We are getting in the spirit a little early this year with our HAND PAINTED Holiday Collections. Twenty-five years ago, Design Works International started as a hand paint design studio. The brush and pencil were the tools of the day. Now, technology has affected every aspect of our lives, including what we do here and we are PROUD to say that we are still hand painting many of our designs.
Whether you are influenced by classical or modern artists, being able to create traditionally is essential. From the Cubist portraits by Picasso and Salvador Dali’s Surrealist creations at The Museum of Modern Art, we look to the brush for inspiration.
Book Culture, an independent bookstore in New York City, announced its plan to open a third location at 450 Columbus Ave. They hope to connect with the neighborhood and drum up excitement to meet its yearly sales goal. Chris Doeblin, the owner of Book Culture, has invited Upper West Siders to “Post It” graffiti so they can write their feelings about having a neighborhood bookstore. They’re trying to get the community involved and committed to support this independent bookstore!
At Design Works International we love creating Trends Boards that inspire our work in the studio…Vibrations is all about bright, fun colors mixed with substrates like wood and lucite. Our print focus is large scale geometric patterns in one or two colors that can be mixed and matched together creating a bold, yet clean, print and pattern story.
We are so excited for the launch of our Home Collection which is a collaboration of prints and patterns exclusively for the Home Markets, with a focus on bedding, wallpaper and upholstery. This collection is truly a “Worldwide Collaboration” as we are working with designers from our NYC studio as well as international designers in both CAD and hand painted styles.
For the past 20 years, Design Works International has attended Heimtex reporting on trend and products, but this year in addition to trend reporting, we will showcase our newest Home Collection. We are excited and honored to be a part of this International Textile Show in Frankfurt Germany from January 14th-17th 2015
Come visit Design Works International at Booth G81 Hall 4-2.
The HGTV Magazine staff started out the New Year with a refreshed, refurnished, and revamped conference room! All thanks to our friends at HGTV HOME!
The redo experts took our boring office space, and transformed it into a stylish, colorful, and cozy spot for meetings, brainstorming, and okay, a little partying! Check out our before and after pictures below. Plus find details on specific paint colors, fabric patterns, and more HGTV HOME furniture and products used in the makeover.
Left to Right. Nancy Fire, HGTV HOME Design Director, Sara Peterson, Editor in Chief HGTV Magazine, Carol Crawford, Director of Marketing, Consumer products at HGTV HOME
Chairs: HGTV HOME Furniture Collection Dining Chair (2572 and 2572-02A) in Smoke (HG73, fabric and 9, color) with nailhead trim Dining Table:
HGTV HOME Caravan Rectangular Dining Table in Two-Tone (4386) Credenza:
HGTV HOME Caravan Entertainment Credenza in Midnight (9486) Rug: HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw Nirvana in Gray (00500) Tray Tables:
HGTV HOME Design Studio at Bassett Style Boost Tray Table (6HG7-K604) in Green Pillow Fabrics:
All HGTV HOME fabrics are available at Jo-Ann fabric stores or joann.com. Like a Diamond in Fog (window seat), Round Trip in Lagoon, Souvenir Scroll in Lagoon and Fog, and Chevron Chic in Harvest Paint Colors:
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams in Cooled Blue (SW 6759) on the walls, and Sealskin (SW 7675) underneath the window seat.
This past weekend I happened to stumble upon what I call “A Treasure Chest of Goodies” at the Small Holdings Farm in Aquebogue, NY. For all us designers out there, it is getting harder and harder to find great antiques and “barn finds” that are affordable and allow us the opportunity to be used for our DIY projects.
The Small Holdings Farm is home to a large barn filled with many trinkets, furniture and rustic finds outside on the perimeter of the property. If you like to repaint, reclaim or just repurpose, I would highly suggest paying the Small Holdings Farm a visit!
They specialize in farmhouse decor, painted furniture, country cottage, industrial, reclaimed and renamed items. It is truly one of North Fork’s best kept secrets on Long Island NY. They are located in Aquebogue at 965 Main Street and their number is 631-722-3342. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. -Enjoy Treasure Hunting!
At Design Works International we love creating trend boards that inspire us in our everyday designing in the studio. Urban Collective showcases a unique and sustainable lifestyle with detail in woven and textured fabrics. Colors are earth-toned with pops of mid-tone accents.
Often at Design Works International we talk about “The Fusion of Fashion and Home”. Recently, at The High Point Furniture Market, I had the pleasure of interviewing a colleague of mine, a gentleman who is somewhat of a Renaissance Man; Mr. Bill Evans of Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently Bill is designing fashion pieces from home furnishing fabrics. He admires these types of fabrics and loves the vintage sensibility he can bring to fashion. His many “One Of’s” fashion pieces, including vintage tweed jackets with button details can be acquired through him in Charlotte.
He began his career at The Bell Telephone Company after he studied at Wake Forest University on a Football Scholarship. After 4 years at Bell, he realized that his passion was design and started to design furniture case goods for Kewaunee in North Carolina. His passion for design grew and Bill turned to the automobile industry and he worked for Jaguar for many years before finally committing to fashion design full time. He too is a true believer in “The Fusion of Fashion and Home” philosophy.
Global Views is a home decor wholesale company with collections that blend various styles to make pieces that are elegant, exotic and refined.
I am never disappointed with their style and sensibility. They are the task masters in reinventing beautiful styles by updating their collections constantly! From textiles to furniture and decorative accessories, Global Views is on trend in print, pattern and product style… at Design Works International these are known as the “3 Perfect P’s”!!
Hate to say we told you so but back on September 19th DESIGNWORKSSTYLE.COM spoke about Berry Bliss as a current trend in the market. That was from Nancy’s trip to Europe. We now have these photos from High Point to back up our blog post… Trending are berry tones in woven geometrics, prints and patterns as well as stripes and updated chevrons. These beautiful pics were taken at The Bassett Showroom IHFC, 12th floor and are the perfect mix of berry color combinations.
Another post from High Point Furniture Market, but this is “Out and About Town with Mr. Brown High Point Furniture Market”
For those of you attending the High Point Furniture Market… it pays to venture into the town of High Point and head to Mr. Brown on 114-116 East Kivett Street (corner of Wrenn) and check out their “hidden treasures” of upholstery and case goods with interesting prints and woven designs. Mr Brown is a duplex store with many interesting products for the home and is not shy of color and personality with a focus on updated classics.
Nancy here, as promised still sharing from The High Point Furniture Market!!
Market might be over but the excitement is not…. Have to share “Legacy Home” because I was so impressed with their style, sense of color and fabric choices…a well merchandised and styled line of bedding, pillows, drapery and headboards. See for yourself as you view the following fab prints, patterns and weaves! Legacy Home Collections are available through-the-trade and their website is legacylinens.com
After spending the past week at the High Point Furniture Market -The World’s Showcase for Home Furnishings with more than 2,000 furniture, home decor and accessories exhibitors with over 75,000 attendees from 100+ countries, my focus this week on designworkstyle.com will be dedicated to sharing these great styles and sensibilities with you!
Funny how I never feel overwhelmed shopping at The High Point Furniture Market…so many different styles and sensibilities to see.
So much talent in one location focusing on the most innovative new products, very unique merchandising concepts and updated trends that keep this wonderful industry exciting.
Speaking of exciting…..At HGTV HOME “Fresh Modern” is the newest style with “The City Center Collection”, an updated take on classic design. Mixing textured fabrics, woven geometrics and melange twists, “City Center” creates a new and inspiring lifestyle through updated furniture pieces that are current on trend and classic in theme.
Our Founder, Nancy Fire of Design Works International and HGTV HOME Design Director, spent this past week at The HIGH POINT FURNITURE MARKET in North Carolina reporting on the most amazing Home Trends in the industry. If you are home furnishings fanatics like us, watch out next week for posts on all the amazing chairs, fabrics, sofas, accessories…
The countryside in South Wales oozes an amazing rustic charm. All the textures that come together to give the landscape and structures such a great feel. Such wonderful inspiration from a beautiful country.
Cork is quite possibly one of the better materials for any type of creating; fashion and home included. Oak trees that grow in the western Mediterranean form thick, rugged and corky bark. Over time, this park can develop a considerable thickness and can be harvested every 10-12 years as cork. The harvesting of the cork does not harm the tree, and the a new layer of cork regrows, making it a renewable resource.
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InGlobal Greats: Home Design’s Creative Hits from a Worldwide Perspective | Sunday, Oct. 19 @ 11 a.m.Nancy Fire, founder of Design Works International and design director of HGTV HOME, will share the best in worldwide design gleaned from her recent travels in Paris, Amsterdam, London and Wales. Join us for an inside look at the home, fashion and lifestyle designs that will inspire home product ideas in the coming seasons.
As much as creativity is an individual, personal act, we believe that being able to share ideas and collaborate with other artists and designers makes us more creative. As you saw in our post last Friday, we began sharing our collaborations with you, today we look back at one of the masters of the 20th Century to inspire us to further greatness. Keep an eye out for our “Creative Collaboration” series to find out how we continue to feed our creativity and grow as designers.
Nancy Fire of Design Works International attended Maison Objet and Paris Design Week and snapped this candid photo of a stylish yet relaxed pair.
“Our friend Nancy Fire, founder of Design Works International, takes inspiration from every part of life and integrates those experiences into her work. Whether it is the creamy foam of a cappuccino with its brown crust or the blush of a young woman’s cheek, Fire is a collector of details. This approach creates designs that are unique and completely original for each client.
Fire recently attended Maison Objet and Paris Design Week and snapped some candid photos of locals lounging around in the Marais area of Paris. This inspired us to seek design inspiration in the everyday things – people and their fashions.”
Repetitive tiles are in at Design Works International. We are inspired by soft color textured tiles… a trend that we have been following from ceramic bath and kitchen tiles. Now these beautiful patterns are seen in soft home products to compliment the hard good home sensibility.
We’re excited to present the first in a series of collaborations.
Selina Briggs, a senior designer here at Design Works International, will be at New York Comic Con this weekend loads of fun Jelly the Robot collectibles. Make sure you stop by Booth 401 at the Javtiz Center and say hello when you pick up her 3rd comic, “The Story of Jelly the Pirate”! She will be debuting a bunch of new items including some exclusive, custom NYCC items that are guaranteed to sell out!
Click the image to visit her website and find out more!
Fatboy is an imaginative lifestyle brand that brings energizing comfort to the outdoors. With their newest collection that uses color and is design friendly, these original outdoor products are just what I needed to ‘chill’ for a while at Maison.
Talk about cozy comfort in style!
Personally, I love the Tipi/Yurt inspired hammocks in tangerine, turquoise and pink! -Nancy
TRENDING…Graphic Geometric Patterns on dec pillows, rugs and accent chairs.
Here are 3 examples focusing on simple shapes, updated color and bold lines. CLICK IMAGES TO SEE MORE
Consider a pattern scale change when mixing prints.
This repeated geometric patterned rug is great as a focal point in the room, paired with a simple textured sofa allows you to add dec pillows with similar colors from the rug.
Black and White graphics, no matter how bold always allow you to add pops of color in any space.
Printing mixing is a great way to add stylish updates to any space, some simple considerations like color and scale of a pattern are important elements to consider. All photos were taken at Maison Objet and in Paris shops. Enjoy! CLICK IMAGES TO SEE MORE
Look closely..we ONLY have 2 prints and two textures in this room setting, its the different materials and colors that make this “patterned experience” work!
BOLD, graphic patterns using classic black and white with an updated mix of neutral tones on various substrates makes this print ensemble palatable.
Updated pastels mixed with neutrals on light colored grounds make this print mix fresh and fun.
Paris…ok so we know that you know this is the capital and most populous city in France and that it is situated on that famous Seine River. It is also where twice a year Maison Objet & Paris Design Week happen allowing designers from allover the world to view the most awesome home products…
Did you know… Maison & Objet translates to “House Object”? The actual tag line for this Amazing Show in France that takes place two times a year (January & September)..is “trade fair reserved for professional dedicated to lifestyle, decoration and design”. Hey, I think that includes so many of us designers; so here is a sneak peek to tempt you… Enjoy! -Nancy
Everyone needs an ottoman or stool. It’s a very useful accessory for the home. I found some ottomans/ stools on Etsy and at WorldMarket pictured below.
Next Step is to find the PRINT & PATTERN
You can purchase designs on our online gallery at Design Works International and then have it printed digitally at First2Print, our sister company. They have a variety of fabrics you can choose from. You can also have your own custom design printed at First2Print.
These designs below are currently available for purchase:
Now It’s time to assemble your PRODUCT.
I already had an ottoman at home,so I decided to change out the solid fabric for an updated PRINT & PATTERN fabric. Below is a simple How-To for upholstering your ottoman.
Nancy Fire, Creative Director of Design Works International, was honored to be featured in the most recent issue of NY Moves Magazine, talking about design and the impact of women in the design industry.
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