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.

AA

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

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

Design to Create Memories

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
AA

 

Reincarnation & the Dining Room

Reincarnation & the Dining Room

Life after death fascinates me. I’ve always felt that there is a reason to live which then carries to an afterlife.  I am also curious whether our senses travel when they disappear from our physical body, transcending to the elements of the environment. It’s like a rollercoaster of senses that has a beginning, an ending, and perhaps another beginning.

When I was studying my sports science degree in Australia, I was motivated to find ways to help athletes become better then their opponents by triggering their senses.  But first, I had to achieve this feeling myself.  I read a fair amount of motivating books but there was one book that changed my perception and understanding of self awareness. This book is called “The Complete Peaceful Warriors Way” by author Dan Millman.

Dan MillmanA great book to get in touch with your senses

So what if we build our senses to the point that it could affect our presence that guides us to a better path.  I believe this can happen and I am now aware that we can stimulate our five senses through multiple ways in an interior space. There is one particular room in a home that aligns all senses. The dining room.

This is a space where you are able to sit at a position and look directly into someone eyes, share the same aromas of a cooked meal, discuss stories and concerns, and taste the pleasures of food and drink. The dining room is where you start to teach your children and grow with your spouse. Unfortunately, it appears that we as a society have forgotten the function of the dining room.

I feel like its my duty to bring back the importance of the dining room and to refocus on perfecting our senses.  Getting in touch with our senses can create better memories for our children.  It is helping me with my children.

There are subtle things that can change the function of the dining room, such as the shape of the table. A rectangle dining table provides an intimate setting compared to a round dining table. Although its easier to have a conversation with a round table, you sit further away from the person opposite to you. Wall sconces and floor/table lamps illuminate the corners of the room in the evening which balances the pendant above the table.  Illuminating the corners of the room is crucial because it defines the angles allowing you to feel comfortable of your surroundings. Adding color and texture can enlighten a dining room.

The dining room is a blank canvas that allows you to explore your creative flair and personal style.  Legendary designer Albert Hadley once quoted that ” decoration is really about creating a quality of life, and a beauty in that life that nourishes the soul, that makes life beautiful”.

Top song to design your dining room – Nightmares on Wax (Shape your Future)

When I first started my career in New York City,  I began an internship with Cullman & Kravis.  I was the only male working amongst 14 young and stylish women.  I felt a little out of place but I was inspired by Ellie Cullman and the respect she had from her staff and clients.  I really enjoyed my time with this firm and it were these moments that set a higher standard for me.  I also learnt from Ellie the values of building long lasting relationships.  Her book, Decorating Master Class, is a classic guide to decorating for a “modern traditional” aesthetic.  I am always referring to her design opinion.

Cullman & Kravis A guide to decorating by a leading firm in NYC

All of these dining rooms (see images) from Cullman & Kravis show the clients interests in furniture, art, light fixtures, color, and texture.

Cullman & Kravis 1Urban City  – Sophisticated Dining Room by Cullman & Kravis

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Clean and Modern – A welcoming dining room by Cullman & Kravis
Cullman & Kravis 2Traditional setting with an emphasis on abstract art by Cullman & Kravis
Cullman & Kravis 4Strong architectural details with colors to reflect the countryside by Cullman & Kravis

It’s a struggle to control our outside world and it’s easy to loose connection to your senses.  We are continually ignoring what we are feeling through compulsive habits that technology and social media are leading us towards.

It’s time to rebuild the dining room so that there is no escape from hiding your senses.  It’s time to sit down and enjoy your children’s voice again and look into their eyes.

Whether you believe in reincarnation or not, start working on improving your senses and create your new dining room. This will help you live better for this moment, for your future and everybody else’s future around you.

AA

Going through some changes.

Going through some changes.

Life is full of changes whether you like it or not, good or bad.  It can be unpredictable or something you are craving for.  It’s life’s motions of going back and forth, up or down.  I have this theory that there is never a right or wrong choice, but it’s how you perceive the next step of change.

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Cole & Son Wallpaper by Martyn Lawrence Ballard/ Schumacher new Fabric & Wallpaper

The colors, voices, and visions of your future are judged by you and only you. Life’s changes in your interior space is a representation of where you are now.  It’s your story of the moment that includes memories of your past.  However, it is important on how you put it all together.

Top Song for Change – Rhye ( Count To Five)

So far in 2018, there are big changes in fabric, tile, wallpaper, and furniture styles and selections.  Bold colors, intricate patterns, culture symbols, mixed use of materials, and abstract forms are making a loud noise in the interior world.   These are statements that yearn for more freedom, more movement, more glamour, and more reasons to be you.  It’s no doubt that changes are hard, but what I do know is that it’s never the wrong time to make the right change.  AA

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Mosaic Tile from Domus UK.                                               Shelving from Bungalow 5

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Side Tables from Bungalow 5                                         Floral Dress from Jil Sander 2018 Spring
Jil Sander Movie 3.PNGContrasting colors and abstract patterns from the new 2018 Spring Collection for Jil Sander

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Tailored Sofa with a burnt orange fabric from Holly Hunt