FINDING CALM… IN YOUR HOME

On a cold evening, I had a lengthy conversation with my wife about how to stay focused during hard times.  We agreed that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by so many external forces that we have no control over… like this current pandemic that’s literally halted the world. 

Being confined helps us to better understand the purpose of our homes. We now see that our interiors are not only for living but an essential space to find calm.

Calm is not like a passion where clarity, drive, and determination are the fundamentals for succeeding.  Calm is finding a space to trust that reflects your personal memories of strength and wellbeing.

Calm is by far holds greater importance during times of despair.  Calm is remembering the peaceful moments that attribute to your happiness and positive outlook. 

My calm moments are the times I spent growing up in Australia. My connection to nature and to family celebrations are the building blocks to my memories associated to specific colors like this aqua sea blue color.

My regular morning walks at Grange Beach – my home in South Australia. My relationship with weathered wood and white trim comes from memories of this jetty.

My theory of Human Sense Connectivity explores the relationship between memories and external influences (see previous blog on Human Sense Connectivity).  Therefore, the initial stage of design should focus on personal experiences and lifestyle.

The first steps to finding meaning within your interiors are to start isolating your thoughts and start filtering the memories that have had a positive impact.  These flashbacks become the roadmap to your style and design direction.

The Modern Component Construction Flagship Home

I am working on a project for Design Elemental Studio as our Flagship Modern Home in Northern Michigan. My objective is to showcase our new way of design and build using component construction systems. Component Construction is the customization of prefab homes with an emphasis on a meaningful and purposeful interior.

Exterior Concepts that allows natural light and air flow into the inside environment. These linear lines and darker and warmer tones remind me of the Adelaide Hills in South Australia.

If you are fortunate to design your home from the initial programming phase, it is important to accumulate enough details that will help you move forward into the next phase. The preliminary design phase begins the filtering process of materials and to start emphasizing the balance of color and contrast of texture.

A New Way of Living

Having room to breathe does not mean you need more square footage. You need to prioritize the efficiencies of each room and how your organize objects and furniture. I typically visualize each space before I decide on a design direction. Having floor plans and elevations are a great source to help visualize.

Kitchen rending of Design Elementals Flagship Home in Northern Michigan. Larger windows and bi-fold sliding glass doors are a key feature to the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Having a courtyard is the new backyard. I grew up in Australia but my family was from Italy. I remember the courtyards in Italy that allowed for neighbors to gather and for children to play. My concept of this courtyard will be accessed by the kitchen and dining room for entertainment.

The Kitchen

I will be using large slab porcelain tile for the flooring in the entertainment spaces and hardwood flooring in the living spaces. The tile will then flow into the outside courtyards to obtain consistency between spaces. The holistic combination of stone and wood represents nature and a connection to the environment. The horizontal surfaces are reflective and neutral. A wood ceiling provides a balance to the neutral tones.

The Living Areas

These images of the study and entertainment room provides an escape from an open space plan. Cabinetry design is a key factor for luxury living and how customizing millwork elevates Component Construction from your typical prefab homes. Design Elemental Studio has an exclusive line of custom cabinets available to make your home more personal.

The Corridors

First impression is everything, so having a strong looking corridor and a front entrance will then be the catalyst of the remaining spaces.

The Bedrooms

I really like how this king bed frame has a built-in desk behind it, rather than the bed going against a wall. The double bunk beds are perfect if you have younger children who like to have sleepovers with friends. The book casing encasing the window frame is a great addition when guests come to stay and would like to read or browse.

The Bathrooms

Bathrooms are very personal. Tile plays such an important factor to the design which is why Design Elemental Studio has an exclusive range of porcelain tile available for our homes.

Changing the way we think about our interiors

Designing your space is a process and requires a mentor who can retrieve information from your memories to build a more meaningful and impactful solution to your home. It’s not just about the aesthetic appeal but how you find calm amongst a hectic and consuming world. This is a new approach to design and an assertive process to build a sustainable and efficient luxury lifestyle.

COMING SOON – PART TWO – DESIGN DOCUMENTING YOUR SPACE.

My daughter and I spending time with our Aussie family in Florence, Italy 2019

It Starts Within – Building your home one Component at a time.

By the Creative Director of Design Elemental – Angelo Adamo

December 5th, 2019 Traverse City, Michigan

The year of 2019 was a remarkable year and perhaps the turning point with my profession. For me, it has always been meeting the right people at the right time. Meeting my wife Katharine, for example, has not only given me two beautiful children but the courage to never give up. It is imperative to have strong relationships.

Meeting Micheal Sherman and Dave Socks were another important moment. My introduction between Component Construction Systems and Socks Construction was perfect timing and combining these two brilliant firms are now pioneering the movement of the design build industry.

As the creative director and partner of Design Elemental, we now have a team that are reinventing the method of prefabricating buildings using a new system called Component Construction using custom designs with designer labels, which is considered the next generation of prefab buildings.

Our studio has modernized and improved the construction of prefab structures and the efficiency of delivery. However, unlike most prefab buildings, we have maintained the authenticity a design studio adds when customizing a building. Our focus are on the intricate details of classic and modern periods of architecture and design. These patented designs of components are now the core to Design Elemental’s brands strategy.

La Quinta do Muro is a project by Pierre Louis Faloci, a French architect who built it between 1983 and 1988. He received the prize “ L’Equerre d”Argent” in 1996, the highest French prize for architecture. A possible concept using Component Construction for future projects.

Dave Socks and his family, Charlie and John, have created a reputation as a high-quality builder and well-respected developers in Michigan.  Their ability to solve issues with calm and genuine sincerity is why their brand continues to grow. In the last 15 years, the urban landscape of Traverse City, a beautiful waterfront town that becomes a holiday destination in the summer, has become an attractive and cultural environment because of Socks Construction’s investments and leadership.  

Design Elemental is a full device studio, offering attainable building practices to unite spaces with personal values. The partnerships between Socks Construction, Component Construction Systems, and me, identifies quality craftmanship, bespoke architecture, quality-controlled construction, sustainable solutions, and luxury interior products.

Visual Inspiration for the new Design Elemental Studio opening in 2020, Traverse City, MI

With my experiences as a designer and a coach’s mentor, the market no longer wants just a home with more efficiencies, sustainable benefits, and economical values.

The next generation of homeowners are looking for a place to belong to. Today, we face a symptom called “information overload” because we carry devices in our hands with easy access to almost everything. This is preventing us from what we humans should be doing, which is connecting to our senses for a harmonious bond to the environment.

In Australia, as a young lad I had a clear vision. Explore the world and discover a more meaningful and purposeful life.  I have spent the last 23 years learning to connect memories by giving a purpose to an object or thing.  This philosophy, called Human Sense Connectivity, is to create a space that can have a profound affect towards decision making, restoring energy, and wellness. 

It’s only taken 25 years to figure this out but my formula in life is quite simple. Clarity + Direction = Passion. What’s more significant is that without passion, you do not have a formula. Also, I have realized that nothing lasts forever, but something inside of me feels that memories do.

In summer of 2021, Design Elemental will open its first flagship studio, introducing our designer label partners – Duchateau, Palecek, Polywood, Luxe Tile, Adamo Scent, First Class Closets, and Rizzoli NYC.

Our services includes realty, design and architecture, construction and build, project management, site installation, furnishing and decor, audio & visual, and window treatments. A complete turn-key service that reduces lead times to 4-6 months, a sustainable build with minimal waste, quality control of design, better structurally built system that are hurricane and earthquake resistant, and a lot more cost effective.

This is the new way of building a luxury home or multi complex that relates to today’s modern lifestyle and fashion.

For more information, please visit http://www.designelementalstudio.com for further details.

AA