Dopamine is something we’ve all had experience with, whether we realized what it was called or not. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that releases chemicals¬†and transmits information in your brain, primarily when something good or rewarding happens.
To (over)simplify, it is the happiness neurotransmitter.
A Form of Happiness — The above wooden model — is the physical chemical compound strand and it was designed by Jessica Charlesworth and Tim Parsons. Aside from the fact that this model physically represents an amazing and important scientific property, it is also beautifully designed. From the box, to the raw wood of the neurotransmitter pieces, to magnetic functionality of the parts it is sleek and intriguing.
The kit also comes with more of an explanation on the process and physical forms that dopamine takes when it is released so that you can learn while you “play”. Check out the photos below to see more of the amazing design.
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Sleeping outside, under the starry skies, is something that many of us dream of doing. Although it is not always possible, for where can you lay peacefully and guarantee to see the beauty of the stars, let alone have appropriate temperatures to do so? Now there is a place to do so — in your bedroom!
The egg-shaped Cosmos Bed was designed by¬†Natalia Rumyantseva¬†and is still in prototype stage. Not only does it provide the illusion of sleeping beneath open skies, it is also equipped with a built-in audio system to play music, white-noise and your alarm in the morning. Plus, it has an aroma dispenser to provide you with therapeutic scents as you dream.
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Via FastCo Design
We’ve noticed a trend, and we’re quite fond it. Nothing is as sleek and geometrically intricate as origami — the Japanese art of paper folding — so how could you go wrong with a design based on it? We’ve noticed a lot of origami inspired products and designs lately so we rounded up a few of our favourites to admire and praise.
Created by blackLAB architects, this bench combines clean white with exposed wood and metal. Plus it folds and creases as seamlessly as paper.
2) Make Kiosks
Make Architects created these kiosks based on the efficient and functional concept of folding paper. They open to reveal the kiosk inside and close to become sculpture-like when not in use.
3) Kafolda: a Fold-it-Yourself Spoon
This spoon is mailed to you flat. You are in charge of folding it into the perfect shape — with crisp corners to reach right to the edges of a flat container.
These doors fold and rotate to open and close, looking as light as paper.
This rug does not actually fold or bend like origami, but it sure looks like it does. An optical illusion for your floor!
Let us know which one of our 5 Origami-Inspired Designs you like best in the comments!
If you’re looking for ¬†unique designs to decorate your home, check out our DNA Art!¬†
It’s no surprise that we enjoy the combination of science and art¬†¬†and these images by¬†Fabian Oefner¬†are exactly that. Oefner comes from an art and design background but has always been interested in science. His images generally depict a scientific concept, however you don’t need to know the scientific background to see the beauty in his images.
As he explains in his TED talk¬†the goal of his work is to speak to the viewer’s heart as well as their brain. For instance, the image above is created with ferrofluid which is a magnetic substance. After placing a magnet beneath the fluid and adding watercolor paint to the substance you can see the patterns and shapes begin to form. You don’t need to know that ferrofluid is hydrophobic (it won’t mix with water) to see that this image is stunning, but when you do know that the details in the image become much more evident.
Check out a few of his other images below to see the many ways science and art can collide.
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Via TED Blog
These colorful creations were made by putting globs of paint onto a scrim which was placed over a speaker. Klimas then turned up the volume on a carefully selected track and captured the paint being tossed and thrown by the beat of the music.
It took him over 1000 shots to perfect¬†his series, but we feel it was well worth it.
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Via Lost At E Minor
These sand castles – if you can call them simply that – are so detailed they look like architectural models. The precision and detail involved in the angles and edges of these sand sculptures is unlike anything we’ve seen.
When you see some of artist Calvin Seibert‘s other sand creations you won’t be surprised to learn that he is also a¬†sculptor and carpenter. Seibert explains on his Flickr page that he doesn’t plan the castles beforehand, once he begins he “can start to see where things are going and either follow that road or attempt to contradict it with something unexpected.”
We love wall art,¬†we love unique design and this definitely has both.
The Wallmond’s Hanger Frame is made to decorate your space, while holding your belongings. It may not look like it at first, but those size-varying waves and grooves are ideal for hanging different sized items. The waves also create a wall, behind which you’ll find storage space for those objects that can’t hang very well.
The Hanger Frame is made from solid birch plywood, so it is not only durable as a hanger it is also easy on the eyes as sleek wall art.
If you’re looking to decorate with some unique wall art, check out our DNA Art as well!
Via Yanko Design
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In the midst of this frosty winter, we can’t help but dream of spring. And what better way to plan for the coming season than to plan for updating your home decor?
We were inspired by Elle Decor’s recent article about the colors of the year and thought we would give you a peek at some of our portraits¬†that will help you have the most unique art on your walls, and follow the year’s trends!
One of the top colors this year is a beige tone entitled “Sand.” This is a subtle color that can be used as the main focus, with bright accents or can be used as a soft accent color for bright walls. There are a number of Fingerprint Portraits that would suit either situation, but we’ve pulled a few of our favourites.
2) Placid Blue¬†
Still a soft color, this blue allows you to put a touch of color into your space. If you want to use this blue as your accent, we recommend the Coral DNA Portrait to add a splash of that color to your walls.
Greys can be perceived as boring shades, but we’re seeing so many modern and urban interiors that are incorporating the color into awesome spaces. The above Kiss Portraits will help to put this color in your rooms, as well as add some flare to your home.
Getting a little bit more adventurous, we have a bright yellow in this year’s trends. These portraits are an easy way to add that burst of color to the room without being overwhelming. Plus, what’s more spring-like then a sunny yellow portrait.
5) Celosia Orange¬†
Last but not least we have an orange that made it into the mix. Much like the yellow, you only need one or two pieces to spice up a room dramatically.
If you haven’t seen a color you love here – check out our full selection on our website, here!
If you’re relaxing at home this Sunday (Februrary 9), don’t miss the NBC Morning Show where DNA 11′s Kiss Portraits will be featured! We’re so excited to see our portraits on TV, just in time for Valentine’s Day!
That’s right, there is still time for you to get the perfect gift for your Valentine, just check out our gift certificates.