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The Cryptology Collections, Debuts at NeoCon


Design Pool LLC. is excited to introduce The Cryptology Collections at NeoCon 2021 in Chicago this fall. This collection of twenty original pattern designs is inspired by code, the hidden messages they communicate, and the women codebreakers of World War II. Designed by Kristen Dettoni, The Cryptology Collections is part of Design Pool’s digital library, the only pattern library created exclusively for interior designers and home to over 600 designs.


The Cryptology Collections invites people to take a deeper look at code.

Codebreaking pioneer, Elizebeth Smith Friedman broke thousands of codes during World War I, Prohibition, and World War II and was a huge inspiration in this collection. When researching Elizebeth, we learned code makers and codebreakers don’t need to speak the same language to communicate a message. They just need to see the same patterns. Elizebeth’s work with the US government prevented enemy bombings, brought down organized crime, and helped defeat the Nazis. She and her contemporaries paved the way for women in the sciences, intelligence agencies, and the military. Most impressively, they did this all with only paper and pencil, all for less pay than the men they supervised, and all by looking for patterns.


Kristen Dettoni, Design Pool founder and designer, is excited to debut this collection. “When I first learned about the women codebreakers from this era, I felt an immediate kinship. Like them, I have worked with patterns my whole career and know their power to communicate in our lives. Through this collection, I hope to spark a conversation about what interior designers communicate in a built environment through their choices in materials and patterns.”

The Cryptology Collections includes four smaller groupings designed for specific markets, including upholstery, wallcovering, flooring, and acoustic panels. In each design, Dettoni started her design process with a message written in code. She then used that code to create shapes and finally created a pattern from those shapes.


Knowledge is Power Collection


Knowledge is Power, an Upholstery Collection

This grouping includes a modern tossed floral, striking geometrics, and a versatile texture. The color palette is a sophisticated mix of neutrals and earth tones, perfect for healthcare interiors. Design Pool partners with New Hampshire-based LDI Interiors to digitally print these designs on EnviroLeather, their luxurious, leather-like line of wipeable coated fabrics. This fabric uses innovative technology in performance coatings and formulations. This material is at the forefront in the movement toward sustainable, high-performance, less toxic fabrics.


Top Secret Collection


Top Secret, a Vinyl Flooring Collection

This collection includes an attractive floral, smart geometrics, and an energetic stripe pattern. The color palette of dark, grounding neutrals is perfect for floors. Design Pool partnered with Wisconsin-based Graphic Image Flooring to digitally print these designs on 100% solid polyvinyl sheet flooring. At 1.9mm thick, their flooring provides one of the thickest wear-layers in the world. It is slip and stain resistant, commercially recyclable, and perfect for high-traffic areas.


Radio Waves Collection


Radio Waves, an Acoustic Panels Collection

The designs in this collection include a modern, landscape floral, as well as smart geometrics, and a shifting stripe. The colorline is light and airy, with versatile colors and neutrals. Design Pool partners with Phoenix-based printer Image Craft to digitally print these designs. Their unique acoustic panels flatten noise levels while adding visual interest to a room. They are made with recycled materials, have an “A” fire rating, are bleach cleanable, and are moisture and microbial resistant.


Classified Collection


Classified, a Wallcovering Collection

Two contemporary floral patterns anchor this collection and are complemented by a stripe and two geometrics with a modern feel. One pattern incorporates QR codes and explores the idea of a direct line between an environment and the person experiencing it. The colorline is modern, fun, and punchy. Design Pool partners with Virginia-based Chroma Imaging to digitally print these designs on wallcovering. Chroma Imaging offers a wide range of substrates such as textured wallpaper, self-adhesive vinyl, felt, metallic, and more.


Design Pool is revolutionizing the way interior designers source materials.

Many interior designers are eager to integrate sustainable, on-demand printing into their material selection. Yet, they are concerned about high minimums and added costs. With Design Pool, they now have easy access to this technology. We connect designers directly to our printing partners. In addition, we always vet all our partners for quality and service. All printing partners have low-to-no minimum requirements, quick turnaround, and high-quality products.

“While I was intrigued by the work these women did with pattern to crack codes, I was also inspired by their enthusiasm for science and the cutting-edge technology of their time,” reflects Dettoni. “I know they would be as excited as I am about the technological advances in digital printing and its ability to change the way products are manufactured in the US and around the world.”

NeoCon is the world’s leading platform for the commercial interiors industry. The event takes place on October 4 – 6, 2021 at theMART in Chicago, Illinois. This will be an in-person event. As of this writing, theMART requires masks in common areas and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test. Attendees can stay up-to-date on COVID protocols at theMART here.

Find Design Pool on the 7th floor of theMART in Booth 7-4049.




Photo Credit: Kristen Julianna Photography



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Kristin Crane

Kristin Crane has designed jacquard designs for the home furnishing and residential jobber market for many years, with mills in the US and in China. Today, she writes about pattern and design trends for Design Pool from her home in Providence, Rhode Island. When not writing about fabric, she can be found weaving in her home studio or hiking along the Rhode Island coast.


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