In the late 1970’s, I was fortunate to live with my family in Naples (Italy) where my father was born before immigrating to Australia. It was an amazing experience travelling throughout the country as a child. Even as an 8-year-old, I became aware that art, food, fashion, literature, and architecture were the dominant influences that shaped the lifestyle of Italians.
I vividly remember my visits to Pisa, Pompeii, Florence, the Vatican, and the Royal Place of Caserta in Naples. Drawing into the principles of Neoclassicism, European architects had centered their attention to forms of simplicity and symmetry that allowed builders to use materials from local quarries of natural stone and marble. The juxtaposition of vein and bold earthy textured marble with smooth white natural stone for buildings and sculptures represented how the Italians used nature as a creative source to form synergy between past and present.
I can still hear while walking into the monumental landscapes of Caserta, the sound of hundreds of flushing water fountains in the background and amongst life-sized statues of Gods and Goddesses. When I captured these memories, I forged an appreciation for natural stone and marble and is such an important material to me and my living space to obtain a sense of wellbeing. With interior design continually shifting, marble and stone will always have the healing power that reflects nature, and now be applied in kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, lighting, and home accessories
Introducing Salvatori, a family operated business from Northern Tuscany. Salvatori is part of Design Elemental Studio’s Designer Series Collection that includes natural stone floor and wall tiles, vanities and tubs, marble dining and side tables, marble home accessories and scented products. For more information visit Salvatori’s website at www.salvatori.com or contact the office of Design Elemental Studio in Traverse City, Michigan.
Creating a new perspective with Luxury Interior Design
In 1996, our principal directors’ journey from Australia to the United States resonated with his parents’ immigrating from Italy to Australia in the 1950’s. Curious and determined, Angelo Adamo discovered his passion for interior design after spending his initial 6 years in Chicago. Previously as a sport scientist, Angelo’s holistic approach in connecting to athletes by visualization and mental techniques, led to the exploration of guiding people with their living and working interiors. Our studio’s method is to extract and program client’s positive memories of color, texture, and scent as part of their interior package.
After graduating in Interior Architecture in Chicago, Angelo began his career in New York City with two prominent top AD100 designers in residential interiors. After many years as a senior designer, Angelo decided that it was time to construct a brand reflecting his unique perspectives in design and build.
In 2019, Design Elemental Studio was created in a pristine town in Northern Michigan, where the Great Lakes surrounds scenic peninsulas with green and vibrant vineyards and coastal beaches.
The combination of Angelo’s Italian heritage, his aesthetic influences while growing up in Australia, and experiences in the US has become the brand identity of Design Elemental Studio.
Angelo’s influences while growing up in Adelaide, Australia, became the base of our natural aesthetic approach for our Designer Label Series. Australian designs have a Nordic appeal but because Australia is a multicultural society, a mix of European traditions also infuses within their interiors.
Adelaide has the most vast and spectacular beaches and terrain in the country. The impact of nature should not be underestimated because of its power to heal the mind and body.
For example, Angelo’s family typically celebrated holidays gathering at picnics at reservation parks. He remembers the sounds of the local birds (especially the Kookaburras), the scent of gum trees, the dark emerald tones of the bush and red sand, and the fresh organic foods from his family’s garden.
Memories of colors, textures, and scent are embedded in our conscious and can effect on our decision making, emotional responses, and well-being. It’s time that we reconnect to our senses.
In 1978, Angelo and his family moved to Italy for a short period to become closer to his grandparents and cousins. This was the time in Angelo’s life that he built his passions in fashion and design.
Trips to Teatro Alla Scala Opera House, the ruins of Pompeii, the gardens of Caserta, the blue grottos of Capri, and watching live the inauguration of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican City, were just some of the moments captured.
Our Designer Label Series is curated through Italy’s innovation in fashion and design. Angelo’s relationship with Italian manufactures opens a direct access for our Designer Label Series with the finest craftmanship in luxury products of flooring, furniture, lighting, bedding, and houseware.
Angelo’s 26-year experiences in the United States has accumulated into Design Elemental Studio’s lifestyle brand, which implements a sense of purpose and comfort. By using Italian made products, we surround our natural aesthetic interiors with high-quality and sharp tailoring products, combining luxury with wellness.
Design Elemental Studio is planning its first store location in Northern Michigan with the prospects of developing partnerships with investors in luxury hotel and high end condominium projects.