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,

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!

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

Millennial Pink Overload…What will be next?

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What you will learn: How Lavender is taking over Millennial Pink in 2018

How long it will take you to read this post: 2 minutes & 46 Seconds

Why you should read it: You will be fully informed in how Lavender is popping up in fashion, food, & beauty. 

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Millennial pink this, millennial pink that…blah blah blah, we get it. Everyone loves the color – and what is not to love? It looks good on everyone, it’s easy on the eyes, and it can transfer between fashion, textiles, and hard goods seamlessly. But by this point, we’ve been experiencing a bit of Millennial Pink overload and we’re search for something new to cleanse our palettes…

Well, DRUM ROLL PLEASE! The new new, whimsical, serene, and youthful color happens to be… Lavender! …or as some are calling it, “melodramatic purple” or “Frosted Lilac.” We are already seeing this color pop up in fashion, food, and beauty. So without further adieu, lets get started!

FASHION

We already see Lavender creeping in throughout the market place. Our girl J.Lo kicked off the lavender love with her Ralph & Russo gown in February at the Grammys. Just this past week, we saw Versace, Prada, Stella McCartney, Cavalli, Chanel, & Ferretti all showing off their lavender obsession for Resort 2018:

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On a more affordable level, New Balance’s lavender sneakers , Urban Outfitters oversized thermal sweater, and Anthropologie’s adorable elephant backpack for Fall 2017 are making their way to mass consumers.

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It’s also starting to pop up in the celebrity world, ie. Lorde’s dress at the VMA’s:

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FOOD

Just this weekend we explored the Lower East Side of Manhattan and ate a beautiful brunch at Pietro Nolita. We treated ourselves to a cocktail and chose the one with the “house infused lavender vodka,” and boy was it good! Even though it is a pink restaurant, you can see the lavender influence peaking through.

Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 3.27.27 PM.pngAlso, why are we not talking about lavender infused ice cream more? This flavor is big in Europe and has started becoming more popular in the US in recent years. If you are in the city, il laborotorio del gelato has some of the best lavender honey ice cream we have ever had!

Vanilla Lavender Limeade. Sounds good right? This recipe has over 500 pins on Pinterest and looks delicious!

BEAUTY

We have seen the metallic grey hair sweep across beauty gurus blogs, but now people are talking “frosted lavender” for their locks. When combining multiple tones of lavender, the diffusion of color adds dimension and luminous streaks to the hair. 

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Homemade lavender honey lip balm has over 2,300 re-pins and looks amazing! Incorporating lavender has never been easier with help of lavender essential oils.

As far as the colors energy goes, Colorstrology by Pantone’s “color of the day” says, “wearing, meditating, or surrounding yourself with Pastel Lavender helps you embrace love. It centers you and allows you to move through your feelings with trust and ease.” Maybe this is what our world is needing a little bit more of right now?

Lavender seems like the natural progression from Millennial Pink and we are excited to see it more readily in the marketplace. We at DW want to keep you on top of #trends and bring awareness to curated, creative, and cool people (just like you, dear reader!) Thanks for checking this out. For more Lavender inspiration, visit our Instagram: @designworksinternational 

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Truly International

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Design Works International is truly an international design studio with extremely talented artists contributing work from literally all over the world. We believe this mix of culture, talent and creativity is one of the reasons that make us the go-to Lifestyle Studio.

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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!

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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.

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 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❤️

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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

Las Vegas-Hardware Happiness

Hard to believe that I am in Las Vegas covering the National Hardware Show… who knew, right?

Well… actually, wrong because half the show consists of lawn and garden products and new innovations for the outdoors!

Since I curate the HGTV HOME OUTDOOR LIVING COLLECTIONS on HSN it’s important to attend these shows to see what is new both in product style and trend.

For me, I am always a fan of “Rustic Glam” maybe because I love Chip and JoAnna Gains, from Fixer Upper on HGTV!

But I also love bold color and contemporary styling for some backyard boldness…

I guess my point is… When you hear National Hardware Show…think again because half the shows focus is on lawn and garden and it ain’t just hardware!

Now you know!

See you next year in Vegas!

Hanging at the High Point Furniture Market-Textiles and Texture

By Nancy Fire

Textiles and Texture…a mix of “Rustic Glam” was prevalent throughout many of the showrooms this market at High Point.

Textured wood, fur accent pillows, sculptural lamp bases, mixed substrates like metal and wood, painted textured tables, fabric and metal lighting, teak and concrete stools, pecky cypress wood, feminine prints paired with texture, lighting with natural elements as well as feathered and fringed pillows.

The diversity of texture both on hard surfaces like wood and metal, as well as soft surfaces like textiles and rugs was creative and updated offering designers many choices in style and substrate.

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  Dove Tail

  Dunes and Duchess

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Curry Lighting

  Splendid Outdoors

  SugarBone

  Ann Gish Bedding  Emporium Home

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Playful Products

Color, Chaos & Creativity

So nice to find playful products on my travels these days…really love the spontaneouty of these ceramic bowls for their color and imperfect pattern design. I am not a fan of matching patterns but I do love collections of similar objects….hence loving this ceramic collection!



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