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Summer Shows & What We Saw

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This week New York was bursting with more creativity than usual with multiple trade shows across town. Our team split our time between showcasing our own art at PrintSource and scoping out the latest retail collections at NYNow and Shoppe Object. Keep reading to see a few of the trends we spotted along with some of our favorite finds!

Conscious Design

One of the best things we saw trending at the shows was a commitment to being environmentally conscious. Products that replace single-use items, use sustainable materials, and can be reused or disposed of in an earth-friendly way were highlighted.

Colorful, sculptural water bottles and reusable straws made of silicone, metal, and glass make re-use fun with options to match your personality

A popular material showcased in travel cups and food containers uses bamboo pulp from recycled chopsticks mixed with melamine.

Recycled glass is making a comeback while cork gets a modern makeover
Colors pulled from the earth influenced items in browns, clay pinks, terracotta, and sage
Modern terracotta planter

Have Some Fun

Playful products in fresh colors, fun materials, and unexpected shapes remind us all to have a little more fun

An abundance of tinted glassware replaces clear, colorless drinkware and vases
A magnetic glaze makes these ceramic pencil holders (or bud vases!) even more useful
Straining pasta brings us a sense of peace, too
We first spotted these lights in Paris at Merci and were so excited to find them in the States – they’re made from real bread and are lightweight, mobile lights for what’s sure to be an illuminating conversation stater
This is not your average Christmas – and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Bring on the magic!

Land That I Love

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner (quite literally: its tomorrow) and we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite party supplies for your weekend celebration, whether you’re poolside, at the beach, or gathering around the grill in the backyard (or on the rooftop – hello, New Yorkers). Take a peek at some of our picks below!

1. glitter banner 2. cold treat balloon 3. retro-style folding chair 4. melamine tray 5. ice bucket 6. chatty, colorful disposable napkins

And lastly, a few fun little prints from your favorite studio.

Happy Birthday, America!

Embrace the Rainbow

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June is Pride Month and this year we’re seeing big brands embrace the rainbow more openly than ever before. Multicolored logos, unique hashtags, and brand collaborations are popping up with limited-edition looks and collections of brightly colored wares to support the LGBTQ+ community. Designers and independent retailers have openly worn this issue on their sleeves in the past but larger corporations are now starting to throw their weight behind the cause with special campaigns and initiatives with, well, pride.

The Pride Shake at Shake Shack

Shake Shack is pledging $25,000 to The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. All proceeds from their retail collection will be contributed to this donation.

Check out a few of the brands we’ve highlighted in this post, not just for their great Pride products but for their commitments to supporting equality and inclusivity, and know that you can trust your purchase will put its money where its mouth is.

Macy’s Pride + Joy

Macy’s is helping to raise awareness and critical funds to support The Trevor Project’s efforts to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

Madewell x Human Rights Campaign ‘Love to All’ Pride Tee

Madewell is proud to donate 50 percent of the purchase price of this rainbow tee to the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization working to ensure LGBTQ people are safe, equal and free in every community.
Pride Unicorn Pool Float by SunSquad at Target

Target partners with organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community, including financial contributions and team member volunteerism, throughout the year. And in celebration of Pride month, Target will contribute $100,000 to support GLSEN.

Follow Your Arrow | April Tech Wallpaper

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Hello everyone! It is about time to change your tech background. Check out our new tech wallpaper for April. We fell in love with these watercolor arrows the moment we saw them! Download now for your devices…

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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!

Imperfect Stripes | March Tech Wallpaper

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We have a serious love affair with stripes. Especially when they are imperfect, colorful, and inspire creativity. Download our March tech wallpaper for all your devices and get to creating!

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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!

Recap: Maison et Objet

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Maison et Objet in Paris is one of the biggest trend shows of the year covering home decor, architecture, interior design, and lifestyle culture.

Check out our 3 favorite trends from this years show:

  1. Bright & Vivid & Bold
  2. Raw Substrates
  3. Tropical Flush

Bright & Vivid & Bold

Ceramic lamp №2 Isole collection (Goloob Design Bureau) by Maria Krasiuk
Nanoleaf Canvas by Nanoleaf

Kikoy by Simone ET Georges

Raw Substrates

Tidelands Benches by Clemens Gerstenberger
Esprit Nature-Lavatory on the Foot by ATMOSPHÈRE D’ARGANERAIE
Coffee table by HOME997 D.DRIANI CRÉATION

Tropical Flush

Cheetah’s Game wallpaper by Jennifer Shorto
Tenue de Ville – Collection SPICE – Palmarosa by Alexia de Ville
Stretched canvas wall by LGD01

What was your favorite thing you saw at the show?

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!

Trend Alert: The Botanical Home

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Oh hey, fellow print & pattern lovers. We spent the last week checking out NY Now, Shoppe Object, and the Stationary Show. We snapped hundreds of photos while exploring and we wanted to share one of the trends that stuck out to us with you: Botanicals are still a thing.

They have always been popular since having nature-inspired art in your home can help to reduce stress while improving mood and creativity within a space.

We are seeing a pull towards larger-than-life florals that are rendered in intricate, life-like ways – creating an immersive interior experience.

Here are some of our favorites spaces:

We are so inspired by this trend and see it continuing in interior home design. Are you a fan?

In the name of print & pattern,

DW


Feel the Love | February Tech Wallpaper

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Oh, the month of love is upon us! Love for significant others, friends, family, pets…EVERYTHING! We like to take this time to be thankful that we have people in our lives that we love. It makes all the difference! 

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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!