2018 Gift Guide: Ideas for the Designer in Your Life

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Also known as The Things We’d Love to Get (hint, hint). All kidding aside, these are our picks for the gifts to give and get this season for the creatives in your life. Our studio is a mix of designers specializing in print, pattern, color, and interiors – and we’ve all unanimously agreed we’d be thrilled if some of these gifts found their way under our trees and menorahs this year.

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one.  all the tools of the trade can be organized in style with this compartmentalized pencil cup

two.  technically a baking dish, this tray is so fun we’d consider using it as a catchall for keys and accessories when we’re not whipping up a batch of brownies

three.  this gradient puzzle comes in various colors for a real test of your color vision

four.  let your caffeine fix speak for you with this statement mug

five.  a multipurpose desk accessory, this pad of paper has clever cutouts to house various tools, keeping all your clutter in line while you jot down whatever comes to mind 

six.  another gem from the jOTBLOCK line, this sketchpad has colored pencils built-in and at the ready for whenever inspiration strikes

seven.  is it just us or do our phones keep getting bigger and bigger? Get a handle on yours with a PopSocket grip and you can even customize it like we did with one of our original prints

eight.  you can never have enough clips around and these will glam up any pile of paper you can throw at them

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one.  this hanging organizer would look great above your desk, beside your front door, or even in the kitchen for quick access to supplies and easy organizing

two.  mismatched and multicolored, these glass dessert bowls are a fun and colorful way to enjoy a beverage or serve up a sweet snack in a unique and artistic way

three.  Sketchbox is a subscription service that lets you try out different art supplies every month

four.  vibrant and French, we think this sketchbook will challenge you to fill it with equally alluring creativity 

five.  hydration is a necessity and, in our world, so is style. Enter the Sowden water bottle from Hay

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one.  Native Union does some beautiful things with tech accessories and this wireless charging dock has both brains and beauty

two.  as designers we spent most of our day staring at our computer screens. Which is why some of us swear by Felix Gray eyeglasses, which are engineered to filter blue light and eliminate glare to reduce eye strain and those awful late afternoon headaches. (Pro tip: remember to take them off when matching color)

three.  never come back to a cold cup of coffee or tea again – the Ember mug is a temperature-controlled ceramic mug that will maintain a set temperature for about an hour or all day if you use the included charging coaster

four.  a digital artist’s best friend: the stylus. Some members of our team have this Apple Pencil on their wish lists for Santa this year

five.  cord control just got even better looking: another gadget from Native Union, the Eclipse charging station will charge up to three devices simultaneously at maximum speed

six.  the original Instagram, Polaroids are back in style and we’re all wishing we had one of their new instant cameras in our hands

In the name of print, pattern, &  warm, fuzzy holiday wishes,

DW


8 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in NYC

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New York City is a magical place to get in the Christmas spirit and celebrate the holidays.  Tourists and locals alike can enjoy all of New York’s festive parks, restaurants, window displays and more. Whether it’s your first time visiting NYC or you’re a local looking to experience more holiday cheer, this list is sure to help you make the most of this holiday season!🎄🎅🏼

  1.  Ice Skate!

Nothing screams “winter!” like lacing up a pair of ice skates and going to your favorite rink. Luckily, NYC has multiple ice skating rinks, such as  Bryant Park (our fave– its FREE if you bring your own skates & its part of the park’s Winter Village), Wollman Rink at Central Park (amazing views of the city and the park), Brookfield Place (you can see the Statue of Liberty from the rink!), and of course, Rockefeller Center (the most famous rink in NYC, right near so many other holiday attractions).rockefeller-center-skating-rink.png

2.  Check out a holiday market

We have a whole separate post about all of the best vendors and attractions at the four major holiday markets: the Union Square Holiday Market, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, the Winter Village at Bryant Park and the Grand Central Holiday Fair! Each of these markets has hundreds of vendors selling food, drinks, and handmade and unique arts, apparel, jewelry, accessories, and many more.bryant park

3.  Go to a show

Two of the most iconic shows to attend during the holidays are the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. Each of these shows is incredible and a great way to relax after a long day of shopping or ice skating!

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4.  Eat & drink festively

One of the most popular rooftop restaurant & bars in the winter is 230 Fifth, AKA Igloo Bar, which is famous for its heated igloos that can fit up to 12 people! This allows you to enjoy an amazing rooftop view while staying warm. Another great festive spot if Rolf’s. This German restaurant is decked out in tinsel, lights, ornaments, icicles– a Christmas dream.

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5.  Visit the windows on 5th Ave

High-end retailers such as Barneys, Hermes, Tiffany & Co, Cartier, Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel create absolutely stunning window displays that tell stories and exhibit their best and brightest new styles. This year, some retailers such as Barneys are pushing activism in a beautiful way, with the words “Make Change” shining through their display. Saks puts on their famous annual “Theater of Dreams” light show on the side of their building, which is a spectacle for tourists on their way to and from viewing the Rockefeller Plaza tree. Our favorite store to visit is Cartier– their displays are always incredible, and their flagship store has FREE hot chocolate and a candy bar to build your own bag of Cartier Red colored candies.image.jpg

6.  Help someone in need

Maybe you and your friends can decide to skip gifts this year and use the money to help people in need instead. This can be anything you want it to be: volunteer at a soup kitchen, a senior citizen home, a hospital, or even an animal shelter. There are so many ways to help make your community a better place, use this holiday season to make a change! We promise this will be 100% better than giving or receiving ANOTHER Starbucks gift card from your friends.

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7.  Meet Santa

You can meet Santa in most shopping malls, but in our opinion, Macy’s Santaland is the best. The 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square is dedicated to all things Christmas. You can interact with elves while exploring, and of course meet Santa. Fun for kids & adults!

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8.  Shop for gifts!

After you meet Santa in Macy’s, explore the other floors and do some shopping!😉Holiday markets are also great for special and unique gifts, and NYC has every store that you may want to shop at within blocks. But remember that the holidays are all about doing these fun activities with friends and family, and spending time with loved ones!

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In the name of print, pattern, & celebration,

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!

Merry & Bright | December Tech Wallpaper

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‘Tis the season for festive wallpaper! Enjoy these freebies for the holiday season.

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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!

A Guide to Holiday Markets in NYC

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The holiday season is one of the BEST times to live in or visit NYC! Many parks around New York create holiday markets, fairs, and shops with hundreds of vendors from local shops, restaurants, boutiques, and cafes. From ice skating to eating and shopping, the options are endless at these fun festivals around the city.

The Union Square Holiday Market is located on the south side of the park, and it is the perfect place to search for unique holiday gifts while enjoying a variety of amazing food and drinks. This market also features live music, a “Warming Station” to make the cold weather more bearable, and a Kids Art Studio. We recommend stopping by NY State of Mind for trendy NYC themed apparel and accessories, Black Lamb BK for adorable shadowboxes & greeting cards, and Shaya NYC for beautiful handmade jewelry.

Another favorite is the Winter Village and Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. This holiday festival is well-known for its ice skating rink (which is free if you bring your own skates!) and a beautiful Christmas tree, which is lit on December 4. This park is also home to over 150 booths with amazing food, handmade artwork and jewelry, and even an outdoor beer garden. Min & Mon sells funky, textured and colorful handbags and keychains that everyone should check out. The “Good Vibes Station” is another essential for both New Yorkers and tourists, selling silk screened and painted prints from the artists of from EWBA (Everything Will be Amazing).

For those who can’t stand being outside in the cold, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is perfect! Enjoy forty amazing booths with handmade and unique goods within Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. Kent Stetson Handbags is a must see- his incredible clutches and bags feature interesting and unusual images of food, animals and other objects. Tuff Kookooshka sells adorable cold weather gear such as jackets and hats for children, while Case Island Glass exhibits incredible, colorful glassware.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is also great due to its proximity to Central Park, as well as many other holiday attractions in the city. Be sure to stop by Jet Set Candy for New York themed jewelry and charms, the famous Strand Book Store for books and stationery. Texturables by Claudia Rosillo sells beautiful handwoven blankets and textiles made by Claudia in Uruguay. They are simple and comfortable, and would make an amazing holiday gift!

 

Let us know what your favorite holiday market is!

In the name of print, pattern, & holidays,

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!

BD | NY Highlights 2018

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We spent the day at BD | NY, a boutique design trade fair in the Javits Center on Sunday & Monday. We wanted to highlight some amazing products and brands that stood out to us while walking through.

Did you find anything new & exciting at the show that we missed? Let us know!

Dekka | The lightweight concrete

Link: https://www.dekko.ca/

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Sustainable Material’s | 3D Cork Bricks

Link: https://www.sustainablematerials.com/product/cork-bricks/

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Sally The Robot | The future of fresh technology

Link: http://www.chowbotics.com/

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Eclectic Contract Furniture | beautiful  & unique pieces

Link: https://www.eclecticcontract.com/

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Ripples |  leverage the beverage

Link: https://www.drinkripples.com/

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Inova | transtional furniture

Link: https://inovabed.com/

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Stern Engineering | motion fixtures

Link: http://www.sternfaucets.com/

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We think these products are pretty cool! Are we missing something that you think is super unique and different? Let us know.

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Fall Y’all| Freebie November 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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It’s Fall Y’all!

Switch up your tech with this perfectly cozy November wallpaper.

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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!

Fall Fashion: Comfort is Key

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Colder weather calls for comfier clothes! Luckily, one of the biggest trends this season in both fashion and home is COMFORT, with a focus on soft, cozy fabrics to keep us warm. We have been seeing tons of neutral colors that will match anything in your closet, and even sweaters that look (and feel😍) like blankets. Here are some of our favorite looks:

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This Zara sweater pairs perfectly with a printed skirt and booties for a less chilly day, or your favorite jeans when the temperatures drop.

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Colorful knits like this one from Urban Outfitters are a fun way to cheer up your cold weather blues! Pair it with your favorite funky pants for an awesome outfit.

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One of the best articles of clothing ever~ the blanket sweater! Throw this over any outfit and you’ll feel like you never left your bed.

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We’re imagining this unique zip-sleeve sweater, also from Zara, with a patterned long sleeve tee underneath for a fun, extra warm layered look! Comfy & stylish.😎

In home we’ve been seeing knotted and fringed blankets, oversized knits, and pillows with fuzzy details for extra comfort. Here’s some inspiration to make your home as cozy as possible for the colder season!

 

 

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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!

Trend Alert: Concrete

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Concrete: a heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stonelike mass on hardening.

Now that you have the definition, let’s get inspired by how this amazing substrate can be used in the design world. Do you have a favorite designer that uses concrete?

 

In the name of print, pattern, & concrete,

DW

 

Falling Leaves| Freebie October 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Hello Fall!

It is officially the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice.  Start the season off right by downloading this tech wallpaper for all of your devices.

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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!

The Color Factory Recap

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We have been to just about every pop-up in NYC…

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The Museum of Pizza

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Deadpool 2: Believe in your Selfie Museum 

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…and we have to say that The Color Factory comes in as #1 on our list for many reasons!  The coolest thing about our adventure was that they implemented scannable QR Codes where a professional camera will snap your photo and send it straight to your email. Less time on your phone = more time enjoying the experience with your friends!

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite moments from our time there…

Tickets are still on sale through October 14th. CLICK HERE to get your own!

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Have you been to The Color Factory yet?

Check out our massive highlight on our Instagram @designworksinternational to see more photos and videos!

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It’s All in the Details

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Denim is getting a 𝖗𝖊𝖛𝖆𝖒𝖕 with 𝕖𝕞𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕙𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕤, 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚖, and sparkles that are making them statement pieces in every wardrobe. Patches or tassels are added to make jeans unique and express peoples personal aesthetic! The details matter and we love to be inspired by people’s creations.

Here are some favorites:

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What denim pieces are you currently loving? 💕

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DW

Sunflowers| Freebie September 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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September is here! The summer will linger a few more weeks before Autumn appears. It’s the perfect time to head to the farmers market, and see what the Fall has in store. Wallpaper Template

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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!

Trending: Macramé

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Macramé is trending and it is the dominating accessory in interiors. Macramé is an elaborate weaving usually made of yarn or cord used to decorate walls, plant-hanger accessories 🌿🌱 and more. You can find macramé anywhere and we have some that we love below!

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Do you have any macramé items? Show us @Designworksinternational

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DW

Dreamy Boho Getaway

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Your room is supposed to be your ~dreamy~ getaway after a loooonnnngg day at work. So why not make it just like that? Decorating your room can be overwhelming at first, but we are going to show you how to create a bohemian space easily!

Step 1: Choose a bedding! Switching out your bedding can drastically change the theme of your room.

Here are some bedding favorites:

Step 2: Choose COLORFUthrow pillows. Textures and color can add the final touch to your bed! 

Here are some great options:

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Add some wall decor! There are so many macrame pieces that will complement your space beautifully.

Here are some options:

 

Show us how you decorate your room @Designworksinternational

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DW

Neo-Mint is Minty Fresh

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Neo Mint will be the color of 2020. Neo Mint is a soft shade of mint green that will make its debut in both interiors and fashion. This fresh shade is reminiscent of innovative futuristic trends. Nature inspires this shade with its naturalistic tones but incorporates a modern feel.

Neo Mint will be everywhere, and here are some examples of this 🅵🆁🅴🆂🅷 shade:

 

Will you be rocking this trend?

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DW

Mermaids Have More Fun | Freebie August 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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How is it August already!? This summer has been flying by, but we still have one more month of beach weather! We’re going to make the best of these last few weeks in the sun before we go back to the real world. So download this months tech wallpaper, and channel your inner mermaid!

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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!

 

Small Living

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Homes come in all sHaPeS and sizes! Currently, 🆃🅸🅽🆈 homes are becoming more popular because people want to live minimalistic lives. The functionality of these spaces are incredible, taking advantage of every little nook and cranny available. Tiny homes are mobile, allowing travelers to go anywhere. If you are looking to downsize, consider a tiny home!

Here are some amazing tiny homes:

1. This yellow home is bright and airy. It’s decorated with light, natural tones that complement the natural lighting beautifully. 

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2. This rustic tiny home is inspired by nature. Its wooden features create a cabin-like space. Bring the outdoors indoors with this home!

3. This home is a blend of modern and rustic decor. The modern elements are sleek against the wood paneling of the walls. Sliding doors are used to maximize space and you feel right at home.

4. This home is versatile, crafted to meet your daily needs while decorated with aesthetically-pleasing features. It has a beachy ☼ feel with its cool tones that makes the space feel bigger than it is.

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5. This home is absolutely adorable. Its boho accessories make the home cozy and relaxing. Natural lighting floods the home and the wooden ceiling is an added bonus, making it even more unique.

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Would you ever live in a tiny home?

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

Instagrammable Spots in NYC

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Need to post a gorgeous Instagram picture? Yes?! Well, we have found the most instagrammable spots in the big apple. 🍎 These places are guaranteed to elevate your Insta-game! Stop by these spots in your next Instagram post:

Sézane L’Appartement: This spot is covered with vibrant florals and a pastel bike that will make your next picture POP!

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254 ELIZABETH ST, NEW YORK, NY 10012

 

Pietro Nolita: Think PINK. This spot is known for everything pink! You have to pay $1 to take a picture in front of this heart backdrop 💕, but it is well worth it. 

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MET Steps: Channel your inner “Gossip Girl” and snap a picture on these iconic steps! xoxo 💋, -DW

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Angel Wings: These wings will make you feel like an angel! Created by artist, Kelsey Montague, this mural is truly angelic. 👼

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250 W 52nd St New York, NY 10019

 

Audrey Hepburn: Tristan Eaton created this colorful visual of the legendary Audrey Hepburn. 

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So what are you waiting for? Share your pictures with us @designworksinternational!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Do it for the AmsterGRAM

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What a time! We spent a few days in Amsterdam last week and were floored by how much culture, beauty, and fun the city has to offer. Of course, the city has a reputation for its nightlife and lax culture, but looking beyond that, there was so much inspiration around every corner. We were having so much fun, that we barely even picked up our phone to Instagram & share our experiences with our followers… which is why we thought we would update you through this quick blog post!

Here are some of our top 5 favorite things about Amsterdam:

Vincent van Gogh Museum: The not so hidden gem of the city. We spent over 3 hours here exploring and learning all about Van Gogh’s life and artistic history.

Droog: A very cool gallery/store/coffee shop/garden. If you go to Amsterdam, check it out and have some homemade ice cream!

Trend Spotting: Around every corner, there was a new pattern, substrate, or icon to see.

SkyLounge: Rooftop Bar of the Hilton to see all the ~views~ of the city.

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Canals: What the city is known for…every street a picturesque moment.

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Stars & Stripes

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The 4th of July is coming up and it is the perfect day to showcase your ~cutest~ star and stripes threads! Stars ☆★☆ are a poppin‘ trend this summer and you can easily be festive this year. 🇺🇸 Need some inspo for what to wear? We got you covered!

Below are our favorite festive looks! ↓↓↓

 

 

What are you wearing this year?

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DW

Tropic Like it’s Hot | Freebie July 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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July is here! Summer is now in full swing, so it’s time to bask in the sun and feel the heat! Whether you’re working or chilling, July is the best time of year for beautiful & vibrant colors. This month’s free tech wallpaper shows off one of our favorite tropical prints – so download and enjoy!

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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!

Summer Reading from Our Studio

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Summer feels like its been a long time coming. With that harsh winter, those late spring snowstorms, a chilly kick-off to the season, and the current political landscape that makes most of us cringe in the very least, we’re all in need of an escape, both literally and figuratively. With bookended holiday weekends approaching (the Fourth smack in the middle of the week? what do we do?) many of us are planning our escapes from the studio and the city, so we took a quick survey in the office to see what everyone will be delving into on their hard-earned time off.

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A little NYC history for architecture buffs

The Address is an intriguing bit of historical fiction centered around one of Manhattan’s iconic buildings, the Dakota. Descriptions of the unique building and its history mingle with a peek into the lives of the characters who live there, a hundred years apart from each other in the 1880s and 1980s. New Yorkers, architecture buffs, and fans of mystery will enjoy this read.

“Lively and detail rich—set against the backdrop of NYC’s infamous Dakota building—with a thread of mystery that makes it easy to enjoy, hard to put down.”—Family Circle

Politically-inspired tales of pushing back

The Power is an appropriate bit of speculative fiction that reacts to society’s history of men in roles of power to explore what would happen if women gained a physical advantage over men. Would the world be transformed into a nurturing, empathetic utopia? Or do women and men who are in places of power inevitably exploit it? On the heels of the #MeToo movement and Hulu’s recent release of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale this book couldn’t be a more perfectly timed – or necessary – challenge of the status quo.

“It’s really well written and gripping … And it resonates with the rage I’m feeling in this current political climate.” —one of our own Design Works staffers 

The Hate U Give has nabbed several awards and, despite its classification as a fictional young adult novel, has resonated with readers of all ages. Soon to be translated for film, this story follows the life of a young girl between two worlds – the poor neighborhood she lives in and the fancy suburban prep school she attends – and shows how both are shattered following the shooting of her childhood friend by a police officer.

“There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged and unputdownable – books that are not important as such, just really f***ing good. But, on occasion, you find one of those rare wonderful creatures that is both important AND really f***ing good.” —review on GoodReads.com

A little something on the lighter side for all of us trying to adult

Everything I know about Love is a spot-on, wildly funny, and sometimes heart-breaking autobiographical account of growing up, growing older, and navigating all kinds of love along the way. For all of us trying to find our way through the world as adults, this book will strike a chord.

“Her take is refreshingly honest, hilarious, and self-deprecating. I was laughing out loud on the subway!” – another Design Works staffer

No matter how you choose to escape this weekend, whether with a comedic laugh or something that inspires, we hope you soak up every minute of it. From all of us here at the studio, we wish you happy reading! And an even happier holiday.

Elevate Your Space Using Flowers!

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Flowers  are an inexpensive way to elevate your space! They come in many colors and sizes that can complement any space beautifully. Bring in natural elements to liven up your space with floral tones .

Here are some ideas:

 

Show us how you incorporate flowers in your home by tagging us @designworksinternational!

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DW

 

Trending: Pastels

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Pastels are making a huge statement this summer☀️. If you want to dabble with color, pastels are perfect for you. Pastels are soft but they can make a statement. The eye is immediately drawn to pastels because of their delicate and playful qualities. Pastels are 𝕗𝕦𝕟 and commonly used in interior spaces, fashion and accessories! 

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Colorful Buildings Around the World

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Color is everywhere and there are numerous buildings around the world that are Instagram worthy! Just pack a suitcase and delve into your adventurous side to see these unique buildings.

Here are our top 10 favorites

So, what are you waiting for? Go explore and tag #designworksinternational to be featured in our next post!

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DW

Redoing Your Room on a Budget

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Everyone needs change. Changing your surroundings can give you a fresh perspective and it can be fun! Revamping your room can be easy and super affordable. Learn how to redo your room on a budget by following these tips.

Change out your pillowsPillows come in so many textures and colors! You can make your own in less than 15 minutes. All you need is fabric, no-sew fabric glue, and poly-fil!

  1. Choose the fabric you want and cut two squares a little bit bigger than your desired size. Fold each side down for a clean edge before gluing them together.
  2. Glue three sides of the fabric together, leaving one side unglued so that you can stuff it.
  3. Finally, stuff the pillow with poly-fil and glue together the final side (for extra durability, sew the sides of the pillow).
  4. (Optional) For texture, simply glue on pom-poms or tassels to even make your pillow one-of-a-kind!

Here are some pillows for inspiration!

Add wall decorIf you are renting a place and not allowed to paint your walls, this is a great solution! Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie always have wall decor that is to die for. Check out their sale for affordable decor. Here are some of our favorites (all under $50). Also, links are under each picture!

 

Paint your furniture. Paint can give an object new life! All you need is sandpaper and paint. Paint + primer paint gets the job done in fewer coats! First, sand down your furniture so that the paint will have something to grip on. Then, just paint away! (Optional: switching out the knobs)

Here are some color inspo:

 

We hope that you feel inspired to make a change!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

How to Add a POP of Color to Any Outfit

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If you struggle with boring outfits, this is the article for you! It’s easy to add a POP of color to your wardrobe so that you can show the world your ~fun~ side. All you need is a few simple accessories, creativity, and your beautiful self!

Colors and textures can catch the attention of anyone and there are endless possibilities to take your outfit to the next level!  Take these tips to look colorful at your next outing. 

EARRINGS: Earrings can be a statement, so why not make them FUN! Pom-pom and tassel earrings are my favorite because they come in so many colors. Here are some for inspiration.

 

 

ESPADRILLES: Espadrilles are a huge trend this summer because they are cute and comfortable. They can easily change a bland outfit! Here are some of my favorites.

 

 

BANDANAS: Bandanas are inexpensive, colorful and can complete any outfit. They can be used as a headband for a bad hair day or even function as a unique belt!

 

 

Hope these tips inspired you to live life colorfully!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Trend Spotting at ICFF: Materials

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ICFF is always a great place to meet new makers and see what shapes and materials they’re experimenting with. Check out a few of our favorite trends, both new and evolving, below.ICFF Trends.001.jpeg

Raw finishes are trending in a big way. Light wood, leather, and cork are some of the natural materials being used in home goods and left in a raw, unfinished look for an organic and casual vibe.

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Mixed metals have been showing up for some time in cabinetry hardware (and later in fixtures) but we haven’t seen this variety in vessel sinks ever before. Brass, copper, or gunmetal: which is your pick?

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An oldie but a goodie is bouclé fabric. Soft, nubby, and so very Coco Chanel, it pairs beautifully with rounder upholstery shapes.

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Outdoor and indoor furniture alike is being shown in woven forms. Colorful, playful, global, and slightly nostalgic, these pieces take their cues from both vintage outdoor furnishings and woven textiles pieces. Made of string, wicker, plastic, metal, and rubber, they’re fun, unique, and compelling structures that play with positive and negative space.

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Trend Spotting at ICFF: Color

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We eat, breathe, and live color here in the studio and peeping color trends coming to market is a really exciting thing for us. But even if you’re not as into the ins and outs of color as we are, we have some cool new products to share with you that just happen to be in some pretty happening hues for 2019. Keep an eye out in the coming year for some of the shades seen below.ICFF Trends 2.001.jpeg

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Trend Spotting at ICFF: Fresh Ideas

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Last week our trend scouting team attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (or ICFF, since that is quite a mouthful) here in the city and we spotted some great color, beautiful materials, and unique ideas for everything from furniture and lighting to outdoor sets and floor coverings. We’ll be highlighting some of our favorite trends this week in a series of posts and we want to kick off with a recap of our favorite fresh ideas.

ICFF Trends.003.jpeg Rounded ends, overstuffed shapes, and soft curves are making their mark on everything from sofas and ottomans to bookshelves and mirrors. Unexpected and organically shaped, these pieces make a sculptural statement while also looking oh-so-comfy.

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Reminiscent of building blocks or totems, stacked effects are showing up on furniture and accessories. We love this technique for an opportunity to add dimension or showcase mixed materials.

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ICFF Trends.001.jpegOne last favorite for now, since summertime is upon us, is this great freestanding outdoor kitchen unit in a concrete-look finish. That planter on the end (and those baguettes) had us dreaming of fresh ingredients, icy drinks, and a summer cookout.

Stay tuned for our post on color later this week.

 

Seas The Day! | Freebie June 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Happy June from the DW team! Ah, it’s finally summer. Make sure you take advantage of this beautiful time of year. Download our coral reef themed June wallpaper, and get out there and Seas The Day!

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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!

Toucan’s & Fruit Salad! | Freebie May 2018 Tech Wallpapers

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Happy May everyone! We are so excited that it is FINALLY warming up, that we made TWO FREE tech wallpapers this month! We have our fun & fruity salad and our lovely green “toucan do it” motivational wallpaper. So get to it, do your thing, & download below!

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“toucan do it!”

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“Fruit Salad…yummy, yummy!”

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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!

Pets > People

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If you do a quick google search on millennials and pets, you will get results like this…

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Honestly, it is not that surprising. The $69 billion pet industry has already grown three times larger than its size in 1996, and Millennials are fueling the increase. Pets are being deemed the “starter children” for millennials because of cost, freedom, and fuzzy cuteness factors. This “pets > people” mentality is directly affecting pet product.

 

 

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Pet owners want customization options and fun print & pattern on everything from collars to dog & cat beds. Here are some of our fav inspiration photos and AWESOME Pet Products.

 

 

 

Hope this inspires you for your own furry friend!

In the name of print, pattern, & pets,

DW

DIY Denim Choker

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Try this super easy DIY denim choker! Tag @designworksinternational if you share on Insta!

 

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What you will need

-old jeans or denim

-velcro you can cut

-scissors

Directions

Step 1: Decide if you are using denim fabric or an old pair of jeans. I went with an old pair of straight leg jeans for this.

Step 2: Cut the hem off of the pant leg of the jeans, make sure to cut close to the stitches to make sure it’s even.

Step 3: Cut the hem in half, make sure both sides are symmetrical.

Step 4: Cut a small piece of velcro and attach to the ends of the hem.

Step 5: Voilá! You’re done!

Life is Beautiful | Freebie April 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Spring has sprung! Well, almost… there are still a few more chilly days in the forecast, but hopefully, within the next few weeks, we will start to feel the warmth of Spring and everything that comes along with it. Blooming flowers, bright sunshine, and cool breezes. Yes, Life is Beautiful!

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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!

Spring Flowers

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If April showers bring May flowers, what do weekly nor’easters bring? Dreams, for one thing – of sunshine, warmth, and signs of springtime (disappointment and exasperation are close contenders too). Today’s four’easter on the second official day of Spring has us focusing on the bright side of the season with fresh new ways to create floral arrangements to brighten our increasingly longer days.

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an unconventional vase and a mix of flowers, berries, and air plants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

repurpose an old can for a vintage vibe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging, known as ikebana, these flower arrangements are fresh, modern, and unique. The centuries-old Japanese art form  focuses on spare, off-center compositions of local and seasonal flowers chosen for their clean lines and, perhaps more importantly, their symbolism.

Less structured, these modern arrangements are full, imperfect, and fun. So forget whatever you think the rules are and have some fun with your stems (and whatever else you want to pop in there). Check out the latest trend, freakebana, below, where florists are turning ikebana on its head and literally anything goes.

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Below find a few of our favorite vases to inspire your next floral arrangement.

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one. NYC top pot two. melting ceramics three. ikebana vase four. Weck jars (one of our picks for just about everything) five. blown glass roll top jar six. vintage frog

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Handmade Wine Bags by Marnie

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We had a young entrepreneur visit the studio this week named Marnie. She is only 10 years old and already has coined herself as “CEO” of Handmade Wine Bags by Marnie. She started her business only a year ago after she got her own sewing machine for Hannukah. She started out by doing simple sewing projects on the weekends but ended up working with her grandmother to make custom wine bags for grandmother’s friends. Now, her business is official with her own business cards and is even creating new variations of her project regularly.

When Marnie visited the studio, her creative skills were put to the test by getting to work with our in-house designers and textile makers on creating her own fabric. She decided on a floral print she liked and then worked on Photoshop to make her hand-drawn work come to life. She even got to see her fabric being printed on the machines.

She uses a 4-step process to cut & sew her wine bags. She makes 6 bags in 1 sitting, using 1 yard of fabric. One bag is $5.00.

If you are interested in purchasing a handmade wine bag, email handmadebymarnie@gmail.com

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

You Got This! | Freebie March 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Can you believe it is already March?! We can’t. March is the month to GET. IT. DONE. The new year has totally kicked in and it isn’t dark right at 5pm anymore, thank goodness.  No excuses, you got this!

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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!

Mod Moments in Palm Springs CA.

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Modernism Week-It’s a thing in sunny Palm Springs California and we were so happy to be a part of this iconic Mid-Century celebration!

Architects in the likes of Albert Frey, Michael Black, E. Stewart Williams, Walter White, Craig Ellwood, Richard Neutra and James McNaughton are just a few of the mid-century greats that helped turn Palm Springs into the Mid-Century destination it is today!

So much fun visiting Maison a l’Orange, Moroccan House, Hidden Frey and West Elm Pool House to see varying styles of architecture as well as interior design. Safe to say that orange, hot pink and turquoise are the “go to” colors of Palm Springs.‬

NY, Now

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27748015_10159895300610585_938172586410167844_o.jpgLast week we attended NY Now at the Javitz Center right here in our own NYC neighborhood to see all things print, pattern, and color. And we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from the trends we spotted – check them out below.

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Tropical State of Mind

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It is almost less than 100 days until SUMMER & we can’t wait!

We are already working on summer prints in the studio and have seen the tropical influence stretch from Germany to Paris to NYC. Here are some of our favorite tropical inspired products and prints from our travels.

Also, make sure you SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM of this blog post to see some of the fun prints our in-house artists are working on!  

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Here are some great examples of what our artists are working on now. If you are interested in purchasing any prints or want to see what else we create, CLICK HERE 

 

In the name of print & pattern, 

DW 

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart | Freebie February 2018 Tech Wallaper

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Oh, the month for lovers has arrived! This month, we have designed a desktop wallpaper that reflects the love we all feel towards that special someone in our life…. Being a partner, dog or cat, or even the plants! Show some love and be inspired by downloading our February tech 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!

4 Heimtextil Color Trends

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Check out these year-around colors we saw all over the Heimtextil show in Germany this month. They all have a subtle feel to them and work really well together, or when accenting a neutral. Say “hi” to Merlot, Deep Teal, Cobalt, & Pistachio.

 

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Merlot is still thriving and now can be seen popping up on more textured materials like that great shag throw or a woven tablecloth.

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Deep teal is a great blue-green shade that has a calming effect. It looks even more amazing when accented with bright colors (we especially like it with the lime green).   

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Cobalt is a playful and fun color that reminds us of the summertime. Lets all jump in the pool and relax on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast… Is it summertime yet?

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Coming off of the greenery trend, Pistachio brings the outside in with this bright but calming shade. We love this color for a bathroom or entryway!

 

Do you like these colors from Heimtextil? We are forecasting these colors showing up on a lot of products this year. We will keep you updated!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

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7 miles, 15,000 steps and 1K pictures equal a days journey at Maison Objet in Paris..inspirational images to share on lifestyle trends and product styles-

JUNGLE GEMS

GLOBAL GURU

GRAPHIC GREATS

METAL MIXING

WOVEN WONDERS

PLAYFUL POOL PARTIES