A Brand New Year

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Design Works International isn’t the only place where things are happening!

Gregorian Calendar – 2015

Buddhist Calendar – 2559

Hebrew Calendar – 5775-5776

Julian Calendar – Gregorian minus 13 days

Design Works International is celebrating 25 years. The new year holds promise as we are growing and changing with our clients and the world around us. We will have a number of new and exciting things for you to be a part of very soon, so keep your eyes focused on us.

Did you know that the tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates all the way back to 153 B.C. January is named after Janus, a mythical god of early Rome? Janus had two faces; one that looked forward, one that looked backward. This allowed him to look back on the past and forward toward the future. On December 31, the Romans imagined Janus looking backward into the old year and forward into the new year. This became a symbolic time for Romans to make resolutions for the new year and forgive enemies for troubles in the past. The Romans also believed Janus could forgive them for their wrong doings in the previous year. The Romans would give gifts and make promises, believing Janus would see this and bless them in the year ahead… thus the New Year’s resolution was born!

Each new year brings a sense that things are starting over. We regroup, reboot, rededicate ourselves. Some of us set resolutions and look forward to what will come. There is a positive and joyous feeling of starting over.

2015 has been designated the International Year of Light and the International Year of Soils by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly. And it is also the last year of the Water for Life decade recognized by the UN

In the Chinese Zodiac it is the year of the sheep.

In Back to the Future II, Doc, Marty & Jennifer travel to the year 2015.

In January Elvis’ 80th Birthday will be celebrated in Graceland.

In February Historic Macau hosts some of the most colorful Lunar New Year celebrations on earth.

In April, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is expected to arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres.

In August, Singapore celebrates 50 years of independence and Hiroshima & Nagasaki will hold 70th Anniversary Memorials of the bombings.

In September, France will host the World Puppet Festival.

In the UK, the Rugby World Cup will be held.

We hope everyone’s New Year has started well. We look forward to sharing our creativity and passion for art, design and trend with all of you and hope that your creative endeavors are productive, prosperous and joyous…

Most Sincerely, Nancy Fire & the entire Design Works International Studio

Holiday Inspiration

The Holiday Season is in full swing, hopefully we will all get a little rest, enjoy our families and be able to reboot ourselves. A new year with new challenges and projects awaits. If you are in New York City, there are plenty of places to get inspired. From music and film, to fashion and art, surely you’ll be ready for any creative challenge.

The Museum of Modern Art is bold, diverse and sometimes controversial

The Museum of Modern Art is bold, diverse and sometimes controversial

With Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs has been extended until February 10th, The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Prints and Posters, 100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film or even Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 proves that MoMa’s inspiration in incredibly diverse.

The Museum of Modern Art Website

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Ladies & Gentlemen… THE BEATLES!

The New York Public Library for Performing Arts hosts an exhibit chronicling The Beatles first visit to the U.S. Artifacts from their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964 to their final official concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. Along with the artifacts, many famous musicians explain on video how the band changed their lives. Runs through May 6th, 2015.

The New York Public Library Website

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art remind us of the masters of the past.

 

Always an amazing place for inspiration. From their current exhibitions of Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Tullio Lombardo’s Adam: A Masterpiece Restored and Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire in the Costume Institute, there is plenty of inspiration for just about anyone.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

We hope you have a peaceful holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2015.

Tis The Season in NYC

Had the privilege of touring the NYC Holiday House located in The Academy Mansion at 2 East 63rd Street, which celebrates the best in interior design and entertaining while supporting the fight against breast cancer. The Mansion was built in 1920, has four stories and is 26,000 square feet of beautifully designed rooms filled with creative interiors through November and December.

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Traveling Trends; A College Town Christmas

 

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Cornell Campus, Ithaca NY. Above the shore of Cayuga Lake. The first snowfall of the season

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Great typography at Petrune

The mood was perfect; snow falling, cool crisp air and a town of “small shops” all ready for the quick approaching holiday season. Ithaca is truly a college town, located in central New York and home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. 28,000 students fill the city when college is in session. These students, as well as Ithaca’s local community, like to “shop small”; both in a place called The Commons as well as College Town.

 

The basic vibe of this college town is updated vintage with a modern twist. A great example is Petrune, a store which just opened its second location in Brooklyn on 223 Fifth Ave. Trending at Petrune are great mixes of clothing; “Classic Clothing from Every Decade” and very hip home accessories and vinyl records. The wall decor and typography are college town appropriate with sayings like “Boys Club, Bro Shop or vintage bowling alley graphics. In Ithaca, Petrune is located at 126 The Commons and their website is www.petrune.com

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Awesome finds at The Vintage Industry

 

 

Another great find in Ithaca is The Vintage Industry located at 113 West State Street; buying and selling antiques and vintage items. Their vintage window display was so fab that anyone walking by had to check out what was inside. I spotted a Santa cookie jar and Mr. & Mrs. Claus salt and pepper set that were in pristine shape and so awesome and unique.

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This is Olivia Royale, owner and designer of The Art & Found Shop located at 117 East State Street at The Commons is a fair trade, sustainable clothing indie brand store that designs many of their clothes right in the store.  When asked what was trending, she said “Our plaid free flannel cardigan is because it is a style that is cozy and comfy especially as it is wore as a wrap.”

 

 

 

 

 

Tell us about your Favorite College Town Christmas….Happy Holidays!

Cyber Monday 2014

Cyber Monday was created in 2005 to persuade people to shop on-line and for the past 14 years, on-line sales have grown considerably; so much so that the 2014 projected on-line sales could bypass in-store purchases for the first time in history!
 
Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term used by online retailers in Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Uganda, Japan, Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom by on-line retailers and are generally offered by smaller retailers that cannot complete with the big brick-and-mortar retailers.
 
According to WWWMetrics in “The Growth of Shopping Online” online shopping is only going to become more popular as time goes by and purchasers worldwide become more comfortable with security and the on-time delivery of their purchases. On-line shopping is one area of merchandising that continues to have a positive outlook far into the future.
How are you going to shop this Holiday season?
photo by Nancy Fire

photo by Nancy Fire

25 Years In… And We Still Hand Paint

We are getting in the spirit a little early this year with our HAND PAINTED Holiday Collections. Twenty-five years ago, Design Works International started as a hand paint design studio. The brush and pencil were the tools of the day. Now, technology has affected every aspect of our lives, including what we do here and we are PROUD to say that we are still hand painting many of our designs.

Whether you are influenced by classical or modern artists, being able to create traditionally is essential. From the Cubist portraits by Picasso and Salvador Dali’s Surrealist creations  at The Museum of Modern Art, we look to the brush for inspiration.

The Metropolitan Museum of art just opened their exhibit “Madame Cezanne” to showcase the artist’s most painted model. While at the Met we can also find John Singer Sargent’s most important works as well, which include an extensive collection of gorgeous watercolors.

copyright© 2014 Design Works International

copyright© 2014 Design Works International