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David versus Goliath

As a designer or even a showroom, it often looks like a David versus Goliath battle we are waging against the leaders in the industry. They are well funded, well placed and seemingly everyday are taking more and more market share, especially in the sought after luxury market. So what do we do? Give up? No, at times like this it's important to remember that although it's a David and Goliath battle, David won. I think there are several lessons we can learn from this ancient story that can really help designers reframe the match up.... Read More...

A Look Back at 2020

As we say goodbye to the year that was 2020, we are reflecting on the changes that we made to our home and business lives. We are reminiscing about travel. We are filling our inspiration boards with dreams and positivity for 2021. And we are looking back at some of the design goodness that we loved, during a challenging year full of adaptation. ... Read More...

Trends for 2021

There are a lot of things I love about this time of year, but one of my favorites is checking out all the round ups and predictions for 2021. So I thought I would ask some of the designers from DesignerInc for some of their insights for the coming year. I asked a simple question, “What do you think is in, and out for the coming year?”. Do you agree? We would love to hear from you in the comments below.... Read More...

5 Things to do NOW for your business

In the last few days Kylie Ponton and I have hosted some Happy Hour get togethers on Zoom for Designers all over the country (plus one from Jamaica). Our goal was to provide a sounding board for ideas and concerns that people may have facing the next few months. What resulted was not just a gripe/worry fest but an optimistic tip-filled vibrant discussion where people shared with honesty not just coping strategies but also great advice and tips on facing adversity and ways we may actually thrive after this.... Read More...

A designer’s perspective on the New Normal.

I have been reading with great interest posts on various sites for the Design Community, that the world is coming to an end and that those of us who still believe in the old showroom model, and ways of serving a client are all dinosaurs. Well I am here to remind you that Sharks, Alligators and even chickens are all essentially dinosaurs albeit ones that were able to pivot and adjust to the new ways of the world.... Read More...

Soaking In Palm Springs and Mid-Century Modern at Modernism Week

We started on Saturday with a DesignerInc sponsored event for the Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA), called SCREEN STYLE: Creating Narrative Spaces on Film & Television. The panel was moderated by Cathy Whitlock and was a discussion with Halina Siwolop and Gene Serdena, who happens to be nominated for an Academy award this year for his work on Passengers.... Read More...

An Open Letter to the Design Community: Standing up to Giants

At DesignerInc, we believe that three pillars are critical to sustaining this industry: its designers; its trade-only manufacturers; and its showrooms and the design centers that house them. But to flourish, we need to work together to stave off the Goliaths and bullies of the world, and we need to adapt and evolve to the changing needs of professional interior designers and their clients.... Read More...

Why We Loved the DFA E-Commerce Summit 2018

“There are three critical pillars keeping this ecosystem afloat,” she says. “And they are designers, manufacturers, and showrooms.” While DesignerInc is a leader in technology for the design world, we don’t believe taking things online is the only answer. We strongly believe in the power of showrooms for providing inspiration and giving designers the tools to do their best work.... Read More...

DesignerInc Chosen For The 2018 StartFast Program

DesignerInc is one of six companies selected for inclusion in the 2018 StartFast Program. StartFast is a three-month accelerator program that provides mentorship to 5-7 startup companies each year. The program is tailored to software, mobile, and IoT businesses. ... Read More...