Human Sense Connectivity

A new approach to Interior Design

Angelo Adamo, principal director for Design Elemental Studio(Michigan, US), is setting his sights into the future of modern day interiors using a scientific method called Human Sense Connectivity (HSC). The study of HSC is to create an interior that is based on the individual’s memories of color, texture, and scent.

Modern Bathroom by Design Elemental Studio

It all began growing up in Australia and spending time with his Italian grandparents in Naples, Italy. “It was the most influential time of my life when I was able to experience the culture and history of the Italians and how their style of living is based on the values of scent, color, and texture.”

Before entering the design industry Angelo graduated as a sports scientist. His specialty was coaching Australian athletes using visualization techniques and memory consulting. ” Winning should not be the main objective in sport. Its finding clarity that allows for someone to win regardless of the result. This method of clarity builds a road map for passions to move forward with a self-awareness and drive that doesn’t rely on external factors.” This is now Angelo’s method as principal director.

Living the in USA since 1996 has allowed Angelo to blend his science background into the field of interior design. After graduating at the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, he started his career in NYC with renown firms like Sandra Nunnerley Inc. and Darren Henault Interiors. Moving to North Carolina was another learning process that broaden Angelo’s perspective in commercial, workplace, and institutional designs.

Design Elemental Studio’s Show Home – Summer 2022

“I had an opportunity in North Carolina to better understand design phases for corporate and commercial interiors. However, it was difficult to allow my theory of human sense connectivity to formulate because architect firms can be a very structured and systematic.”

After 23 years of experiencing the design and build industry in the USA, the universe had finally discovered Angelo when relocating to Traverse City, Michigan. ” My wife created this opportunity as she became the VP of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Traverse City is a location that I felt connected to because of the environment reminded me of Adelaide, my home in Australia.”

Angelo has the platform to refine his practice and identify his unique approach. ” Social media gives us information overload and doesn’t allow us to judge on emotional reactions. Our current values are coming from what the eye evaluates rather from the base of our memories. Typically, we make decisions on what is familiar and how things effect us. Therefore, focusing specifically on the memory of scent, color, and texture, provides clarity and purpose to material and objects.”

Angelo is also developing a scent line called Adamo that will be available at the Design Elemental Studio coming Summer 2022. ” I have always admired aromatherapy and the influences of scent. I am developing home and skin care products that relate to our interior aesthetics, reflecting nature, lush materials , and our perception of modern day living.”

The Color Blue – How memory of colors can influence your environment.

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Villa D’Este Rome – The Avenue of 100 Fountains

Living in Italy as a 6-year-old with my parents had a profound effect on my creativity and craving for history and tradition. Since then, I remember the smell of moss at the Villa D’Este Rome (The Avenue of 100 Fountains), the color and texture of Pompeii, the grandeur of La Scala in Milan, the historical towns of Positano, and the canals in Venice.

PompeiiThe ruins of Pompeii

There was one item that my mother, Emilia, had bought me at the Vatican that changed my perception of the color, blue. It was a light blue colored rosary bead. I wasn’t sure how to use it, but I was intrigued by the pristine and innocent color. It was these moments at the Vatican when my mother gave me this rosary bead that caused this color evolution for me.

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The Blue Rosary Beads.

Now, this color triggers a sense of enlightenment, tradition, family, curiosity, tranquility, beauty, and happiness.

There were two opportunities that I was able to use blue as the primary color for a residential and a workplace project. I then had to visually explain why this was the right choice and how this scheme related to their space.


My residential client purchased a lovely home in the Woodlands, Texas. Both are career professionals that value family time and entertaining with friends, so the focus was to redesign the dining room into a special and inviting space.

Before Shot of Dining Room

My clients dining room before renovations.

The dining room is in the middle of the house that has a wall filled with large windows looking into a courtyard. Therefore, there was a good amount natural light. I wanted to introduce a damask wall-covering from Cole & Son which had a reflective silver imprint that would help reflect the natural light. We then traveled to Houston and New Orleans for Italian and French 1900 century antiques and lighting that had soft natural tones with ornate details. The rug and accessories were sourced at the Decorator Center Houston.

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Dining room with blue colors – Schumacher fabric window treatment, Cole & Son wall-covering.

I recognized that their dining room had to have a sense belonging and an attraction that appeals to special moments. Blue was the perfect color for this scenario. The design would be a blend of history, culture, vitality, and sophisticated styles.


My client Pike Electric wanted a space where everybody could be open to discussion, ideas, and problem solving. Even though Pike Electric’s logo is blue, it was important that I structured other shades of blue to balance the darker tone. My source for auxiliary furniture that had the perfect blue fabric was from Andreu World, one of my favorite sources for commercial projects.

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Pike Electric – Winston-Salem, NC

This is an example of how memory of colors affects our environment. My perception of blue has transcended into the lives of others, now influencing their interiors that represent a higher level of wellbeing to build fond memories for the future.

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