WELCOME

We are a design focused studio and boutique offering an unpredictable mix of products and services located in Black Mountain, NC. Our motto of right brain creative meets the left brain linear while our mentality lies in having resourceful and sustainable projects. Master Artist, Jose L. Bello, leads a team of dedicated artisans who help create community with creativity. Corinne Bello oversees the boutique, creates events & workshops. Come visit us and you may find some artwork for your walls, reclaimed furniture, antiques, oddities, vintage inspired and true vintage clothing.

WHAT WE DO

Design Driven is exploring and researching new materials and ideas. Our focus is on the process: practice, repetition, learning through our work on interiors and exteriors. We explore color, material, proportion, texture and form. Design Driven is the process of studying these possibilities, learning from them and creating with them.

Our boutique is an eclectic fusion of vintage inspired new designers, authentic vintage clothing, colorful festival wear, local artisan crafted accessories and jewelry. We also have a collection of items that evoke the spirit, such as: smudge wands, ceremonial staffs, locally mined stone jewelry, leather wares, essential oils, and locally made organic skin care. We have in-house artisans flameworking glass jewelry and sewing custom apparel. It’s a unique mix that changes daily as we expand our studio!

BEFORE & AFTER

CEILING FEATURE AND STAIRWAY

Radial Ceiling feature with custom hewn beams and ornamental design application on plaster.  Lime stone veneer stairway and soffet.

Interior Design Before 3
Interior Design After 3

MEDITERRANEAN REVIVAL

1970’s beach house transforms to Mediterranean revival.  All design elements for walls, ceilings, vaults, floors and fireplace created by Bello art team.

Interior Design Before 2
Interior Design After 2

ARTISTIC MEDIA ENCLOSURE

Inspired by DaVinci, an artistic media enclosure was developed by Bello art team, along with the coffer ceilings and lime plaster walls.

Interior Design Before 1
Interior Design After 1

VINTAGE ULTRA LOUNGE

Vintage Ultra Lounge entrance consisting of a precast concrete portico with hand crafted steel door.

Steel door before image
Steel door after image

EXTERIOR LANDSCAPE AND ENTRY

Exterior landscape and entry designed by J. Bello, in addition to all architectural details, friezes, and hand carved keystone.

Landscape and entry before
Landscape and entry before

TUSCAN FACADE

A Tuscan facade: limestone veneer walls, niches, and fireplace.

Tuscan facade before
Tuscan facade after

Upcoming Events

  • MEnD, REPURPOSE, CREATE OR ExTEnD THE lIFE OF YOUR FAvORITE PIECE

    Bring in your old t-shirt to convert it into a skirt, or old socks into fingerless gloves, make gator collars out of old sweaters, or simply bring in a well loved article of clothing that you would like to preserve. Master Seamstress & Fiber Putzer, Suzanne Hosch, will instruct each of us while ...

    February 24 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm