Over the River & Through the Woods | Freebie December 2017 Wallpaper

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Happy December from Design Works International! We made it to the end of the year and to one of our favorite months. December has a magical feel to it, especially in New York City. Christmas tree sellers are starting to pop up on every corner making the streets smell like evergreen. This months free tech wallpaper is inspired by the uniqueness of each tree on every corner. We hope you enjoy!

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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!

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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MCM

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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Aether

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

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

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 

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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

What’s up with all this GREEN[ery]?!

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What you will learn: What makes Soft Sage the new “Greenery” for Fall 2017

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes

Why you should read it: We give you 3 ideas on how to work this trend into your own style

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Gucci // Summer 2017

Everyone is talking green, green, Greenery! We all know it is the 2017 Pantone color of the year and it has been seen in everything from Gucci’s green pants during their Summer 2017 shows to Tesla’s contest for a homemade eco-commercial this past May. 

As September rolls in, maybe you’re not feeling as electric green as “Greenery” and want to go for a more muted look with Fall fast approaching. That’s where Soft Sage is coming to the rescue.

Here are 3 ways to work this trend into your life, TODAY. 

1. We all need a break. Amen! You know it. I know it. We all know it. We all love to get back to nature and disconnect from technology. As all the leaves change and the kids go back to school, we will start seeing a lot more sage tones emerge in nature. Feel more connected to the surrounding landscape by adding some of that sage color to your outfit, a throw pillow on your bed, or even bringing some Sage colored succulents into your kitchen like @studionycdesign did HERE.

Studio NYC Succulents

Studio NYC Design added these adorable sage succulents to accent their “Phases” print.

2. Clean it out! Spring cleaning doesn’t have to wait for 2018 – clean out that linen closet or organize your pots & pans. One of the best ways cleanse the accumulated clutter & negativity in your space is to burn a stick of bundled sage in your home. This is called “smudging,” a traditional Native American practice used by many healers to offer blessings, uplift, purify, and bring positivity into the space. Look into the practice HERE, you might be surprised how calm you feel in your home after you do it. 

3. Ooo girl, you look pretty! Lets get a little beauty conscious, naturally, with Clary Sage essential oils. Combine a few drops with Chamomile for a stress-relieving bath, or add to shampoo & conditioner to promote healthy hair and scalp. You can find the small but mighty bottle HERE

FINISHED! We hope you enjoyed our little shout about how amazing Sage can be. For more Sage inspiration, visit our Instagram @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern, 

DW

The Design Works International Mural

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Stop by and see this wonderful work of art created by our friends Tommy Taylor & Will Lawless at Senga Workshop.

 

Talking Trend at KBIS 2017!

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Our Creative Director and Design Director of HGTV HOME, Nancy Fire and Brian Patrick Flynn (Designer HGTV Dream Home) talk trend at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) in Orlando Fla.