MODERN DESIGNS FOR EVERYDAY LIVING
Michele Alfano is the founder and creative director of MICHELE ALFANO DESIGN, a collaborative studio focused on the nexus of interior design and technology. Daughter of an inventor, Michele creates objects and spaces that are poetic, and bold based on the belief that everyone deserves influential design to enhance the experience of daily living. She brings her approach, a “tailored emotional intelligence,” to life by beckoning spaces to challenge you to think, feel and want to touch.
Trained as an a architect, Michele is recognized for her architectural eye and dedication to creating customized interiors and architectural details for each project. Her architectonic signature reveals a crisp modern point of view fused with an imaginative use of color, form, pattern and texture producing visually sleek, masculine sophistication.
It is her construction knowledge and people skills that create positive experiences for her clients and the contractors who work with her. Her functional style balances contradictions, presents clear spatial organization, continuity, and the pure expression of form.
Michele says,” People and their connection to space has always been the forefront of my work. It was my design Iwataya Passage in Fukuoka, Japan with the firm Walker Group/CNI that reflects my philosophy in totality.” It was a project using multi-media, light and the feeling of water underground. People were center stage and met with the unexpected: crossing a bridge when in reality they are walking through a tunnel. The project was recognized by Architectural Record and Interior Magazine, and represents a career of significant awards including an AIA Honors Award.
Her design blog MOD Design Guru is an extension of her studio. It is a “design tank” to investigate how innovators are changing the way we live our lives today and tomorrow from emerging artists to premier design voices in the field of architecture, interiors, product and decor. Voted Best Architecture Blog 2014 JDR Industry Awards and #6 on the Modenus Top 100 Interior Design blogs 2014 you should follow.
Within five years of founding MoD Design Guru, she has travelled to Spain with Tile of Spain, Germany, California and Vegas with Modenus Blog Tours. On these trips, she was sponsored by amazing brands like Tile of Spain, Miele, Mr. Steam, DXV by American Standard, Zephyr, Blanco, Du Verre, NKBA, Modenus and Axor. Requests to write for a variety of these brands have been extremely exciting. In 2012, she was invited by Brizo to participate in Blogger 19- a select group of elite designers who attend New York Fashion week to see Jason Wu launch his couture collection.
Her philanthropic work in the design community is important to her. For the past five years, she has connected with the DIFFA organization designing unique picnic experiences for the DIFFA Picnic by Design Event. This charity event redefines the concept of a traditional picnic where 25 designers come together to create innovative picnic basket experiences on an urban NYC rooftop. Michele believes its a perfect event to showcase her perspective on design.
Michele is an allied member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), holds a M.Arch. (Masters of Architecture) from the University at Buffalo and holds a Bachelors in Applied Mathematics from Union College.