Michelle Bove is one part of the brilliant duo behind the design firm DesignCase that has created the interior and architecture of Michelin Star Maydan, Immigrant Food, and Doi Moi. As owner and principal, Bove serves as a conduit for her client’s aesthetic design dreams to become a reality.
What D.C. style means to you
Michelle Bove: When I think of D.C. style, I think about the architecture [and] interior [design]. D.C.’s style is fresh: there is something beautiful about the contrast of the historic buildings with the new modern interiors, which give the city an old European feel where historical architecture meets modern interiors. D.C. style means a blending of the past, present and future. We are now seeing the lovely transition that is starting to happen with more contemporary modern materials meeting the historic fabric that is already here, which really livens the city.
Style icon and/or inspiration
Luis Barragán. His work is amazing and stands the test of time. Luis is a Mexican architect and engineer whose work is very form-based. He is also a master of color. His work [has] white walls with a pink background and a red accent. [It’s] simplistic and beautiful in such an elegant way. His work gives off an intangible feeling of elegance that is constantly in the back of my mind.
I am a very simplistic dresser, so my one essential everyone must have in their closet is a really good pair of jeans.
My personal style and design sense aren’t necessarily aligned. My personal style is very minimal. I am a T-shirt and jeans or sweater and jeans person. My wardrobe doesn’t get complicated. I stay away from patterns and keep a clean, neutral and minimal aesthetic. When it comes to the aesthetic of our work, I tend to base the design on the aesthetic and vision of the client. We take in everything we can from the client and get inside their brains so the final product portrays their independent style or brand. If you were to look at DesignCases’ projects, you would see an array of aesthetics, from maximalist to rustic, to modern — it truly depends on the client and what they are trying to achieve.
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