25 little squares of awesomeness you should totally click on from NOTCOT.org!
25 little squares of awesomeness you should totally click on from NOTCOT.org!
Oooh a surprise arrived from Saint James - and to be honest, i knew little about them until this fun (and very informative) hands on box of goodies arrived. The branding, illustrations, and playfulness of the kit let you play with the various stages of wool (from raw to washed to combed) while learning about how their sweaters are made and what goes on in the french atelier… since 1889. There’s even a canvas scroll of their historical timeline!
Fun facts from the timeline - “From the mid 17th century, fishermen from Brittany and Normandy would go to the Channel Islands and to England to sell vegetables during the fishing off-season. They traveled the England countryside to mostly sell garlic, and wore these long wool shirts, often dyed indigo (one of the only shades resistant to sea air). As soon as they reached a hamlet, they shouted out for auction, “Marchand d’ail! Marchand d’ail!” (Garlic seller) but the locals only held on to the word “chandail”. As time passed, this wool shirt took on the name “chandail”. Fascinating! It went on to become the iconic striped sailor shirt/sweater we imagine today.
Ready to take a peek inside the fun press kit? To the next page!
So many fun things to keep us all inspired!!! Here’s just a taste of what’s new over at NOTCOT.org! Click the squares to find out more.
The Saunagondel! Yes - these are upcycled old ski gondolas transformed into mobile 4-person electric saunas! Designed by Toni Egger and Felix Tarantik who were looking for a high-quality easy to use outdoor sauna. It has the frame of an original Swiss gondola, an interior of silver fir, and a 4.5 kW electric heater. They even have a wifi controlled heater! You can currently buy/rent them in Europe. Take a look at the Saunagondel on the next page - i particularly love their photoshoot in the snowy mountains by Christoph Morlock!
Feeling tired and inspired - lots of manual labor is somehow also getting me giddy and excited about design again. Maybe it’s the prospect of what the manual labor is leading up to as Shawn and i plan and design (and execute!) our latest experiment in the backyard? Can’t wait to share it with you as we get it built… but for now, check out some NOTCOT.org inspiration - click the squares to find out more!
Far too excited about my new toy… Citroen HY Van! These amazingly iconic (and super utilitarian) vans have been a fixation of ours for years now… and when Shawn and i were grabbing lunch and wandering Abbot Kinney, we checked out the Rapha Pop Up, and while their full sized H Van wasn’t there, this amazing little 1:24 scale toy one was! So I had to get it. In a fantastic matte grey - complete with sliding panel door and a back that pops open - it’s going to be tough to stare at the scale model without wanting a full sized one even more! Take a peek at the awesome details on the next page.
p.s. We’ve also done lots of research and have SO many ideas on importing one to the states, doing an engine conversion, and making it into a really fun shop, adventure mobile, experience on wheels and more… Interested? Want to make our dream come true? Let’s chat!
Roundup! So much fun inspiration lately - click the squares to find out more about any and all of them!
On happy deep dives into the internet, i just fell into the surfing animal illustrated world of Jonas Claesson. It all started with the Surfing Animals A-Z Book and the fun interview in Surfer Magazine… i saw the book in a store and was confused how this adorable kids picture book was $39 (turns out it was a kickstarter and is printed in small batches) As i explored the story of the book, i ended up on Jonas’ website… and promptly got smitten with his Vanimals! So many creature/adventure mobile combos - often topped with every possible variation of roof top tents! I wonder what he’d dream up our NOTFZJ80 to merge with? A yeti? A polar bear? A wooly mammoth? Bucky?
Check out some of his amazing pieces and work on the next page and also check out @Jonas_Draws for more inspiration.
Opening tonight at Thinkspace Gallery, Matthew Grabelsky’s UNDERGROUND solo show can be found in the project room… and it looks fantastic! His surreal/realistic oil paintings of NYC subway riders reading magazines (and kid’s books) are stunning with a twist… all males are animals! If only they had prints of some of these paintings, the whole show is too stunning to pick from, though Canal Street (tiger reading Car and Driver) is my current favorite…
Check out this interview with Grabelsky on Sour Harvest about the new show. His background is fascinating, and about those creatures, “These creatures in my paintings serve to inject an element of surrealism into one of the most commonplace experiences of life and of New York (e.g., public transportation). The characters are symbolic of the kinds of thoughts that lie under the surface of people’s minds, and they reveal that the most extraordinary can exist in the most ordinary of everyday settings.”
If you’re in LA - get over there! And either way… check out the beautiful paintings on the next page!
With neighbors doing construction on with two sides of our bedroom wall (it’s that time of year?) starting at 7am every day, i’ve certainly been a bit more of a grumpy zombie than i’d like to admit. BUT, luckily we’ve been trying to counteract all of that with field trips… and chocolate can never hurt! So the other day we popped over to Compartes! As fun as their wacky photocollaged chocolate bars boxes are individually (or in little clusters at stores) - a wall FULL of them is pretty mesmerizing… and bound to take your mind off anything else. And the black and white stripes inside their black and white bags are so fun to stare into! So we picked a few bars, a bunch of chocolate covered marshmallows and oreos as well as some dark cherry and strawberry clusters and headed home after construction to dive in. How can “Campfire S’mores” and “Let Them Eat Cake” and “Donuts & Coffee” chocolate bars not make you feel better?
Check out the delectable (and visual) inspiration on the next page!
25 goodies from NOTCOT.org - click the squares to find out more about each and every one of them!
So, it seems Kleenex is branching out… to new Kleenex Facial Cleansing, which is currently only available on their own online store. Firstly - this post is about PACKAGING. (Because i’m not feeling the cleansing products so much. I even made Shawn try the wipe - and I tried the rest… and well, anything that isn’t cleanser free has a bit of a chemical scent/feel. So now that that’s out of the way… back to the packaging!) When i first saw pictures of this new line, i thought it was a student branding/packaging concept. It was so pretty - and it just didn’t seem like what i’d expect from Kleenex. So when i realized it was REAL, i had to poke at it all in person.
The Kleenex Facial Cleansing line has 5 products: exfoliating cushions (just add water and scrub), moist facial wipes, cotton soft pads (huge!), moist eye makeup removers, and shine away sheets. The branding is lovely and clean/fresh, and the products and packaging show that quite a bit of design and thoughtfulness went into each one. It’s cute that the exfoliating cushions, wipes, and eye makeup removers come in solid clear/white plastic containers (complete with o-rings to keep moist things from drying out!) - each is refillable by popping in a fresh pack. In reality - the refillable boxes are of much higher quality than i expected. Biggest surprise of all - the bottoms all have holes! If you expected to use these containers later for anything else, think again! (Though you could keep an empty plastic refill pack inside.)
Take a look at the unboxing and product details on the next page!
Yes, i know, i’m totally going through a plant obsession at the moment (as you can see on Instagram), and as usual that comes with a heavy design filter on it. It comes through phases, and between craziness my gardens have always been a source of inspiration, distraction, amusement, and fascination. Also - it’s spring! So even the folks who aren’t in year round, warm sunniness are all plant/garden happy at the moment! And it’s so contagious! With our California drought situation - while some are all about hardscaping and saving water, i’ve been finding myself wanting to SAVE THE TREES! My inner lorax is coming out every time we see people killing off their lush yards, only to hardscape them or fill them with “drought tolerant plants” and then proceed to not water them… AT ALL… and then a few weeks later we watch it all whither away… and their large stunning trees dry out and get blown over in the wind. It’s the saddest! So, the drought sucks, but our trees deserve some water too… they help purify the air, provide shade, and give so many native creatures a home! Anyhow - rant over - i’m kind of plant obsessed at the moment and having so much fun with it!
So on plant/design intersections… how awesome are these colorful cake like pots? This limited collection for The Sill by Brian Giniewski is just mesmerizing. Especially their popping pastel photoshoot! Each piece in the collection is a one of a kind artist edition that is hand thrown and kiln fired 4 times. And literally dripping with color. Take a look at the details on the next page!
The new IKEA ANVANDBAR Collection just makes me smile. The water color illustrations breathe life into the product shoots! And the products have so much lovely terracotta paired with glossy white earthenware. Also, so many plant friendly products!
“A greener lifestyle is a kinder life For you and the home you live in. Saving water. Saving energy. Sorting waste. Doing little things when and where you can. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it makes a difference. ANVANDBAR is a new collection that lets your everyday make a greener lifestyle in the home not only easy, but enjoyable. The collection features natural, basic products made of natural, basic materials. For your daily life at home.” Who doesn’t need more natural, resource saving, calming, beauty in their day to day? Take a look at more illustrations/pictures and details on the next page!
The Cactus Store in Echo Park is something one needs to experience in person. I can’t explain quite how surreal it feels to be in a space the size of my kitchen, tiptoeing through a maze of cinder blocks with terra cotta pots balanced on top of them… each filled with incredibly beautiful and SUPER STABBY cacti. We’ve all heard of being the bull in a china shop, but this felt more like you’re a piece of china walking through a shop of bulls! One mis-step and those cactus thorns will get you!
Perhaps they too also realize you can only really experience in person, since the website gives you little info (or imagery) of what you will find there. It in fact looks more like a site that is channeling the 90’s internet - with flashing backgrounds and bold colored basic fonts and blocks… though the main background is a google maps street view of the desert in Chile. But their HotCactus_LA Instagram will give you a bit more of a peek into their world if you can’t make it in person. According to Gardenista - “The tiny 350-square-foot store is run by a group of a cactus collectors, enthusiasts, and friends: Carlos Morera, (a graphic designer and alum of LA-based Commune Design), along with his uncle Johnny Morera (legendary nursery man and cactus wizard) and four more friends (Jeff Kaplon, Max Martin, Greg Passuntino, and Professor Christian Cummings).” Some of these guys are also behind Help Ltd., a local design studio. They don’t stock just any cacti - there seem to be amazing stories behind the places they source them all and the team is incredibly knowledgable about all things cacti. A collector and plant lover alike will be enamored by the world they’ve created. Now if only their space expanded and we got a chance to see their amazing greenhouses and studio spaces too!
Take a look on the next page for a peek inside the store! I couldn’t help but walk away with half a dozen gorgeously simple pots for my ever growing garden too!