*notcot - 01.08.09 , 18:58 - 0 Notes

CES Innovations Chalk Boards

pwnagemain.jpg So on silly things that cracked me up wandering the show floor ~ in the special “best of show” like section - the “CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards” section, their displays were all matte black with colored sketchy images of the categories… and on the ends they had colored chalk out with messages scrawled on them encouraging people to “draw your innovation” or “draw new ideas”… of course this leads to much random doodling, “____ was here”, and silly ideas… so on the next page here’s a look at what was scrawled so far! Think of it as CES initiated UGC Graffiti… but super old school chalkiness, paired with the latest most impressive design/engineering products being shown!

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*notcot - 01.07.09 , 01:42 - 1 Notes

Shag’s Vice Tester

vices0.jpg So for some background ~ i’ve been in love with the work of Shag since i was a kid (early high school perhaps?) ~ and to stumble into Frankie’s Tiki Room upon the suggestion of Hugh at Unica Home, and then to see not only all the amazing art/interiors, and the exclusive mugs… and in the corner there is this playful “VICE TESTER” machine calling out to me… and as i get closer, the whole thing is covered in Shag’s illustrations! Every single side of it and all the options too! It’s only getting in to the hotel and hooked up to some wonky internet that i got caught up on all things Frankie’s Tiki Room, including the little snippet on their site that says “And the ‘Vice Tester’ carnival game, designed and built by Shag, must be seen to be believed.” It’s no joke, you really must see it… and since i can’t show it to you in person, on the next page you will see a bunch of pictures of every side of it as well as a little *sideways* video (sorry, we did what we could between the very dark bar and the very strong drinks)…

I popped a quarter in, grabbed the handle as instructed, and apparently my vice at that moment was “drugs”… and i love that lincoln quote on the side “It has been my experience that those who have no vices have very few virtues”… so anyhow, go see the pics and vid on the next page!!!

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*notcot - , 01:33 - 13 Notes

Frankie’s Tiki Room Mugs

tikiglass1.jpg The 8 exclusive ceramic tiki mugs of Frankie’s Tiki Room are exquisite by any tiki loving standards. I showed you the space here, and the mugs and stirrers deserved a post of their own! So here are some close ups in the hotel room, and on the next page you have to check out their backs, close ups of the stirrer, images of all of the mug designs, and the adorable menu illustrations of them too!

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The exclusive tiki mugs are purchasable online for $15 each! And really they are so so awesome we might have to buy more. But if you go in you can get them for $20 with a drink (drinks normally $8)

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*notcot - 01.06.09 , 22:54 - 18 Notes

Unica Home, Las Vegas

unicamain.jpg First stop into vegas… UNICA HOME! The showroom/shop! Stepping into their new 3 month old 12,000 sq ft space felt like going to design heaven ~ so many things i’ve written about… beautifully laid out for hours of oooooohs and ahhhhhhs followed by debating and purchasing… i’m currently debating the Artimide Melampo Lamps! Unica Home in person manages to strike a delicate balance between being incredibly accessible and touchable, while still feeling as if you’re in the presence of a museum like space versus a store, as silly as it sounds, you can feel the care that is taken in showcasing the products with the utmost respect. When you meet founders Bonnie & Hugh, you’ll quickly grasp their passion for each and every object in the store, and their excitement over what is yet to come is infectious! And really, 12,000 sq feet is HUGE! They have one of their two warehouses in the back of the store, so don’t hesitate to ask if there’s something you’ve been eying online that you’re curious to see in person… The Detroit natives have been running Unica Home for 10 years, and have surprising backgrounds ranging from molecular biology, advertising/marketing, and antique sales as well as serving on the board of the legendary Neon Museum… and Hugh pointed us towards some off the Strip spots to check out… you’ll see more about Frankie’s Tiki Room when i get the next post ready… but first ~ click on to the next page to see a tour of the incredible Unica Home, there are over 30 pictures!!! There was just far too much to show you! This is definitely a MUST SEE when you’re in vegas!

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*notcot - 01.02.09 , 14:58 - 5 Notes

Jay Ryan’s Posters

hum0.jpg Wow. OMG Posters just turned me on to the amazingly inspiring and beautiful posters and illustrations of Jay Ryan and The Bird Machine ~ his incredible print shop of Skokie, IL. His latest work is this pair of NYE posters for HUM (and they just went on sale this morning!) ~ and i was so smitten by the gorgeous color palettes and sketchily playful yet serious potrayal of all the creatures (with a paul smith like striped background), i just wandered through his 13+ years of portfolio gallery

I’ve found that his animal works are the most inspiring to me ~ so i’ve rounded up a bunch of my other favorites on the next page for you to browse ~ his 7 poster series for “Our Planet is a Blue Planet” is just beautiful! Also amusing as his animal stacks… from walrus heads to towers of farm creatures…

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*notcot - 12.27.08 , 15:07 - 1 Notes

Busy Beaver Button Co. 2009!

buttoncard.jpgFavorite holiday card that has come this year is definitely this adorable one from our friends at Busy Beaver Button Co.! I’ve been discussing ideas with them for ages now, but between the holiday chaos haven’t had time to execute on some of our ideas… so perhaps 2009 will finally see new button designs and perhaps even some fun glow in the dark button contests on NOTCOT? Although after seeing this card, now i want buttons that all fit together on some crazy background… hrmmmmm, so many ideas! See a close up of their new 2” square buttons on the next page…

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*notcot - 12.23.08 , 18:52 - 1 Notes

Warning Signs at the L.A. Zoo

zoosign1.jpg Vacation time is finally setting in ~ at least in my head! Freshly back from spending the day at the LA Zoo with old friends, seriously haven’t been there since i was a little kid, and from what i saw, doesn’t look like its changed all that much… seems a bit dated, and perhaps because it was so cold (but luckily SUNNY! and not rainy!) was pretty quiet, but we did get to see quite a few animal feedings and packs of little kids…

First post from there ~ i was so amused by the old warning signage! So here’s a look at signage at the LA Zoo! See the pics on the next page!

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*notcot - 12.20.08 , 14:47 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Shopping Roundup

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*notcot - 12.16.08 , 16:22 - 4 Notes

CIA Super Hero Calendar 2009

cia1.jpg Fresh from the UK ~ Justine (aka RUGenius) just sent over a bunch of pics of the new CIA Super Hero Calendar for 2009 that just showed up! It was seen as #17226 ~ and we featured their *free* weekly calendar last year too ~ demand was insane last year, so we don’t blame them for making this year’s weeklies a mere 5 pounds for brits.

The theme this year? Super Heroes!!! Nothing like a perfect desk sized weekly calendar filled with inspiring art to brighten things up! Take a peek at some of our favorite images on the next page!

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*notcot - 12.14.08 , 13:53 - 1 Notes

NOTCOT.org Holiday Roundup

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*notcot - 12.07.08 , 11:07 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Holiday Roundup

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*notcot - 12.02.08 , 15:03 - 12 Notes

Gift Guide: Posters worth Gifting!

postersguide-POST.jpgsponsored by Seagate Today is all about posters!!! So here’s a gift guide of posters i’m loving, so click to browse them, since in most cases there are far more awesome ones where they came from! Enjoy!

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*notcot - 11.29.08 , 15:30 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

notcotorg #16674 notcotorg #16665 notcotorg #16495 notcotorg #16459 notcotorg #16642 notcotorg #16434 notcotorg #16672 notcotorg #16561 notcotorg #16541 notcotorg #16424 notcotorg #16574 notcotorg #16445 notcotorg #16677 notcotorg #16368 notcotorg #16357 notcotorg #16403 notcotorg #16406 notcotorg #16218 notcotorg #16650 notcotorg #16419 notcotorg #16559 notcotorg #16678 notcotorg #16645 notcotorg #16484 notcotorg #16681 It’s been a while since i’ve done a proper roundup, and amidst all the giveaway/review and gift guide posts it seemed about time! So here are some of the posts that i love most from the last week or so! Feel free to click them and find out more!!!

And i’ve added roundups of some of the most popular posts this week from NotCouture and Liqurious as well on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.25.08 , 11:49 - 1 Notes

Gift Guide: Alyssa’s Wishlist

alyssa-post.jpgsponsored by Seagate This is LIKE a gift guide, but really i also kind of tasked wonderful intern, Alyssa, to make me her wishlist as an awesome gift guide! Soooooo on the next page you can browse what she’s wanting this year! Going through it, i’m pretty sure you might have a few people who’d want what she’s got on there too!

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*notcot - 11.20.08 , 21:38 - 2 Notes

Gift Guide: Glassy Gifting

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sponsored by Seagate There’s something so beautiful about glass, and i’ve been particularly obsessive with double walled glass recently (like, what is out there beyond the usual Bodum cups and such) ~ and more organic and playful glass pieces… and as gifts, they always look so precious and beautiful… fun shadows, light dancing all around! So here’s a gift guide of Glassiness! See the next page for the guide, click the images to find out more, and a few coupons at the bottom to help you out as well!

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