Design to Create Memories
Angelo Adamo is an interior designer—and he is re-making the interior of his new Traverse City home into something of his very own.
Adamo has promised to allow us to watch his progress and pick up some pro advice along the way.
His first bit of advice on what’s hot in interior colors right now are milky white and chocolate browns, both of which he says work well with natural materials like timber.
Watch the video above to learn more about how he intends to brighten up and modernize the interior of his home, and stick with ‘the four’ to see his progress as his work continues.
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Angelo Adamo grew up in Australia, went on to work with olympians as a sports scientist, and later found his passion in interior design. Today, as a designer and blogger, Adamo faces no shortage of inspiration. He draws from his diverse background, experiences, and surroundings to create memorable and meaningful designs for his clients.
We recently chatted with Adamo to learn more about his design philosophy, how he gets inspired, and how he finds balance between creativity and the business side of design.
It was such a pleasure recording a podcast episode with Nick May for on The Chaise Lounge. There were discussions on how “Design to Create Memories” can influence interiors with an emphasis on substance and clarity, and how the program, Design Manager, has helped my business with project management and accounting . Stay tune at angeloondesign.com for the podcast release date coming soon!
Living in Italy as a 6-year-old with my parents had a profound effect on my creativity and craving for history and tradition. Since then, I remember the smell of moss at the Villa D’Este Rome (The Avenue of 100 Fountains), the color and texture of Pompeii, the grandeur of La Scala in Milan, the historical towns of Positano, and the canals in Venice.
There was one item that my mother, Emilia, had brought me at the Vatican that changed my perception of the color, blue. It was a light blue colored rosary bead. I wasn’t sure how to use it, but I was intrigued by the pristine and innocent color. It was these moments at the Vatican when my mother gave me this rosary bead that caused this color evolution for me.
Now, this color triggers a sense of enlightenment, tradition, family, curiosity, tranquility, beauty, and happiness.
There were two opportunities that I was able to use blue as the primary color for a residential and a workplace project. I then had to visually explain why this was the right choice and how this scheme related to their space.
My residential client purchased a lovely home in the Woodlands, Texas. Both are career professionals that value family time and entertaining with friends, so the focus was to redesign the dining room into a special and inviting space.
The dining room is in the middle of the house that has a wall filled with large windows looking into a courtyard. Therefore, there was a good amount natural light. I wanted to introduce a damask wall-covering from Cole & Son which had a reflective silver imprint that would help reflect the natural light. We then traveled to Houston and New Orleans for Italian and French 1900 century antiques and lighting that had soft natural tones with ornate details. Th rug and accessories were sourced at the Decorator Center Houston.
I recognized that their dining room had to have a sense belonging and an attraction that appeals to special moments. Blue was the perfect color for this scenario. The design would be a blend of history, culture, vitality, and sophisticated styles.
My client Pike Electric wanted a space where everybody could be open to discussion and ideas, and to problem solve. Even though Pike Electric’s logo is blue, it was important that I structured other shades of blue to balance the darker tone. My source for axillary furniture that had the perfect blue fabric was from Andreu World, one of my favorite sources for commercial projects.
This is an example of how memory of colors effects our environment. My perception of blue has transcended into the lives of others, now influencing their interiors that represent a higher level of wellbeing to build fond memories for the future.
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.
7 Steps to Clarity for a Designer by Angelo Adamo
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.