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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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!

Creative Collabrations-New York City

Dividing my time as an exhibitor at Surtex NYC, a trend-forward design surface pattern show with my NYC based studio, Design Works International, attending the ICFF, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, where I was part of the IFDA’s “Take A Seat” campaign which is an on going project promoting talent within the design community while giving back to local charities, (on May 27th we will auction off our one of a kind up-cycled chairs with more details on the IFDA website) and visiting the National Stationary show to view the latest and greatest in graphic design and new printing techniques…..it was a week of “Creative Collabrations”!

All three exhibitions were located at the Javitz Center at 655 West 34th Street.

Surtex, in its 29th year is a business to business marketplace dedicated to selling and licensing original art and design. The show features an unparalleled and up-to-the-minute range of color, design and pattern trends for every product category imaginable!

The ICFF, in its 27th year is North America’s platform for global design and lures those in pursuit of design’s timely truths and latest trends in home design featuring contemporary furniture, seating, carpet and flooring, lighting, outdoor furniture, materials, wall coverings, accessories, textiles and kitchen and bath for both residential and commercial interiors.

The National Stationary Show in its 69th year is the worlds most comprehensive marketplace for greeting cards, stationary and related lifestyle products. Showcasing products such as cards, custom invitations, gift wrap/ribbon, stationary, speciality party products, paper tableware, bridal accessories, in-store printing equipment and much more, the stationary show is the go to source for all innovative trends regarding the newest in paper based products.

Some highlights from this “Creative Collaboration” week in NYC….

Top left: Amadi Carpets, Ornameta Tiles, Apadana rugs, Tadeco Home Wall Panels  
Design Works International Surtex Show @designworksinternational

Moora Brazil  @mooramobilia ICFF Show

  Keiou Design Lab, Wall Surface Panels ICFF Show

  Tadeco Home Fabric Wall Panels ICFF Show

  Brooklyn Owl National Stationary Show

  Leonardo Bueno ICFF Show  B+ N Industries ICFF Show @BN_Industries

Fermob ICFF Show @Fermob

  Stationary Show Best in Show Display

  Amadi Carpets ICFF Show

 IFDA’s  “Take A Seat” ICFF Show

“Everything is Design. Everything.”

Paul Rand

Paul Rand

“Everything is design. Everything.” – Paul Rand

It’s a great quote and it is something we at Design Works believe in and think about on a daily basis. Paul Rand was an American art director and graphic designer. He is best known for his corporate logo designs, which include IBM, UPS, ABC and Steve Job’s NeXT, to name a few. His posters and book covers are some of the most recognizable graphic design in the world and we see them every day. He was one of the first American designers to embrace and practice the Swiss style of graphic design. The Swiss style or International Typographic Style emphasizes cleanliness, objectivity and readability. Always a very important approach to design. It’s more difficult to think minimally than over fill the space to distract the viewers eye.

The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an exhibition of Paul Rand works; “Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand” through July 19th. The exhibit features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures by Mr. Rand. Click here for more information.

Paul Rand is a great influence as he was tasked with similar issues that we deal with on a daily basis. He was a problem solver, but was able to create beautiful designs without unnecessary busyness. Here are a few examples of his work. We’ve also added a few pieces to our Pinterest board .

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Happy Doodle Day!

Earlier in the week, we kicked of Design Works International Doodle Month because of today!

DOODLE |ˈdo͞odl|

verb [ no obj. ]; scribble absentmindedly: he was only doodling in the margin.

noun; a rough drawing made absentmindedly.

DERIVATIVES

doodler |-d(ə)lər| noun

ORIGIN early 17th cent. (originally as a noun denoting a fool, later as a verb in the sense ‘make a fool of, cheat’): from Low German dudeltopf, dudeldopp ‘simpleton.’ Current senses date from the 1930s.

Though the formal definition of doodle and doodles are lighthearted and fun, sometimes those absentminded scribbles end up as art. Next time you’re on the phone or in front of the television and you find you’ve left your mark on the take out menu or napkin… hold onto it, you never know what it might lead to.

At Design Works we think that doodles can lead to great things. These examples are some odds & ends by our staff of original print artists which end up being gorgeous original prints. We invite you to contact us to see our extensive line of original artwork from artists all over the world, maybe you’ll even recognize a few of these doodles!

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Europe 2014 Graphic Prints

TRENDING…Graphic Geometric Patterns on dec pillows, rugs and accent chairs.

Here are 3 examples focusing on simple shapes, updated color and bold lines. CLICK IMAGES TO SEE MORE

Printing mixing is a great way to add stylish updates to any space, some simple considerations like color and scale of a pattern are important elements to consider. All photos were taken at Maison Objet and in Paris shops. Enjoy! CLICK IMAGES TO SEE MORE

 

NEXT… Outdoor Furniture!!

Europe 2014. First Stop…

Paris and Maison & Objet.

 Paris…ok so we know that you know this is the capital and most populous city in France and that it is situated on that famous Seine River. It is also where twice a year Maison Objet & Paris Design Week happen allowing designers from allover the world to view the most awesome home products…

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Did you know… Maison & Objet translates to “House Object”? The actual tag line for this Amazing Show in France that takes place two times a year (January & September)..is “trade fair reserved for professional dedicated to lifestyle, decoration and design”. Hey, I think that includes so many of us designers; so here is a sneak peek to tempt you… Enjoy! -Nancy

NEXT… Color!

THEN… Graphic Prints!

Upcoming Events // NYC Textile Design Shows : From Indigo to PrintSource

Upcoming Events // NYC Textile Design

Shows : From Indigo to PrintSource

Just finished up at Indigo NYC at Pier 92 this past Tuesday and Wednesday.  We are now prepping for PrintSource Tuesday August 12 & Wednesday August 13 at the Metropolitan Pavilion NYC.  Our Fall 2015 collection and Seasonal collection will be at the show.

 Below are some photos from Indigo.

 

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Here is your official invitation to join is at PrintSource Next Month.

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Quick Recap w/ Design Works

Catching up with Design Works International

Catching up with Design Works International