This is an article we wrote for Design Insider
Global Upholstery Solutions and Panaz have long shared a strong relationship and have collaborated on various projects over the years. We were therefore delighted when our Account Manager, the wonderful June George, visited us to introduce ReMake, a new piece of design technology developed by Panaz. This progression in technology is extremely exciting for designers, generating endless possibilities for us and resolving design dilemmas that may arise on projects and the exact reason why we created blackswan. Panaz describes ReMake as a ‘turning point in bespoke fabric design. By putting the ability to recolour and rework any Panaz print design directly into your hands’
When first using the site I found it strikingly simple to navigate, well explained and definitely has the designer’s needs at the forefront. The site enabled me to surf through any Panaz print design including hundreds in their archive, and entirely customise to my preference. To locate the ideal design, I could browse via the search bar, colour, style, and many more filters allowing me to spot designs that best suit my projects.
The main function I find myself using regularly is the pin design icon. If like me, you enjoy collating several ideas before beginning to create, this is perfect. I now have a bundle of designs in my ‘Idea’s Board’ saved and ready to edit whenever I want. Once you have selected your design of choice, click ‘Customise Design’ and away you go!
Panaz has also produced a design pack which works alongside the site to support those creative choices when editing. The colossal colour atlas allowed me to preview the printed colours before selecting them online, and using the RGB values guaranteed the perfect colour match! Each section of the design is changeable, and colour palettes are available for inspiration from modern brights to warm neutrals or simply create your own.
Innovative tools like ‘Preview Sample’ enabled me to check the scale of my design, and ‘Repeat Type’ gave me even more control of the finished print. By using these functions I could easily experiment with my design and create new variations I didn’t initially think of.
Finally, I used the base-cloth swatch provided in the design pack, allowing me to see and feel the fabric which was helpful for reference when ordering my bespoke sample. Once my order was placed, I received a confirmation email to say my sample was due within 3-5 business days, but came the very next day which was incredible!
Using Panaz Remake means that our blackswan agency of Global Upholstery Solutions can now work with designers early in the process – at mood board stage – and achieve amazing translation of their visions into very specific, individual fabric creations without the traditional cost penalty that would normally ensue. We can even create truly bespoke designs and upload them, so we can include customers own patterns or logos into designs too!
We are living in uncertain times, but we have embraced self-isolation, stayed safe and kept creating though Panaz ReMake.