You want a FREE & Insta-worthy experience in NYC this weekend?

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Wait, what? It’s free?! Good afternoon, from Design Works International!

We sure had a good (actually GREAT!) afternoon exploring the Brit + Co pop-up-shop in SOHO today. Want to make pom-pom earrings? Play arcade games and eat cupcakes? How about pet with a giant sequin wall or have some Italian gelato? All of this is FREE (yes, free) this weekend.

Now, you might ask, Design Works, why is all this amazing stuff free? Well, Brit + Co wants women to feel empowered and be able to express their best self. Everything lends itself to a digital, social and experiential conversation about the GOOD that women can achieve in all areas of their life, from good food to good style to good work and good minds, and everything good in between. We think this is pretty cool!

So #CreateGood, and go check it out this weekend! Here are some of our fav things from today’s opening.

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Our #Shoefie’s from today.

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Write what you live for and add it to the sticky wall! And treat your self to some bubblegum out of mini vintage gum-ball dispensers. 

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Play with some sequins! Don’t forget to make the pom-pom earrings you see on the right.

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A “Yum” of ping pong balls & a little reminder 🙂

Have some fun and #CreateGood!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

 

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.

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

I have seen the future!

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Welcome to Worlds Fair Nano! Meredith here, social coordinator and resident millennial of DW. I explored the first-in-class future festival in Brooklyn this past weekend and had an amazing time learning all about the future of our world; everything from food and product to VR and biomechanics.

Here are the top 3 categories that caught my attention and you should know about:

VR 

Woah! My mind was absolutely blown while learning about the future of  VR & AR at the panel on Saturday morning. Ultimately, the experience is making the impossible, possible by making something far away close. The coolest thing about this was a company that had partnered with the African Wildlife Foundation in creating a VR were people can get up close & personal with the animals and in turn want to help in their conservation efforts.

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FOOD

My fav food was the “Beyond Meat” food truck where I tried a completely plant based burger. YUM!

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Some facts about Beyond Meat

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My own delicious burger!

Also I tried a snack made with cricket flour by SEEK and learned about NURAVINE the future of growing your own food & plants in your home.

PRODUCT

Now for the cool part.

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The future of night-lights. Bioluminescent pet, anyone?

 

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The future of mans best friend. Imagine a world where you take your dog everywhere with Dog Parker

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The future of safety. Meet Athena, the newest form of wearable safety accessories. 

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The future of getting around. Zip the street with the Boosted Board

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The future of personal assistants. Meet Sanbot S1. All the perks without the attitude!

 

Overall, it was the coolest Saturday I have had in a long time. The Worlds Fair Nano is coming to the west coast in January, so if you are out that way, don’t miss it! I know I’m already planning on signing up for next years NYC show.

In the name of the future (and print & pattern),

DW + Meredith

5 Red Carpet Fashion Trends to Try in Your Home | Real Simple

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real-simple-logo.pngNancy Fire & Design Works International were featured this week in Real Simple!

Immediately after the Emmy’s, Real Simple editors checked in with Design Works International to see what trends on the Red Carpet would be showing up in home design this season.

Click on this link for the full article:

 5 Red Carpet Fashion Trends to Try in Your Home | Real Simple

 

Here are 3 out of the 5. Check the article for our other 2 favorites! 

 

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In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

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,

DW

Yellow, is it me you’re looking for?

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What you will learn: 3 Fall 2017 trends you should know about!

How long it will take you to read this post: 1 minute & 37 seconds 

Why you should read it: So you can be in the know… duh 

3…2…1….GO!

Good morning. As Hurricane Irma is subsiding into a tropical storm and the people of Houston are beginning to recover from Harvey, we can all take a deep breath and continue in our efforts to help the people affected. With the US being hit by two record breaking hurricanes within a two week span, it is hard to talk about color, print, pattern, trend, and everything else we do everyday in the studio. Hopefully these bright, beautiful trends will make us all feel a little bit better as we let ourselves get wrapped up in something pretty, at least for a minute. That “something pretty” today will be yellow ochre! 

Now that September is fully upon us and New York Fashion will week soon behind us, we can look towards the 2017 Fall trends with ease. Let us take the guess work out of what you will be seeing:

Stripes & Plaids

We are seeing stripes and plaids more and more on the streets & on the runway this fall.

Check out this take on vertical stripes from the Dior Fall 2017 collection along with a few others…

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Hello Clueless! From the 90’s grunge inspired plaid blazers of NYFW to the Italian runway of Ferretti, we are seeing it more and more. Do you have any vintage left that you can pull out the the depths of your closet?

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Mohair Yarn & DIY 

Tactile, chunky, fuzzy, oh my!  We know people love their DIY and we keep seeing mohair yarn used to make beautiful pieces. We have never tried knitting but this makes us want to test it out! Would you?

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Also, we saw this mohair-blend coat by Michael Kors and our heart skipped a beat.

Turmeric

So, food. When thinking of yellow foods, we want to shine a light on something different than bananas and lemons. Turmeric is popping up more and more as an ingredient and these turmeric date balls are anti-inflammatory, lower your risk of heart disease, help treat depression, and help to improve your brain function. Honestly, what is not to love about them?! Plus, they are beautiful, tasty, and easy to make.

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@spinachforbreakfast Turmeric Date Balls

It looks like others are seeing the yellow ochre trend too! For more yellow ochre and trend inspiration, check out our Instagram @designworksinternational.

In the name of Print & Pattern,

DW

Collaborating with Nature  – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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For inspiration regarding color I often take my cue from nature. This weekend I noticed that our hydrangeas were starting to bloom at our country house and I was inspired by these awesome cool tone…

for more, see: Collaborating with Nature  – Color, Chaos & Creativity

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…

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