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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Color, Chaos & Creativity

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

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

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Truly International

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

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.

Monotone Magic

Color, Chaos & Creativity

Looking back through my travel photos over the past two weeks it’s interesting to see how non-color is still an important part of interior design from home decor accessories, furniture and tile….many people prefer a more subdued color experience, one that relates to our Nature’s Bounty Trend where natural color and materials blur the lines between outdoor and indoor living. The main focus is on texture…through glass, fiber, digitally printed tiles and wood grain. Europe2you from The Las Vegas Market Vintage Wood and Glass Dome Serving Set.

Classic Home LA at the Las Vegas Furniture Market Absract Fabric Dec Pillow.
Classic Home LA at the Las Vegas Furniture Market Wood Grain Detailed Side Board.

Bedrosians Tile at the KBIS Show in Las Vegas. Digitally printed tile with detailed texture.
Shopping Bedding at the Zeil in Frankfurt Germany Neutex at Heimtextil Updated textured herringbone fabric.

JV Designs at Heimtextil Architectural Scenic…

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