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Designing a Connection to Italy

I think lots of creative people will probably agree about how fun the journey is from inspiration to finished product. I love running my own business because inspiration from my personal life often finds its way into new patterns in the Design Pool library. For example, a book I read about codebreaking turned into The Cryptology Collection. Recently, our partner LDI Interiors reached out with a specific request for a pattern with a “connection to Italy.” The request came...

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Color Riot! at the Montclair Art Museum Through 1/2/2022

Textile lovers in the northeast should absolutely add a visit to the Montclair Museum of Art to their holiday break to-do list. Their featured exhibit, Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles closes on January 2, 2022. This exhibit, which originally opened at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, is a breathtaking collection of Navajo (Diné) textiles. It features the work of contemporary artists weaving in traditional techniques alongside work from the period of time known as the Transitional Period...

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What is a Landscape Pattern?

In our licensable library, we have many different categories to make searching through our 600+ patterns easy. There are filters for shape, technique, theme, market, and color family. We also have three main categories: Geometric Patterns, Landscape Patterns, and Organic Patterns. Geometric and organic are probably easy to visualize. A geometric pattern has harder edges and defined shapes. Organic patterns have softer edges and elements you might find in nature. They also have more movement and space. But,...

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Special Thanks for Making Our NeoCon Booth!

October sure has been a bit of a whirlwind. We started it at NeoCon in Chicago and are winding down at the HCD Expo + Conference in Cleveland. With NeoCon behind us, we wanted to take a moment to send out a special note of thanks to our partners who helped us make the NeoCon Booth of our dreams. NeoCon was the first in-person event we participated in since Design Pool launched. As someone who attended for many years,...

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R&R, A Collection of Designs for Healthcare Interiors

This month we are excited to introduce R&R, a collection of health and wellness-inspired patterns for healthcare interiors. This is the latest group of patterns in the award-winning Cryptology Collections. Using our innovative technique of designing with coded messages, we created beautiful designs with hidden messages about health and wellness. When we created The Cryptology Collections, we thought about how patterns contribute to what is being communicated in a built environment. When it comes to healthcare interiors, what if...

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Chocolate Church Arts Center presents: Eight

You're invited to join Design Pool at Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath, Maine for Eight, an art exhibit featuring eight fiber artists from across the country. In this exhibition, each artist has created eight pieces of art, each measuring 8x8. Design Pool's Kristen Dettoni and Kristin Crane are both participating. Kristen Dettoni is showing eight of her needlepunch color studies. Many of the colors she uses in her work contain yarn she naturally dyed. Kristen Dettoni, Color Study...

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What is an Ombré & How Do You Make One?

An ombré is a stripe or pattern with gradual shading and blending from one color to another. In fact, the word ombré itself comes from the French word meaning shaded. A designer or artist can create an ombré using most textile techniques, including knitting, weaving, printing, and dyeing. Ombrés first appeared in pattern designs in prints in the early 1800s on wallpaper made by the wallpaper firm Zuber. These designs often used the ombré in a solid area of a...

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Design Pool Exhibits at NeoCon 2021 in Chicago

We are thrilled to share some exciting news. Design Pool will be exhibiting at NeoCon 2021. According to NeoCon, this event is "the world’s leading platform and most important event for the commercial interiors industry." Neocon launched in 1969 and "has served as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world’s manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations and media. The three-day in-person event showcases game-changing products and services from both leading companies and emerging talent—providing unparalleled access...

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What is a Greek Key?

The Greek Key is a common motif in textile design and many other places where decorative elements are necessary. Whether or not you know the name, you have most likely seen a Greek Key design. In fact, it may even be in your home. Often used as a border, it is also used frequently in stripes. It is so versatile; it even appears on its own in allover patterns. Though it is referred to as a Greek Key, this distinct...

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Four Tips for Combining Neutrals in Home Decor

Recently, I interviewed Lisa Lev, of Lisa Lev Design based in Toronto. I asked her, "What is your most challenging, yet satisfying, project to date?" She replied, "the Clarendon job." This modern rehab of a heritage home for a repeat customer, was challenging for her. This client has a bad reaction to color and Lisa loves starting from the color scheme. But as you can see, Lisa embraced the challenge by combining neutrals to great effect. Photo credit: Alex Lukey Here...

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