You want a FREE & Insta-worthy experience in NYC this weekend?

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Wait, what? It’s free?! Good afternoon, from Design Works International!

We sure had a good (actually GREAT!) afternoon exploring the Brit + Co pop-up-shop in SOHO today. Want to make pom-pom earrings? Play arcade games and eat cupcakes? How about pet with a giant sequin wall or have some Italian gelato? All of this is FREE (yes, free) this weekend.

Now, you might ask, Design Works, why is all this amazing stuff free? Well, Brit + Co wants women to feel empowered and be able to express their best self. Everything lends itself to a digital, social and experiential conversation about the GOOD that women can achieve in all areas of their life, from good food to good style to good work and good minds, and everything good in between. We think this is pretty cool!

So #CreateGood, and go check it out this weekend! Here are some of our fav things from today’s opening.

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Our #Shoefie’s from today.

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Write what you live for and add it to the sticky wall! And treat your self to some bubblegum out of mini vintage gum-ball dispensers. 

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Play with some sequins! Don’t forget to make the pom-pom earrings you see on the right.

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A “Yum” of ping pong balls & a little reminder 🙂

Have some fun and #CreateGood!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

 

Hello, Fall! | Freebie October 2017 Wallpaper Download

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Happy October!

In honor of the beginning of Fall we are excited to kick off October with a few wallpaper downloads for your tech using elements from some of our favorite in-house prints!

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Download one, download all.

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Design Works International is a lifestyle studio located in the heart of Manhattan that’s been helping to define and capitalize on trends for over 30 years. Originally (and still) a print studio, the in-house artists at Design Works International are busy every day exploring, inspiring, and creating to bring you original prints that are on-trend and sure to sell!

Kinetic Store Design | The new trend in VM

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Lets put it in motion! As retail spaces are getting smaller, designers have to be more and more creative about what to do with all of the store’s product. The new design trend is building up, kinetically. Stores are bringing their displays to life while maximizing space in a small square footage. Conveyor belts and moving clothing rails are automated and add an entertainment factor. Going beyond that, displays can also hold stock in the ceiling area to free up premium floor space below.

Here are a few examples of the coolest kinetic stores right now

MCM’s latest concept store in Seoul has a conveyor belt, touch screen installations, and robotic displays.

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Aether store in San Fran stacked 3 shipping containers on top of each other and created a conveyor system to carry stock between all 3 floors.

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Dolce & Gabanna used kinetic design in creating a ceiling that can descend to create a special VIP room within the space.

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Our favorite! Check out this moving display on our Insta @designworksinternational from Descente Blanc in Tokyo. They created a unique stock display system that can be lowered depending on what the shopper is looking for. This same practice can also be found in their larger Fukuoka Store, creating a striking visual impact.

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Descente Blanc // Tokyo

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Descente Blanc // Fukuoka

 

Hope you got your daily dose of trend inspiration!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Hurricane Relief for Texas & Florida

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Everyone, we did it! Today, we are sending out everything we collected the past week and a half to Texas (The Texas Diaper Bank) & Florida (The Diaper Bank of Central Florida). We are really proud to see our artists and clients come together and make an impact. A big thank you to Kathleen Winton for hand-making over 15 baby blankets!

Thank you to everyone who participated. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated!

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The DW Team!

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Kathleen Winton’s AMAZING baby blankets

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The recognition print designed by the DW studio.

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

I have seen the future!

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Welcome to Worlds Fair Nano! Meredith here, social coordinator and resident millennial of DW. I explored the first-in-class future festival in Brooklyn this past weekend and had an amazing time learning all about the future of our world; everything from food and product to VR and biomechanics.

Here are the top 3 categories that caught my attention and you should know about:

VR 

Woah! My mind was absolutely blown while learning about the future of  VR & AR at the panel on Saturday morning. Ultimately, the experience is making the impossible, possible by making something far away close. The coolest thing about this was a company that had partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation in creating a VR were people can get up close & personal with the animals and in turn want to help in their conservation efforts.

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FOOD

My fav food was the “Beyond Meat” food truck where I tried a completely plant based burger. YUM!

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Some facts about Beyond Meat

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My own delicious burger!

Also I tried a snack made with cricket flour by SEEK and learned about NURAVINE the future of growing your own food & plants in your home.

PRODUCT

Now for the cool part.

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The future of night-lights. Bioluminescent pet, anyone?

 

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The future of mans best friend. Imagine a world where you take your dog everywhere with Dog Parker

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The future of safety. Meet Athena, the newest form of wearable safety accessories. 

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The future of getting around. Zip the street with the Boosted Board

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The future of personal assistants. Meet Sanbot S1. All the perks without the attitude!

 

Overall, it was the coolest Saturday I have had in a long time. The Worlds Fair Nano is coming to the west coast in January, so if you are out that way, don’t miss it! I know I’m already planning on signing up for next years NYC show.

In the name of the future (and print & pattern),

DW + Meredith

5 Red Carpet Fashion Trends to Try in Your Home | Real Simple

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real-simple-logo.pngNancy Fire & Design Works International were featured this week in Real Simple!

Immediately after the Emmy’s, Real Simple editors checked in with Design Works International to see what trends on the Red Carpet would be showing up in home design this season.

Click on this link for the full article:

 5 Red Carpet Fashion Trends to Try in Your Home | Real Simple

 

Here are 3 out of the 5. Check the article for our other 2 favorites! 

 

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

Design Works (Goes) International

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Happy Friday everyone! Before we head off into the weekend we want to share a little inspiration from our creative director, Nancy Fire, who spent the last week traveling through Paris, Lisbon, and Madrid. Nancy discovered and captured some gorgeous colors and patterns on her adventures and we thought we would share a little bit of her finds with you today! (Aren’t you lucky?) So sit back, relax, and lets go on a little trip to Europe (visually, at least).

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From the world traveler herself:

“Inspiration is everywhere in Lisbon, especially if you love Azulejos Tiles. Today these tiles are dominant in every Portuguese city and are embedded in its history and culture. The word “azulejo” means “small polished stone” and although they are not a Portuguese invention, by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles as Portugal. Over the years, azulejo tiles have become an art form used for a variety of design applications both in exterior and interior home design. Spending time in Bairro Atlo and Principe Real, two older areas of Lisbon, I spotted various azulejo tiles on homes in different color combinations and patterns.”

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Yellow, is it me you’re looking for?

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What you will learn: 3 Fall 2017 trends you should know about!

How long it will take you to read this post: 1 minute & 37 seconds 

Why you should read it: So you can be in the know… duh 

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Good morning. As Hurricane Irma is subsiding into a tropical storm and the people of Houston are beginning to recover from Harvey, we can all take a deep breath and continue in our efforts to help the people affected. With the US being hit by two record breaking hurricanes within a two week span, it is hard to talk about color, print, pattern, trend, and everything else we do everyday in the studio. Hopefully these bright, beautiful trends will make us all feel a little bit better as we let ourselves get wrapped up in something pretty, at least for a minute. That “something pretty” today will be yellow ochre! 

Now that September is fully upon us and New York Fashion will week soon behind us, we can look towards the 2017 Fall trends with ease. Let us take the guess work out of what you will be seeing:

Stripes & Plaids

We are seeing stripes and plaids more and more on the streets & on the runway this fall.

Check out this take on vertical stripes from the Dior Fall 2017 collection along with a few others…

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Hello Clueless! From the 90’s grunge inspired plaid blazers of NYFW to the Italian runway of Ferretti, we are seeing it more and more. Do you have any vintage left that you can pull out the the depths of your closet?

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Mohair Yarn & DIY 

Tactile, chunky, fuzzy, oh my!  We know people love their DIY and we keep seeing mohair yarn used to make beautiful pieces. We have never tried knitting but this makes us want to test it out! Would you?

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Also, we saw this mohair-blend coat by Michael Kors and our heart skipped a beat.

Turmeric

So, food. When thinking of yellow foods, we want to shine a light on something different than bananas and lemons. Turmeric is popping up more and more as an ingredient and these turmeric date balls are anti-inflammatory, lower your risk of heart disease, help treat depression, and help to improve your brain function. Honestly, what is not to love about them?! Plus, they are beautiful, tasty, and easy to make.

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@spinachforbreakfast Turmeric Date Balls

It looks like others are seeing the yellow ochre trend too! For more yellow ochre and trend inspiration, check out our Instagram @designworksinternational.

In the name of Print & Pattern,

DW

Design Works is collecting locally for Texas and Florida!

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Listen up!

**Update: Since the article was written, Hurricane Irma has hit Florida and devastated many families. We are expanding our diaper drive efforts to include Florida as well. Please continue to send (or let us know to pick up) diapers, wipes, adult diapers, baby supplies to, 494 8th ave, Floor 12. All of your help is much appreciated!

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We know how horrible this situation is in Houston and we want to help. No-one comes together better than New Yorkers, so lets prove it. We have been brainstorming in the studio today, and have decided we are setting up a baby diaper & wipes collection to send to The Texas Diaper Bank. They are directly helping families everyday and we want to support them in their efforts and we need YOUR help!

We want to make it EASY:

  1. Drop off diapers/wipes/non-perishable baby supplies to our studio conveniently located on 35th & 8th Ave // 494 8th Ave, Floor 12
  2. Email lisa@designworksintl.com and let us know where WE can pick up your donations (anywhere M-F, South of 125th street)
  3. You can also send a box of diapers through Amazon to our Studio (https://goo.gl/Mx5gdk)
  4. We are sending the box on Monday, September 25th, so get your donations in before then! 

In memory and recognition of people who have been affected by the storm, we have created this print- We hope you enjoy.

Looking for other ways to help? The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10. Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.

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Design Works International Texas Support Print

 

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Design Works International Florida Support Print

Freebie: September 2017 Desktop Wallpaper

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Happy September!

In honor of the start of a new season we are excited to kick off September with some wallpapers for your tech using elements of our favorite in-house prints!

This print is right on trend… do I hear Gucci calling? We don’t want to dub it grandma chic, but we know the coolest grandma out there would dig this wallpaper.

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Design Works International is a lifestyle studio located in the heart of Manhattan that’s been helping to define and capitalize on trends for over 30 years. Originally (and still) a print studio, the in-house artists at Design Works International are busy every day exploring, inspiring, and creating to bring you original prints that are on-trend and sure to sell!

Millennial Pink Overload…What will be next?

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What you will learn: How Lavender is taking over Millennial Pink in 2018

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes & 46 Seconds

Why you should read it: You will be fully informed in how Lavender is popping up in fashion, food, & beauty. 

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Millennial pink this, millennial pink that…blah blah blah, we get it. Everyone loves the color – and what is not to love? It looks good on everyone, it’s easy on the eyes, and it can transfer between fashion, textiles, and hard goods seamlessly. But by this point, we’ve been experiencing a bit of Millennial Pink overload and we’re search for something new to cleanse our palettes…

Well, DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The new new, whimsical, serene, and youthful color happens to be… Lavender! …or as some are calling it, “melodramatic purple” or “Frosted Lilac.” We are already seeing this color pop up in fashion, food, and beauty. So without further adieu, lets get started!

FASHION

We already see Lavender creeping in throughout the market place. Our girl J.Lo kicked off the lavender love with her Ralph & Russo gown in February at the Grammys. Just this past week, we saw Versace, Prada, Stella McCartney, Cavalli, Chanel, & Ferretti all showing off their lavender obsession for Resort 2018:

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On a more affordable level, New Balance’s lavender sneakers , Urban Outfitters oversized thermal sweater, and Anthropologie’s adorable elephant backpack for Fall 2017 are making their way to mass consumers.

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It’s also starting to pop up in the celebrity world, ie. Lorde’s dress at the VMA’s:

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FOOD

Just this weekend we explored the Lower East Side of Manhattan and ate a beautiful brunch at Pietro Nolita. We treated ourselves to a cocktail and chose the one with the “house infused lavender vodka,” and boy was it good! Even though it is a pink restaurant, you can see the lavender influence peaking through.

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Vanilla Lavender Limeade. Sounds good right? This recipe has over 500 pins on Pinterest and looks delicious!

BEAUTY

We have seen the metallic grey hair sweep across beauty gurus blogs, but now people are talking “frosted lavender” for their locks. When combining multiple tones of lavender, the diffusion of color adds dimension and luminous streaks to the hair. 

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Homemade lavender honey lip balm has over 2,300 re-pins and looks amazing! Incorporating lavender has never been easier with help of lavender essential oils.

As far as the colors energy goes, Colorstrology by Pantone’s “color of the day” says, “wearing, meditating, or surrounding yourself with Pastel Lavender helps you embrace love. It centers you and allows you to move through your feelings with trust and ease.” Maybe this is what our world is needing a little bit more of right now?

Lavender seems like the natural progression from Millennial Pink and we are excited to see it more readily in the marketplace. We at DW want to keep you on top of #trends and bring awareness to curated, creative, and cool people (just like you, dear reader!) Thanks for checking this out. For more Lavender inspiration, visit our Instagram: @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

What’s up with all this GREEN[ery]?!

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What you will learn: What makes Soft Sage the new “Greenery” for Fall 2017

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes

Why you should read it: We give you 3 ideas on how to work this trend into your own style

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Everyone is talking green, green, Greenery! We all know it is the 2017 Pantone color of the year and it has been seen in everything from Gucci’s green pants during their Summer 2017 shows to Tesla’s contest for a homemade eco-commercial this past May. 

As September rolls in, maybe you’re not feeling as electric green as “Greenery” and want to go for a more muted look with Fall fast approaching. That’s where Soft Sage is coming to the rescue.

Here are 3 ways to work this trend into your life, TODAY. 

1. We all need a break. Amen! You know it. I know it. We all know it. We all love to get back to nature and disconnect from technology. As all the leaves change and the kids go back to school, we will start seeing a lot more sage tones emerge in nature. Feel more connected to the surrounding landscape by adding some of that sage color to your outfit, a throw pillow on your bed, or even bringing some Sage colored succulents into your kitchen like @studionycdesign did HERE.

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Studio NYC Design added these adorable sage succulents to accent their “Phases” print.

2. Clean it out! Spring cleaning doesn’t have to wait for 2018 – clean out that linen closet or organize your pots & pans. One of the best ways cleanse the accumulated clutter & negativity in your space is to burn a stick of bundled sage in your home. This is called “smudging,” a traditional Native American practice used by many healers to offer blessings, uplift, purify, and bring positivity into the space. Look into the practice HERE, you might be surprised how calm you feel in your home after you do it. 

3. Ooo girl, you look pretty! Lets get a little beauty conscious, naturally, with Clary Sage essential oils. Combine a few drops with Chamomile for a stress-relieving bath, or add to shampoo & conditioner to promote healthy hair and scalp. You can find the small but mighty bottle HERE

FINISHED! We hope you enjoyed our little shout about how amazing Sage can be. For more Sage inspiration, visit our Instagram @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern, 

DW

Collaborating with Nature  – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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For inspiration regarding color I often take my cue from nature. This weekend I noticed that our hydrangeas were starting to bloom at our country house and I was inspired by these awesome cool tone…

for more, see: Collaborating with Nature  – Color, Chaos & Creativity

Surtex NYC Trend Update Part Two – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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Surtex NYC Trend Updates From Color, Chaos and Creativity….Part Two Colorful Contrasts highlight this season by adding fresh and fun color to an assortment of products from paper goods, table…

For more wonderful imagery: Surtex NYC Trend Update Part Two – Color, Chaos & Creativity

Surtex NYC Trend Update Part One – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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Last month at Surtex NYC, I gave a seminar on Color, Chaos and Creativity..trends relating to the fashion, home and accessory markets. Posting my first update today and will continue to post the re…

For more wonderful imagery: Surtex NYC Trend Update Part One – Color, Chaos & Creativity

Merci. Have you been?

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Have you ever been to Merci in Paris? You know that lifestyle store that has a cult following from all over the world… which I guess Includes me!! Take a detour, you will be happy you did! For more info and more beautiful images… Check this out: Merci. Have you been?

The Design Works International Mural

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Stop by and see this wonderful work of art created by our friends Tommy Taylor & Will Lawless at Senga Workshop.

 

Talking Trend at KBIS 2017!

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Our Creative Director and Design Director of HGTV HOME, Nancy Fire and Brian Patrick Flynn (Designer HGTV Dream Home) talk trend at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) in Orlando Fla.

 

Artisan Blues at KRH

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Meet Weston, our newest addition to the Kelly Ripa Home Bedding Collection at Macy’s. We love celebrating artisan blues with tones of indigo, navy, gray and rose! It’s all about pattern…

More info: Artisan Blues at KRH

 

Hey Atlanta…HGTV is in the house…

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Thanks Atlanta for coming out for our HGTV night of interior trends at the beautiful Ferguson Showroom in Buckhead Thursday night…followed by a fashion update on personal style trends with Ro…

For more information visit: Hey Atlanta…HGTV is in the house…

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Harvest Hot Colors

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Sharing some seasonal favorite finds with Harvest hot color highlights! Truly some global greats from 2016….

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High Point Market 2016 Trends | Decorating and Design Blog | HGTV

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We’re seeing color at opposite sides of the spectrum, with the softer side and the luxe side leading the way. Take a look at what you’ll be seeing in stores spring/summer 2017.

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Wynwood Miami-An Inspirational Artists Paradise

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Finally had a moment to explore the streets of Wynwood in Miami and they did not disappoint…if you are a fan of graffiti, updated eateries, craft beer and interesting boutiques, this is your …

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Digital.Fabric.Print |   New York Textile Month (NYTM) Brings…

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TRENDING In Paris..Global Greats In Fashion and in Home Decor

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We have been talking about global influences in fashion and in home decor for the past decade but this season global is more than an influence, it’s a lifestyle that is melding the borders of…

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We need more news like this | Sketches & Musings

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It’s “feel good moments” like this that make me smile and regain faith in our community, especially when the person we are talking about is my husband, Neil Breslau. I was also honored that one of our very own at Design Works International, Jim Simon took it upon himself to write a blog about the Libertad Urban Farm and Neil’s involvement in helping Tanya restore the farm after a thief took off with her produce that was ready to harvest and stole all her tools and destroyed the farm during this terrible experience. We like to say out of bad comes good and this story is a perfect example of just that….enjoy the read and video. We are all proud at Design Works International and hope that you will be as well…

Sincerely,Nancy Fire Breslau

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I’ve long believed the world can be a difficult place and I’ve begun to think that as a society we seem to focus on the negative rather than positive. This is a nice story about some go…

Read the full blog and watch the newscast here: We need more news like this; | Sketches & Musings

Neutral Nuance in Paris 

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So inspired by the colors of Paris through architecture and natural lighting. It truly is a painters paradise where organic color takes center stage.

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Passion For Products-A Designer’s Life

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Thankful for this rainy Saturday so I can catch up on life….seems like the past 28 years of growing Design Works International, our NYC based design studio, has been a non-stop labor of love…and on Monday August 1st we are officially in our new location at 494 8th Ave. (entrance on 35th street on the 12th floor)…phone number remains the 212-594-0777.
This labor of love is proud to acknowledge our amazing team of sales consultants, textile and graphic designers, interior specialists as well as trend, color and fabric liaisons.

More from the original post: Passion For Products-A Designer’s Life

 

 

Hashtags & How to Use Them

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“Use of a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#)to identify messages on a specific topic” is the definition of a hashtag given if you search online. The concept is simple, in fact so simple, sometimes it’s confusing. Just think about what YOU might search for when adding hashtags and simply put the “#” in front of it.

Here are a couple “broad” hashtags. #home #art #textiles. And a few “refined” hashtags. #modernlivingroom #streetart #digitalprintedtextiles. Finally, some specific hashtags. #hgtvhome #keitharing #first2print

As you can see the hashtags all fit within three basic areas, but guide the search to different things. Specific hashtags would be for companies, people, subjects, etc. that people are aware of and would have an audience already. Refined hashtags will help people who are trying to find something a bit more direct. Broad hashtags will give you the largest number of results.

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This beautiful image is an excellent example as it could be tagged with many things; #tile #ethnic #brightcolor #handbpainted #inspiration #quilt #geometric, so this example would be found by lots of searchers. We could then get specific by tagging things like #designworksintl #first2print #fabricdesign #textileinspiration.

So make sure you tag your photos so the right people find them in places like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. You can even add our “#designworksintl” hashtag to your images and we could see your images!

Our New Home

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494-8thJust imagine the possibilities… we are!

This beautiful blank slate at 494 8th Avenue will soon be our new home. While our address is changing, our phone numbers and emails will remain the same so we can stay connected to you. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 28th and 29th, so we can be up and running at 494 on Monday, August 1st. We thank you all for your patience while we settle in – we can’t wait to welcome you to 494!

Click map below to  get directions.

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New Art from the Next Generation

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At Design Works International, we believe that ultimately it all begins with the artist and their talents. Computers are simply the next generation of tools which extend the brush and paint or pencil and paper.

With the focus of our society on technology and social media, it’s nice to see the younger generation still involving themselves in the creation of art using traditional media. NYC is home to some amazing places to see and experience art and here are some great stories about a few up-and-comers who inspire us.

We hope that more kids will show us their wonderful creations and maybe they will be the next generation of designers here at Design Works International.

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Eighteen years old and exhibiting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You go girl!

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Some lucky New York City public school students are getting the chance to see their works of art among the lights of Times Square. 23 student artworks are going up on two giant digital billboards between 43rd and 44th streets. A three-minute video will play hourly. It runs through Oct. 23.

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7 years old and a member of the Brooklyn Collective!

 

Creative Color, Medellin Colombia |

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A Designer’s Paradise….vibrant colors fill the streets and artisan shops of Medellin Columbia-also known as the City of Eternal Spring because of its moderate temperatures all year roun…

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Product Personality at Maison Objet Miami

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I was probably the biggest skeptic when I heard two years ago that my favorite overseas show was heading to Miami for its debut in America. It’s been two years now, I have attended both shows…

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ART IS LOVE at the High Point Market..North Carolina |

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How true…happy to see this statement holding true at The High Point Furniture Market last week in North Carolina. Art was everywhere and acted as the “connector” in each showroom.…

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As seen in… Garden Center Magazine – March 2016

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Turns out, what you don’t know can hurt you.

… HGTV HOME Plant Collection benefits from associations with major influencers, like Dr. Allan Armitage and Nancy Fire. Fire is creative director and founder of Design Works International. She specializes in trend presentations, print/color direction, color palettes, and graphics. Hunter says her input is vital in the creation of combination mixes.

For more, click the link below…

Source: Garden Center Magazine – March 2016 – Consumer reports

The Bolder The Better? |

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SHOW STOPPERS-BOLD BEAUTIES-ART PIECES Are you a fan?  Each year at the Architectural Digest Show there are always a few designers that choose to stand out among the rest showcasing new materials, …

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“Savvy Style” at Architectural Digest Design Show NYC |

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Attending the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC is always aspirational because you “meet the makers” of the industry that are creating and designing new products for the interior …

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IFDA – Global Inspiration Comes Home

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Excited to be a part of the IFDA panel “Global Inspiration Comes Home” hope you can join us at the Cliff Young Showroom at 200 Lexington Ave.

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Moderated by Anthony Baratta, esteemed designer & owner of Anthony Baratta, our highly successful panelists will discuss & offer an in-depth look of trade show trends from every continent. Find out how they interpret those trends and discover ways you can apply it to the business of design & furnishings here at home.

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Go Bold OR Go Home

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Color, Chaos & Creativity

Looks like textiles this season both print and woven are bold and beautiful…with personality and style!

From repetitive patterns to block print beauties…these designs are not for the meek and shy!

Want to make a statement through color, pattern and fabric…then this textile season is one to celebrate from Sferra, Society, Robshaw and more…pick your personality through your textile style!


  
  

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As Seen In… Home & Textiles Today

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An interesting article in Home & Textiles Today. Click here to read the full article.

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Samsung 837 – Experience over Product

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We love a multi-use space, and Samsung is has taken theirs to a whole new level with Samsung 837. The brand’s new flagship store is where product showroom, workshop, and event space meet, creating a geek chic playground in the Meatpacking District that is many things, just not a retail store. In a world where the majority of shopping is done online, Samsung is redefining retail by pushing experience rather than product, and they’re letting you get your hands on what they have to offer through cultural engagements like art exhibits, cooking classes, and musical performances. Check out more about Samsung 837 below and let us know what you think about this twist on the retail experience.

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“Don’t go changing, to try to please me.”

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20breuer-master675-v2“Don’t go changing, to try to please me.” The familiar refrain comes to mind with a big announcement by The Metropolitan Museum of Art: their logo, the da Vinci-inspired M that adorned the tin admissions buttons of our youth, is no longer.  The museum has unveiled a new logo that goes into effect March 1st  and it already has the design world – and New Yorkers – at odds. The Met is defending the change as a symbol of their own evolution, noting that the design “reflects the scope of the Museum’s collection and the connections that exist within it.” 

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Change is necessary in a world where brands are striving to stay relevant, though its not always welcome. And regardless of whose side you’re on, the debate is sure to leave you entertained, garnering comments likening the logo to “a graphic misfire,” a “typographic bus crush,” and a favorite from GQ, whose appreciation of the female form has made a unique discovery: “Tilt your head to the right and look at the ‘E’s’. They look like butts”. We’d love to hear what you think. Read on below:

The new design has not failed to attract strong reactions as it starts to appear on the institution’s posters, mailings and the Met Breuer signs.

Source: The Met and a New Logo – The New York Times

What those who are in the know are saying…

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“On the Surface; COLOR HER FAR-SIGHTED: Nancy Fire Foresees Coming Trends | Surtex”

So what if the human eye can detect some 10 million different colors? The ones that interest the design industry are the colors trending this year and beyond.

And who knows what they are? Meet design pro Nancy Fire. Co-founder of New York-based Design Works International/First2Print (designworksintl.com), and design director for HGTV Home, the go-to interior design source for millions of American, Nancy has logged 30+ years consulting, designing, and launching successful product lines. Also a SURTEX Advisory Council member and judge for designext 2016, the world-wide student design competition, it’s no wonder she’s been called a juggernaut of the interior design industry.

See more here: COLOR HER FAR-SIGHTED: Nancy Fire Foresees Coming Trends | Surtex

Home Textile Trends for 2016 | Decorating and Design Blog | HGTV

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“ I am honored to be part of the HGTV IHEARTBLOG team.  I am sharing my  trend updates from my travels throughout the year posting on a monthly basis regarding color, pattern and product development trends. It is exciting to share this info as I love learning and exploring through art, culture and style. ” – NANCY FIRE

Be sure to follow the i heart HGTV blog for monthly updates and Nancy’s blog for more frequent updates.

Spice up your walls, pillows, bedding and more with these to-die-for textile trends you’ll definitely want to try.

Source: Home Textile Trends for 2016 | Decorating and Design Blog | HGTV

The Millennial Way…

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Color, Chaos & Creativity

“The Millennial Way”…. products that are relatable to a more relaxed and efficient lifestyle..after traveling the globe these past few months looking at updated trends…I wanted to share a few of my favorite finds…. Masterbrand Cabinets displayed this bar with custom tap handles at the KBIS/IBS Show in Las Vegas last month. Love the duality of this bar-storage cabinet for some down home entertaining….

 Small Spaces….the duality of a work space that twins as an eating area with benches that store underneath for a more practical space solution shown by Masterbrand at KBIS/IBS in Las Vegas last month.  (a great way to bring a pop of color into a space with these fun benches)
 Talk about duality with this amazing work space….. garden shed or multi-purpose space…fun sink to bath your family pet!!!! A stylish way to be efficient and organized from Wilsonart.
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Truly International

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Design Works International is truly an international design studio with extremely talented artists contributing work from literally all over the world. We believe this mix of culture, talent and creativity is one of the reasons that make us the go-to Lifestyle Studio.

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Throwback Thursday – Stan Hywet Museum

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens a 70 acre country estate, with gardens, located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio. It is currently the 6th largest home in the U.S., and the largest in Ohio on the list of largest houses in the United States.

When there was need to restore tapestry in this amazing home, the organization came to us. Design Works International recreated the textile print and First2Print printed the fabric. The project was quite challenging as the design was being printed on a tinted fabric and there was a texture that needed to be recreated to simulate the original fabric. Our artists were up to the tasks and the finished product came out beautiful.

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For more information on the Stan Hywet Museum visit their website.

Whether your home is as large as this or not, we can help you with your projects. For more information, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com.

Throw Waaaay Back Thursday

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The Cleveland Museum of Art came to us with with this scan.

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It is a tapestry from the Byzantine Era and is over 1100 years old!! It is one of only two examples in the world today. Obviously it is severely damaged. What they wanted to do was recreate a piece, digitally, so the viewer could understand the complete design.

They also had scans of the one other fragment and we were tasked with combining them so that First2Print could print a piece on fabric for display in the museum.

Here is our finished piece. The other fragments coloration was different so we had to adjust the two to work together and we filled in some areas on one side with pieces from the opposite. 

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Here is a link to the piece at the museum, which you can actually order as a print if you are interest.

We can make your work museum quality as well! Visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com for more information.