Friday, February 3, 2017

Why I cried at the DXV Design Panel 2017 announcement?

DXV Design Panel 2017 announcement
Credit: Felix O.B. at FXO Photography

Since I got home from KBIS, friends and family called saying, "I know something BIG happened but I'm not sure what, so what's going on?" I respond with a giggle as I know several photos on facebook and instagram have been posted dubbed "the many faces of Michele Alfano"..... What's so important that could make me break down in tears? 



DXV Design Panel 2017 announcement
Credit: Pamela Copeman



Tears of joy for sure on top of something my brother Scott said to me right before the announcement. He said, " I didn't know Dad was in the room." That hit me. I got all vclempt because we both admire our father who is a renown scientist in the field of optics. It was awesome to have Scott there by my side as I take a step forward in my career. 



Me and Scott Alfano
Me and my brother Scott Alfano
Credit: Pamela Copeman



Well I got over the tears and took it all in and I told my friends that it was announced that I was on the next DXV Design Panel 2017 among three other elite designers: 
 Kati Greene Curtis Corey Damen Jenkins and Alison McRae-Habermehl. They then ask, "What is DXV?"


DXV Design Panel 2017 announcement
Credit: Rebecca Reynolds







DXV by American Standard is a portfolio of meticulously crafted fixtures and faucets that celebrate and re-imagine design movements of the past 150 years. For the past four years, they have invited designers to create stages from one of these design movements and use their products and accessories to create beautiful environments that transport us back in time but used in a modern way. I was selected for the MODERN movement, no surprise there...and have already given in my #DXVTOPSECRET design. I am flying to Minneapolis next week to present my design to DXV! I am thrilled to have this huge opportunity to showcase my Architectural eye and be a part of DXV's history in inspired design to elevate the experience of everyday living - which is in my core beliefs as a designer. Here are some of the awesome designs from the past Design Panel 2016: 


Mid-Century Resort by Pulpstudio- Beth Dotolo and Carolina Gentry
Credit: DXV




 Contemporary Beach By Genevieve Ghaleb
Credit: DXV


 The Golden Apple by Richard Anuszkiewicz
Credit: DXV
 Southern Classic by Susan Jamieson
Credit: DXV


While at KBIS, we were introduced to DXV's new beautiful collections:



Their sleek and sexy Modulus suite of contemporary luxury bath fixtures and fittings highlights an urban point of view with European influences to offer minimalist, yet functional design. The graceful Modulus countertop lavatories are offered in a variety of sizes and configurations, including marble and concrete models.





The most interesting part of the design is how one can experience the product. Jean-Jacques Lhenaff , VP of Lixil showed us how the solid surface tray is designed to perfectly fit on the counter and then can be stored over and inside the wall hung storage unit below. A very thoughtful design. 



The sinuous shape of the Modulus tub is perfect for soaking.  I love the floor mount tub filler, its so sculptural! 




The Modulus faucet below comes in different finishes and a single mount version too as shown in black below. Notice the hammered ring? 





 The ring has an assortment of finishes and you can add it to the faucet and tub filler. Love that little touch of detail! 



Thankyou to DXV, Modenus and all our wonderful sponsors of BlogTourKBIS2017 #designhounds

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