Our New Home

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This beautiful blank slate at 494 8th Avenue will soon be our new home. While our address is changing, our phone numbers and emails will remain the same so we can stay connected to you. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 28th and 29th, so we can be up and running at 494 on Monday, August 1st. We thank you all for your patience while we settle in – we can’t wait to welcome you to 494!

Click map below to  get directions.

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New Art from the Next Generation

At Design Works International, we believe that ultimately it all begins with the artist and their talents. Computers are simply the next generation of tools which extend the brush and paint or pencil and paper.

With the focus of our society on technology and social media, it’s nice to see the younger generation still involving themselves in the creation of art using traditional media. NYC is home to some amazing places to see and experience art and here are some great stories about a few up-and-comers who inspire us.

We hope that more kids will show us their wonderful creations and maybe they will be the next generation of designers here at Design Works International.

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Eighteen years old and exhibiting at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. You go girl!

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Some lucky New York City public school students are getting the chance to see their works of art among the lights of Times Square. 23 student artworks are going up on two giant digital billboards between 43rd and 44th streets. A three-minute video will play hourly. It runs through Oct. 23.

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7 years old and a member of the Brooklyn Collective!

 

Design Works International…Moving On Up In NYC! |

As always…appreciate our clients support when it comes to our design collections! Fun sharing and collaborating with our Design Works Internstional Team both in our NYC based studio and allov…

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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

Glamping in the North Fork Of Long Island


Fell in love with this 1956 Teardrop Glamping Unit showcased by Conni Cross Designs at The North Fork Designer Show House in Cutchogue LI.

Finally made it to The North Fork Designer Show House in Cutchogue LI today which runs until September 6th and is located next to the village green on Main Street,  showcasing the interior design talents of some 22 local designers.

 Drew Allt, Drew Patrick Home   Renee & Michael Lisowy, Wallace Home Design


Julie Hanus & Terry Hofer, Blooms by Design


Melissa Hyatt, MHD Designs

The main designer show house is hosted by the Cutchogue Presbyterian Church and this year it’s hostess is Jessica Lee, who donated her beautiful outdoor area and barns creating an updated twist on the show house experience. I was so inspired by Conni Cross’s “Glamp Tent”, Lori Guyer from White Flower Farmhouse and Debbie & Morgan Gildersleeve, Renee’s located in the annex barn area! Enjoy the photos and for more information please go to NorthForkDesignerShowHouse.com


Glamp Tent

  
   Conni Cross in her “Glamp Tent”!

  White Flower Famhouse
  
 Renee’s in Mattituck


  

 

 

 

“Design Delights” At Kips Bay Decorator Show House NYC

Some highlights from the 43rd Annual Decorators Show House At Kips Bay in NYC….delighted to share the following image from some of the most creative designers in the industry today! All proceeds from The Decorator Show House benefit The Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

 Wood Countertop by Grothouse Lumber Company

  Backsplash by Akdo and Appliances by Dacor

  Pavarini Design-Painted Wall Color America Painting, Jonathan Kutzin

  Pavarini Designs

  Staircase Perspective

  Rottet Studio

  Alan Tanksley, Inc Giraffe Vase by James Salaiz Christina Grajales Gallery

 Drake Design Studio-Ceiling Light Sculptures by Maison Gerard

Creative Week!! Surex 2015

Stop by Design Works International  booth 622 and ICFF booth 3033 today!

Purchase tickets to the May 27th IFDA Take A Seat auction to bid on these creative seats designed by 26 talented designers…Lane Adeoye, Michael Arguello, Allison Bassen, Carly Bassen, Jonathan Bressler, Jerry Caldari, Cliff Young Intern Team, Gregory Cramer, Iris Dankner & Christopher Hyland, Banessa DeLeon, Nancy Fire, Patricia Fox, Stacey Garcia, Jan Girard, Barry Goralnick, Lorraine Gordon, Jason Oliver Nixon & John Loecke, Kennifer Mack & Lindsey Smith, Karim Rashid, Esther Sadowsky, Tamara Stephensos & Susan Young, Team Habitat for Humanity, Sara & Moncef Touijer, KathArine Wood, James Rixner & Catherine Wright, Sara Yengle.

Purchase tickets on the IFDA website!

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NYC as a Backdrop for Beauty

 

When you live and work in this city, you often forget how beautiful it is. I love being able to stumble upon moments like this one. The beautiful NY Public Library as a backdrop for art.

It made me wonder… what is on showcase? Is the dancer helping the photographer with her portfolio? Is the photographer helping dancer with HER portfolio? Is the garment the dancer is wearing the focus? It didn’t really matter to me, I was lucky enough to find beauty this morning in our fair city.NYCbeauty