Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MoD Must Haves: Automobile inspired Tecnogas Superiore Ranges



MoD Must Haves
stylish, tactile, novel 
for range design lovers





Inspired by art, cuisine and engineering. This sums up Tecnogas Superiorepremium range and hood options for any home kitchen.

Barbuto NYC has an open kitchen concept where the chefs are right on front of you preparing your meal. A perfect place to break bread and learn more about the company's heritage and how Tecnogas is starting to release their ranges to a broader U.S. market. 


With the Tecnogas and Flying Camel families, Rebecca Reynolds, Chuck Wheelock, Glen Pelaso, Vernoka Miller 

The ranges  are manufactured in the Po river area in Emilia, Italy also known  as “Motor Valley” with Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati motorcycle factories close by. Their designs have wonderful detailing borrowing influences from the automobile industry like chrome accents and analog knobs.



 DECO collection

The DECO collection can be personalized to your color and trim preference. I love the black range with bronze accents. So dramatic!





The  Matte red is usually painted with chrome accessories reimagining the '50s and the iconic Cadillac 



Manufactured with triple pane glass, the Panorama window stays cool to the touch even when the oven is heated at very high temperatures. So great if your a home chef with little kids running around.

Their ranges defines innovation with its three zone cooktop, dual gas burners, four induction zones and electric griddle. Tecnogas also has a collection of ventilation hoods distinctive for both performance and style. Connect with Tecnogas on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and their WEBSITE 



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Monday, November 21, 2016

Fractals in Design

I'm excited to share an article that I contributed on the Stacy Garcia Life-Styled website. The article talked about fractals and how they exist all around us and are now emerging in decor, fashion, furniture and in art. I tell my story how I was an Applied Mathematics major in college and how fractal structures affected my path into design. 


Michele Alfano's Molecular Basket
image credit: Erik Bardin


For DIFFA Picnic by Design 2016, I designed a molecular basket design which embodied a fractal nature with patterns essentially repeating over and over again. Inspired by atoms, the design revealed how we are all made out of atoms - our bodies and the universe. The universe is made up of 5% atoms and the rest dark matter and energy. Astronomers as well as medical researchers are on the brink of discoveries whether it be the vast unknown or diseases like AIDS. The molecular basket stands as a beacon of hope. I worked with Tiago Fonseca of Five Star Millwork who brought my design to life.



Michele Alfano's Molecular Basket design.  Built by Tiago Fonseca
image credit: Michele Alfano



Here are some other images of the Picnic design. Sarkos generously sponsored their amazing  hand-painted wallcovering called Cosmos which I used as place-mats.





Michele Alfano and Tiago Fonseca of Five Star Millwork



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Monday, September 12, 2016

Handcrafted Batik and Mudcloth Textile trend in Home Design



Elaborately patterned handmade textiles for 2017 home design are forecasted according to celeb designer Genevieve Gorder. At the HGTV magazine NYC Blogger Block party  she discussed the kind of prints that we have been noticing on the runways with bold, repeating, intricate motifs set against backgrounds of varying hues. 


Derek Lam 2016 Fall Fashion Week

I love the bright colors but I am definitely favoring the black and white palates with tighter patterns and geometric shapes. These patterned influences are from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The Dutch went over to West and Central Africa where they took a liking to the local handicrafts and brought batik back to Indonesia. That's how the crossover happened. Batik textiles come from an old technique of wax-resist dying. The process is basically applying wax to a cloth and then dyed over that wax to create a pattern.  



In home design we will be seeing different textiles like Mudcloth, Batik, and Barkcloth. Take a look at some cool ways these textiles can be used.



The 19th century wing-back chair renovated by Patina rentals in NYC was recovered with a beautifully textured Mud Cloth from Mali. 






African  Mudcloth

Mudcloths are handwoven in Mali Africa. These authentic decorative textiles can be hung on the wall, placed on a bed, a pillow, a chair or thrown over a couch. 




Love the Mali textile especially on a dining table with accents of pink and rose!!



TableScape with African Mudcloth



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