BD | NY Highlights 2018

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We spent the day at BD | NY, a boutique design trade fair in the Javits Center on Sunday & Monday. We wanted to highlight some amazing products and brands that stood out to us while walking through.

Did you find anything new & exciting at the show that we missed? Let us know!

Dekka | The lightweight concrete

Link: https://www.dekko.ca/

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Sustainable Material’s | 3D Cork Bricks

Link: https://www.sustainablematerials.com/product/cork-bricks/

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Sally The Robot | The future of fresh technology

Link: http://www.chowbotics.com/

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Eclectic Contract Furniture | beautiful  & unique pieces

Link: https://www.eclecticcontract.com/

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Ripples |  leverage the beverage

Link: https://www.drinkripples.com/

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Inova | transtional furniture

Link: https://inovabed.com/

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Stern Engineering | motion fixtures

Link: http://www.sternfaucets.com/

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We think these products are pretty cool! Are we missing something that you think is super unique and different? Let us know.

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

 

 

 

DIY: Bullet Journaling

We have been seeing photos of Instagrammers, bloggers, and other influencers hyper-organized, beautifully composed bullet journals. But what are they, how do you start them, and why?! Designer Ryder Carroll created the bullet journal, and defines it as “an analog system to help you track the past, organize the present, and plan for the future”. They have gained popularity due to the customization and freedom to organize your journal however you want, and the options are really endless!

Step 1: Start with a great journal, such as this one, which is most popular among bullet journalists due to its numbered pages and 3 separate ribbon page markers. It comes in over 20 colors! When choosing a journal, be sure to get one with dotted pages rather than blank or lined. This type of journal is the most customizable, and you can still make your own lines by connecting the dots if you want to.

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Step 2: Create an index and a few logs to get started. Most journalists write a future log of important dates to remember throughout the year, as well as monthly and daily logs.

Keeping it nice and simple with my set up for August. I usually do a calendar layout but wanted to switch back to the original bullet journal monthly setup for a change!

Step 3: Make a key or legend for yourself, to shorthand words and streamline your calendar. Most journalists write out the period of time that they plan to use a book for, usually 3, 6 or 12 months per book. This creates a goal and gives you a calendar to stick to.

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Step 4: Daily logs. This is where we write what we need or want to achieve in a day, and also write down anything significant that happened that day.

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Step 5: Lists! This is totally optional and can include whatever makes sense for YOUR life. This can be grocery/meal prep lists, books to read, things you love, restaurants to try, etc.

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Step 6: If you love drawing, color, or calligraphy, feel free to use this to embellish your journal! This is not necessary, but the aesthetic of a beautifully created journal is just as appealing as the actual organization to some bullet journalists.

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Step 7: Enjoy your journal! It’s amazing to mindfully organize your life and create your own personalized method of doing so. It’s also great to be able to look back at an old journal and remember all of the memories that you wrote down!

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Why we should all try it:

Writing by hand does take more time than using a digital calendar on your phone or laptop, but using a handwritten analog system is much more engaging to our brains. Rather than saying “Hey Siri…schedule _____ and make a note of _____”, bullet journaling forces us to decide what is worth taking the time to write down in our pretty little notebooks. This helps us to narrow down the most important things in life!

In the name of print, pattern, & journaling,

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!

UPDATE: The Latest in Kitchen Trends

This year, we’ve seen dinnerware and kitchen accessories start to transition from sleek and modern to more organic and fun. We’re talking abstract and splatted paint, uneven and natural line work, and exciting colors, and veering away from “matchy-matchy” plate sets. Another eco-friendly trend that we’ve seen is the use of more organic and sustainable materials such as bamboo, marble, and wood which will last longer and survive the daily wear-and-tear of kitchen use.

Here’s some inspiration for your kitchen update😉

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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!

Fall Y’all| Freebie November 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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It’s Fall Y’all!

Switch up your tech with this perfectly cozy November wallpaper.

We have over 10.7K followers on Instagram and would love to show off our blog followers! Tag us with the hashtag #DWallpaper in your Instagram highlights that you have your tech wallpaper up and we will feature you on our page!

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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!

Fall Fashion: Comfort is Key

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Colder weather calls for comfier clothes! Luckily, one of the biggest trends this season in both fashion and home is COMFORT, with a focus on soft, cozy fabrics to keep us warm. We have been seeing tons of neutral colors that will match anything in your closet, and even sweaters that look (and feel😍) like blankets. Here are some of our favorite looks:

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This Zara sweater pairs perfectly with a printed skirt and booties for a less chilly day, or your favorite jeans when the temperatures drop.

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Colorful knits like this one from Urban Outfitters are a fun way to cheer up your cold weather blues! Pair it with your favorite funky pants for an awesome outfit.

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One of the best articles of clothing ever~ the blanket sweater! Throw this over any outfit and you’ll feel like you never left your bed.

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We’re imagining this unique zip-sleeve sweater, also from Zara, with a patterned long sleeve tee underneath for a fun, extra warm layered look! Comfy & stylish.😎

In home we’ve been seeing knotted and fringed blankets, oversized knits, and pillows with fuzzy details for extra comfort. Here’s some inspiration to make your home as cozy as possible for the colder season!

 

 

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!

Trend Alert: Concrete

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Concrete: a heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stonelike mass on hardening.

Now that you have the definition, let’s get inspired by how this amazing substrate can be used in the design world. Do you have a favorite designer that uses concrete?

 

In the name of print, pattern, & concrete,

DW

 

Falling Leaves| Freebie October 2018 Tech Wallpaper

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Hello Fall!

It is officially the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice.  Start the season off right by downloading this tech wallpaper for all of your devices.

We have over 10.7K followers on Instagram and would love to show off our blog followers! Tag us with the hashtag #DWallpaper in your Instagram highlights that you have your tech wallpaper up and we will feature you on our page!

See you on the gram!

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Download one, download all.

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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!

The Color Factory Recap

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We have been to just about every pop-up in NYC…

Rosé Mansion

29 Rooms

The Museum of Pizza

Dream Machine

Candytopia

Deadpool 2: Believe in your Selfie Museum 

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…and we have to say that The Color Factory comes in as #1 on our list for many reasons!  The coolest thing about our adventure was that they implemented scannable QR Codes where a professional camera will snap your photo and send it straight to your email. Less time on your phone = more time enjoying the experience with your friends!

We wanted to share with you some of our favorite moments from our time there…

Tickets are still on sale through October 14th. CLICK HERE to get your own!

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Have you been to The Color Factory yet?

Check out our massive highlight on our Instagram @designworksinternational to see more photos and videos!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW