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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Download one, download all.

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In the name of print & pattern,

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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!

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.

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Design Works (Goes) International

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Happy Friday everyone! Before we head off into the weekend we want to share a little inspiration from our creative director, Nancy Fire, who spent the last week traveling through Paris, Lisbon, and Madrid. Nancy discovered and captured some gorgeous colors and patterns on her adventures and we thought we would share a little bit of her finds with you today! (Aren’t you lucky?) So sit back, relax, and lets go on a little trip to Europe (visually, at least).

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From the world traveler herself:

“Inspiration is everywhere in Lisbon, especially if you love Azulejos Tiles. Today these tiles are dominant in every Portuguese city and are embedded in its history and culture. The word “azulejo” means “small polished stone” and although they are not a Portuguese invention, by the 18th century no other European country was producing as many tiles as Portugal. Over the years, azulejo tiles have become an art form used for a variety of design applications both in exterior and interior home design. Spending time in Bairro Atlo and Principe Real, two older areas of Lisbon, I spotted various azulejo tiles on homes in different color combinations and patterns.”

In the name of print & pattern,

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Hanging at the High Point Furniture Market-Textiles and Texture

By Nancy Fire

Textiles and Texture…a mix of “Rustic Glam” was prevalent throughout many of the showrooms this market at High Point.

Textured wood, fur accent pillows, sculptural lamp bases, mixed substrates like metal and wood, painted textured tables, fabric and metal lighting, teak and concrete stools, pecky cypress wood, feminine prints paired with texture, lighting with natural elements as well as feathered and fringed pillows.

The diversity of texture both on hard surfaces like wood and metal, as well as soft surfaces like textiles and rugs was creative and updated offering designers many choices in style and substrate.

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  Dove Tail

  Dunes and Duchess

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Curry Lighting

  Splendid Outdoors

  SugarBone

  Ann Gish Bedding  Emporium Home

 Dransfield and Ross

Keith Haring

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.”

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Cut Out Art

Back in December we mentioned a few fun things you could do in NYC over the holidays, one of which was the Matisse cut out show at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Matisse called his cut outs “painting with scissors”. He began using this technique after he was diagnosed with cancer. He felt that what in this period of his life constituted his real self; free & liberated. The experimentation with cut-outs offered Matisse innumerable opportunities to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment. As he was bedridden with his illness much of the time he was able to fashion a new, aesthetically pleasing environment: “I have made a little garden all around me where I can walk… There are leaves, fruits, a bird.”

Matisse would cut pieces of paper that he had painted with gouache using a small pair of scissors. He would keep the piece he cut and the scraps for use later. His assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, would then pin the pieces to the walls with is guidance.

His cutouts, vast in scale (though not always in size), lush and rigorous in color, are among the most admired and influential works of his entire career. They belong with the grandest affirmations of the vital creative force in Western art.

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Not only did one of our designers, Selina, go see this wonderful show, she was so inspired she used the same technique to with her own artwork. She spent an entire day making these wonderful examples, “you should see the mess I made on my work table,” she said with a smile.

Creative Collaborations

 

 

As much as creativity is an individual, personal act, we believe that being able to share ideas and collaborate with other artists and designers makes us more creative. As you saw in our post last Friday, we began sharing our collaborations with you, today we look back at one of the masters of the 20th Century to inspire us to further greatness. Keep an eye out for our “Creative Collaboration” series to find out how we continue to feed our creativity and grow as designers.Picasso-Quote