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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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?

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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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174 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

 

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

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1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

 

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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176 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013

 

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

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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! 

See how below ⇣

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What pastel items are you currently obsessed with?

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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!

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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!

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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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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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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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“Fruit Salad…yummy, yummy!”

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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!

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!

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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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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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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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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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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-

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Highlights from Heimtextil – Day Three

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Its our last day at the show here in Frankfurt and a final chance to share a few of our favorite highlights from the day. Don’t worry though, the fun (and inspiration) aren’t over just yet – stay tuned for a more curated look at the trends we’ve explored during our time here.

Inventive Swatches

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Dramatic Neutrals

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Communal Weaving

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Mega Macrame

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Highlights from Heimtextil – Day Two

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Day Two of Heimtextil brought tons of print and pattern our way. One of our favorite themes is chock full of lush botanicals, exotic fauna, and tropical leaf everything. Take a peek at a handful of the highlights below.

Jewel Toned Jungle

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Plus Size Palms

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Hidden Creatures

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Pink Flamingo

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World Record in Wallpapering

a 100-meter long wall is being papered day and night in hopes to enter the Guinness Book of World Records

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Don’t forget to stay tuned tomorrow for our last day of highlights from Heimtextil and more trends to come.

 

Highlights from Heimtextil – Day One

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Hallo from Germany! Laura here in Frankfurt to bring you a few highlights from this year’s Heimtextil as we trendspot our way around the show. Stay tuned for the next few days to see what else we’ve spotted as we explore and develop trends in print, color, and lifestyle.

Playful Pinks

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Nomadic Metals

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Lush Tropics

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Softly Scandi

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Modern Memphis

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See you tomorrow for day two of Highlights from Heimtextil!

The Best it Yet to Come | Freebie January 2018 Wallpaper

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU?! Isn’t that how it goes? Well, friends, we made it to 2018. Now what? For the past few years, it has been a tradition to watch Google’s “most searched” end of the year video.

This year’s video is different from past videos in that we are beginning to ask “how” more than just googling products. HOW to help flood victims, HOW to help Peurto Rico, HOW to help refugees, HOW to make a protest sign… the list goes on. (CLICK HERE to watch Google’s 2017 “How” video.)

We are coming together more than ever and that is what this months wallpaper touches on. Lets all set the intention that THE BEST IS YET TO COME in 2018! Enjoy!

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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!

Happy Holidays from DW

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WOO HOO! We made it to the week before Christmas! We just want to take this time to thank people for sticking with us as we share print, pattern, trends, and color with you every day. So…..

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Have a great holiday spending time with the people you care about most.

Catch you in 2018!

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW

IT’S ULTRA COOL | The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

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In less than 24 hours, the design world has been thrown a loop with Pantone’s 2018 color of the year. People are calling it regal, futuristic, beautiful, bold, and even a little bit overwhelming. If you haven’t heard about it already, the shade is ULTRA VIOLET.

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Late last night, House Beautiful published an article, Designers are Obsessed With Pantone’s Bold and Regal Color of the Year. Our own Nancy Fire weighed in her thoughts about the new famous color choice:

Nancy Fire, creative director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International, and Studio NYC Design, says she’s already thinking about how she can use it in her design work. “Ultra Violet works well as an accent pillow or wallpaper. The regal color plays well with grey, loden green, and many neutrals,” Fire says. “We think using this bold color as a statement, not to fill an entire room, is key if you usually stick with neutrals and safe shades.” -Nancy Fire

It’s unlike the other color trends we’ve seen lately, that’s for sure. People are calling the color provocative & thoughtful by communicating originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.

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Artfixdaily says, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” Maybe a little bit of Ultra Violet is what the world needs right now?

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What are your thoughts on the color? Love it? Hate it? There have been mixed reviews all over the internet, so let us know if you’re into the ultra new, ultra trendy, ultra cool color!

In the name of print & pattern & being ultra whatever,

DW

Source: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year – Pantone’s Color of the Year

Over the River & Through the Woods | Freebie December 2017 Wallpaper

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Happy December from Design Works International! We made it to the end of the year and to one of our favorite months. December has a magical feel to it, especially in New York City. Christmas tree sellers are starting to pop up on every corner making the streets smell like evergreen. This months free tech wallpaper is inspired by the uniqueness of each tree on every corner. We hope you enjoy!

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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!

HAIR | because personality is not the first thing people see

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Your grandma doesn’t understand it, it has the ability to stop traffic, and often gets a double take from people passing by. What is this “thing” you might ask? Well, let us tell you! Today we will show you our fav inspo from the undying trend of COLORFUL HAIR!

Purple, white, orange, green, grey, fuchsia, rainbow, unicorn…the list goes on and on. Hair is becoming peoples first way of expressing themselves and we can see why. It is something that is easy and fun to do that can change up your entire look within a few hours.

Here are our 10 favorite looks:

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Thanks for checking in and staying #trendminded

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

PUMPed for PUMPKINS | Freebie November 2017 Wallpaper Download

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Get PUMPed for PUMPKINS! Happy November from the DW team. We have created really great wallpaper tech set for you this month.

We spent a few days down in the New York City flower district and saw that plain orange pumpkins were nowhere to be found. Everyone was asking for the striped, green, white, and misshapen pumpkins. Inspired by this cool discovery, we designed a pumpkin party to get you in the Fall Thanksgiving vibes.

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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!

#Healthism

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I’ll have an organic avocado toast, lightly toasted, with a side of cage-free Norwegian hemp milk please. Ok, we all know this person. Hey, we might even be this person! No judgement coming from us at the studio. We want people to be the the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves- That’s why we are talking about the new trend of #healthism.

The rise of “anti-wellness” is embracing peoples imperfections in a kinder and more realistic sense. Heard of the yoga class where baby goats jump on you? What about the one where you sip on the latest local brew while finding you inner peace? These are the types of fun “workouts” that we see appearing more and more looking forward.

Lets take a look at some of our favorite #healthism trends! 

GOAT YOGA

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Check out THIS VIDEO to see it in action

Workout & Wine, Cardio & Cocktails, Tighten & Tequila

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Uplift Studio doesn’t make you choose between working out and a glass of wine on Friday nights in the Flatiron District!

Wellness Retreats add stamps to your passport!

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Brands like Free People are creating curated travel trips to have fun and be well!

SLIME is not just for kids!

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Accounts like @slimesherbet are creating satisfying videos to make it easy for people to enjoy the #slimelife and stay less stressed out!

 

Mermaid Toast

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Look at this stuff… isn’t it neat? Ever thought of adding spirulina or chlorphyll to your cream cheese toast? Follow @vibrantandpure for more amazing healthy food options that are delicious! 

Plank for Pizza

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So lets all plank for pizza and join the #healthism movement! 

 

People want to embrace their individuality, not look like a barbie. People want sociable incentives, meaning lets workout and have a social life. People want to have fun by dancing, drinking, squishing slime, and losing the “perfection” mindset.

In the name of print, pattern, & #healthism,

DW

 

 

 

 

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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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