Helping Houston after Harvey: How the design community is pitching in

The footage depicting devastation in the wake of Hurricane Harvey has affected all of us, as we watch floodwaters destroy homes and businesses in the Texas gulf region, leaving thousands with nothing but the clothes on their backs and whatever they could carry.

It’s been inspirational to watch people from around the country rally in support, contributing their time, money, and abilities to help get the region back on its feet. But as we see Hurricane Irma set to possibly deliver another massive onslaught to the gulf region, we’re reminded that there’s lots more work to do, and plenty of opportunities to help.

The design community has stepped up to the challenge, and we’re proud of those contributions. The Editor At Large writes about the support efforts of local businesses like Texas interiors icon Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, as well as Mattress Firm, Exclusive Furniture, and countless other regional businesses which continue to donate funds and materials to help those who’ve been displaced.

The Dallas Market Center – which is just wrapping up the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market – has established a relief program called DMC Cares. The program aims to provide both short- and long-term assistance. Market exhibitors are already donating home decor and lighting products for distribution, and Operation ReStore will offer assistance to affected retailers and reps.

The Houston Design Center is still open for business, and has included a list of contacts on its website where visitors can reach out and provide additional help.

We encourage everyone to pitch in where you can!

Pantone’s 2018 colors are on display in NYC

New York Fashion Week continues through next week, and Pantone’s 2018 Fashion Color Trend Report will debut featuring the Top 12 Colors for men’s and women’s fashion, as well as its Spring 2018 Classic Color Palette.

You can take a sneak peek on the Pantone site. In addition, Home Decor Ideas posted some spectacular examples, including these:

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Azerbaijani carpet display makes its debut in the U.S.

This month, those of us on the East Coast will have an opportunity to experience the craftwork of authentic Azerbaijani carpets up close. On Friday, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy hosted an exhibit including rug displays and explanation of the craft and skill that goes into each piece.

Speaking at the event, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the U.S. Elin Suleymanov emphasized that carpet art is one of the main pearls of Azerbaijani culture, reminding that it has ancient traditions and various schools. He noted that Azerbaijani carpets are a work of art, they also explain the history and development of Azerbaijan, its geographical coverage and its cultural characteristics. The ambassador emphasized that the carpet weaving has revived in Azerbaijan thanks to the attention and support of Azerbaijan’s leadership.

The exhibition will travel to New York City this week, according to the CBC article.

A rug we wish were our back yard

And finally, while browsing Colossal, we saw some spectacular wool rugs created by Alexandra Kehayoglou, an Argentinean artist who specializes in rugs like this:

We might be afraid to walk on them for fear of stepping in wool-pile water, but they’d definitely create a conversation piece, and maybe bring a little extra serenity into the living room.

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