Accessorize: Back To School In Style

School’s in session! Maybe not your favorite time of year, but if you have to go back, at least bring along some super fun accessories! We’ve run across so many great items that might make Summer ending a little less sad and doing schoolwork a little more exciting.

Here are our top 10 fave Back To School accessories we think you’ll love as much as we do:

1.  Guess Who Framed Wall Art:  $19
2. Grassy Charging Station:  $22
3. LCD Alarm Clock:  $10.99
4. Electronic Goldfish in Bowl:  $14.99
5. Dog Balloon Lamp:  $25
6. DENY Designs Nicole Martinez ‘Beaker” Throw Pillow:  $39
7. Face Mug:  $18
8. Ollie Owl Bookends:  $16
9. Honey Badger Floor Mat:  $50
10. USB Mini-Fridge:  $19.95

Too Cute: Valentina Ramos Inspired Nursery

We love our DENY Designs customers! They never cease to amaze us with a DIY, creative spirit – doing things with our products that we could have never imagined possible – making spaces bright, bold and beautiful.

These photos were sent to us by a customer who fell in love with the artwork by DENY artist, Valentina Ramos - particularly her design titled ‘Aaron’. Taking cues, inspiration and the color palette from the Aaron design, she used DENY Designs shower curtains and customized them herself to create window covers and then painted and accessorized the room to complete the look.

The result? One adorably chic nursery!

  

Too Cute: Photographer Captures Unusual Animal Pairings

Get ready to saw “awwww”!

British photographer Mark Taylor has an uncanny knack for bringing out the cuddly sides of his subjects’. Mark Taylor creatively pairs pets and animals like kittens and ducklings and then captures their interactions – some of which are too darn cute for words.

His photographs are a legacy from his late mother Jane Burton who pioneered the style so familiar on calendars in offices and maths teacher classrooms everywhere. His work has even graced the cover of National Geographic Magazine.

So far, he has had no cases of them eating each other.

 

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Tuesday Funny: Honest Names For Our Favorite Famous Snacks

You have probably thought it at least once before, but humor website Smosh has “re-packaged” and created new names for some of our favorite snacks and treats – and they are funny.

From “Spray-Painted Styrofoam Peanuts” (Cheetos) or “Edible Miniature Yoga Mats” (Fruit Roll Ups) – after you’ve actually thought about these snacks, are you still as enticed by them?

 

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Minimalist Posters of Pixar Movies

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We love this! Melbourne-based designer Wonchan Lee has created minimalist of Pixar’s animated films.

Lee’s reworking of popular movies such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc. and so on features simple yet iconic vector graphics.

“Because it has really broad demographics, in terms of age bracket and cultural background, it was very challenging to come up with something that pleases such a wide audience whilst satisfying myself as an artist and as a fan of Pixar, too,” says Lee.

 

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That’s One Big Bunny

Artist Florentijn Hofman has once again left us in awe with his “Big Yellow Rabbit” art installation that he created last summer in Orebro, Sweden – Floretijn Hofman was the same mastermind behind the big yellow Rubber Duckie that floated its way down the river in France.

The Big Yellow Rabbit was a temporary 13 meter high sculpture.  The rabbit was created as an enlarged cuddle toy made out of swedish products thrown against the statue of Engelbrekt.

Hofman’s work often deals with simplistic happiness – his signature oversized installations serve as diversions that ease the tension of modern life.  His work often gives onlookers a moment of serenity amidst times of economic and political turmoil. We can’t help but appreciate this.

 

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Friday Funny: Woody Comes To Life Through Instagram

There is not much to say about what we have recently stumbled across while cruising Instagram, except user @shamwoww has some of the most clever, creative photos that will leave you laughing until it hurts.

Instagram user @shamwoww simply takes photos of a Toy Story doll – Sheriff Woody – in situations (some not so G rated) that bring him to life in the real world. The outcome: some of the funniest pictures we’ve seen in ages.

We had to share these with you – because we all can appreciate a genuinely creative individual when we see one.

Enjoy:

               

 

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Lunchbox Awesome: A Lunch Way Too Good To Eat

Graphic designer, Mom (and maybe aspiring chef) –  Heather Sitarzewski made a decision to stray away from the typical “brown bag” boring school lunches,  and create unique ‘bento’ lunch boxes for her son every day. Her ‘bento’ lunch box project is appropriately titled “Lunchbox Awesome”.

However, unlike your usual bento boxes, she manipulates the food into various shapes and patterns to form characters from cartoons, games and movies – which are shockingly recognizable, and look way too good to eat!

Sitarzewski has created over 120 different bento lunch boxes for her son, featuring characters such as Spongebob Squarepants, Harry Potter, Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty and Angry Birds – we wonder how popular her son must be at school now (he must never want to trade his goods for the coveted Snack Pack).

She keeps a Tumblr account of her masterpieces, which can be viewed here. But here are some of our all time Lunchbox Awesome faves:

Way to go Heather – these are incredible!

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Oversized Rubber Ducky Bringing Oversized Smiles to Onlookers

You cannot help but to smile when seeing these images – and that is just the reaction that artist Florentijn Hofman wanted.  Sometimes it is the simple things in life that mean the most, and to tap into those feelings, Hofman created his giant yellow duckie with the mission of simply bringing people together through the presence of art.

Treating the Loire as a giant bubble bath, as The Rubber Duck cruises, it brings a message of joy, without political or sociological connotation. Hofman’s work often deals with simplistic happiness – his signature oversized installations serve as diversions that ease the tension of modern life.  His work often gives onlookers a moment of serenity amidst times of economic and political turmoil. We can’t help but appreciate this.

“The duck itself is a durable vessel, made from an inflatable plastic shell, a pontoon boat, and a generator to help propel it forward downstream. It gently moves throughout the environment without disrupting the nature of the marine life in the river below. Rising 82 feet by 82 feet wide, the bath time toy conjures up childhood memories and nostalgic narratives, undeniably creating smiles as it passes through each town.”

The Rubber Duck traveled a 40 mile stretch from Saint-Nazaire to Nantes, France as part of the Loire Estuary art exhibition. The Rubber Duck has already delighted the shores of both Osaka and Sao Paulo, and it will likely continue its journey to other waterways around the world, surely spreading joy and smiles everywhere it floats.

We hope this ducky makes it’s way across the pond to visit us sometime soon – what an incredible sight!

Absolutely brilliant.

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Child’s Own: Bringing Art To Life

Usually the artists that we write about on our blog are a bit older than 5 years old, but we came across the most incredible website today and felt we had to share.

Child’s Own Studio takes any drawing that your little one brings home and can turn it into a real-life stuffed animal.

Child’s Own Studio is a place where your child and a craft artist, together, can create a keepsake to be cherished for a lifetime.”

So say goodbye to just keeping the masterpiece taped on the fridge – keep it forever! How amazingly creative is that? Also impressive is the accuracy – the duplications of the drawings are so spot on it is scary.

Why didn’t we think of that? BRILLIANT!

To see all of the work of Child’s Own Studio , you can check out their website: http://www.childsown.com/

Pop Culture Icons: They’re Just Like Us

Read no further if you think your childhood visions of pop culture icons might be shattered forever, because artist Mike Mitchell takes some of the most-loved pop culture characters and puts them in ironic situations.  After all, they are “Just Like Us” right? Well that is what Mike Mitchell thinks – and we love his interpretations of what our favorite characters do when the cameras are not rolling.

In his series ‘Just Like Us’ that’s currently exhibited at Gallery 1988: Melrose till April 28th, 2012, characters—such as Magneto, Dumbo, Bambi, Ariel, Ewok, Batman, Poison Ivy and Robin—get into unique situations that make them seem more human and a bit less like the unbreakable heroes of our childhood past.

Some of these are freakin’ hilarious, look:

Too funny! To see all of Mike Mitchell’s amazingly creative designs, visit his website: http://sirmikeofmitchell.com/index.php?/ongoing/about/

Design Makeover: Disney Movie Posters

I’ve previously seen minimalist posters of Pixar and famous Hollywood movies, but I am absolutely loving these. When ! stumbled across these on DesignTaxi, I had to do a double-take. I was shocked to see Disney classic movies with a whole new design makeover. It almost makes me want to watch these movies again.

This time around, Liverpool-based graphic designer and artist Rowan Stocks-Moore has rendered Disney films the minimalist feel with his latest series of posters. Taking on classic Disney titles like Snow White and The Seven Dwarves,PinocchioThe Little MermaidThe Lion King and many others, his posters feature strong silhouttes and iconic graphics.

Check them out:


Pretty cool right? Which one is your fave?

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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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“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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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?





DENY Designs Artist of The Week: Clara Nilles

The DENY Designs Featured Artist of the Week this week is Clara Nilles. Clara brings a bright and playful touch to the DENY Designs family with her work. All of her vibrant designs feature exotic animals that have become favorites of DENY Designs customers (like this Jellybean Giraffes shower curtain).  No matter what age you are, Clara’s work can definitely transform any boring room into a fun, colorful oasis!

Learn more about Clara Nilles and her inspiration for her work:

Art is my absolute passion in life. 

Primarily self-taught, I have been drawing and painting since I can remember. I LOVE exploring with bright colors and using intense brilliant hues.  Animals are my favorite subjects; from owls to ponies to buffalo.

I believe color is the universal language that brings a positive energy to people and communicates strong emotions and mood. I also think that animals bring out the goodness and feelings of being with the earth. It’s a combination that has timeless appeal for children and adults alike.

My paintings are bright and happy and according to one of my collectors……”PURE FUN”!  I want people to laugh, love, smile, and be charmed when viewing my works.

My artwork can be seen at: www.claranilles.com

To see all of Clara Nilles work featured on DENY Designs products, visit: http://denydesigns.com/collections/clara-nilles-all-art