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Create an Original Piece of Work

As designers and creators, we personally put a lot into our projects to ensure that they are at the highest level of perfection as possible. Creating an original piece of work is one of the most gratifying things you can do, especially when you are free to create whatever it is you see or feel inside yourself. However, it is no easy task, particularly when there are standards or parameters to work within – a situation many designers find themselves in on a daily basis.

Unless you are lucky enough to be able to spawn a new idea, come up with its process, and put it into action instantly; creating an original piece of work does require some preparation and steps. Before creating an original work, you need to make sure it hasn’t been created, made, or produced previously by another person or entity. The simplest way is to start doing some old fashioned research. Do some online searches and look into your industry’s publications, blogs, and your competition’s webpages and social media. By doing this, you will not only ensure your idea is completely original and brand new to you, but also possibly gain new perspectives on what others in your field are doing and how you can create something better or different.create_original_postOnce you’ve got your original concept in mind, the next best step is constructing a plan to execute your final piece of work. This may take some time, experimentation, and development of skills or processes. Remember, the original plan may not always be the best one to follow through with! New ideas may spring up as you work through your course of action, so make sure to create some checkpoints for yourself to ensure that you are still on track to complete your project and keep it within your original vision. This is an original work straight from within, so expect some changes to occur but remember to stay true to your initial path.

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New Collection: Jasmine

Experience the beauty and mystique of Arabian nights with the latest installment of the International Specifier upholstery collection, Jasmine. Showcasing chunky, broad yarns that weave a mix colors into magical tones, the four patterns within Jasmine create a statement whether being used in a palace or public space.

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The soft and delicate boucle yarns used in the Fortune Teller, Sorcerer, Hypnotist, and Aladdin Texture patterns is reminiscent of the undulating Arabian sand dunes: soft and seemingly gentle to the touch but also strong and extremely durable, standing the test of time. Whether paired together or shown off alone, they create a  comfortable, inviting setting with a feeling of rich global style.

The robust textures found within the covers of Jasmine concoct images of great ancient stone wall fortresses and palaces with spiraling towers. With so many differently colored fibers being utilized in this collection, you will find a crisscross of contrasting colors mixed in with tonal neutrals that balance out the entire collection. Deep hues of navy, plum, and turquoise are accented with light colored yarns and are reminiscent of the dark night sky speckled with stars; while light blues and teals bring forth images of a searing blue desert sky and ever-distant mirages strewn across the landscape.

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Jasmine is a sophisticated collection but still looks right at home whether dressed up or down. This medley of rich textural patterns can easily be mixed or matched with each other or a variety of other patterns and fabrics to produce the perfect eclectic or refined style you need for your palace.

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The Solid Collections

During the 15th century Italian Renaissance, painters and their apprentices would start each day anew, mixing and matching their pigments to a previous day’s work. Precious minerals like lapis would have been used to produce a rich ultramarine, while red lac was utilized to create the lush crimson tone we know was used for a royal’s velvet robes. Pigments would be combined by each artist with just the right recipe of oils and thinners for a perfect consistency.

Adapting to this process that originated with the masters, and pairing their ancient methods with today’s digital technologies and modern capabilities, we have developed The Solid Collections. Spanning four volumes, these expertly curated collections show 156 colors that represent the best of the best in the hospitality industry, and are guaranteed to be on trend for years to come. Besides making it extremely easy to select colors, professional color matching can be done using the Electronic color matching tool, powered by WeaveUp. The color matching tool is a device that can be utilized to match additional product categories within each project space. Our machinery is calibrated to properly match, so that the color you pick is the color you get.

The beauty of The Solid Collections, since they are part of the Valley Forge Out Of Time series, is that large quantities are available to you within only one to two weeks! So much thought and confidence were put into the selection of these colors that it is ensured to be the quickest shipment so you can meet your project deadlines.

Now, instead of matching to a previous days’ or weeks’ worth of samples and color development progress, you can customize an entire matching room with one minute, one finger. 15th century artists never had it so easy!300_Post-Printed_Solid

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Style is a simple way of saying complicated things

French writer, designer, playwright, artist, and filmmaker Jean Cocteau once said, “Style is a simple way of saying complicated things”. This is a man whose cohorts were people like Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, Edith Piaf, and other notable artists from 30s and 40s Europe – a time when things were very complicated!

While the phrase may have meant one thing to Jean and his friends back then, it also absolutely carries a message across generations of designers, artists, actors, and other creative types. Style is something that is neither in nor out of trend. It speaks to the past, present, and future with its chain reactions, infinite possibilities, and monumental achievements.

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Painters and illustrators manipulate shapes and images to create a story or meaning. With so many different types of artwork being produced over time, Style is a function used to create groups and subsequently put these pieces into related categories. This is one way that we try to further reduce the complication of things we attempt to say, while also endeavoring to understand them.

In graphic design, Style refers to a consistent visual appearance of a family of fonts. This helps the graphic artist to convey feeling and emotion, or lack thereof, through something even as small as lettering. This is similar to the illuminated manuscripts of the 12th -14th centuries where monks would tediously and brilliantly decorate texts and books with gold, silver, and beautifully colored illustrations. This truly shows how Style spans the ages.

Additionally, fashion is a huge advocate of Style as the clothing or jewelry one wears can tell so many stories. A person’s style can non-verbally communicate where they are from, what type of music they listen to, or what their religion is. We are all victims of stereotypes from time to time- its human nature! But is a stereotype all that bad when it successfully conveys what the wearer is trying to say? Perhaps it means that we are getting better at deciphering our human family’s complicated code!

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The world of interior design is one where inspiration is culled from all of these artistic sectors, and then some! A room could incorporate elements from fashion in its drapery or bedding. The colors and art that adorn the walls, carpets, and furniture in a room all work together, each with their own little messages, to say something very important…but not complicated.