Who We Are

Award Winning Cleveland Architect & Design Builder

Harmoni Designs and Harmoni Build. It’s a simple concept, really. Harmoni is the Danish word for harmony.  And harmony is exactly what we strive for when designing spaces for our clients to live and work in. Harmony at home, at work and at play. Harmony with self, with community and with the planet.

Why Danish, you might ask? Martin Johannessen, president & founder of Harmoni Designs and Harmoni Build, was born, raised and received his initial professional training in Denmark.  He earned his Constructing Architect degree there before becoming a registered NCARB Certified Architect in the U.S.

Whether it’s a new home or an existing structure needing a re-design, we create inviting spaces that put you and your family in a harmonious environment that compliments your lifestyle – all while maintaining a respectful awareness of the surrounding natural space. We strive for sustainable, eco-friendly building options that are healthier for us all in the long term. Being green is not simply about energy savings; it’s about having a healthy place to live & work, to harness your own potential creativity and productivity!

A master carpenter, Martin’s training in old world styles and techniques produces cabinetry and woodwork that is built to last – a trait many of us envy about our parents’ generations of quality products.  We use natural materials, much of it hard woods, that create a sense of quality, durability and a design sensibility that speaks to our desire for beauty from natural elements. We’ll choose walnut or beech over particle-board any day, thank you.

Sustainable bamboo

Harmoni Designs and Harmoni Build provides a diverse range of architectural, interior design, general contracting, design-build & construction management services, for both residential & commercial projects.  Whether you simply need professional help with design or are looking for an experienced true design-build partner that can work closely with you from concept all the way through completion of construction, we are here to help.

Even though Harmoni Designs will work closely with you to create a unique design, whether traditional, transitional or modern, that clearly defines you, it’s no secret that Martin’s defining signature style is Danish Contemporary. To be clear, this is not the look of your grandparents’ 1970’s wood-paneled rec room. The style traces its inspiration from the organic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early prairie houses as well as influences from Japanese architecture – both channeling the fluidity of nature between the interior and exterior of everyday spaces.

Danish Contemporary design blends natural light and dark woods to create dramatic, breath-taking internal spaces. The designs often allow for natural light and enhance the beauty of natural surroundings to bring a peaceful, calming environment to living & working spaces.

Our Services

Architecture, General Contracting, Design-Build, Residential, Commercial, Warm Danish Design, Scandinavian Design, Contemporary Design, Interior Design, Green Building Design and Consulting, Design Consulting, Organic Architecture, Traditional Design, Transitional Design, Construction Management, Custom Homes, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Decks, Garages, Remodeling, Renovation, Additions, Office Space, Tenant Improvements, Medical Offices, Hospitals, Restaurants, Retail Space, Country Clubs, Educational Institutions, Recreation Centers, Historic Preservation, Fine Wood Detailing and so much more.

Our Unique Process

Do construction projects really have to be so complicated?  Do you really need to look around for an architect, an interior designer, a kitchen designer, a bathroom designer, and then a general contractor, only have everyone point fingers at each other when something doesn’t go right?  We certainly don’t think so and that is exactly why we created our concept through creation process.  Everything you need in one place and with the same quality conscious people who truly cares about your project from the first dream building session to the day your project is completed.  

My husband and I bought a home that met many of our needs but not necessarily our wants. We hired Martin Johannessen/Harmoni Design to help us get our thoughts on paper and start the process of designing our vision. Martin was fantastic. He listened to our thoughts and ideas and guided us on the best way to execute. He is extremely talented, creative, reliable and was a pleasure to work with. He kept in contact with us throughout so we knew where we were in the process and what to expect as far as next steps. We feel lucky to have found Martin.
Channa Wirick


  • Requirement Gathering
  • Programming
  • Site Analysis
  • Conceptual Design
  • Green Project Objectives
  • Design Phases
  • Energy Engineering
  • Interiors and Material Selections
  • Specifications
  • Healthy Indoor Planning
  • Quality Control


  • Establish Building Team
  • Permit Processing
  • Cost Estimating
  • Transparent Open Book Budgeting
  • Construction Scheduling
  • Contract Creation and Signing
  • Quality Checks


  • Construction Project Management
  • General Contracting
  • Construction Administration
  • Inspections
  • Quality Control
  • Payment Processing
  • Project Closeout
  • Follow-Ups

Our Commitment

We will strive to create quality buildings that are wonderful to live and work in while respecting the environment. We will strive to create products and buildings that contribute to our clients’ happiness and wellness.