06 Jun

Secret Source: Caleidoscope Color

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Caleidoscope Color is a  one of the new 21st Century collaborative design tools. They create the designs, and you create the color! It’s a resource for professionally designed home-furnishing  textile designs (and wallpaper, too!); custom colored specifically for your clients erom your artistic vision. Jackie and I came across Caleidoscope Color at Design Bloggers Conference and loved the concept. You pick from their library of designs and then custom color and personalize them to your client’s color scheme- something traditionally manufactured and stocked fabrics can’t do. This is a great way to ease into building your own signature products line; something near and dear to SDL’s heart. Plus it hits the mark when talking to your clients about the tech driven design or uber personalization trends.

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Caleidoscope Color  ‘stocks’ designs digitally on their website library. This provides you with the ability to design your creative color vision, and showcase your soft design talent. Fabrics are digitally printed on high quality ground cloths.  The Caleidoscope website provides an intuitive tool to create your own custom colors – it’s  like  ‘paint by numbers painting.’

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Their studio is really focused on the Art of Design driven by technology.  They design all fabrics and wallpapers from hand-drawn or painted artwork to the digital version to the finished end product. Caleidoscope Color’s Founder and Principal Designer, Heather Elisabeth, has 20+ years of experience designing high-end home furnishing textiles and wallpapers for firms such as Cowtan Tout, Pierre Frey, Schumacher, Lee Jofa, Kravet, and Marvic. She directs the Caleidoscope Studio and  creates designs from her original artistic visions and inspirations through to the finished product. It’s a win-win for designers.

Bonus: Heather and her team are offering our Soft Design lab readers this special offer.  Just Because? Just because you’re a fab soft designer!

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 What is Digital Printing?

Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media ( printing substrates) like paper, vinyl, fabrics, tile, etc.  It usually refers to professional printing of  small-run jobs that are printed using large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers. Digitally printed home furnishing products  let you customize the design, scale, and color; as well as  offer you short lead times, less costly set-up charges and very small minimums because it’s printed on demand.

 

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