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What are Plain Fabrics?

Textile and pattern designers often throw down a term that seems counterintuitive, plain fabric. When we say plain fabric, we're referring to a material with minimal patterning and usually solid or tonal in color. If we're being honest, nothing about fabric or pattern is ever plain at all! Look closely at even the most unassuming material; something is fascinating about it. Designers in the interior design market often think about creating patterns and fabrics to be used as part of...

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How to Request a Custom Pattern

Though Design Pool is primarily a licensable pattern library, we occasionally do custom design work to create original patterns. When do we do custom work? Our custom work usually falls into two categories. First, sometimes our pattern library just does not have the perfect design. We try to have something for everyone, but sometimes a designer is working on a particular project, and it just doesn't exist. Second, sometimes a designer is working on a project that requires an...

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Introducing The Netherlands Collection

In the spring of 2022, I went on a creative trip to the Netherlands. While this was technically a vacation, life as a creative entrepreneur means that even my vacations usually influence my work. Planning for inspiration, I made sure to pack my new camera. Last year, I treated myself to a new camera so I could take better photos for Design Pool in between professional photo shoots. I’m still getting to know the camera, but how much better...

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We’re heading to BDNY in November 2022.

Save the date! Design Pool is heading to BDNY in New York City this fall. If you've never been before, BDNY (Boutique Design New York) describes itself as "Creativity, Curated. Set in the cultural capital of New York City, BDNY connects hospitality leaders and designers with exceptional vendors, insider experiences, and hospitality products not found anywhere else." Heading to BDNY? Here are the details: Where: Jacob K. Javits Center, NYCWhen: November 13 – 14, 2022 | 10 AM – 5 PM Who:...

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The Life Cycle of a Trend

Trends impact every aspect of our lives. At Design Pool, we are endlessly fascinated by them and their impact on the culture at large. Yet, as the speed of our daily lives has gotten faster, trends seem to be cycling faster too. It got us thinking, how much energy do we need to put into staying up on trends if they move that quickly? Does it still matter? We think that no matter the speed, understanding what is trending...

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How to Become a Design Pool Partner

At Design Pool we like to say that we're more than just another image library. We took the idea of a pattern library a step further and partnered with digital printers. We refer to each printer as a Design Pool partner. Our goal is to make on-demand technology accessible to the interior design community. This non-inventory business model is a break from the way interior designers have traditionally sourced their materials. It lets any designer find a pattern they...

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Wide-Format Summit, July 2022

This July, Kristen will be speaking at Wide-format Summit. This exclusive, invitation-only, relationship-building event takes place July 25 – 27, 2022, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The event is presented by Wide-format Impressions and Printing United Alliance, both part of NAPCO Media. The summit's main goal is to give senior managers and business executives insight into current and future wide-format printing technology. In addition, it aims to give decision-makers strategic-level insights into how they...

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Moveable Type, a New Design Pool Collection

The Museum of Printing “is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment, and printing craftsmanship.” I visited this museum this spring with Color Karma’s Shoshana Burgett and quickly realized I could have spent hours getting lost in this museum. Located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, this museum has small exhibits and extensive special collections. They have hundreds of examples of antique printing, typesetting, and bindery equipment. In addition, there are two libraries of books and documents about the...

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Heading to Convergence 2022?

The Handweavers Guild of America is hosting Convergence, its International Fiber Arts Conference, in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 15 – 21, 2022. Convergence 2022 is an event hosted every other year full of workshops, lectures, tours, exhibits, competitions, and more. It is also a place for the fiber arts community to come together. Attendees build community while learning and inspiring each other. At this year’s event, Kristen has one piece of original artwork on view in the juried exhibit, Symphony of the...

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2022 NeoCon Color Trends

Walking the floors of theMART at NeoCon, we are keeping our eyes peeled for overarching trends in the industry. This year we saw four major trends: Acoustics, Biophilia, Transparency in Manufacturing, and the Experiential Office. In addition, we also pay attention to what colors are trending. For NeoCon color trends this year, we saw a lot of rich, earthy neutrals. Also, a lot of super saturated pastels and earth tones. In many showrooms, we saw entire spaces created with...

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