*rugenius - 10.09.14 , 13:00 - 0 Notes

Designersblock London Edition 17

designersblockMAIN.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores the 2014 London Design Festival.

The 17th edition of Designersblock as part of this year’s London Design Festival at the The Old Sessions House, an 18th-century courthouse on Clerkenwell Green. The best use of the space was the Glowing Oak from Plumen found on the top of four flights of stairs! They transplanted a whole oak up there magically illuminated… breath taking! And on the way there, of course the courthouse was filled with quite the contrast of stunning, playful modern designs inspiring us throughout… see all the beautiful details on the next page!

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*rugenius - 10.07.14 , 00:29 - 0 Notes

100% Norway 2014

norwayness.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores the 2014 London Design Festival.

So much fun, playful wooden design shown at 100% Norway by the Bergen Academy of Art and Design at Tent London this year! Everything from an adorable elephant stool/sorting system to a collapsible playhouse, beautiful stool, canned hiking happiness, and more. See my favorites on the next page!

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Poligon’s Foldable Metal Creatures

foldedanimals.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores the 2014 London Design Festival.

The London Design Festival provided some great opportunities to see some of the great designs we’ve heard about! I was thrilled to find Poligon exhibiting at Designjunction and have a chance to see their incredible flat-sheet foldable metal sculptures in person and to meet RCA grads Rodrigo Solorzano/N&R Foldings and Matthew White. The first series included a gorilla, elephant, whale and penguin. In addition to those, they were showing off the new insect series following a successful Kickstarter campaign. Production is currently underway for supporters and will hopefully be available to the wider public soon!

How easy is assembly? “The metal sculptures arrive in flat sheet form. The individual components are chemically etched to produce perfectly cut parts. We have also etched in fold lines which makes it very easy to fold and to achieve great results. Magnets are already fixed onto the sheet so that the individual elements of the sculpture are rapidly assembled into the final piece. We have developed the process into something that can be achieved by hand, with no additional tools.” Take a look at the details (pre and post assembly) as well as a video on the next page.

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*rugenius - 09.23.14 , 02:53 - 0 Notes

London Design Festival 2014 at the V&A

vamein.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores the 2014 London Design Festival.

The “spiritual home” of the London Design Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum is always filled with fun contrasts between classical masterpieces and modern design interventions. This year was no exception, with some fascinating installations throughout the museum. Here are just a few of our favorite pieces, from the mesmerizing Candela by Felix de Pass, Michael Montgomery and Ian McIntyre to Disobedient Objects, a new exhibit exploring the role of objects in activism, to Precision & Poetry in Motion, a kinetic sculpture created by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby with BMW that rotates and reflects within the Raphael Gallery, and more…

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*notcot - 09.15.14 , 00:07 - 0 Notes

Beakerhead 2014, Calgary

beaker0.jpg This post is part of our special NOTCOT Alberta Great Escape series thanks to our friends at Travel Alberta. In Part I, Shawn, Bucky, and I are loaded up in the NOTFZJ80 spending a week in Alberta roadtripping, camping, and exploring all that we can fit in… follow the series here to see what inspires us along the way! I know, i’m jumping around a little, but with so many pictures and experiences to share with you guys from this Alberta adventure, i’m working through it bit by bit!

The most inspiring things to me have always been exploring nature and art+tech+design. So while exploring all that Alberta has to offer (or what is possible in a mere week with such a HUGE province)… when we were heading out of the Alberta National Parks to Calgary, I heard about Beakerhead, a “smash up of art, science, and engineering”… which is right up our alley! They describe it as when Calgary turns into a hands on laboratory - “it’s a time and place where engineers show their creative sides, and artists get technical, where science hits the street, and everyone gets ingenious.” Throughout the week, there were workshops for kids and adults, engaging talks and performances, and it sounds like all around playful inspiration! They even had “Canada’s first sustainable energy ferris-wheel-turned-dining-room. The 16-bucket wheel gently rotates while diners are treated to a multi-course molecular gastronomy meal created by esteemed Calgary chef Nicole Gomes, a contestant on Top Chef Canada,” called the Periodic Table - unfortunately all the tickets were sold out!

We managed to get back to Calgary just in time to see the displays at Little Big Street and Beakernight. They felt a bit like a mini Makerfaire/Burning Man/Design week combo of sorts with a Calgary flair. Even The Uncommons (which we just featured) had a pop up shop in a Pod shipping container! There was a huge discoball on a crane, a structure made of sticks, an inflatable living room, interactive/3D printed Absolut installations, a rideable hippo, a flame shooting octopus and more… take a peek at what we found on the next page!

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*rugenius - 09.09.14 , 09:33 - 0 Notes

Highlights from the 3D Print Show London 2014

3dprint2014main.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw.

This year’s highlights from 3D Print Show in London’s Old Billingsgate include printing with plants, printing food and more. It has been fascinating to see how 3D printing technology and its creative and consumer communities have developed the recent years! Take a look at the ones that inspired us on the next page…

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*notcot - 09.02.14 , 14:35 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org + Tasteologie Roundup

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*notcot - 08.23.14 , 14:35 - 3 Notes

Obsession/Trend: Enamelware

enamelware.jpg So it all began with the adorable Mexican Loteria espresso/shot enamelware set our friends gave us… combined with the NOTFZJ80 progress and camp gear shopping… which lead to Shawn admitting his nostalgic side wanted some old school enamelware… which lead me down an internet rabbit hole of all things enamelware… so since i fell all the way down there ~ what i found was everything from gaudy to adorable, hipster to classic, and even the Polish manufacturer that seems to be behind many of the recent ones popping up now! Is enamelware the new mason jar? Take a peek at some of the best ones i found on the next page… they come in all shapes and sizes, with printing around the exterior, interior, handle, and even base!

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*notcot - 08.18.14 , 16:40 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org + Tasteologie Roundup

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*notcot - 08.10.14 , 13:20 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org + Tasteologie Roundup

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*notcot - 07.18.14 , 11:55 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org + Tasteologie Roundup

roundup notcotorg #57856 notcotorg #57836 notcotorg #57848 notcotorg #57847 notcotorg #57824 notcotorg #57808 notcotorg #57845 notcotorg #57818 notcotorg #57819 notcotorg #57846 notcotorg #57816 notcotorg #57868 notcotorg #57872 notcotorg #57855 notcotorg #57878 notcotorg #57853 notcotorg #57802 notcotorg #57834 notcotorg #57804 notcotorg #57844 tasteologie #63495 tasteologie #63459 tasteologie #63439 tasteologie #63397 tasteologie #63435 More of what inspires us daily over at NOTCOT.org and Tasteologie! The busier i get in real life - the quieter features can get (often we’re working on slower larger features and projects!) - but our daily inspiration is always stored and powering us over on the grid sites! Click the pics to find out more…

*notcot - 07.09.14 , 00:12 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org+Tasteologie Roundup

roundup notcotorg #57744 notcotorg #57737 notcotorg #57698 notcotorg #57722 notcotorg #57764 notcotorg #57721 notcotorg #57667 notcotorg #57723 notcotorg #57726 notcotorg #57677 notcotorg #57713 notcotorg #57695 notcotorg #57768 notcotorg #57703 notcotorg #57716 notcotorg #57775 notcotorg #57692 notcotorg #57711 notcotorg #57733 notcotorg #57704 tasteologie #62903 tasteologie #62992 tasteologie #62831 tasteologie #62910 notcotorg #57770 More inspiration of the visual sort from NOTCOT.org and of the delectable sort from Tasteologie! Click the pics to find out more about any of them…

*notcot - 06.23.14 , 01:25 - 0 Notes

Central St. Martin’s 2014 Degree Shows

csm0.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she visits the London graduate showcases. This post is from Central Saint Martins Degree Shows, including work from both Degree Show One and Degree Show Two.

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*notcot - 06.22.14 , 18:12 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org + Tasteologie Roundup

roundup notcotorg #57649 notcotorg #57629 notcotorg #57643 notcotorg #57605 notcotorg #57638 notcotorg #57613 notcotorg #57654 notcotorg #57608 notcotorg #57659 notcotorg #57616 notcotorg #57637 notcotorg #57610 notcotorg #57653 notcotorg #57621 notcotorg #57609 notcotorg #57632 notcotorg #57617 notcotorg #57636 notcotorg #57622 notcotorg #57626 tasteologie #62381 tasteologie #62469 tasteologie #62379 tasteologie #62322 tasteologie #62362 What inspires me? Here’s a taste of what’s recently come up on NOTCOT.org as well as visual deliciousness from Tasteologie. Click the pics to find out more.

*notcot - 06.17.14 , 14:10 - 0 Notes

Hack Circus from Andre Sampaio Kong

fishymain.jpg Here’s the latest from NOTCOT’s London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she visits the London graduate showcases. This post is from Show RCA 2014.

The RCA Architecture school’s Hack Circus by Andre Kong was hard to ignore. The display was more like a desk you’d find on Steve Zissou’s ship. The wooden octopus stool, aquatic illustrations, and electronic fish in a bowl caught my eye.

What it actually is… “A theatre for the post-tragic condition of subverted capitalist technologies”. In Kong’s own words: “Here the first crowd-funded Hackfest (the annual hackathon event) is hosted in its germinal amphitheatre and from it THE CIRCUS IS BORN. As the alienated community grows and floats down the Thames, ties with power structures, ideology and the obsolete value system of the city are gradually severed until it sets itself free, beyond territorial waters and, in an act of ‘sousveillance,’ taps into a submarine Internet cable in the North Sea.”. A fascinating, beautiful, interactive project. Take a peek at the details on the next page!

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