Summer Time-Constant Growth


Happy summer, everyone!

Hello,
We hope that wherever you are reading this from, you are enjoying some lazy days of summer – but also some exciting productivity! We are certainly enjoying a fine balance between both here at Designer Society of America. 

While vacations and summer activities abound, it won’t be long before the next High Point Market. In fact, it’s time to register now, so please consider doing so if you’re able to attend. We are discussing a possible DSA meet up at market this fall if we have enough members planning to be there. Please take a moment to reach out to us whether you are definitely going or still on the fence. support@dsasociety.org
It’s certainly the bar setting event for the interior design industry, in our opinion!
And as always, remember that we love to share positive, productive and inspirational stories from our members! If you have a story to share, please email us at support@dsasociety.org.
Stay cool!
Natasha Lima-Younts 
Founder/President
Designer Society of America


NOTE WORTHY

New Kravet Showroom Concept Opening in New York

Kravet Inc. introduces Kravet Workspace, a new showroom concept for designers, at 200 Lex. A fully functional showroom highlighting furniture, decorative accessories and a self-serve library of fabric samples by color, prints, pattern, collection, trim and more. Kravet Workspace boasts advanced technology for ease of sampling and a spacious, inviting work environment that streamlines the design process.  

Living Color

Pocket-Sized and Powerful

Because color is often at the core of interior design projects, color palettes are an essential tool for all of us. There’s a handy new device that will enable you to accurately match a particular color or design a palette to your client’s liking―and it fits right in the palm of your hand.
ColorReader and ColorReader Pro allow you to match to a particular color on a pillow, design a palette to work with existing room elements and create color palettes for your clients―as well as your own signature palettes―based on personal inspiration. ColorReader reveals the most accurate paint color match in seconds (plus alternate paint brand equivalents) and so much more, including complementary color ideas for even more inspiration, help with organizing, and managing and sharing color palettes for you and your clients. With ColorReader Pro, you can get real time insights on which colors are currently trending with other professionals.
ColorReader ($99 and available on Amazon) is a lightweight, portable color matching tool that saves both time and money by providing on-the-spot, precise color matching in seconds. Just place the ColorReader device flat on the surface of the color you want, and ColorReader instantly provides your color match plus the three closest paint color matches from the most popular paint brands and color standards. 
ColorReader Pro ($249 available on Amazon) also includes an OLED screen that displays your color matches right on the reader and can store over 10,000 colors on the device. Both versions of the device come with a rechargeable lithium battery and calibration tiles to ensure color precision.
ColorReader and ColorReader Pro were created by Datacolor, a producer of color management solutions that serve customers in multiple industries who require making objective, cost-effective and smart color decisions. Over a million customers working in textile and apparel, paint and coatings, plastics, photography, design and many other industries utilize Datacolor solutions. 
For more information, visit colorreader.datacolor.com 


How the early days with a new client can yield

Teachable Moments

By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans

8 Designers Share Valuable Insights and Experiences

The lessons gained from teachers and peers arm designers with valuable tools to tackle projects with clients. But the client-designer relationship is a whole other realm, which comes with plenty of its own lessons for both parties. And while that first meeting can feel like a nerve-racking audition, it’s also potentially the start of a fruitful, long-term partnership—one that allows designers to take the lead as mentors, instructing on everything from expectations and process to style, price and quality. What’s the best way to educate clients? BOH talked to top designers to find out.