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!
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…
Favorite 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…
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!
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!
Here’s a NOTCOT.org roundup ~ that is only really holidayish in that it leans buyable! So browse and check out the stocking stuffers, unexpected gifts, and some new ideas of places to shop! Click the images to find out more!
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!
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!!!
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!
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!
I think i am obsessed with a large green glossy lacquered rocking chicken. Is that weird? Is it weirder that tonight i am obsessed with it because of Jamie Hayon’s Lladro Fantasy Collection where he playfully mixes his designer goodness and attention to detail with the classic porcelain collectibles… But back to the chicken. It’s giant. It’s green. It’s glossy. And i bet when you rock on it your mind fills with ideas and you get taken on a dreamy world of inspiration… or maybe thats the sleeping pill kicking in and i’m starting to fade and dream up ideas (how is it 3:30am?)? Regardless, between all the giveaways, thought you’d have fun taking a peek at the sketches and more images of the great green rocking chicken on the next page… see more at Jamie’s site too!
Gift Guide time! Here’s one rounding up some picks for just about anyone… well honestly, i didn’t know what to call it, so they are kind of in that hostess gift category, that person you want somethign nice for that looks kind of cool and unusual yet totally works for everyone from your lawyer to your significant other’s mom? They also make for fun conversation pieces! So check it out on the next page, click the images to see more info on them, and happy holidays!
First Gift Guide of the season, and while i promised friends and family i wouldn’t do 31 days in a row like last year (it got crazy!), you can see Alyssa and i made up for it with quite the NOTCOT Holiday Coupon Book and a really exciting lineup of giveaways launching nearly everyday through xmas! (Funny thing is, as we get more excited and start posting up all these goodies as a huge THANK YOU to you, our readers, more stores we love keep contacting us wanting to share the love as well! So the list might grow… as do the coupons!)
So first guide, the REALLY fun stuff. Since gifts should be about the unexpected… those fun surprises that you never saw coming, or would never buy yourself yet secretly lusted for… So lets kick this off with Desk Toys and Stocking Stuffers! Below is a massive collage of some of my favorites, like last year, just click the products to be whisked off to find out more. I’ve also attached the relevant coupons below to help you out with any temptations you may come across! Enjoy!