Push Here For Pizza

Pizza lovers rejoice! A restaurant in Dubai called Red Tomato Italian has created the ultimate device for pizza lovers—a refrigerator magnet that lets you order a pizza simply by pushing a button.  Called the ‘VIP (Very Important Pizza lovers) refrigerator magnet’, it is a pizza box-shaped magnet with a ‘Push for Hunger’ button in the middle.

Simply by pressing the button, an order for a preset pizza meal will be sent to the restaurant via your smartphone’s bluetooth.  Soon after, the pizza will be delivered to your doorstep—no calls required! Users can choose their preset orders on the company’s website beforehand, and then just push when hungry-(which may be dangerous for those midnight snackers).

The instinctive nature of the magnet—seeing that most people would check their refrigerator first when they get hungry—and the downright convenience will surely appeal to many, just don’t let the kids in on the secret.

Due to overwhelming popularity, if you’re in Dubai and wish to order one now, an automated response from the company says you’ll have to wait: “Due to the overwhelming response we’ve received, we regret to inform you that our first collection of magnets have already found homes across Dubai. We value loyal customers like you, so please stay tuned for more VIP Fridge Magnets to come!”



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The World’s First ‘Edible’ Cookbook

Well, I guess that sort of defeats the purpose of buying a cookbook if each of the recipes are only good for one use – but German design agency Korefe has created the first cookbook you can read, cook and eat.

Called ‘The Real Cookbook’, we stumbled across on Design Taxi, the cook-able and edible cookbook is made of 100% fresh pasta, and gives you the recipe on how to make a classic lasagne at the same time.  Other than instructions, The Real Cookbook plays an essential part as one of the main ingredients in making the lasagne—pasta pages are used as sheets in a lasagna – saving the chef time at the supermarket having to select which type of pasta to use.

Once baked, the book becomes good enough to eat, but what if you really liked the recipe? That’s a lot of cookbooks to buy. And you can FORGET passing down the recipes to younger generations. But it looks cool, and I guess that’s all that matters right? Right?





 

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Brandon Dover

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Brandon Dover. New to the DENY Designs family this year, Brandon’s unique style of work definitely stands out in the crowd. We are loving his almost architectural approach to designs and of course, the colors. We are thrilled to have Brandon on board, because his work is something completely different, and truly wonderful.

Check out more about Brandon, his inspiration and some of his work on DENY Designs products:


               

Brandon Dover (b. April 9, 1992) was born and raised in the dusty California High Desert. He currently lives in the town of Apple Valley and is studying graphic design at California State University SanBernardino. His interest in drawing first started when in elementary school as he noticed his older brother Chris doodling humorous cartoon characters at home, and of course he started trying it out for himself.

His love for more abstract and detailed art started though while in the eighth-grade when he noticed one of his older peers drawing a very whimsical and “mind-blowing” doodle on his math notes that took over the whole page. His love for the arts continued further in high school when enrolled in a screen-printing class he discovered that he could actually put his artwork on t-shirts!

Since then he has discovered and participated on various t-shirt design and artist websites such as Threadless and Society6 that have benefited him greatly with their large and supportive artist communities. Still very young and excited about living a life of art and design Brandon hopes to add something to this world of amazing artists and possibly impact a few people for the better in the process.

To see all of Brandon’s work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/brandon-dover-all-art

   

DENY Designs Launches Throw Pillow Collection

Looking to complete a room full of solids with a unique print? Need to add a pop of color to your dull, lackluster space? Accomplish all of the above with one simple, yet powerful home accessory we like to call the DENY DesignsThrow Pillow!

We are thrilled to announce the addition of throw pillows to the DENY Designs product line!  Now you can take a room full of solid colors and add a super bright, fun or vibrant throw pillow to give just the right accent.

Here are some of the designs (one from each artist) shown on the throw pillows. Pretty cool right?

All of the designs on DENY Designs are available on throw pillows, so if you did not see one that strikes your fancy, just visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/throw-pillow-by-artist

DEAL ALERT:
Now, until March 27th, 2012 at 3:26pm (EST), you can grab a throw pillow or two for 20% off! Just use the coupon code: WeLoveThrowPillows at checkout.

Happy Birthday To Us! DENY Designs Turns One

Exactly one year ago, DENY Designs was born. We are thrilled to say that today we are celebrating one amazing year of business. We are looking forward to the many more birthdays that will surely come. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to surround ourselves with amazing people and extremely talented artists that make DENY Designs tick. We hope you enjoy our products as much as we do!

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About DENY Designs
Based in Denver, Colorado, DENY Designs is a modern, think-outside-the-box home furnishings company. DENY empowers its customers to transform dull, everyday household accessories into fun and original statement pieces by adding a personal image or selecting artwork from the DENY Art Gallery. With each purchase from the Gallery, our team of talented artists earn part of the proceeds, enabling DENY to support art communities all over the world while also spreading the creative love! From custom furniture pieces to textiles, if it’s in the home décor category, DENY puts its own unique spin on it!

About The Husband and Wife Team Behind DENY Designs:

Dustin Nyhus, CEO & Founder
A Denver native, Dustin Edward NYhus is the namesake behind DENY Designs. But he’s more than just a name. He’s a creator, visionary and he’s got mad skills when it comes to designing and building furniture. It’s in his blood, as he grew up watching his father and grandfather build just about anything and everything. It inspired him and naturally, he followed in their footsteps. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Design from Metropolitan State College of Denver, he took off to sunny South Florida to design boats for Bertram Yachts. But as we all know, you can take the boy out of Colorado, but you can’t take the Colorado out of the boy. So, Dustin moved back to Denver and spent five years in wholesale manufacturing before he got the brilliant idea to combine both of his work experiences. Alongside his wife Kim, Dustin created DENY Designs and continues to be the brains behind the operation. You name it, he oversees it. He’s a busy guy living out his dream…and he’s just getting started.

Kim Nyhus, Co-Founder
Originally from South Florida, the creative and fashion-forward Co-Founder of DENY Designs inched her way to Denver over the last 10 years. How’d she get there? By way of Dallas, where she attended SMU (go Ponies!) and met her future husband. After graduating with a degree in Advertising Management, Kim decided to move to the freezing cold, all in the name of love. Why else would she trade 80-degree weather and flip-flops for snowy days and UGG boots? And thankfully, it was a good move on her part because after working in advertising, event planning and television production, she ended up marrying Dustin, having twin boys (the cutest babies ever!) and starting this rockin’ company we call DENY Designs. Together with Dustin, Kim manages every detail of the company making sure that their creative vision comes to life from the carefully selected, highly talented DENY artists to the exclusive line of products that are offered.

Visit: www.denydesigns.com

Incredible 3D Screw Art Portraits

Wow. This makes me want to skip out on work today and head straight to Home Depot to pick up some power tools, plywood and approximately 10,000 screws. Yeah, yeah I know that I would never be able to recreate what Andrew Meyers does, but I can at least dream right?

American artist Andrew Myers uses screws to create amazing, detailed, 3D-portraits of people. Myers spends just two or three days and up to ten thousand screws for each piece. He takes a sheet of plywood, makes a sketch of a portrait in pencil, and then begins to place the screws at different depths turning a flat image into a volume masterpiece. Easier said than done.

Check them out – so amazing!

Biography:  Since his early childhood, Andrew Myers has been artistically influenced by european life and culture.  Born in Braunshweig, Germany and raised in Ciudad Real, Spain his exposure to modern continental living and classical architecture prompted the universal and classical themes, yet modern design found in his artwork.

At the age of 20, Myers applied to the Art Institute of Southern California (now known as the Laguna College of Art and Design); with no previous art training, he was accepted based upon the natural talent his application portfolio evidenced.  The young artist developed his skills through advanced figurative sculpture and accelerated painting curriculum.  While these two and a half years of creative training provided Myers with the basic working knowledge of the artistic field, it was his drive, passion, and leap of faith into work as a full time artist that allowed him to cultivate his particular style.

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PANTONE Introduces Tangerine Tango Makeup Collection

So how much do you really like PANTONE’s pick for color of the year? Enough to wear it – on your face? PANTONE has now teamed up with beauty company Sephora to create a makeup line that revolves entirely around PANTONE’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango.

The make-up collection will feature the bright reddish-orange hue in various forms, such as luminous eyeliner, creamy lipsticks, nail polish, blush, lip-gloss, faux lashes and eye shadow.

This would include colored tools that bear the tangerine spirit for you to apply the makeup with, such as brushes, eyelash curlers and makeup pouches – because just the Tangerine Tango make-up is not enough.

To start looking sunshine, citrus-kissed, the entire collection is available for purchase on Sephora.com. Prices range from US$7 to US$68.







Will you be sporting the bright hues this summer or passing on the trend?

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“Life In Plastic”: Photographer Reveals Barbie’s Dark Side

We ran across these semi-explicit photos of the oh-so-innocent Barbie showing off her dark side on DesignTaxi, and found ourselves howling out loud. Something you don’t want to share with the little girls in your life, but Denver-based photographer Sarah Haney pokes fun at Barbie and casts a dark shadow over the ‘perfect’ doll—to show viewers that life in plastic is not always fantastic.

In her photo series ‘Welcome To The Dream House’, ‘Life In Plastic’ and ‘Things Fall Apart’ that was shot on 35mm film, Haney portrays Barbie and Ken in compromising positions—such as drug trafficking, eating disorders, drinking problems, cross-dressing, having external marital affairs, and paying seedy worlds a visit.

On the surface, Barbie appears perfect. She’s beautiful, has great clothes, several good careers, and a perpetual smile on her face. As a child, I was always bothered by that smile—I put her through any number of tragedies, but no matter what befell her she kept that fixed little smirk.” Haney wrote about her project.

As an adult, the thinking about that fixed expression of pleasure made me start to think about what she might be hiding behind the façade of perfection—after all, how great could life really be for a woman who clearly has an eating disorder, an addiction to plastic surgery and nothing between her ears?”

My photographs portray the dark side of life in the Dream House: Barbies obsession with her body, Ken’s quest for sexual gratification, all the dirty little secrets they attempt to hide as they present themselves as icons of the American Dream.”

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DUVET TUESDAY! DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway

It’s that time again, and to celebrate both the first day of Spring and Tuesday, it is officially time for the one and only DUVET TUESDAY!

We want to give anyone and everyone who participates the chance to win their very own DENY Designs duvet cover.  Nothing beats curling up under the covers after a long day. And what better way to unwind than to surround yourself with gorgeous, fantastical artwork? Turn your basic, boring down comforter into the super stylish focal point of your bedroom – one that your friends and family will surely be jealous of.

We think that’s pretty rad, it’s a $190 value!  Plus, who doesn’t want to snuggle up in something that is free?

                                 

It’s pretty simple, to enter, just follow DENY Designs on both Facebook and Twitter and then fill out this very, very short form (you only have to enter your name, email and your fave DENY Designs artist) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:

http://blog.denydesigns.com/duvet-tuesday-giveaway.

We will announce the winner next Tuesday, March 27th at 11AM EST on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Good luck, and keep on designing!

        

Tuesday Funny: All The Things You Must Have Said To Your Children, In Poster Form

Tuesday funny: All The Things You Must Have Said To Your Children, In Poster Form. We ran across these absolutely hilarious masterpieces on DesignTaxi and felt obligated to share such comical pieces.

Iowa-based artist Nathan Ripperger has come up with a series of humorous yet adorable posters expressing the things he has said to his children. At the time, they may have been some serious situations, but looking back now, things that you might have said to your children seem pretty comical now.

If your words are still not going down well with your kids, perhaps these posters would be more effective? Then again, maybe not.

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Wesley Bird

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Wesley Bird. Wesley Bird is a recent addition to the DENY Designs team this year. Her modern, creative work translates onto home decor products so beautifully, and in a way that is completely unexpected.

More about artist Wesley Bird:
Wesley Bird has always been inspired by art, design and fashion. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University, with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. Although she always knew she wanted to do something in the creative field, it was during an internship program after her freshman year of college that she discovered her true love of illustration.

Ever since, she has been working as a graphic designer and illustrator for several companies, including Urban Outfitters, Hurley, and Jedidiah Industries. Born on the East coast and now residing on the West/best coast she spends her free time drawing, partying with her dog, Sawyer, and biking along the beach with friends (…scouting boys with mustaches).

To check out all of Wesley Bird’s designs on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/wesley-bird-all-art

Public Display of Confection

Brooklyn-based artist Julia Chiang must love the fantastic wearable confection known as the Ring Pop as much as I do. Last seen at the OHWOW Gallery – her Ring Pop Art installation.

Chiang often uses different materials when crafting sculptures but the Ring Pops create an interesting twist. Normally, nothing would make me madder in my childhood days than a piece of melted candy that I was looking forward to enjoying ruined, but over time, under the heat of the gallery lights, the candies begin to melt and streak the walls with brilliant color adding to the already beautiful piece. Pretty amazing right?




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Post-It Winter Wonderland

How do you even think of this? We are constantly shocked by the amazing, creative and unique minds of artists all around us.

Take for instance, Swiss design studio I Never Kissed A Dog. They created a winter wonderland in a living room using thousands of white Post-its as part of a photoshoot for the perfume Winter 1972.

Designer Adrian Merz painstakingly covered the entire room and then photographed it using different light sources and effects to add to the image…as if a room covered in white paper from top to bottom isn’t impressive and surprising enough! How cool is this? We are thinking this could be a great look for our new office:)

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Sophia Buddenhagen

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Sophia Buddenhagen. If we had to sum up Sophia’s work in only one word, it would be VIBRANT. We can’t get enough of her style of using simple shapes, brilliant colors, random letters, words and numbers to create the most colorful artwork we have ever seen.

About Sophia Buddenhagen:

Sophia was born to Greek American parents in Fulda Germany. Sophia currently resides in Houston, Texas where she studied at the University of Houston and earned her BFA degree in 2000. Sophia’s travels and life experiences are reflected in her Abstract and Surf inspired art. Each painting consists of color, words, letters, numbers and familiar imagery. She uses mixed media such as acrylic, water color, spray paint, ink and oil paint sticks to enhance the visual multiple layers and textural aspects of her paintings. Sophia believes art is a way to help people expand upon their creativity and to become more aware of their world and people around them

Sophia says, “My abstract paintings consist of color, random words, letters and numbers. I use mixed media such as acrylic, water color, spray paint, ink, and oil paint sticks to enhance the visual and textural aspects of my work. When I work with my various media I am reminded that each layer, color and stroke is a layer of moment in time, whether it being now, the future or the past. I begin a piece by creating a white wash followed by a water color wash. I know a piece is done when the layers work well with each other and the color and composition is balanced. I create the work I do to reflect upon my life, current, past,  future experiences, thoughts, dreams and imaginations. I go through my process of layers, mediums and colors in hopes that the viewer can enjoy what I put into it and get something out of it. My goal is to continue keeping it real.”

“My paintings have multiple layers just as people do. The layers of life, things we have done, thoughts that have gone through our minds, choices we make, places we have been and so forth. I use lettering and numbers to represent places, sometimes it can be words, phrases, places, birthdates, dates of special days, flight numbers, airport terminals, seat numbers, passport numbers, confirmation codes, random mixes of letters and numbers or just used for compositional purposes. In addition to abstract art I paint birds, waves and surfers. I am continually evolving my work. I am always pushing my boundaries. I continue to explore the meaning of my work and how I approach the subject.”

“I believe art is a way to help people learn more about themselves and expand upon their creativity and to become more aware of their world and people around them.”

To see all of Sophia’s amazing work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/sophia-buddenhagen-all-art

Pantone Tarts, Color Swatches You Would Like To Eat

Designs good enough to eat? We think so! How sweet (literally) is this? French food designer Emilie De Griottes has come up with dessert tarts that resemble Pantone color swatches for French culinary magazine Fricote.

Griottes uses everyday foods such as berries, bananas and candies for the respective colors, and marks each tart with the Pantone color represented. An imaginative take on the classic colour chips, perhaps Griottes can make tarts for each swatch?

Take a peek at some her brilliant and colorful creations:



What is “Pantone” anyway?
The PANTONE Color System is a vital tool for designers in the apparel, home furnishings and interior design industries for selecting and specifying color used in the manufacture of textiles and fashion. he System – consisting of 1,925 colors in cotton or paper format – is ideal for assembling creative palettes and conceptual color schemes, and for providing color communication and control in the manufacturing process.

Images via Emilie De Griottes

Ewe Have Got To Be Kidding Me

Parents should prepare for some tricky questions from their confused children if they head to a a New Zealand nature park and find this flock of pink wooly mammals grazing on the hills. The extraordinary sight is causing a sensation at SheepWorld, near Auckland. We found this on DailyMail today and were extremely intrigued at the sight of hot pink sheep.

Park bosses originally dyed the animals as part of breast cancer awareness week, but it proved to be such a hit with visitors that they decided to keep them as a permanent feature.


John Collyer, from SheepWorld, said the food colouring they use is completely harmless to the animals and had even been approved by a local vet. He added: ‘We use food colouring, which eventually washes out in the rain.

“Sheep are practically colour blind and so would probably not notice if they or other sheep were pink. The dye is harmless so there are no side effects. We have cleared what we do with our local vet.”

‘Feedback from visitors is 99 per cent positive. One per cent are concerned about the sheep – normally these people don’t understand the precautions we’ve taken.’

SheepWorld is dubbed an insight into sheep farming in New Zealand. Visitors can watch sheep-dog shows and also watch as the flocks are shorn of their woolly fleeces.

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Nicole Martinez

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week this week is Nicole Martinez. Nicole undoubtedly brings a whole new style of design to the DENY Designs family with her “geek” and “music” design collections featuring musical artists such as Elton John and Dolly Parton and hilarious “geeky” play on words like “You are pixel perfect”. We love having Nicole as part of the talented artist family and so do our customers who can’t get enough of her work on DENY Designs products!

Here is more about Nicole Martinez:

“I grew up watching my architect grandfather draw plans with a pencil under his giant magnifier. His lines were sharp and concise. I don’t know when I decided to become an artist, but it must have been while watching his creations form on those flimsy sheets of paper.

I was born in Miami, educated in Gainesville, FL and have lived in Sao Paulo, Madrid, New York, Providence and now Boston. Every city, every step has been a place to learn and get inspired. I have so much fun designing, and I hope my art brings just as much joy to others so they can call it their own.”

To see all of Nicole’s work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/nicole-martinez-all-art

Connect The Dots

Ever wondered what would happen if you gave thousands of stickers to thousands of kids and let them have free reign on a white room? Well, we have not wondered that either, but artist Yayoi Kusama did, and created a most intriguing exhibition we have ever seen.

This December, in a surprisingly simple yet ridiculously amazing installation for the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, artist Yayoi Kusama constructed a large domestic environment, painting every wall, chair, table, piano, and household decoration a brilliant white, effectively serving as a giant white canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum’s smallest visitors were given thousands upon thousands of colored dot stickers and were invited to collaborate in the transformation of the space, turning the house into a vibrantly mottled explosion of color. How great is this? The installation, entitled The Obliteration Room, is part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever exhibition.

Pretty sweet right?





Drawings That Span Across Acres, Drawn Using Snowshoes

You know the old saying about how to behave when visiting parks and natural environments? “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.” As it turns out, you can do a lot within those constraints. And if this does not make you want to snowshoe this weekend, we don’t know what will! Found on Co.Design today, artist Sonja Hinrichsen‘s Snow Drawings series. These beautiful landscape interventions are created by the artist and sometimes a team of volunteers who strap on snowshoes and walk in careful continuous spiralling lines across pristine snow.

“Most of my artwork addresses the environment in some way,” says Hinrichsen. What’s interesting here is how that approach plays out in the creation process. By working in the environment, Hinrichsen subjects herself to the environment. Using a substance as ephemeral as snow poses several challenges. For one thing, the work is very temporary–winds and snowfall can erase it within hours or days. “This requires instant photo documentation,” says Hinrichsen. For another, there is the problem of getting pristine snow to work with in the first place.

Originally, this project was going to occur on land owned by the Nature Conservancy. “Unfortunately this winter has been exceptionally dry and there was not anywhere enough snow to create snow drawings on the Nature Conservancy land,” says Hinrichsen. They had to move the project to the one place there was snow, Rabbit Ears Pass.

The actual stamping was done by Hinrichsen alongside a team volunteers, recruited from the community. A fair bit of improvisation on the part of participants was involved. Hinrichsen set the basic parameters: spirals that are created from the inside out and lead from one to the next. “I wanted to assure that the resulting work would become one cohesive piece rather than a collection of small individual drawing attempts.”

Hinrichsen says that the hardest part of creation was the logistics of the project. She came to rely on representatives from Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the Nature Conservancy of Hayden, and the Steamboat Springs public library to coordinate finding a new location, and the movements of the volunteers.

Hinrichsen largely works with large scale video installations, using the medium to explore the places and how humans have used and thought about those places throughout history. Interventions like the Snow Drawings are something she’s begun to explore only in the past few years, but she says she enjoys creating these ephemeral works.

“I’m generally not interested in creating lasting art pieces, as I believe that our world is over-saturated with man-made products,” she says, “I like to unfold my work into large experiences, however I prefer work that lives on in its documentation only, and–hopefully–in the memories of my audiences.”


Check out the video of the art in progress, pretty freakin’ amazing: http://vimeo.com/35890182

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