Happy Duvet Tuesday! DENY Designs Duvet Cover Giveaway

Yep. We know it has been awhile, but it is back! It is time for our favorite day of the week (except Friday) - 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?

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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, your fave DENY Designs artist and why you really want a duvet) to be entered to win a DENY Designs duvet cover:

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

We will announce the winner next Tuesday, August 28th on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Good luck, and keep on designing!

              

Pop of Color: Urban Origami Street Art

Colorful origami is popping up in unexpected urban places in Hong Kong and Vietnam this summer compliments of French paper artist Mademoiselle Maurice.  Not just for fun, Mademoiselle Maurice places the installations to convey a deeper message.

She says about her work, “The origami crane became an international symbol of peace. It’s also a tribute for all the victims of the violent actions in our world. We can see an human solidarity network thought of the accumulation of all the papers. Sometimes, I like to imagine when I am folding that all the origamis are like people, and I imagine some imaginary positive connection  between this humans. Therefore, every origami represents in a simplify way some natural elements, in a graphic way, like flowers or birds.”

Hundreds of paper cranes in all different bright colors arranged into urban (and unexpected) masterpieces. So gorgeous!

 

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Diamond Jubilee Color Guide: A PANTONE Color Chart Fit For A Queen

These days, it seems like PANTONE is everywhere. So what better way to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration than with a super cool color guide made from selections matching the Queen’s wardrobe over the years?

PANTONE and advertising agency Leo Burnett London chart six decades of style for Queen Elizabeth II with the launch of a limited-edition ‘Diamond Jubilee Color Guide’. The guide is designed to capture and commemorate some of the Queen’s most memorable color choices since her coronation – featuring PANTONE Color references and citing the date and location that determined her outfit color choice.

Selecting feature colors from the Queen’s wardrobe, PANTONE featured some of these colors – the reason behind them? Check it:

PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow - The Queen’s royal wedding outfit from 2011 was Primrose Yellow. Yellow is a color that speaks to the future with hope and optimism.

PANTONE 13-4411 Crystal Blue - Blue is a colur staple in the Queen’s wardrobe, is also seen as de-stressing so it’s no surprise she was sporting a serene blue to a Royal Garden Party in 2010.

PANTONE 16-2124 Pink Carnation - In recent years, she has been seen in trendier bright pinks, defying her age and communicating that she is a monarch modern in thought and spirit.

PANTONE 13-5414 Ice Green - During the Queen’s landmark state visit to Ireland, the first since the country gained independence in the 1920s, she was seen in a cool shade of green.

So will you be seen using the Diamond Jubilee Color Guide? Or will you steer clear of this PANTONE look book?

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Too Cool: Giant Furniture

Talk about feeling itty bitty. Artist Robert Therrien created this series of over-sized furniture that measure over 10 feet tall! Robert Therrien is know to recreate everyday objects true to their original material and color, but on an enlarged scale.

Robert explains his inspiration for this series:

“The artist’s point of view – from the small world – could be viewed as a large ges­ture- publi­cally. The prac­tice is cre­at­ing some­thing both large and small. Pub­li­cally, Table and Chairs is per­ceived as a big object, where it actu­ally orig­i­nated from a small detail-a corner bracket sup­port­ing the table leg. Instead of crawl­ing under­neath and pho­tograph­ing an actual table in order to see it, why not shrink your­self and take a normal snapshot?”

This installation was on display as part of the Lifelike exhibition at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Therrien was born in Chicago in 1947; he now lives and works in Los Angeles.

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Randi Antonsen.  Randi’s work is so unique, bright and wild – we just can’t help but to fall in love with it. Learn more about Randi and her inspiration:

Randi says , “I have a carefree but fully engaged approach to life and art.I find inspiration in the smallest of things because I ‘see’ with these inquisitive and always looking for magic eyes.My work incorporates many approaches and mediums all in one; but then so doe’s life. I am always willing to flow with new life and change my art with it.Overall I bring to my work one consistent phrase and that is this energy of the mixing of life’s varied forces; as in nature, as in life, as in art.”

Check out a few of Randi Antonsen’s artworks on DENY Designs products:

 

To see all of Randi Antonsen’s work on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/randi-antonsen-all-art

  

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Ginette Callaway

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Ginette Callaway of Ginette Fine Art.  Ginette’s watercolor and oil pastel pieces are bright and beautiful, and with the wide range of subjects, you are sure to find at least one to fall in love with.

About Ginette Callaway: 

I am French born to a German Mother and a French Father and became a US citizen in 2008. I live in the United States and paint in Oil and Watercolors from my Basement Studio in Georgia. Besides my traditional paintings I also love to do fresh contemporary abstract in watercolor and ink, mostly very colorful. My inspirations life, life and life.

I paint every day because that is what I love to do. If I never leave my basement that is fine because in my head I’m somewhere else. Nature inspires me most, because nature is the biggest wonder of all. Animals, Flowers, scenes from around the world and places I have visited. I remember a fragrance of a flower or fresh squeezed limes and it triggers a painting.

Simply from sun up till sun down my head is in a creative vice.

 

To see all of the Ginette Fine Art pieces on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/ginette-fine-art-all-art#

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Sit. Stay. High Fashion Dog Portraits

Artist and photographer William Wegman, along with his editorial dog Man Ray – had a partnership that produced some amazing photographs. I don’t know if the photographs themselves or the fact that  Wegman could get Man Ray to sit still for that long is more impressive – but either way, I need the name of his doggie trainer.

This is the story behind William Wegman and Man Ray:

It was while he was in Long Beach that artist William Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman’s photographs and videotapes. In 1981, Man Ray died. It was not until 1986 that Wegman got a new dog, Fay Ray, and another collaboration began marked by Wegman’s extensive use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. With the birth of Fay’s litter in 1989, Wegman’s cast grew to include Fay’s offspring — Battina, Crooky and Chundo — and later, their offspring: Battina’s son Chip in 1995, Chip’s son Bobbin in 1999 and Candy and Bobbin’s daughter Penny in 2004.

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DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Jacqueline Maldonado

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Jacqueline Maldonado. New to the DENY Designs family this year, Jacqueline brings bright color and a variety of design techniques that create amazing artworks. DENY customers are particularly loving her watercolor designs titled “Arpeggi” and “Kiss of Life”.

More about Jacqueline and her inspiration for her work:

When asked to comment on her work, Jacqueline states,  I think about what can be communicated through line, form, tone, composition and the relationship of these elements to each other.   I aim to create imaginative work; work that holds mystery, work that is poetic, and work that is luminous with color.”

Jacqueline Maldonado is a New York City native currently residing in Southern California.  She spent most of her adult career in various facets of the fashion industry, all the while nurturing her artistic talent through higher education in visual art and developing a discipline in her artistic practice.  In her recent move across the country, Jacqueline took a leap of faith to pursue her art as a full-time endeavor.  Equipped with sharp focus, ambition, determination, resourcefulness and innate talent, in a very short time, she is beginning to see success as a professional artist.  She sells her works as prints and originals and also partners with several retailers and manufacturers who print her work on various products.  She is proud to be partnering now with DENY Designs!

Jacqueline works in a variety of media and explores many styles and modes of artistic expression; including but not limited to: watercolor, oil pastel,  photography, digital imaging, graphic design, textile and surface design.  Often, she combines several of these media, inventing unique and modern forms of art.  She creates compositions derived from many sources and amalgamations of inspiration:  imagination, emotion, nature, memory, and music. 

 

 

 

To see all of Jacqueline’s designs on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/jacqueline-maldonado-all-art

Pretty talented right? We love her work!

       

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Bianca Green

The DENY Designs featured artist of the week is Bianca Green. New this year to the DENY Designs family, Bianca Green brings bright, bold and amazingly unique patterns to the DENY Designs product line. The most popular of her patterns – Overdose” and “It’s Your World” have been a hit among interior designs everywhere.

Learn more about Bianca Green and what inspires her fantastic work:

Bianca Green, mother Brazilian, father German/US American, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December 1982. After a few years of childhood in Rio, her parents decided to move to Germany to offer her a better education.

After school, Bianca followed her passion for music and worked at a local Radio station, then later for MTV Networks Germany. After working as a Producer in various music TV-formats, she felt like the music industry wasnʼt right for her and left. She spent a year in San Francisco and went back to Germany only to find out that she needed a new adventure. Now, living in Montevideo, Uruguay since 2010, she got back to her creativity and started to create art.

The world is her home and home is Berlin, San Francisco, Montevideo and Rio de Janeiro. What she does is travel, what she loves is art, what she needs is music and what she can’t resist is chocolate.

Bianca’s work represents all of that. Her only goal is to COLOR YOUR LIFE.

 


 To see all of Bianca Green’s work on DENY Designs products, visit her artist page here: http://denydesigns.com/collections/bianca-green-all-art

Keep on Designing!

   

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.

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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East Coast vs. West Coast: Designers

The stereotypes of East Coasters and West Coasters have been around almost as long as there has been a right and left side of the United States. Folks from the West Coast say East Coasters are uptight, unfriendly, and stressed out. Meanwhile people on the East Coast tend to think of West Coasters as flakey, peaceful, and, maybe, healthier. East Coasters, so the story goes, are more prim, proper, and conservative in their dress—lunch at the country club anyone?—and social attitudes. In stark contrast, West Coasters have a more free-flowing, casual, and hippy-style—don’t forget your Birkenstocks!—and liberal in their beliefs. Really though, is there any merit to these generalizations of the attitudes and behavior of people living on the opposite sides of the country? What about the design industry? This infographic prepared for MightyDeals sees the main differences between the coasts in the design industry. Pretty interesting breakdown of culture, attitudes, work styles and even fashion preferences. So pick a side – are you East Coast or West Coast? via MightyDeals.com

Valentina Ramos – Colorful Duvets & Bath Essentials From DENY Designs

For only one more day, Joss & Main, an online home decor and accessories sale website has Valentina Ramos duvet covers and shower curtains by DENY Designs on sale! Get a steal of deal on some amazing products – but don’t wait, it will be over before you know it!

Here is what Joss & Main has to say about the Valentina Ramos DENY Designs products:

“Inspired by the animal kingdom and adorned with infinite detail, the vibrant bedding and bath essentials from Valentina Ramos offer eye-catching style. Intricate spirals and endless lines transform regal elephants, inquisitive songbirds, blooming flowers, and proud peacocks into irresistible art for your duvet covers and show curtains. Add beauty to your personal oasis with this charming collection of bright hues and elaborate designs.”

Head to Joss & Main now to grab your Valentina Ramos product by DENY Designs: https://www.jossandmain.com/Valentina-Ramos~E558.html

Happy Friday: Terrifying Images Of Dogs Diving Underwater

At DENY Designs we are always on the prowl for new unique artists and photographers to add to our family.  While on our latest search on the world wide web, we across the very “terrifying and bewitching” work of photographer, Seth Casteel. Casteel is a Los Angeles-based pet photographer and owner of Little Friends Pet Photography.  A majority of Casteel’s work is cute and cuddly, but he can also make your best friend look like your worst enemy with his recently-discovered way of photographing dogs diving underwater – which is what really caught our eye.

Casteel first started shooting dogs underwater only about 18 months ago when he was asked to do a portrait of a King Charles spaniel who wouldn’t stay out of his owner’s pool.  Now he has created a way to snap a photo of your dog with the look of determination and intensity as it fetches objects from the pool. Using a snorkel mask and sinking chew toys, Casteel holds his breath for 90 seconds and sits at the bottom of the pool to wait for the right moment.

“The near-weightless conditions, coupled with the drag of the water, do odd things to a dog. Lips go flying. Fur and ears lie flat. Eyelids are peeled back. Most of all, they reveal the intense determination that dogs bring to having fun.” The result: a terrifying, hilarious and “bewitching” photo of your best friend.

Since last week when a selection of images went viral, Casteel has been getting calls from all over the world requesting his underwater doggy diving photo services -and we can’t say that we are surprised. We think his photos would look fabulous on DENY Designs shower curtains and duvet covers, right?

Source: Business Insider

DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Robin Faye Gates

The DENY Designs Artist of The Week is Robin Faye Gates. Like Robin describes, her work makes us smile. Her quirky sense of design and her characters that “look like your best friend after a gust of giddiness” add such a unique style to the DENY Designs family of artists and photographers. If these works like, “Cheeze It Thank You” and “Sylvia Needs Eggs” don’t make you smile, we don’t know what will.

Here is more about Robin Faye Gates and her designs on DENY Designs products:

Although I consider myself a part-time artist (my tax return says I’m a graphic designer), creating, crafting and cultivating on canvas is my true bliss. I love to throw down color, patterns and textures that stir a memory, a tune, a haiku or a need to find some really great sushi. I like to create characters that look like your best friend after a gust of giddiness, laugh attacks and/or perfectly buttered pieces of raisin toast. Then I’ll throw in an element of confection and ridiculousness, just to hopefully make you smile.

   

To check out all of Robin Faye Gate’s art at DENY Designs, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/robin-faye-gates-all-art#

The Gift of Love

With just 11 days left until Valentine’s Day, we’ve got LOVE on our minds (or at least some sweet gifts). What better way to spoil your Valentine than with a unique home decor accessory from DENY Designs? Your love will be on display all year long with a bright shower curtain, a vibrant duvet cover or a fab modern clock.

Here are some of our “love-inspired” designs that may be perfect for your someone special:

Don’t like what you see here? Check out all of our amazing artists and their designs here:
http://denydesigns.com/collections/shop-by-artist and spoil that someone special this year!

Playing With Food: Judith G. Klausner

Judith G. Klausner’s Mother never told her not to play with her food – and we thank her for that. We ran across Judith’s creations and were stunned at the creativity and uniqueness that her work embodies.  Artist Judith G. Klausner is a Massachusetts-born artist who loves to play with her food, “recreationally and professionally.”

We were particularly drawn to her “Oreo Cameo” and collection, where she only uses toothpicks and straight pins to create Oreo artworks like the ones pictured below.  Each piece takes up to six hours to make; when they’re not being displayed, they live in Klausner’s refrigerator.

  

Her project entitled “From Scratch turns pre-packaged foods into beautiful and creative works of art. Because cooking for the family is traditionally a job that is given to women, Judith is highlighting that fact that pre-packaged food has, in a sense, given women some freedom from this characterization. Her use of Victorian handicraft transforms modern packaged foods into pieces of art.

Check out more about Judith G. Klausner and her delicious art here: http://jgklausner.com/work/ . We need a snack now.

Lucky Magazine: “50% off the shower curtains we’re obsessed with, today only!”

That’s right, you read that correctly. Lucky Magazine staffers are as obsessed with the DENY Designs shower curtains as we are, so today only (for 24 hours), you can grab your own powder-room transforming designs for 50% off! Yes, 50% off.

Head over to the Lucky Magazine “Lucky Right Now” deals page to grab the secret coupon code, then jet over to DENY Designs and pick up your own shower curtain today! Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Here is what Lucky Magazine staffers had to say:

Lucky Right Now

What you need to know this instant.

DENY Designs Shower Curtains, 50% Off!
Just for Lucky readers: Amazing 24-hour discounts of 40 to 50 percent off. Sneeze and you’ll miss ’em!

 

Some home decor items fall into the “decorative accent” category; others are a non-negotiable necessity. Would you bathe sans shower curtain? No? Then feel 100 percent justified in purchasing one of these powder-room transforming designs. We’re keen on this unisexy black-and-white print by artist Valentina Ramos, but there’s a full-on kaleidoscope of shockingly colorful options on offer by other talented artists.

Regular price: $89 to $109, Lucky Breaks price: $44.50 to $54.50

Grab it here:  http://www.luckymag.com/blogs/luckyrightnow/2012/01/DOTD-DENYDesigns-Shower-Curtain   

Love It or Hate It? DENY Designs Throw Pillows

Our new obsession: throw pillows. We want to know if you love them as much as we do, especially if they were to feature DENY Designs artists’ artwork on them.  Would you grab one for your own home?

We are asking for your help with a quick survey, because without you we would be lost.  Plus, we will email you a 20% off coupon code if/when DENY Designs launches the new collection of throw pillows just for filling out the extremely short form here:
http://blog.denydesigns.com/love-it-or-hate-it-deny-designs-throw-pillows/

So check out what we were thinking, we love them. Do you?