Tag - Design

Polka Dot Blog Pattern P31

Polka Dot Definition and Designs

The polka dot has been and will always be a classic pattern. A basic favorite among textile patterns, it has never been out of style. The polka dot is a classic spring pattern, particularly in the colors of navy and white. It takes its name from a Bohemian folk dance, first performed in Prague in 1837 and brought to Paris by 1840. By 1845 the polka had spread to England. In the United States, Godey’s Lady’s Book (https://www.accessible-archives.com/collections/godeys-ladys-book/), featured a...

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Damask Blog Pattern P592
Damask Blog Pattern P376

Damask Definition and Designs

Produced in China over a thousand years ago, the ornamental reversible weave usually in one color was originally produced in silk and wool. Damask reached Europe from Damascus, then a center of land trade on the silk road, when Marco Polo returned to Venice in 1295 with crimson damask in the bundles he carried with him. The genuine article was once the wallpaper of the wealthy. Very early European damasks featured flowers, fruit and animals The usual designs are in...

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Interview with Paul Lewin – Custom Restaurant Interior

Paul Lewin was a designer at Tivi in Chicago when he and his partner Ryan Wither got the project of their dreams, by sheer luck. In 2013, their friend and restaurateur Peter Verrill asked them to design his new restaurant Outliers Eatery, in foodie heaven Portland, Maine. What happens when a designer is given complete and total freedom to design a restaurant for someone obsessed with Hunter S. Thompson? For designer Paul Lewin, you get “The unicorn of my career.” Verrill...

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Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Floral Squares
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Cotton Print
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Wheat Print
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Stylized Daisies
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Zen Garden

Sustainability with Print on Demand

During her 27-year career working in the textile industry, Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni watched as the industry she worked in produced yards and yards of textile waste while creating large collections twice a year. The standard model was for a traditional mill to create hundreds of designs, each available in multiple color ways, to present to clients. Those clients only had availability to place 3% of those designs, leaving 97% of the designs shelved, never to be shown...

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Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Facade
Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Waiting Room
Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Entry

Interview with Paul Lewandowski

Paul Lewandowski, architect at Paul Designs Project, was design principal at SMRT Architects and Engineers when he got the opportunity to redesign the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, a building with a personal connection to him. In order to bring this project to life and be meaningful in the community, Paul utilized custom printing to create two unique pieces. What was it about the St. Mary’s Project that got Paul excited to get to work? He was born there! Paul...

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Color Theory Warm and Cool Colors
Color Wheel Analogous Colors Pattern P214 Hawaiian Quilt
Color Wheel Complimentary Colors Pattern P1388 Tile
Color Wheel Analogous Colors Pattern P1146 Knit Stitch Pattern
Color Wheel Complimentary Colors Pattern P1453 Deco Stripe

Understanding Color Theory

Whether or not we realize it as we move through our day, color is affecting our mood, our decisions and maybe even our hunger level. People are drawn to that sweater on the rack, the couch on the showroom floor because of its color. It is what catches the eye first and either draws people in or not. If that color is pleasing and harmonious, it can have a big impact on an impression of a product, and ultimately...

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