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Design Works International has been helping corporations and companies of all sizes with their design and trend needs for more than two decades. DW is renowned for design excellence, technical expertise, and attention to detail.

Whether you need to develop a fashion or home furnishings collection, a range of surface or package designs for a new product, or revamp your corporate identity or branding, we pride ourselves on working closely with our clients, to ensure that their vision comes to life.

Not sure where to start? DW carries an extensive range of artwork for your inspiration -- both CAD and hand painted, and all unique. Our artwork is created for different products, seasons, and markets, including surface design, fashion, interior design and home furnishings, and textile design.

Located in the heart of New York City, DW works with clients across the USA, and across the globe. For a free design development consultation, or to make an appointment to view our latest design collection, call today, and ask to speak to one of our design consultants: 212-594 0777.

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SNOW DAY!

January 28, 2015

We were stranded at home, but we ventured out into the great white tundra… Some images from the previous 24 hours through out the 5 boroughs of New York City.

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Happy Handwriting Day!

January 23, 2015

Also known as cursive, longhand, script, joined-up writing, joint writing, or running writing has become a dying, if not already lost, handwriting is something that a few of us remember learning vividly. Initially created because of it’s practical advantages of writing speed and infrequent pen lifting to accommodate the limitations of the quill, it has been relegated to it’s use as a method of decorating. Over 40 states currently do not require public schools to teach cursive reading or writing. How many of you remember these sheets from school?

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Fusion of Fashion & Home – Script & Typography. The art of handwriting may not be taught in schools, but the world still embraces it’s use on everything from furniture, to packaging and even skin!

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Our designers use script and typography beautifully. Though we live in a world filled with technology, it all begins with the pencil. Note the sketches on paper and the matching final digital printouts. Some of this work is still available from our collection, contact us if you are interested.

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Inspiration from Home

January 22, 2015

For a designer inspiration is one of the most important parts of the process. It’s important to keep your eyes open, especially in familiar surroundings. One of our designers traveled to England for the holidays and found wonderful inspiration in local shops in her home town. If you know Selina’s work, you can see how these images inspire her.

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Fusion of Fashion & Home – Pale Pink

January 20, 2015

The softer side of color is refreshing and uplifting with Pale Pink trending in both fashion and home this season…

Pink is known for it’s soft qualities. The addition of white to calms down the passionate red and replaces it with a gentle, comforting feeling. Studies have confirmed that exposure to pink can have a calming effect; violent prisoners have been calmed by placing them in a pink room for specified amount of time.

If you have a friend that wears pink all the time it may indicate a need for acceptance, support and unconditional love. It puts us in touch with our nurturing side.

Pink is the color of uncomplicated emotions. It represents the child in all of us; the innocence and sweetness, the inexperience an naiveté.

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Happy Popcorn Day!

January 19, 2015

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Did you know that Popcorn was first domesticated in Mexico 9,000 years ago from a wild grass and is one of the oldest forms of corn?

Holcomb & Hoke popcorn machine exteriorEver wonder why we eat popcorn at the movies? Well, during the Great Depression, a trip to the theatre was one of the few entertainment options people could afford. Theaters did not sell snacks at the time and as a bag of popcorn kernels would sell for about $10, lasting years, they could sell to the people at 10 cents a bag and make ahefty profit. The lure of the aroma made it easy to sell. The machines to make popcorn are quite portable so industrious vendors would set up right outside and sell to the patrons going into the theater.

Soon theater owners saw the opportunity and began leasing space inside to the vendors and the movie theater snack bar was born. Eventually the middle men were cut out and selling snacks in the theater actually saved many movie houses.

Popcorn is ubiquitous now. Having been a part of every decade of our culture. How great is the MTV Movie Awards trophy that is a bucket of popcorn. We LOVE Jeremy Scott’s “Fast Food Fashion” for Moschino and the “Food Fight” Collection for Cybex.

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Fusion of Fashion & Home – Marsala

January 16, 2015

Sephora has just added some beautiful products in Marsala for their Color of the Year program.

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At Design Works International we have long believed in the concept of Fusion of Fashion & Home as it relates to design and color. Pattern, color, aesthetic overlap into every industry. The designer that designs specifically for fashion or home is not as common as in the past. Now as all industries provide consumers with products that allow them to link all aspects of their life. Evidence is the new Sephora line and the Fusion of Fashion & Home Marsala below.

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Rubber Duckies Day!!

January 13, 2015
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Today is National Rubber Ducky Day! In 1970, Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since. Rubber ducks have been around since the rise of the rubber industry in the late 1800s, but no one knows their exact origin.

Look at these wonderful images… they’re not photoshopped! That is an actual 85 foot tall rubber duck! Florentijn Hofman is an internationally renown artist from the Netherlands who sculpts huge pieces usually of every day objects, sometimes WITH everyday objects.

His Rubber Duck has traveled the world popping up in cities from Sao Paulo to Auckland, Hong, Sydney and even in Los Angeles for their Tall Ships Festival. How funny is that duck peering over buildings?!

Hofman loves including the public to be involved and they cause passers by to stop and smile. “They give people a break from their daily routines,” he says. “Passers-by stop in front of them, get off their bicycle and enter into conversation with other spectators. People are making contact with each other again. That is the effect of my sculptures in the public domain.”

Click here to look at his other work.


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Color, Chaos & Creativity…Take ONE

January 12, 2015

Nancy Fire:

Here is Nancy’s first post from her personal blog. Make sure you subscribe so you can get her wonderful updates from all over the world.

All of us here at Design Works International are fortunate to have her passion and energy guiding us in our creative endeavors. We’re excited to be able to see what she finds as she explores the world. Best of luck, Nancy!

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Welcome to my first blog post…as Creative Director of Design Works International NYC and Design Director of HGTV HOME I want to share my global travels with you and bring a bit of color, chaos (the good kind) and creativity into your life.
Join me on my journey for updates on anything design…first up Frankfurt Germany…on my way to the Heimtex, the largest Textile Show in the world to premiere our new Home Furnishings Textile Collection for upholstery, wallpaper, rugs and bedding.
Posting trends on color, fabric and products all week with a bit of chaos…the good kind when dealing with creativity!

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Color, Chaos & Creativity – Nancy Fire’s Traveling Trends Blog

January 12, 2015

Nancy Fire, Creative Director of Design Works International NYC and Design Director of HGTV HOME, is now blogging as well as she travels the world. We encourage you to follow her on her travels as she finds the latest design trends and blogs from print shows, conferences and throughout the cities she visits. With her background in photography and wonderful eye for design, she’ll be showing you the latest things to help you with your own designs and trends. Click here visit her new site and subscribe.

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Heimtexil Bound-Frankfurt..Trend Alerts

January 12, 2015

Crazy week ahead @nancy_fire @hgtv @hgtvhome Frankfurt bound to hang at Heimtexil with our new Home Furnishing Collection and report on cool product trends from allover the globe. Stay tuned for my latest and greatest from Germany…fast forward to next week and keep me on your trend radar cause I will be posting from Las Vegas from the KBIS show and then onto Paris for Maison & Objet. Sneak peek on a trend alert “Pale Pink” for interiors…all you pantone peeps…Pale Pink and Marsala look great together especially with all the layering of metal accents these days…love mixing warm and cool metals….

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