Thursday, December 27, 2012

Color | Emerald Beauty

Fritz Kredel | Pottery Barn | Carcharel | Gelden Kirchen | Agnes Martin

Just because the holidays are here, it doesn't mean you have to wear red and green. Mix it up with softer shades for an updated look.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Resource | Romantic Blooms photo pack

Whether you’re designing a dramatic winter floral or a happy summer print, Pattern People's new Romantic Blooms photo pack is the perfect resource created with you – the surface designer – in mind. In this set, you’ll find over one hundred high resolution photos that make a great starting point for all your pattern needs. Featuring roses, peonies, hydrangeas, and other big, romantic blooms, we've got you covered. And, did we mention, the images are royalty free.  Check it out!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift Guide | Botanical Picks

Select a bouquet of botanical themed objects or prints for the plant lover in your life.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Trend Alert | Winged Beasts

Paul & Joe | Jil Sander | Mary Katrantzou | Thakoon | Background from Flickr

What's the latest trend? Put a bird on it!  Parrots, hummingbirds, butterflies and other winged creatures spread their wings on high fashion and street wear.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Paradise Prints

Birds, butterflies, ferns, and foliage create a lush backdrop to the draped or form-fitting silhouettes from Modern Love's Spring 2013 collection. The tropical direction seen on the runways continues here as well in the intricate patterns designed by Sarah Arnett.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Trend Alert! Graphic Jackets

Dries Van Noten | H&M | The Locals | Moschino | Alexander McQueen

Get cozy and fun with these graphic colorful jackets.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Intarsia Sweaters

 1. Mara Hoffman | 2. Miss Selfridge | 3. Vintage sweater | 4. Kenzo | 5. Altazurra | 6. McQ

The holidays are upon us, and so it is sweater time. Some say ugly sweater time, but we say, make it bright, bold and fun instead!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Festive Dining

Versace x Rosenthal
These colorful and ornate plates form part of the double decade collaboration between Versace and Rosenthal. To celebrate their 20 year anniversary, a plate per year is being re-issued. Pick up a few here to add some spice to your holiday tabletop.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wool Wonders

suspension choux Desaccord | chair Patricia Urquiola | rug Christien Meindertsma | baladeuse en laine Desaccord

Cozy up with these knitted items for the home.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Matchy Matchy

Alexander McQueen / Damir Doma / Giambattista Valli / ASOS / Suno / Street Peeper

Who has time for print mixing? Matching separates make it easy and it's all latest rage!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012


vintage textile | henri rousseau | Maison Martin Margiela x H&M | vintage textile | zak & fox | bottega veneta
Find out more about this moody color and its history here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Inspiration | Folk Embroidery

Embroidery from folk traditions around the globe sets a colorful inspiration for print designs for kids or women's wear. By the way, click on the link for DIY Bavarian Bracelets to see a really cool tutorial on how to make these easily at home.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wicker Wonderland at Balmain

Is wicker the next big surface trend? Balmain makes it look surprisingly irresistible.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Graphic Style

artist Melanie Flood | Suno | Balmain | Peter Pilotto
Mix it up with geometrics and stripes for an eye-catching print combination.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Updated Animal Print

Are honeycomb and tortoise the next cheetah and snake?  We are loving these surface treatments at Alexander McQueen, and it's about time for some new animal prints.  Let us know what you think by commenting here.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

SP13 | Escape to the Tropics

Issa London SP13
Some of the most eye catching prints of the season came off the runway at Issa London's show. Photo collaged tropical prints with under the sea explosions of color decorated the long flowing gowns while hand illustrated jungle prints popped with primary colors on caftans, tops and more.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

SP 13 | Miu Miu

Chalky burnout ruled the print story at Miu Miu. The mood is dark, mysterious and bold, but with a warm organic hand treated look.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Grunge Update

We're loving Dries van Noten's update to the grunge look. By mixing plaids with an overlaid floral, van Noten makes this traditionally masculine look feel feminine and flirty.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Surface Textures

Giles Miller
Check out these amazing surface tiles created by Giles Miller. Available in walnut or ceramic, the tiles are laser cut in a way to create depth and detail through shadows and light. See more here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cosmic Commotion

Jena.Theo x Penabranca

Prints go atomic with celestial musings and cloud formations at Jena.Theo.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SP13 | Sci-fi Samurai

Dans La Vie brings a mash up of print directions to create a visual feast. View more of this collection here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

SP13 | Holly Fulton

Holly Fulton

Fulton's collections always have a bright lights meets big city vibe. This time around she incorporates pin up darlings into conversational prints along with bold geometric shapes, stripes and stylized roses for a powerful visual effect.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SP13 | Patchwork Prints

Proenza Schouler

Mix it up this season by patching together opposing print styles. Collage together florals with geometrics or inlay soft filtered photos into hard edged forms for a modern look.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Fall Issue

Who doesn't love the fall issue of fashion magazines? British Vogue is chock full of prints especially those with a geometric meets Art Deco feel. Read more here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SP13 | Creatures of the Wind

Granny prints get an update with a pop-art twist at the latest show by Creatures of the Wind. Look to comic book art of the 1960s for geometric inspiration. More here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Color | Iridescent Light

Add some arctic coolness to your palette with these iridescent shades. Find more colors here.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

SP13 | Rachel Comey

Fashion week is here! Stay tuned as we offer up the latest print trends hot off the runways. We're loving the camo interpretation trend as seen in the men's collection from Dries Van Noten, and now making an appearance at Rachel Comey's show. Also, look for print mixing galore, such as stripes with brocades, as opposites attract making for a fresh feel.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Architecture | Getaways

Richard Woods

With the last days of summer ahead, why not spend some time lounging in a patterned retreat in the woods. Here are a few of our favorite getaways that are sure to bring some element of relaxation, as well as inspiration.

Mirrorcube | Tree Hotel
Concrete Pod House | Kazuya Morita
Bird's Nest | Tree Hotel

Friday, August 24, 2012

Art: Paul Jenkins

Paul Jenkins was an artist originally associated with abstract expressionism and his work looks more relevant and inspiring today than any other ab-ex paintings.

In surface design, painterly treatments are making a big comeback, what with Christopher Kane's new men's collection, and lots of other new looks featuring this romantic trend.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interiors: Daryn Ralph

via designmilk.

Daryn Ralph is a british textile designer with a talent for elaborate and colorful upholstery.  Here, she's re-covered this old chair (the before is seen below) in radiant print and texture to create a wildly contemporary design that speaks to one of our favorite classic sofa designs, the Mah Jong Sofa from Roche Bobois.

Fabric Selections:

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Trend Guide | Spring 14

Looking for the latest trends in print and color? Look no further than Pattern People's new guide for Spring/Summer 14. Inside, you'll find 28 pages of trends like Futurism, Ornate Craft, Passion Statements, Style Mix and Color Trends. Check it out here.