*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 - 08.23.14 , 14:35 - 4 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 - 07.09.14 , 00:12 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org+Tasteologie Roundup

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*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 - 06.17.14 , 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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*rugenius - 05.22.14 , 08:11 - 0 Notes

Buster + Punch at CDW 2014

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

One of our favorite displays from Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 was that of Buster + Punch, a studio founded in an East London garage and keen makers of everything from light fittings to motorcycles. They showcased some great products, including a new heavy metal range. See more photos including of their Battersea workshop on the next page.

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*rugenius - , 05:54 - 0 Notes

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

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Here’s the latest from London-based editor and resident zoologist, Justine Aw!

The sun always seems to shine on Clerkenwell Design Week and this year was no exception for us as we explored some our favorite temporary London venues. There were many familiar faces and products as well as some newcomers and new activities (I even tried my hand at making a coin!). More photos from our exploration of Clerkenwell on the next page.

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*notcot - 05.06.14 , 16:52 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

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I know it’s been a while since we’ve done some NOTCOT.org roundups ~ but i’m thinking about bringing them back… here’s a grid of 25 of my recent favorite inspirations! Click the pics to find out more!

*notcot - 04.13.14 , 15:19 - 0 Notes

Sexercize: Transforming the Maserati Ghibli

maserati0.jpg When first approached about Kylie Minogue’s Sexercize, I was skeptical at best… as I learned about the special music video by Roman Coppola, Chandelier Creative, and Maserati… my curiosity got piqued. At first glance, this bizarre retro car porn of a film is just that… until you see the original it’s an homage to - the ‘65 piece ‘Kustom Kar Kommandos’ by Kenneth Anger… and to peel back the layers even further, Chandelier Creative and Maserati further indulged my curiosity with a loaner Maserati Ghibli S Q4 and a behind the scenes peek at how much they transformed the Ghibli for the video - and wow! What a process!

To be completely honest, the more i played with the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 all week, the more curious i got as to how they turned the car i was in into the stunner in the video! From the exterior, the front is reminiscent of the Maserati curves i love, and the rear is less recognizable without their iconic triton. As for what’s under the hood - it’s a cute “efficient 3 litre Twin Turbo V6 that delivers a peak of 410 horsepower.” Ultimately the Ghibli feels like your gateway Maserati which gives you a taste of the brand, while leaving you lusting for the roar of the Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale and its 4.7L V8. When you watch the Sexercize video, you can’t help but get pulled in by the mesmerizing wheels, the metallic paint job, dayglo lighting, and the muscle car styled blower coming through the hood… Take a peek on the next page to see the Maserati Ghibli S Q4 in real life and how it was transformed into the Sexercize muscle car!

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*notcot - 04.06.14 , 02:20 - 2 Notes

Jeremy Fish: Hunting Trophies

jeremyfish0.jpg Epic. If you’re in the LA area, definitely check out Jeremy Fish’s Hunting Trophy show at the Mark Moore Gallery that just opened tonight. All the details and the feeling of walking into his “hunting lodge” like room ~ complete with mini woodland creatures painted into the faux log cabin walls are not to be missed. In classic Jeremy Fish style, the creatures take on surreal forms ~ sometimes unzipping like nested russian dolls, evolving into vehicles, or an interpretation of a bear skin rug, or some of his amazing creature/vehicles! So many tiny amazing details! The fish scales are little fish! Go peek inside the hunting lodge on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.10.14 , 13:15 - 0 Notes

Inside Wieden + Kennedy Portland

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Inside the W+K Portland Garage…

*notcot - 12.22.13 , 13:16 - 0 Notes

What We Do - Let’s Get Lost - You & Me

*rugenius - 09.17.13 , 01:41 - 0 Notes

Highlights from Top Drawer

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

This morning, I made my way to Top Drawer at London Olympia. The show features a wide range of suppliers and was filled with fun products and design inspiration. Here are a few of our highlights featuring designers from Britain as well as around the world, including Australia, Sweden and more! Can’t wait to see more of these products in stores soon! Check it all out on the next page.

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