“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.

Portrait of Jeff Jason and Me

Jeff and Jason Harris (Owners of Furnitureland South)Vignette
Contract Furnitureland South Showroom in North Carolina. 

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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Going Home

Going Home

Its been 8 years since I left Adelaide and my family.  I now embark a return journey with two beautiful girls and a dear and wonderful wife.  This is the world that I grew up dreaming and thinking about the importance of space that we live and work in.  Family and tradition is the keystone in making the right choices in life and how you design your way of thoughts.  I can’t wait for my children to feel the same way as I do.  More information on Adelaide to come.

A beautiful score from Alexandre Desplat for the movie The Shape of Water.  This music reminds me of Adelaide and the adventures I have had with my Italian family. I hope you enjoy!

Angelo Adamo & Andreu World

Angelo Adamo & Andreu World

I am so excited to announce that Andreu World has selected two projects, Pike Electric and Local 27101,  for their upcoming 2018/19 hospitality catalogue.  It is such an honor to be recognized by the Spanish manufacture. I consider Andreu World as one of the most high regarded furniture manufacture in the hospitality and workplace industry.

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Pike Electric                                        Local 27101

Angelo Adamo guest speaker at the High Point Furniture Market, Spring 2018.

Angelo Adamo guest speaker at the High Point Furniture Market, Spring 2018.

Join Angelo Adamo and Cindy Hodnett for a discussion about the intersect of architecture and design. As an expert in interior branding, they will examine how architecture can transform and elevate commercial and hospitality design and spaces.

Fresh to Follow: Angelo Adamo
04/15/2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Suites at Market Square Seminar Room (SAMS T-1014)
Speakers: Angelo Adamo – Angelo Adamo Design
Cindy Hodnett – International Market Centers

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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

Cullman & Kravis 3

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.

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