Tropical State of Mind

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It is almost less than 100 days until SUMMER & we can’t wait!

We are already working on summer prints in the studio and have seen the tropical influence stretch from Germany to Paris to NYC. Here are some of our favorite tropical inspired products and prints from our travels.

Also, make sure you SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM of this blog post to see some of the fun prints our in-house artists are working on!  

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Here are some great examples of what our artists are working on now. If you are interested in purchasing any prints or want to see what else we create, CLICK HERE 

 

In the name of print & pattern, 

DW 

4 Heimtextil Color Trends

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Check out these year-around colors we saw all over the Heimtextil show in Germany this month. They all have a subtle feel to them and work really well together, or when accenting a neutral. Say “hi” to Merlot, Deep Teal, Cobalt, & Pistachio.

 

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Merlot is still thriving and now can be seen popping up on more textured materials like that great shag throw or a woven tablecloth.

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Deep teal is a great blue-green shade that has a calming effect. It looks even more amazing when accented with bright colors (we especially like it with the lime green).   

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Cobalt is a playful and fun color that reminds us of the summertime. Lets all jump in the pool and relax on the beaches of the Amalfi Coast… Is it summertime yet?

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Coming off of the greenery trend, Pistachio brings the outside in with this bright but calming shade. We love this color for a bathroom or entryway!

 

Do you like these colors from Heimtextil? We are forecasting these colors showing up on a lot of products this year. We will keep you updated!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

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7 miles, 15,000 steps and 1K pictures equal a days journey at Maison Objet in Paris..inspirational images to share on lifestyle trends and product styles-

JUNGLE GEMS

GLOBAL GURU

GRAPHIC GREATS

METAL MIXING

WOVEN WONDERS

PLAYFUL POOL PARTIES

WOOD WORKING

IT’S ULTRA COOL | The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

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In less than 24 hours, the design world has been thrown a loop with Pantone’s 2018 color of the year. People are calling it regal, futuristic, beautiful, bold, and even a little bit overwhelming. If you haven’t heard about it already, the shade is ULTRA VIOLET.

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Late last night, House Beautiful published an article, Designers are Obsessed With Pantone’s Bold and Regal Color of the Year. Our own Nancy Fire weighed in her thoughts about the new famous color choice:

Nancy Fire, creative director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International, and Studio NYC Design, says she’s already thinking about how she can use it in her design work. “Ultra Violet works well as an accent pillow or wallpaper. The regal color plays well with grey, loden green, and many neutrals,” Fire says. “We think using this bold color as a statement, not to fill an entire room, is key if you usually stick with neutrals and safe shades.” -Nancy Fire

It’s unlike the other color trends we’ve seen lately, that’s for sure. People are calling the color provocative & thoughtful by communicating originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.

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Artfixdaily says, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” Maybe a little bit of Ultra Violet is what the world needs right now?

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What are your thoughts on the color? Love it? Hate it? There have been mixed reviews all over the internet, so let us know if you’re into the ultra new, ultra trendy, ultra cool color!

In the name of print & pattern & being ultra whatever,

DW

Source: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year – Pantone’s Color of the Year

#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 // Fukuoka

 

Hope you got your daily dose of trend inspiration!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

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