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

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

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

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

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

Merci. Have you been?

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

The Design Works International Mural

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

 

Talking Trend at KBIS 2017!

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

 

Artisan Blues at KRH

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

More info: Artisan Blues at KRH

 

Hey Atlanta…HGTV is in the house…

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

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Harvest Hot Colors

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

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

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

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Wynwood Miami-An Inspirational Artists Paradise

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

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

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

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

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We need more news like this | Sketches & Musings

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

Sincerely,Nancy Fire Breslau

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

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

Neutral Nuance in Paris 

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

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Passion For Products-A Designer’s Life

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

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Hashtags & How to Use Them

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

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

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

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

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

Our New Home

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494-8thJust imagine the possibilities… we are!

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

Click map below to  get directions.

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New Art from the Next Generation

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

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

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

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

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

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7 years old and a member of the Brooklyn Collective!

 

Creative Color, Medellin Colombia |

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

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Product Personality at Maison Objet Miami

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

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

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

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As seen in… Garden Center Magazine – March 2016

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

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

For more, click the link below…

Source: Garden Center Magazine – March 2016 – Consumer reports

The Bolder The Better? |

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

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“Savvy Style” at Architectural Digest Design Show NYC |

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

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IFDA – Global Inspiration Comes Home

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

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

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Go Bold OR Go Home

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Color, Chaos & Creativity

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

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

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


  
  

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As Seen In… Home & Textiles Today

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

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Samsung 837 – Experience over Product

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

Source: Samsung 837

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

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

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

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

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

What those who are in the know are saying…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Millennial Way…

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

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

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

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Throwback Thursday – Stan Hywet Museum

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

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

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

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

Throw Waaaay Back Thursday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Appliance Art-Artisan Style by La Cornue

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Most of us might not have an “Artisan” La Cornue Kitchen Range in our home…but let’s just imagine for a minute we did….how does one decide on the color and finish they would want…let alone the style of range?

Just returning from the KBIS {Kitchen and Bath Show} show in Las Vegas this month I saw these “Artisan Appliances” up close and they are beyond beautiful.

The image of our kitchens has really changed over the years because today appliances have become the focal point of the kitchen. Even your basic stainless steel appliance now is accented with knobs in various color choices from primary red and blue to pastel pink.

The mixing of substrates like stainless steel mixed with wood crafted storage options gives these applicances a “nature’s  bounty” feel by mixing man made materials with natural materials, giving these artisan appliances more dimension in style and contour.

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Neon in the Night-VEGAS STYLE

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Well..I will never look at neon lights the same way after my night time tour at The Neon Museum located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd N in Las Vegas.

This 501c (3) organization was established in 1996 to help preserve the history of these tell tale lights. The hour tour is filled with Vegas history including tidbits from the Rat Pack days, Bugsy Siegel and downtown Vegas trivia.

Spend a visual hour learning about the history of neon, the designers that created them, font type specifics and leave with a different understanding about Vegas….lots of color, a little bit of chaos (past history) but mostly the creativity that these lights stood for!

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Throwback Thursday – Colonial Williamsburg

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First2Print teamed up with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to recreate a special time period dress. Inspired by an antique swatch of silk shantung and a historic design, the costume replication was created digitally by Design Works International artists who scanned and cleaned up the image in Photoshop, for preparation for digital fabric printing.

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Design Works International… Our History

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TBT – The Marie Antoinette Room in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Thank goodness they liked our work, or they may have taken off our heads!!

In 2007 the Museum came to us to help them with refurbishing Marie Antoinette’s furniture. Detailed patterns were done here and full size printouts were made for every piece to be embroidered from.

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It Ain’t Your Typical KBIS-IBS Show anymore….

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It ain’t your typical Kitchen and Bath-International Builders Show anymore…it’s what I call adult eye candy in EVERY category for the home..from updated tiles, both flooring and wall…artisan appliances that bring a whole new meaning to creative cooking and endless booths of updated gadgets for the home….My time spent in Las Vegas at these shows was inspiring AND frustrating….because now I want to redesign my entire home…. so many intriguing products to look at…here are some of my top pics:

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  La Cotnue   La Cornue

  Monogram (GE) Electric Pizza Oven


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 Wilson Art  Bedrosians (digital printed) tile

 Jeld-Wen (Moda Wood Doors)

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Heimtex Happenings…Diversity among print..pattern & product!

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I have been attending Hemtex (Heimtexil) the largest international textile show in Frankfurt Germany for the past 20 years. Each year the show seems to get smaller in comparison to the last both in exhibitors as well as attendees.

Most people would assume less exhibitors as well as less attendees would be a negative thing, but its actually the opposite because the people who are attending are serious buyers looking for newness in an industry that has become very homogenous over the years….but not this year!

Posting some Heimtex images for those who did not attend to get an overview of what I did see over the 4 days at the show…

  Global Greats from Design Works International NYC, a full service design studio with many home textile collections. [designworksintl.com]

  Feeling the blues at Zara Home at the Zeil shopping area in Frankfurt. These patterns are from there newest home collections just in stores this week!  Organic wallpaper patterns from Casamance, Nobility, Casamance and Verbatex.

 Daffodil yellow at Soffee, Jab, Pichler and Casamance.

  Pantone’s Rose Quartz [13-1520] trending paired with gray and taupe.

 Marbelized patched wallpaper from Brewster Home Fashions.

  Graphic black and white jacquards from the trend hall at Heimtex.

  Fun tween bedding at Muller Textiles.

 Updated conversational prints and patterns at Esta Home NL
  Jacquards from Imatex from Milan Italy

Border detailing on towels at Zara Home in the Zeil.

 Purple Power in Products at Heimtex from Pichler, Brewster Home Fashions, Trend Hall fabrics and sofa fabric by Floksar Textiles.

I enjoyed seeing the diversity in print, pattern and product this year at Heimtex and look forward to seeing the textile industry move forward in a more innovative way experimenting in both design as well as in the construction of fabric!

Purple Power in Products at Heimtex in Frankfurt Germany.

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We often talk about trend and what is happening in the future, but today I like to review what is happening on the product end of design regarding print, pattern and color at Heimtex.

Heimtex is the largest international textile show with manufacturers, designers and mills from 68 countries. The fair is a 4 day event located in Frankfurt Germany and takes place at the Messe Exhibition Hall.

Products ranges are tabletop, wallpaper, upholstery, bedding and fabric for both the residential as well as contract industries.

This show I found purple and tones of purple to be the universal color connector through many product ranges. Purple, plum, wine and eggplant were prevalent as main colors or accent tones alongside neutral grounds.

  Casamance-Abstract geometric patterns in large scale repeats with imperfect edges.  Lokser Textiles-Hand painted naive styled damasks.

 Brewster-Organic floral patterns with geometric accents.
  Pichler-Purple as a solid color…

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Throwback Thursday – Jeremy Scott

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Looking for the latest trends?

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`Nancy is live in Germany at Heimtex RIGHT NOW! Soon she will be in Las Vegas and she’ll be posting from everywhere!

For the latest trends in textiles, wallpaper, bedding, and art for the Home Industry follow Nancy on all her social media sites.

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Download our app to find out about events as soon as they are scheduled!

You’ll also be able to contact us, shop for prints and we’ve even included a QR Reader!

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TBT – We are not the king… but we know one!

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When the drapes in Elvis’ Jungle Room needed to be replaced, Graceland came to us.

The pattern was recreated by Design Works International and the fabric was printed by First2Print.

If you happen to be in Memphis and stop by to see Graceland, take a selfie in the Jungle room and send it to us!!

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for more information about how we can help you like we helped the King, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com for more information.

Happy New Year!

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Look for updates soon from:

Heimtex-Frankfurt Germany | PrintSource NY-NYC | Maison & Objet-Paris

KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Show) & Las Vegas Furniture Market-Las Vegas

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Creativity Everywhere

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Taking Back Creativity

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