IT’S ULTRA COOL | The Pantone 2018 Color of the Year

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In less than 24 hours, the design world has been thrown a loop with Pantone’s 2018 color of the year. People are calling it regal, futuristic, beautiful, bold, and even a little bit overwhelming. If you haven’t heard about it already, the shade is ULTRA VIOLET.

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Late last night, House Beautiful published an article, Designers are Obsessed With Pantone’s Bold and Regal Color of the Year. Our own Nancy Fire weighed in her thoughts about the new famous color choice:

Nancy Fire, creative director of HGTV HOME, Design Works International, and Studio NYC Design, says she’s already thinking about how she can use it in her design work. “Ultra Violet works well as an accent pillow or wallpaper. The regal color plays well with grey, loden green, and many neutrals,” Fire says. “We think using this bold color as a statement, not to fill an entire room, is key if you usually stick with neutrals and safe shades.” -Nancy Fire

It’s unlike the other color trends we’ve seen lately, that’s for sure. People are calling the color provocative & thoughtful by communicating originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking.

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Artfixdaily says, “Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.” Maybe a little bit of Ultra Violet is what the world needs right now?

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What are your thoughts on the color? Love it? Hate it? There have been mixed reviews all over the internet, so let us know if you’re into the ultra new, ultra trendy, ultra cool color!

In the name of print & pattern & being ultra whatever,

DW

Source: Pantone 2018 Color of the Year – Pantone’s Color of the Year

Over the River & Through the Woods | Freebie December 2017 Wallpaper

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Happy December from Design Works International! We made it to the end of the year and to one of our favorite months. December has a magical feel to it, especially in New York City. Christmas tree sellers are starting to pop up on every corner making the streets smell like evergreen. This months free tech wallpaper is inspired by the uniqueness of each tree on every corner. We hope you enjoy!

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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!

PUMPed for PUMPKINS | Freebie November 2017 Wallpaper Download

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Get PUMPed for PUMPKINS! Happy November from the DW team. We have created really great wallpaper tech set for you this month.

We spent a few days down in the New York City flower district and saw that plain orange pumpkins were nowhere to be found. Everyone was asking for the striped, green, white, and misshapen pumpkins. Inspired by this cool discovery, we designed a pumpkin party to get you in the Fall Thanksgiving vibes.

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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!

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!

Kinetic Store Design | The new trend in VM

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Lets put it in motion! As retail spaces are getting smaller, designers have to be more and more creative about what to do with all of the store’s product. The new design trend is building up, kinetically. Stores are bringing their displays to life while maximizing space in a small square footage. Conveyor belts and moving clothing rails are automated and add an entertainment factor. Going beyond that, displays can also hold stock in the ceiling area to free up premium floor space below.

Here are a few examples of the coolest kinetic stores right now

MCM’s latest concept store in Seoul has a conveyor belt, touch screen installations, and robotic displays.

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Aether store in San Fran stacked 3 shipping containers on top of each other and created a conveyor system to carry stock between all 3 floors.

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Dolce & Gabanna used kinetic design in creating a ceiling that can descend to create a special VIP room within the space.

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Our favorite! Check out this moving display on our Insta @designworksinternational from Descente Blanc in Tokyo. They created a unique stock display system that can be lowered depending on what the shopper is looking for. This same practice can also be found in their larger Fukuoka Store, creating a striking visual impact.

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Descente Blanc // Tokyo

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Descente Blanc // Fukuoka

 

Hope you got your daily dose of trend inspiration!

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

Hurricane Relief for Texas & Florida

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Everyone, we did it! Today, we are sending out everything we collected the past week and a half to Texas (The Texas Diaper Bank) & Florida (The Diaper Bank of Central Florida). We are really proud to see our artists and clients come together and make an impact. A big thank you to Kathleen Winton for hand-making over 15 baby blankets!

Thank you to everyone who participated. Your efforts are noticed and appreciated!

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The DW Team!

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Kathleen Winton’s AMAZING baby blankets

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The recognition print designed by the DW studio.

In the name of print & pattern,

DW

As Seen In… Home & Textiles Today

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An interesting article in Home & Textiles Today. Click here to read the full article.

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HTTCoverFor more information, visit designworksintl.com or first2print.com.

Samsung 837 – Experience over Product

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We love a multi-use space, and Samsung is has taken theirs to a whole new level with Samsung 837. The brand’s new flagship store is where product showroom, workshop, and event space meet, creating a geek chic playground in the Meatpacking District that is many things, just not a retail store. In a world where the majority of shopping is done online, Samsung is redefining retail by pushing experience rather than product, and they’re letting you get your hands on what they have to offer through cultural engagements like art exhibits, cooking classes, and musical performances. Check out more about Samsung 837 below and let us know what you think about this twist on the retail experience.

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