Tag - Interior Design

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Proprietary Library, Your Questions Answered

Design Pool has two libraries of pattern designs, each with its own unique group of patterns. Most of our patterns are in the licensable library. These designs are available to license, not purchase. Design Pool owns the rights to the designs, and different printers have access to the same pool of designs. There are over 700 patterns in the licensable library, and we add designs continuously to the library. There are no restrictions to viewing any of the designs...

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Outdoor Living, Summer’s Hottest Trend

During the summer of 2020, people invested heavily in their outdoor spaces. With nowhere else to go, people nested and made their outdoor spaces feel comfortable, functional, and fun. Two summers later, people are enjoying their rejuvenated outdoor spaces and are continuing to make improvements. Our outdoor spaces have become about more than just spending a little time outside. They’ve become about outdoor living. The lines between indoor and outdoor activities have blurred. When the weather cooperates, people spend...

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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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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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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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Revisit The Cryptology Collection

At NeoCon 2021, Design Pool unveiled The Cryptology Collection. Even though it was our first time exhibiting at NeoCon, this collection made an impression. Two groups in the collection were named Interior Design Magazine HiP Award honorees and our Knowledge is Power group was a HiP Award winner. Metropolis Magazine named the Radio Waves group as one of their #MetropolisLikes products. Ahead of NeoCon 2022, we think it's a good time to revisit The Cryptology Collection Let's revisit The Cryptology...

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Basic Color Terms Defined

Like any discipline, color has a language. To work with color confidently, it is helpful to learn that language. Thankfully, it’s not complicated. Knowing a handful of basic color terms is all you need to understand what people are saying about color. A firm understanding of these terms will help in both working with color and communicating about color with other people, such as designers and printers. First, there are two ways to create color. Additive Color MixingAdditive color mixing refers...

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Spotlight: Acrylic by Chroma Imaging

Chroma Imaging became a Design Pool partner in early 2021 to offer Design Pool users an option for printing on a wide range of different products, such as wood and acrylic. Based in Herndon, Virginia, with another location in Kissimmee, Florida, Chroma Imaging is a design and production company. They specialize in large format printing and custom visual solutions. Chroma Imaging printed our entire booth for NeoCon 2021 and was a dream to work with to make our vision a...

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