JLA delivers quality, sustainable design on an accelerated timeline
Lee Architects (JLA) is breaking new ground in modular construction. Backed by decades of
experience in residential design and years of research and development, JLA is
pioneering new means and methods that save time, conserve resources and
The goal—create a one-stop-shop that
can produce beautiful, efficient, functional spaces more quickly and more
affordably than traditional construction methods can.
To that end, JLA is collaborating with
Angelo Adamo Design of Traverse City. Angelo is an accomplished designer with a
keen eye and a profound understanding of interior spaces and how we experience
them. A first-generation
Italian/Australian, Angelo has established a design philosophy based on the science
of perception using his modernist approach toward comfortable living. Angelo encourages
meaningful and harmonious environments by fusing emotions to texture, color and
Together, JLA and Angelo Adamo
Design are transforming an industry—changing not only the way we build, but the
way we think about design and the role it plays in our lives.
Syracuse, IN – POLYWOOD, the originator of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastic materials, officially introduced their Design Ambassador Program for 2019. The company has collaborated with three prominent interior designers who will pair their own unique styles to create beautiful outdoor spaces with POLYWOOD furniture.
“There’s a shift happening in the market which speaks directly to our
foundation at POLYWOOD. Our founders’ original mission of stewardship, to do
something meaningful for future generations, remains at our core,” stated Megan
Pierson, SVP of Business Development. “Sustainability in design continues to
gain momentum and we’re thrilled to team up with talented designers to help us
to tell that story.”
Along with increased consumer interest in sustainable outdoor
materials, outdoor spaces are becoming an extension of the indoors. “Everything
from furniture and decor (pillows, ottomans, rugs, decorative accents) are now
being designed specifically to look like indoor furniture and decor, but for
your outdoor space,” explained Farah Merhi, Founder of Inspire Me! Home Decor.
“This allows us to create beautiful outdoor sanctuaries that feel just as cozy
as your indoor space.”
POLYWOOD Design Ambassadors include:
Shayla Copas, Author, IDS,
Founder and Principal Designer of Shayla Copas Interiors
“After touring the POLYWOOD campus and gaining an understanding of the integrity of POLYWOOD products, I knew immediately they were a company I wanted to work with. Not only does POLYWOOD build products with longevity, they build relationships that last a lifetime.” -Shayla
Farah Merhi, Founder and CEO
of the Inspire Me! Home Decor Brand, the most followed home decor platform on
Instagram. Designer of the Inspire Me! furniture and home decor line.
“The moment I
heard the POLYWOOD brand story and experienced for myself how durable the
furniture is, I was sold! Their focus is to offer their customers products that
are environmentally friendly, visually appealing and made to withstand the test
of time. That’s a powerful combination! I’m excited to be working with a
company that truly focuses on their customer’s needs.” -Farah
Angelo Adamo, International
Interior Designer, Interior Branding Expert, Founder and Principal Designer of
Angelo Adamo Design
“POLYWOOD is more
than a line of products. It’s a philosophy. They’ve created an entire business
model around sustainability and an appreciation for the beauty of the outdoors.
As an Australian, I am passionate about protecting our natural resources and
encouraging stewardship of our environment. I’m thrilled to represent a company
whose products speak to the way I choose to live.” -Angelo
Together the design ambassadors will collaborate with POLYWOOD on a
wide variety of projects throughout 2019. “We’re thrilled to have the
opportunity to work with Shayla, Farah, and Angelo,” said Lindsay Schleis, VP
of Business Development. “Their work, insight, and perspectives are nothing
less than genuine — they represent who we are perfectly, each in their own
To follow along and be the first to see behind-the-scenes content,
follow @polywoodoutdoor on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
In the late 1980’s government mandated recycling programs were in full
swing. As the use of plastic in the U.S. grew, the need to transform the
overabundance of recycled plastic into something new was greater than ever.
POLYWOOD saw an opportunity in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic
specifically — an extremely durable and weather resistant material, perfect for
outdoor furniture. Today, POLYWOOD recycles an average of 400,000 milk jugs per
day. Truckloads of recycled milk jugs are transformed into genuine POLYWOOD
lumber which is then used to construct the wide array of POLYWOOD Adirondack
chairs, rocking chairs, benches, gliders, deep seating, dining, and more!
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.
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.”
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MoveCenter prioritizes in customer satisfaction and realizes that for best results, you must rely on services that have accomplished and succeeded in the field of interior design. Also, Angelo is originally from Australia and understands the complications of relocating and developing a new home.
Picking up and moving your family halfway across the country is never easy.
Trying to make a new house feel like its home is even harder.
Traverse City Designer Angelo Adamo, with Angelo Adamo Design, had to do that a few months ago. Now he’s taking us back inside his new house to give us some background on his eye on design.
Most often when new homes are built, they have an open kitchen area that extends to the living area,” Adamo says.
That open floorplan is definitely a selling point, but can also provide specific challenges for new homeowners.
“There are ways of separating the living area to the eating area, because sometimes it’s hard to do that in an awkward space if it’s a rectangle layout,” he says.
Adamo had that issue with his new home’s space, but he knew how to make the most of it.
“It’s three spaces in one, and we didn’t want to lose a table that we cherish where we eat all the time, so I decided that we added a sectional that has beautiful linear lines that creates sort of an angle between one room and another,” Adamo says. “And then a couple of things like a bench and a table, instead of chairs, and the bench can go against the wall so it doesn’t provide a corridor. And then adding mirrors to the wall to reflect lighting and adding ambient lighting so when it gets a little darker, you have table lamps and light fixtures to enhance the light appeal.”
Another thing he had to keep in mind was the existing decor of the room.
“I went with neutral fabrics, it’s the detail for the architecture, the mill-work of the fireplace and the Brazilian cherry of the flooring, it’s very dark, so I went very neutral with the fabrics so the accent colors I got was through the pillows, and the wicker baskets, and the throws and the plants that I added. It all came together.”
When determining paint colors and lighting, Angelo says realize seasons and time of day make a difference.
“Go a couple of different times of the day and see how much natural light you get, because that will help you evaluate what you need to use for colors, whether you need to repaint a certain color whether you need to tone it down a little bit,” he says. “I added a chandelier in the living room to add a bit more substance to the height of the room.”
It was a chandelier that he moved from the dining room, and as a whole, he was able to make this house work with furniture and pieces the family already had.
“Take stock of your inventory so whatever you have that you want to bring with you, measure it, take photos of it,” he says. “Does it need to be reupholstered does it need a throw pillow on there? Does it need something to work in this new environment, and if it doesn’t, don’t hold on to it even if it has a sentimental value. Either create a space for it, or don’t bring it.”
From the beautiful outdoor spaces to the cozy living room and more formal dining room, Angelo had a vision, followed through and created a home that quickly made Northern Michigan home for his family.
“Putting your personal touch into, it is just the little things, it’s that processes, it’s the organizing of these processes that make a difference,” Adamo says.