WATCH | "Forever pizza" is essentially a slice of pizza sitting in a block of resin for your viewing pleasures. And no, you cannot eat it.
"Forever Pizza is sort of a passion project that turned into a product of sorts," said Brooklyn-based designer and artist Steph Mantis, who created Forever Pizza in 2012 for an art show.
Shortly after the show, Mantis got even more involved in the world of pizza - she designed the world tour of a Guinness World Record collection of pizza boxes with collector Scott Wiener and partnered with a New York-based design store, Kikkerland, to create pizza coasters, pizza night lights, pizza hand warmers and pizza luggage tags.
As a daughter of a pizzeria owner in Biddeford, Maine, where she grew up, it was only natural for Mantis to pick pizza as the main subject of her art and design.
"This all came from a very personal space. I truly owe a lot to pizza, especially my dad's pizza. But more than that, it's such a unifying food - everybody loves pizza."
For the Kikkerland products, Mantis used her favorite cheese slices from Luigi's Pizza in Brooklyn, New York - a hole in the wall near Pratt Institute, her alma mater.
The pizza night light is the most popular pizza product so far, according to Mantis.
Currently, Mantis said she has gotten more than 200 emails requesting orders for Forever Pizza. While trying to figure out how to produce the product on a commercial level, she's also gotten a lot of inquiries for other food items in resin too.
"I had a guy email me about how to make a bacon throne, like a Game of Thrones-esque bacon chair. I think someone asked me about a cupcake in resin, a hot dog and then a lot of weird questions about whether or not they can eat it," Mantis said. "This is toxic. You don't ever want to eat this."