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Episode 106: Michele Alfano

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Michele Alfano and her blog, MoD Design Guru, is a road map to cleverly modern design…..a celebration of thinking-outside-the-box design across architecture, interior, furniture, product and decor. A design tank that is constantly in search of Fresh Ideas and about design that stimulates, fascinates, engages the user and considers its impact on the environment. New and emergent materials are what breeds innovation and paves the way for designers to bring you the latest in creative design. MoD Design Guru’s mission is to investigate how innovators are changing the way we live our lives today and tomorrow…

Fresh ideas sums up Michele as interior architect and designer of interiors and furniture, entrepreneur, philanthropist and personality. As the daughter of a pioneer in the application of light and photonics technology, she was instilled to do more than what is expected, and to be passionate and inspired in all that she does.

She loves the joint where two materials meet, the honesty in design and the beautiful expression of how things are made. Her use of color and luxe texture along with unique lighting effects create classic modern spaces. Then inject love: her outlook is to create an experience and weave a story with purity, boldness, the unexpected, amusing and the tactile.

One of her past works reflects this philosophy in totality: the Iwataya Passage in Fukuoka, Japan, used multi-media, light and the feeling of water underground. Users were met with the unexpected: crossing a bridge when in reality they are walking through a tunnel.  The project was recognized by Architectural Record and Interior Magazine, and represents a career of significant awards including an AIA Honors Award.


As an entrepreneur, she created MoDDesignGuru.com which has earned almost every accolade available for a design site.  It’s more than a site – it’s a “design tank.”  The mission: to investigate how innovators are changing the way we live our lives today and tomorrow from emerging artists to premier design voices in the fields of architecture, interior, product and decor.

Her design philosophy is injected into her blog and reflects her belief that good design impacts lifestyle, stimulates, fascinates, engages the user, and considers its impact on the environment.


Within two years of launching MoD Design Guru, the weblog was voted Best Architecture Blog 2014 and Top 100 Interior Design Blogs that you should read and follow. With the blog,  she’s gone global traveling to Cologne Germany with Modenus Blog Tour 2012 and as well as Blog Tour California 2014 and have been tapped by Brizo to participate in Blogger 19- a select group of social media experts who attend New York Fashion week to see Jason Wu launch his couture collections each year.


She likes to give back with some philanthropic work. As one of its premier designers for the past three years, she’s designed unique picnic experiences for the DIFFA Picnic by Design Event (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Picnic by Design. This charity event redefines the concept of a traditional picnic where 40 designers come together to create innovative picnic basket experiences on an urban rooftop. She believes it’s a perfect event to showcase my unique perspective on design.


Explore Michele’s Blog here


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