#Healthism

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I’ll have an organic avocado toast, lightly toasted, with a side of cage-free Norwegian hemp milk please. Ok, we all know this person. Hey, we might even be this person! No judgement coming from us at the studio. We want people to be the the happiest & healthiest versions of themselves- That’s why we are talking about the new trend of #healthism.

The rise of “anti-wellness” is embracing peoples imperfections in a kinder and more realistic sense. Heard of the yoga class where baby goats jump on you? What about the one where you sip on the latest local brew while finding you inner peace? These are the types of fun “workouts” that we see appearing more and more looking forward.

Lets take a look at some of our favorite #healthism trends! 

GOAT YOGA

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Check out THIS VIDEO to see it in action

Workout & Wine, Cardio & Cocktails, Tighten & Tequila

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Uplift Studio doesn’t make you choose between working out and a glass of wine on Friday nights in the Flatiron District!

Wellness Retreats add stamps to your passport!

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Brands like Free People are creating curated travel trips to have fun and be well!

SLIME is not just for kids!

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Accounts like @slimesherbet are creating satisfying videos to make it easy for people to enjoy the #slimelife and stay less stressed out!

 

Mermaid Toast

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Look at this stuff… isn’t it neat? Ever thought of adding spirulina or chlorphyll to your cream cheese toast? Follow @vibrantandpure for more amazing healthy food options that are delicious! 

Plank for Pizza

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So lets all plank for pizza and join the #healthism movement! 

 

People want to embrace their individuality, not look like a barbie. People want sociable incentives, meaning lets workout and have a social life. People want to have fun by dancing, drinking, squishing slime, and losing the “perfection” mindset.

In the name of print, pattern, & #healthism,

DW

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Kinetic Store Design | The new trend in VM

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Lets put it in motion! As retail spaces are getting smaller, designers have to be more and more creative about what to do with all of the store’s product. The new design trend is building up, kinetically. Stores are bringing their displays to life while maximizing space in a small square footage. Conveyor belts and moving clothing rails are automated and add an entertainment factor. Going beyond that, displays can also hold stock in the ceiling area to free up premium floor space below.

Here are a few examples of the coolest kinetic stores right now

MCM’s latest concept store in Seoul has a conveyor belt, touch screen installations, and robotic displays.

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Aether store in San Fran stacked 3 shipping containers on top of each other and created a conveyor system to carry stock between all 3 floors.

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Dolce & Gabanna used kinetic design in creating a ceiling that can descend to create a special VIP room within the space.

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Our favorite! Check out this moving display on our Insta @designworksinternational from Descente Blanc in Tokyo. They created a unique stock display system that can be lowered depending on what the shopper is looking for. This same practice can also be found in their larger Fukuoka Store, creating a striking visual impact.

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Descente Blanc // Tokyo

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Descente Blanc // Fukuoka

 

Hope you got your daily dose of trend inspiration!

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

As seen in… Garden Center Magazine – March 2016

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Turns out, what you don’t know can hurt you.

… HGTV HOME Plant Collection benefits from associations with major influencers, like Dr. Allan Armitage and Nancy Fire. Fire is creative director and founder of Design Works International. She specializes in trend presentations, print/color direction, color palettes, and graphics. Hunter says her input is vital in the creation of combination mixes.

For more, click the link below…

Source: Garden Center Magazine – March 2016 – Consumer reports

Sneak Peek High Point Furniture Market NC 

The High Point Furniture Market officially starts tomorrow and runs through Oct 22nd, but I had the chance to “sneak a peek” today and I wanted to share some “global greats” with you!

Excited to see many new companies exhibiting at The Market Square Suites. I look forward to my trend talk there tomorrow October 17th at 2:00 discussing “Taking the Indoors, Outdoors”. When we think of decorating our outdoor spaces we realize that we have so many great options today in furniture, accessories and fabrics!

  Dovetail Beautiful “Rustic Serenity”

  Dovetail,Gold Leaf, Nourisan “Neutral Nuance”  Nourisan “Distressed Classics”

 Gold Leaf “Creative Lanterns”

Elaine Smith (indoor/outdoor)

  Kannoa (outdoor)Tiny Homes (Log Cabin)

 Eastern Accents Bedding

  Pulvermacher Designs

  Dunes and DuchessDovetail

Collaborating Style with GAF 

Honored to be working along side GAF on the re-launch of their GAF Style Guide on GAF.com Our focus is the lifestyle shift of “bringing the indoors, outdoors”, a trend in home design today!

Founded in 1886, GAF is the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors.

The new GAF Style Guide is a resource that helps homeowners select shingles that best match their personal style with their exterior home portfolio.

The style guide can be found at http://www.gaf.com/style.

In today’s world, we have seen a major lifestyle shift in “bringing the indoors, outdoors” so a paramount design decision like choosing the color and substrate of your roof is now being influenced by your lifestyle. Color as well as texture are factors to consider while making this important decision and I am thrilled to be working with such an innovative company as GAF.

The reality behind “bringing the indoors, outdoors” begins with our housing market because homes today are being built with a more organic vibe towards the outdoors, blending the lines of where the indoors starts and the outdoors end.  We are seeing homes built with glass partitions connecting the house to the outside.

Gardens have become multi-functional rooms allowing for comfortable, quality furniture and accessories that have been in the past only associated with interior living.

Outdoor kitchens and dinning areas have become permanent fully functioning structures that allow for all year round entertaining.

The variation of outdoor space in rear patios, interior courtyards, upper floor balconies and rooftop decks allows people to experience outdoor living no matter how small their indoor living space is.

As you can see “bringing the indoors, outdoors” is not only a trend, it’s a lifestyle that allows us to extend our time outdoors enjoying friends and family!

I am blessed to have my own business, Design Works International located in NYC for the past 27 years providing companies like GAF creative consulting through color, trend and design solutions. (Designworksstyle.com)


  
  
  
  

Print..Pattern & Product -Design Works International NYC celebrating its 27th year! 

Hard to believe that this month our NYC based design studio, Design Works International will be 27 years old! I can still remember our first day in business and our original 1000 sq ft studio on west 35th street between 7th and 8th ave.

We started as a textile-art studio creating hand painted original pieces of artwork for mainly the fashion industry. Our clients were based in NYC and many were a few blocks away from our small studio space. At that time we employed 4 full time designers and had about 10 clients.

FAST FOWARD to 2015 where we are now located on 36th street between 5th and 6th ave in our 10,000 sq ft studio employing many more designers and working with hundreds of clients.

Besides feeling thankful and blessed for having “survived” in NYC for the past 27 years I truly feel proud of what my husband Neil and I have accomplished over the years. It’s not easy working in the “Big Apple” when your a “mom and pop” business as the city is not kind with incentives for small business…finding affordable rent, benefits for employees and the everyday rising cost factor of having the privilege of living and working in NYC…but we did it and today we celebrate our Design Works International anniversary!

Neil Co-Founder Design Works International and First2Print


Over the past 27 years we have had the privilege of working on so many creative and exciting projects! From working with famous established designers, up and coming designers as well as successful corporations like HGTV, GAF, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Calvin Klein, JoAnn Stores, Dollar Tree, Jeremy Scott, Peter Marino, Marc Jacobs, Kids 11, Crate and Barrel, Beanstalk, Macy’s and Kimberely Clark…just naming a few!

How did we establish ourselves over the years in our business you may ask, LOTS OF HARD WORK and constantly moving forward with fresh and new ideas! About 14 years ago my husband Neil felt that digital printing would be the future of printing in this country as well as around the world and started our company First2Print which is housed in the same studio space as Design Works International. He hired a fantastic creative women, both technically as well as aesthetically, Dani, our Director of Operations and the two of them have built a fantastic digital studio with the collaboration of DigiFab located in Vernan California, the west coast office of First2Print! Clients have included many of the same from Design Works International with additions like, Graceland, Sony Pictures, Book of Morman, Elf the Musical, Marc Jacobs, Coach, Yigal Azrouel and Jeremy Scott, just to name a few!

Dani, Director of Operations at First2Print

About 7 years ago I started a division of Design Works International called “Creative Corporate” where I consult with companies on trend, color, print, pattern and product development. Many of our Design Works International clients naturally needed this consulting part of our business and became clients because of the one on one attention needed in business today talking about brand and lifestyle.

Nancy Co-Founder and Creative Director Design Works International.
Social media has played a huge part in our business and we are proud to say that we cover this on our own…yes I know that we “might” have more followers if we hired someone to do this for us, but we choose to be authentic and post articles, pictures and life stories on our own, after all we have survived in the “Big Apple” for 27 years, we surly can do our own social media!!!!

Our dedicated team of illustrators, surface designers, product and digital textile artists really help us complete the team at Design Works International and First2Print. We are truly international with so many on our team from many countries!

We are blessed with a talented team of designers, some still with us from the very beginning 27 years ago…and over the years we have become quite the work family…my brother Russ, our sales manager and “super duper salesman” has been with us for 19 years and Frank for about 15 years….Frank not only handles sales, he helps with art direction, design strategy and maintains his client base! Zach is our newest addition to the super sales team…giving us our millennial edge!

Our  super duper sales manager…”Brother Russ”! 
Frank….sales and all around creative!

Zach our “Millennial Man”
Meet Claire and Selina, our design director and art director of our “Chelsea Print Collections”  both from different parts of England and both incredibly talented! Selina spends her free time creating @thejellyempire and claire ventures throughout the boroughs @cnewton3 taking very cool street scenes!! 

Meet Elena our studio manager who is quite the talent scheduling our service work studio, designing and keeping the work flow…flowing!! Corinne, our art director of the “HOME” Collection is constantly in creative mode with lots of upbeat energy and uber talent!

 These guys….Jim (@jamessimonartist) and Michael, both “graphic gurus” have been with us the longest and have awesome computer talent! Always fun collaborating with this dynamic duo!

 Pauline, Rosie, Nicole and Ellen are designing original prints non-stop in our fast paced studio…and we are blessed to have them on our creative team!

 Cannot forget Angela, our receptionist and Linda our office manger, both amazing women who are part of the Design Works International family.

Angela  Linda

 First2print celebrates Michelle, Romalia, Alex, Melissa and Lisa…a dynamic team of hard working and talented designers. And a special “shout out” to Eleah who is leaving our team to focus on a writing/pr career…we wish her all the best❤️

Michelle    Romalia

  Alex

Melissa
  Lisa


And of course Michael, our faithful and hardworking messenger who is truly the best! 

Kudos to all of you at DWI and F2P…we have a lot to celebrate…so let’s get started!

Sending lots of love and respect to the best creative team in NYC!

Nancy and Neil