Posted in Art+Science, Cool Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on March 8th, 2014
 

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

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.

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

Tangible Happiness: A Wooden Model of Dopamine

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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on March 5th, 2014
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: The Cosmos Bed

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.

Inspirational Design of the Week: The Cosmos Bed

Inspirational Design of the Week: The Cosmos Bed

 

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Posted in Cool Design of the Week, Home Decor, Just Cool by Brittany on March 1st, 2014
 

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

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.

1) The Origami Bench

5 Origami Inspired Designs

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

5 Origami Inspired Designs

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

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

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.

4) Klemens Torggler Doors

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

These doors fold and rotate to open and close, looking as light as paper.

5) Folded Tones Rug

5 Origami-Inspired Designs

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!
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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool, Photography by Brittany on February 27th, 2014
 

Photographer Fabian Oefner Combines Science and 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.

Photographer Fabian Oefner Combines Science and Art

Photographer Fabian Oefner Combines Science and Art

Photographer Fabian Oefner Combines Science and Art

Photographer Fabian Oefner Combines Science and Art

Photographer Fabian Oefner Combines Science and Art

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Posted in Art+Science, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool, Photography by Brittany on February 22nd, 2014
 

Paint on a Speaker Makes 3D Pollock-Style Photos

It’s no surprise that we are fans of color. So when we saw these photographs by Martin Klimas we just had to share them!

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.

Paint on a Speaker Makes 3D Pollock-Style Photos

Paint on a Speaker Makes 3D Pollock-Style Photos

Paint on a Speaker Makes 3D Pollock-Style Photos

Paint on a Speaker Makes 3D Pollock-Style Photos

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Posted in Art in Nature, Cool Art Ideas, Just Cool by Brittany on February 20th, 2014
 

Calvin Seibert Creates Geometric Sand Castles

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.”

Calvin Seibert Creates Geometric Sand Castles

Calvin Seibert Creates Geometric Sand Castles

Calvin Seibert Creates Geometric Sand Castles

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Posted in Home Decor, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Brittany on February 13th, 2014
 

Inspirational Design of the Week: Wallmond's Hanger Frame

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.

Inspirational Design of the Week: Wallmond's Hanger Frame

Inspirational Design of the Week: Wallmond's Hanger Frame

Inspirational Design of the Week: Wallmond's Hanger Frame

If you’re looking to decorate with some unique wall art, check out our DNA Art as well!

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Posted in Contest, DNA Art, Promotions by Brittany on February 10th, 2014
 

We wanted to give back to our followers to say thank you for the support – all you have to do is enter below, then follow and retweet us for more chances to win!

Be sure to complete your entry by Sunday, Feb 16th. We will announce the winner of the $100 voucher on Monday, Feb. 17th!

Thanks again everyone, and good luck!

 
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Posted in DNA Art, Home Decor, Inspiration by Brittany on February 8th, 2014
 

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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!

1) Sand

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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 

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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.

3) Paloma

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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.

4) Freesia

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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 

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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!

 
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Posted in DNA Art in the News by Brittany on February 7th, 2014
 

DNA 11 on NBC

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.

 
 
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