*notcot - 11.18.15 , 11:00 - 1 Notes

NOTlabs: Making-of Glasses/Phone Stands


Want one? We made 10 special NOTCOT Maple stands (no David Kind logo, just a little NOTCOT one instead) If you’re interested, contact me for details! Anything we make from these maple stands will go towards making the larger swing/shelf!

The NOTCOT for David Kind Glasses Stands are now out in the wild! See our official photos of the finished product here… but for those curious about how they came to be - from ideation to design to prototypes to milling tests to revisions to outsourcing experiments to learning about wood to laser jigging to sanding and felting and all the adventures in between… i’ve rounded up the progress that was shown on the @NOTlabs Instagram and filled in a few more of the gaps along the way for you on the next page!

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Gift Guide: Coffee Roaster Merch


Thinking about genres that are inspiring beautiful graphics and branding… i keep finding myself fascinated by the merch when we pop in to super hip coffee spots… particularly coffee roasters! Sooooo here’s a Coffee Roaster Merch Gift Guide!

I thought about opening it up to all/anything coffee related… but by then you have every coffee shop in the world to comb through, as well as coffee mugs in general, coffee related paraphernalia, tools, gadgets, and the list will go on and on. You might as well add in the world of tea at that point. So coffee roaster merch focus it is! Not that that is even an easy feat. Also the world of coffee packaging is an amazing thing to dive into as well! From beautiful labels to unique packaging to amazing names for special editions… so that isn’t really included here either. But I digress…

This Coffee Roaster Merch Gift Guide is a good go to for your coffee loving friends who are incredibly picky about where their coffee comes from, how it was roasted, AND loves great design. Think gift sets, mugs, apparel, totes, coins, and more. When looking at coffee roaster merch - you will find more old school diner mugs, enamelware camping mugs, and NotNeutral Lino Mugs, and KeepCups than you imagined possible, but the further you look, the more surprises you find too! So far the list is mostly North American, but hey - it’s 2am! - so feel free to suggest more i should check out in the comments, and i might keep growing this guide!

Ready to dive in? Check it out on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.17.15 , 11:04 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT for David Kind Glasses Stands


Want one? We made 10 special NOTCOT Maple stands (no David Kind logo, just a little NOTCOT one instead) If you’re interested, contact me for details! Anything we make from these maple stands will go towards making the larger swing/shelf!

So excited to share our NOTCOT for David Kind Glasses Stands with you! Beautiful eyewear deserves a beautiful place to be displayed when not in use. Milled from Maple, Walnut, and Zebra woods with a felt base and 3d printed inserts that can be rotated (or removed) to accommodate just about any set of glasses (but they do look especially good with David Kind eyewear!) - which will be cantilevered over the woody mountains and valleys perfectly! Added bonus… you can also use it to hold your phone, or any other little items on your desk, bedside table, counter, etc. And even when empty (i might be biased!) they are mesmerizing to stare at - the topographic lines that emerged as we milled the wood grain are just beautiful, and each one is so different from the others!

These stands were designed, prototyped, (some) milled, lasered, 3D printed and finished all in-house here at NOTlabs, Los Angeles. See the full making-of here! In fact, we didn’t even set out to design glasses stands, but while prototyping our swing/shelf project, Dave Barton of David Kind happened to visit, and while showing us glasses, our prototype happened to be on the table, and the perfect fit for them! And just like that, the idea for wooden glasses stands was born, and we had to make them a reality.

Ready to see them all? See the product shots and details on the next page. And if you want to see them in person - we hear that sometime this week they will be available at Deus Ex Machina in Venice! But for now… to the pictures!

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*notcot - 11.10.15 , 17:45 - 0 Notes

The Honest Kitchen: Scratch & Sniff for Dogs


The Honest Kitchen has launched a holiday scratch & sniff story… for dogs! The free storybook packed with samples, Is that my dinner?, does not actually have scratch & sniff DOG FOOD (like i initially would have guessed)… but rather scents you can find around the holidays… and people food! After all, The Honest Kitchen is all about people quality food for dogs. The agency behind this cute holiday story is RTO+P, according to Adweek.

Take a peek at the promotional holiday storybook up close on the next page as i let Bucky flip through it… the hard part was keeping him from trying to jump right to the ending.

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*notcot - 10.25.15 , 11:02 - 0 Notes

Unboxing: Parabo Press Engineer Prints


Parabo Press recently launched from the folks at Photojojo, and of course the whole experience has the same fun, happy vibe. Through an app on your phone, Parabo Press lets you pick phone/instagram photos to turn into things like engineer prints (the big black and white architectural floor plan type pages), risograph prints, newsprint, accordion zines, shaped prints and more. So far my favorite thing to turn phone pics into have been Social Print Studio’s Tiny Books, and with Parabo Press’ unique offerings of larger, lower res prints combined with magnetic wood poster rails, i had to try it! They were nice enough to offer me a $30 coupon, and i just wanted to make something HUGE to see how it all comes out… so found my favorite pic of the NOTFZJ with roof top tent popped open on its first camping trip and turned it into a 3’x4’ engineer print paired with wooden rails.

As for the experience - the app is pretty straight forward (though not as robust as Social Print Studio… yet?) and about 2 weeks after ordering, a fedex arrived direct from Mumbai with print and rails! In those anxious two weeks - i finally told Shawn what i ordered (his inner architecture student came out and reminded me that those are the types of prints we could make easily and quickly!) and i saw far too many DIY Engineer Print options… basically you can get a 3’x4’ engineer print at Staples for about $7! And while doing so much milling and playing with wood while waiting… once they arrived, we were instantly dreaming up other variations of magnetic wood poster rails we could make even from the gorgeous hardwood scraps and lots of rare earth magnets lying around NOTlabs! So all in all - fine, it probably would have been cheaper and faster to DIY for a similar outcome - but it was still fun to have Parabo Press send me down an internet rabbit hole about Engineer Prints and Wooden Rails… and for a customized gift, it’s a nice set up! See all the details and unboxing on the next page!

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*notcot - 10.13.15 , 21:10 - 0 Notes

Brendan Monroe (+ Expedition) Field Notes


I have been far to obsessed and giddy about Brendan Monroe’s black and white 3D looking landscapes - they are magical as huge murals, mesmerizing online… and when i saw the limited edition 2015 XOXOfest Field Notes with his work on the covers, i couldn’t resist! For less than 10$, you get three amazing little pieces… and i love them all so much, after writing this post i’m off to find the staple remover so i can frame them up!

While ordering that set, i also gave in to the waterproof Expedition Edition too! How can you resist the ” hi-visibility “Antarctic Survey Orange” front cover and “Polar Night Black” back cover, with a subtle varnish effect featuring a topographic map of Antarctica.” And who doesn’t need a notebook made of Yupo Synthetic paper which is water- and tear-proof paper extruded from polypropylene pellets in Chesapeake, Virginia. So perfect for NOTFZJ adventures! And they even threw in their signature Clic Pen and the Field Notes Band of Rubber fits perfectly around a single notebook. So fun! See al the details up close on the next page…

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*notcot - 09.24.15 , 14:10 - 0 Notes

Multiplex: Tom Dixon x Wallpaper x Selfridges

dixon00.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores London Design Week 2015!

One of the new highlights of this year’s London Design Festival is Multiplex at the Old Selfridges Hotel, a fun pop-up “immersive, multi-sensory department store” from Tom Dixon and Wallpaper. The entrance can be found just behind the Selfridges food hall. You can’t miss his signature lights through out the space! The pop-up will be up even after LDF finishes; it is set to close up shop on the 15th of October. Take a peek inside the Multiplex on the next page!

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KIWI by Agnieszka Tomalczyk

kiwi1.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores London Design Week 2015!

Scanning through Justine’s photos coming in - KIWIS!!! These lovely, faceted, geometric porcelain figurines are Agnieszka Tomalczyk’s KIWI project. Designed for Ćmielów Design Studio, “the project was developed in several stages, including: paper use, plaster and 3D printing. The final figures were created in porcelain, which then was hand-painted and glazed.” It even won 1st place in the 2014 MÅ‚odzi na Start! competition by ELLE Decor Poland. See the KIWIs up close on the next page!

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*notcot - , 11:15 - 0 Notes

Pigro Felice: Inflatable Seals

seal0.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores London Design Week 2015!

On fun eye grabbing booths at 100% Design London, you couldn’t miss the inflatable booth of Pigro Felice - which is Italian for “Lazy Happy” - a perfect fit! Especially when you see their incredible huge inflatable seal… and mini inflatable seals… and fun seal logo! They have everything from beachwear and towels to Modul’Air, which is an interesting series of modular inflatable loungers that can be shifted from chairs and couches to floating daybeds, giant rafts, and more. See the details (and the adorable seals) on the next page!

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*notcot - 09.23.15 , 16:15 - 0 Notes

Charlotte Mary Pack’s Ceramic Menagerie

animals1.jpg Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw as she explores London Design Week 2015!

How can you resist a triangle of tiny animals… and a magnifying glass? We first spotted Fading Away by Charlotte Mary Pack at the Central Saint Martins degree show a few years back. It was lovely to see the animals again alongside some fun new pieces at Designersblock. See the details on the next page!

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*notcot - 09.21.15 , 15:10 - 0 Notes

Vitra Eames Elephants: ‘A Child’s Dream’


On adorable emails to wake up to… a funky collection of Eames Elephants from the designjunction presents ‘A Child’s Dream’ in partnership with vitra! “A herd of customised elephants have been painted, patterned, and accessorised by 21 world-renowned designers and architects who have added their personal touch to the iconic Eames Elephants - kindly donated by Vitra. The unique designs will appear as an installation at designjunction2015 entitled A Child’s Dream - to raise funds and awareness for Teddy’s Wish charity. Participating designers include: Aukett Swanke, Lee Broom, CKR, Fredrikson Stallard, Industrial Facility, Kenneth Grange, Gensler, Eley Kishimoto, André Klauser, Max Lamb, Philippe Malouin, Michael Marriott, Kit Miles, Neri & Hu, Patternity, Russell Pinch, Raw Edges, Zandra Rhodes, Terence Woodgate, and Sebastian Wrong.”

I love the ones that add functions like rocking! and capes! and woody tusks! Honestly - go see my favorites on the next page and tell me you don’t want to build your elephant a rocking base…

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*notcot - 09.19.15 , 22:40 - 0 Notes

Research: Stacking/Totems


NOTCOT.com has always been a peek into my real life and what excites me at the moment. Lately the focus has been on NOTlabs (our real life studio side!) - and while we have fun experimenting, designing, testing, and making things… not all of it has been quite feature/making-of ready. Unable to shake my obsessive internet/real world search/shopaholic side - naturally every idea and project leads me down many a rabbit hole filled with research and inspiration as i think through things. So thus begins “RESEARCH” posts! Since i need a place to put them anyways, why not here? These may grow and get re-edited over time like my ever-evolving inspiration board - so feel free to suggest more links and objects and images that may help! We’re all in this together? And you’ll definitely be the first to see what the inspiration fuels us to design!

First up… i’m currently researching stacking vessels and totem pole type looks. Just curious what types of desktop size objects exist, or interesting details on ways things can fit together or be filled… so see what i’ve been finding via NOTCOT.org combined with more i’m hunting down on the next page.

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*notcot - 09.15.15 , 09:55 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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*notcot - 09.10.15 , 14:45 - 0 Notes

Roland CNC Test : Andrew Bell Skull in Walnut


Machining is definitely an art form! As we get to further know the Roland MODELA Pro II MDX-540S that we unboxed a few months ago and made the Plant Experiment - Lego friendly walnut planters with… next step was to dive into the rotary attachment! Amazing artist (and our good friend!), Andrew Bell, kindly sent over the file for his amazing angry skull, which just called out to be milled in dramatic walnut! The design is also perfect for rotary milling!

First step was getting the rotary attachment set up - then testing it in foam - and on to walnut! While the end result is stunning, some of my favorites are the process stages… like how the rough pass starts to look like corrugated cardboard or how the finished piece looks with eye sockets full of sawdust! Take a peek at the whole process on the next page.

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*notcot - 08.17.15 , 13:55 - 0 Notes

72U Venice Pop Up Park - Fence Tables


Saturday marked the opening of the Venice Pop Up Park at 1021 ½ Abbot Kinney Blvd! On fun NOTlabs projects, Shawn and I had the pleasure of helping the latest 72U group (ad agency 72andSunny’s 12 week creative residency program) bring this park to life. An idea sparked at TedX Venice Beach was to turn a 1,500 sq ft dirt lot where a house once stood just off the uber-hip Abbot Kinney Blvd into a community co-working park of sorts where people can meet, collaborate, relax, have lunch, and more!

72U brought us in to lead their diverse group of 6 creatives (artists, engineers, architects, and everything in between) from around the world - who had never built something of this scale before! It has been an incredible journey the last 2.5 months… from ideation and concepting to prototyping and planning, and the final few weeks of hardcore manual labor in the hot LA sun! There is no detail they didn’t get their hands dirty with.

All their hard work has created an incredibly inviting pop up park due to their innovative FENCE! Tasked to fence in the park (it’s on private property) when closed, they found a work around to keep it feeling as open and inviting as possible to passersby by having the fence transform into tables. When open, the fence panels hinge inwards to make tables and bars. The design is further highlighted by their geometric mural that hides the table tops in plain site. Take a peek at the making of, the fence/tables, and the launch party on the next page.

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