New & Noteworthy: Innovative Design Tools
Visual inspiration, innovative materials, and products in just the right shade of red (or any color for that matter) are available via these two new showrooms and a color-matching app.
ddc Outlet Debuts in New York City
Following the success of its annual floor-sample sale, New York-based ddc has opened ddc Outlet, a permanent retail location for selling floor samples from its roster of high-end European furniture and lighting brands—at discounts of up to 70 percent. Located in 7,000 square feet of industrial loft space on the 11thfloor of 16 East 40th Street, ddc Outlet will feature regular inventory rotation on furnishings from Minotti, Giorgetti, Morosco, RODA, MDF Italia, Ceccotti, de sede, Driade, Foscarini, Ritzwell, Edra, and others. The outlet, with hours Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00am to 7:00m, will offer great design at more accessible prices for a wide range of deal hunters.
Vishion Partners with Pantone for Product-Search App
Vishion, a U.S.-based interior-design startup offering a color search engine for decor, recently partnered with Pantone to create a mobile app that uses its color standards to search for products online. Using their preferred Pantone color swatches, designers can make decisions and find products needed to complete their vision—without having to trust the color representation on their smartphone or tablet. “Designers have a unique understanding of how complex color can be and Pantone enables those color-critical decisions through every stage of the design workflow,” says Vishion founder and CEO Samantha Smith. “We believe our partnership with Pantone will save designers valuable time by giving them the ability to use color in an innovative way throughout their design process.” Vishion users can also search using Sherwin-Williams paint colors.
Colab Material Library Launches in Dubai
Colab, the first purpose-built material library in the United Arab Emirates, opened in August in partnership with Material ConneXion, the leading design resource owned by SANDOW, parent company of Interior Design. Located in Building 1b of the Dubai Design District (d3), Colab is curated by Material ConneXion’s experts and offers the first Innovation Walls in the UAE featuring tangible material samples, refreshed quarterly and including a range of offerings on the cutting edge of technology and sustainability. “Through our partnership with Material ConneXion, we hope to help their materials intelligence to help the industry innovate,” says Richard Wilson, Colab’s creative director.