An inexpensive yet effective way to refresh any room in your home is to change up your dec pillows…with so many affordable and fun choices today it’s easy to update your style sensibility without making a huge investment.
With the resurgence of embroidery and many handmade techniques this season, dec pillows provide another way to layer in texture and dimension in any room.
Its no surprise with the weather this winter that “cozy comfort” is trending in the home category! Textures have become the new chevron of the season as we are seeing them in various shapes, size and color. In fact, this season it’s the layering of textures especially in bedding that people are gravitating towards. I especially love this natural throw @homenaturestore because those tassels are awesome…and the weave detail is beautiful. If your looking for shades of grey this season (which is also trending for other reasons) these throws from @westelm are another option for “cozy comfort” this winter!
Funny how “what comes around goes around”, even in plants these days. Heading back from Paris last month I was elated to see that the softer side of color was out and about in many product categories…even in the composition of these beautiful succulents!
The beauty to me was the addition of the lava planters used to offset the feminine pastel coloration of the plants. Nice display of the trend “Rustic Glam” that I wrote about a few weeks back in one of my posts!
Beauty comes in many forms and these succulents sure prove that through color and texture.
We lost a wonderful artist 25 years ago today. His style and approach to art has inspired artists and designers in all different genres. Here we see how he used his style to create allover prints for interiors as well as textiles. Though his style looks playful and fun, he often included strong messages as evidenced in the mural “Crack is Wack” which he did in 1986. that mural is still there and NYC has renamed the park “Crack is Wack Playground.”
Currently there is an exhibition running in Paris called Systems: A Retrospective of 1960s Braun Design which highlights Braun’s design work. The company’s packaging design is the main focus of the exhibit.
It’s not difficult to see the influence that Braun has on today’s design sensibility. Dieter Rams, the designer responsible for many of the Braun designs, is cited as a major influence by Jony Ivy, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design. When you look at the products themselves you can see why they are so beautiful even today. Apple may have perfected the art of simplicity as it relates to product design, but surely Braun & Dieter Rams are the grandfather of that trend.
The designs themselves do not look like anything out of the ordinary today, but back in the 60s they seemed almost freakish compared to the products that were already on shelves.
The exhibition is being presented by das program and will appear at Moda International through February 27th. Visit their website for more information and great imagery.
Earlier in the week, we kicked of Design Works International Doodle Month because of today!
verb [ no obj. ]; scribble absentmindedly: he was only doodling in the margin.
noun; a rough drawing made absentmindedly.
doodler |-d(ə)lər| noun
ORIGIN early 17th cent. (originally as a noun denoting a fool, later as a verb in the sense ‘make a fool of, cheat’): from Low German dudeltopf, dudeldopp ‘simpleton.’ Current senses date from the 1930s.
Though the formal definition of doodle and doodles are lighthearted and fun, sometimes those absentminded scribbles end up as art. Next time you’re on the phone or in front of the television and you find you’ve left your mark on the take out menu or napkin… hold onto it, you never know what it might lead to.
At Design Works we think that doodles can lead to great things. These examples are some odds & ends by our staff of original print artists which end up being gorgeous original prints. We invite you to contact us to see our extensive line of original artwork from artists all over the world, maybe you’ll even recognize a few of these doodles!