down Grange and Henley Beach in my home town (South Australia) with my Sony Walkman.  Now, it’s the flashback of memories that helps me remember the times growing up in Australia.  This was when I was building direction, a picture of my next phase, a snapshot of who I want to be as a man.

Music can be inspiring and have an influence on our lives like the music of Phil Collins did for me.  I am living in the USA as a Design Mentor because of my abilities to remember elements that effects our emotions.  For me, design is more than an object or a thing. Design to Create Memories is my philosophy that I have established in the USA.  It’s the ability to connect to our senses to create an interior that relates to your story or perception. It’s design that goes beyond the things themselves, that looks at the individual, the needs of a changing world searching for new signals, as well as at beauty and emotion in the everyday things.

Asking your client if music had an affect in their lives can trigger memories of the past.  This can lead towards the types of colors, scents, textures, objects that have relevance during the programming phase of design.

I still enjoy listening to Genesis and it continues to remind me of my home in Adelaide. I can remember the ocean breeze, the pasta sauce cooking in mum’s kitchen, the sound of a cricket game playing on TV, and the music of Phil Collins on my CD player. It’s just another day in paradise for me!

Ange’s Top 11 Phil Collins/Genesis Songs

1.In the Air Tonight (PC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkADj0TPrJA

2. You Might Recall, (Genesis)

https://youtu.be/YsV-1FDLTW0

3. Evidence of Autumn (Genesis)

https://youtu.be/E8h0Wz6Z5nU?t=57

4. Blood on the Rooftops (Genesis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeZRdd_1b4g

5. One More Night (PC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKVq-P3z5Vg

6. If Leaving Me Is Easy (PC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oan3gaHuZT8

7. Follow You, Follow Me (Genesis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9zj11gf9Qk

8. I Don’t Care Anymore (PC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLpfbcXTeo8&index=2&list=PLYWmtN3eLBncGNkrcn0MetozKWU09pxLo

9. No Reply At All (Genesis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI0fk_gCdzE

10. I am Not Moving (PC)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHznvYvrz1U

11. Its Gonna Get Better (Genesis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orUiNGXHg7Q

Design to Create Memories

Design to Create Memories
An amazing beach resort, Port Elliot, South Australia.

Joseph Vineyard

Joseph Vineyard – McLaren Vale, South Australia

I am not sure if I am still jet lagged from my trip back home to Adelaide that I last visited 7 years ago but I am feeling an out-of-body experience. Memories that I have kept with me since leaving Australia in 1996 I have now shared with my two beautiful daughters and wife. My appreciation for my family and the landscape for Adelaide is now deeper with even a greater bond between my heritage and land.

Star of Greece Cafe

My favorite restaurant in the world – The Star of Greece, Aldinga Beach, South Australia

This closeness has helped me develop a sensitivity to time and how we perceive our surroundings.  Building such memories filled with passion and emotion has given me a better understanding of the elements which affects our senses relating to the way we live and grow.

Central Market

The Central Market has a lot of memories for me as a child.  The aromas and visuals are remarkable.  Adelaide, South Australia

Design to Create Memories is my philosophy that I have established as a designer in the USA.  It’s the ability to connect to our senses in order to create an interior that relates to your story or perception.

Downtown Adelaide

The streets of downtown Adelaide.

“It’s design that goes beyond the things themselves, that looks at the people, the needs of changing world searching for new signals, as well as at beauty and emotion in the everyday things”.

Rundle Mall

The cosmopolitan vide of Rundle Mall, Adelaide, South Australia.

Reaching a certain level of clarity is the key to meet the requirements when designing a space either for residential, workplace, or commercial interiors. Also, its important to establish relationships with the furniture markets, especially The High Point and Las Vegas Furniture Markets, that can bridge the search for culture experiences and to ignite a network of creative designers and businesses of the furniture and interior industry. These efforts will enable you to enhance the design to reach the full potential for positive memories and enjoyment for the client.

The Cube - d'Areberg

The Cube – A building concept that is inspired by the complexities of winemaking. d’Arenberg Vineyards, McLaren Vale, South Australia.

I have refueled my memories from the 2018 Aussie trip and I am now ready to present Design to Create Memories at the High Point Furniture Market on April 15th, and to be a part of a talented pool of designers for the Instagram Takeover for #DesignOnHPMkt.

Adelaide Oval

The Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, South Australia.

The Botanical GardensThe Mclaren Basin

My sacred space, The Botanical Gardens.                  The McLaren Basin, Aldinga, South Australia.

The place where I connect to all of my senses – Grange Jetty, Grange, South Australia. 

I was listening to this band called Mane on the radio in Adelaide during my visit so I will always remember this song.

“The talented Adelaide based goth pop group Mane, aka Paige Renee Court, has quickly developed a sound most artists spend a career trying to perfect. The singer builds immersive soundscapes with her haunting and distinctive vocals, which weave through dark electronic sounds.” (The Music.com.au)

Let the walkabout continue!
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