Not much to say on this post other than, after a long day/night, i was wandering through SoHo, saw the Kartell window, and had to run across the street and take a few quick pics. The Mr Impossible Phillipe Starck cardboard cutouts were far too funny, and reminded me of asian Kit Kats (is it the K and the red on white?). I have a feeling these were more amusing in the dark when the showroom wasn’t open, and they were left looking lonely, posed, and ready for action protecting the chairs in the tiny mirrored space. An exterior shot on the next page…
More fun launches and parties coming up next week… “BOND., AN INNOVATIVE NEW DESIGN STUDIO LED BY JOE DOUCET, LAUNCHES DURING ICFF - Bond. Exhibition Presents Products Designed to Provide Poignant Solutions to Everyday Problems.” I seldom post a whole press release, but the images and products featured in this one were so cool, i think they are best left for you to peruse on your own on the next page!
I received an email with the subject line: First Paperless Architecture Book EVER: Piel… and with such a bold claim i initially wrote it off… ‘paperless’ just sounded like a silly spin on ‘digital’. Anyhow, as time permitted, i came back to it, and found that it has a pretty sweet interface and isn’t ‘just a digitized book’ ~ sure, it has the flashy corner peels and page flips - but what is nice, is how it utilized the fact that this is an architecture book, and it built in links to google map views of each building featured!
Check out Piel.Skin - About skin: This book is the result of two years of architectural research. Dynamic facades, ventilated, high-tech or traditional composites with new features. This book shows that currently new skins not only act as an isolating element, besides interact with the environment, optimizing energy exchange with the outside. From Germany to Australia or Korea to Colombia, there are many examples that readers can visit with this publication. With international vocation due to bilingual English-Spanish text and a language away from technicalities, this paper aims to show as an “interactive toy” the evolving field of the facades in architecture.
Piel.Skin is an experimental web book aimed at architecture students. The book literally surfs on several projects, jumping from exceptional exteriors in Asia to intelligently optimized facades in Europe. The book allows playing a virtual tour dedicated to google-earth travellers: By means of clicking on the coordinates of each project begins a journey where you can jump directly to each site and visualize the project within its environment.
Level Vodka invited Hussein Chalayan to design The Level Tunnel… and it is now here! With a blog that even chronicles everything from the design and renders - to the building of - and the launch! Also incredible are the specially design blindfold/goggles for the experience, and the gorgeous press release complete with Bach in sheet music form!
“It all started back in 2006. Level Vodka invited star designer Hussein Chalayan to create a pioneering work of art with a focus on taste. He was given completely free rein. The result was The Level Tunnel - a 15 meter long, 5 meter high, traveling installation that captures the essence of Level Vodka. After a mind-blowing journey, the project is now nearing the finish line. The 6th of May 2008, the tunnel will have its world premiere in Mexico City. ” See images of the process, press kit, and final product on the next page!
Yes, the near $9,000 Sears Craftsman tool set with 1470 pieces is in heavy circulation around the tech sites today (i first saw it over at Dvice) - but what truly amazed me is the catalog photography… someone clearly took a LOT of time perfectly laying out these thousands of tools… for not just the 1470 piece set, but also the 300, 198, 189, 204, 106, 130, and so forth piece sets… and they are awesome pictures! Check out a few more of my favorites on the next page…
Ok, so you’ve now seen the pictures and heard Justine’s adventures at the Banksy Cans Festival this week… and for those unable to be there - to stand in line to pay 3 pounds for an awesome official Cans Festival Program/Zine… she took the time to scan in each and every page for our viewing pleasure! (Thanks, Jus, you’re the best sister to vicariously live through!) So check it all out on the next page, click each page to view it high res and read the manifestos and gawk at the gorgeous stenciling.
p.s. don’t forget to take the Consumer Survey in there…
NOTCOT Note: Yes, Justine (aka RUGenius) was really there. And i’m envious. Although i did get to go to the incredible painted elephant LA Banksy-fest… this one looked like quite the mob scene in a london tunnel! About 30,000 people showed up over the 3 day period, and over 600 artist took part in covering the walls! Apologies for taking so long to sort through her hundreds of photos… SO, without further ado take a look at her MANY awesome pictures on the next page as well as in the Gallery, and here is Justine’s account of the festivities:
Over 28 thousand people turned up to Leake Street, effectively an underpass within sight of the London Eye and moments away from Waterloo. And yes, I was among them. We all know I can’t resist a good stencil. So how could I possibly miss a stencil only event, just a train hop away? Not to mention, the Cans Festival was the kind of event that brought in the A-list of street artists like Bsas Stencil, Run Don’t Walk, James Dodd (dlux), Tom Civil (civilian), Vexta, Prism, Daniel Melim, Altocontraste, Bandit, Roadsworth, 3D Del Naja, Artiste-Ouvrier. Blek, Sten, Sadhu, C215, Lucamaleonte, Lex, Orticancvoodles, Kaagman, Dolk, Pobel, M-City, Vhils, Btoy, Coolture, Schhh, Borbo, Sam3, Faile, Eine, John Grider, Logan Hicks, Pure Evil, Dot masters, Dan, Eelus and Banksy.
Starting with the art… The space within the tunnel was itself a hodgepodge of mock classical sculptures, trashed and stenciled cars, vans, even a playground. There were rugs, couches, and even a piano, all of course adorned with the patina only a tunnel could bestow. The combinations pushed the boundaries of the bizarre and the contrasting styles of the artists clashed as often as they complimented, yet somehow it all worked. It was as if everyone just suspended belief for a moment to soak it all in and it was particularly surreal as the sun was setting.
Invitation design ~ just recieved this invite from our friends at Radar of Tiny Pictures, and they never cease with the tiny jokes… this one really made me feel like an old lady. That is some of the smallest type ever! Adorable that it came with a magnifying glass perfectly aligned on the card. The private (with public sharing allowed) mobile photo site sent this invite for their Might (Tiny) Radar Party! Which will be taking place at the end of the month… so keep an eye out for more info on the public party in SF if you’re an avid Radar user. If you’re not, well maybe you should be. It’s a nice anti-facebook solution for all those pictures you don’t want EVERYONE to see, but just a few super special friends. See more pics on the next page!!!
Mother’s Day Reminder ~ Since i just remembered, wanted to remind you too - Mother’s Day is Sunday. And you’re running out of mail order time. Tracey at Delight just saved me from my minor Mother’s Day panic, and she gave me a coupon code and some shipping deadlines for you as well. 15% off the purchase of $25.00 or more - code: NOTCOTLove (case sensitive) good through May 31st. Cut off for ground shipping to make it for Mother’s Day is tomorrow (6th), Priority Flat Rate is Weds (7th), and Overnight is Thurs (8th).
Why Delight? Well i’m openly vouching for them because you cant afford to have something go wrong when shipping to your MOM ~ the gift wrap is gorgeous (no chance of gaudiness here) ~ and the selection of products is perfectly fun and gifty, while still useful and gorgeous for any situation. Some of my picks above are the: Grassy SIGG Bottle, Bio-Degradable Indoor Japanese Maple, Bambu Serving Set, Lomo Fisheye Camera, Bamboo Bath Caddy with Wine Glass Holder (i so want this!), Grobal Self Watering Pots, and Blooming Tea Sets.
Hey mom, you so never saw this post.
Blinged out faux-designer weaponry were all the rage at Gallery 1988’s latest show in LA that opened this weekend - Peter Gronquist’s “The Revolution Will Be Fabulous: A Weapons of Mass Designer Show” - and i must admit i was pretty disappointed. The biggest problem for me, was that in knocking off luxury brands, the key thing is to keep that luxury designer quality feel to it! And up close with these weapons i just wan’t feeling that. Highlights were definitely the Louis Vuitton Electric Chair in the center of the gallery and the Pacman Grenades! Over a dozen more pictures on the next page to give you a feel for what the scene was like, and a few close ups as well.
I came across Wing-Ip Ngan’s Etsy store a while back and fell in love with his prints - so colorful and whimsical…They remind me a bit of the nonsensical phrases on notebooks and cards that I used to come across during my childhood in Thailand - lighthearted and a little bit random. Wing-Ip uses a Gocco primarily to print and I have to give props to his Gocco skills - all of his prints are made of multiple screens and colors (registration is no easy feat, people, at least not with our little B6 machine).
On interesting PR emails i received today, this one was pretty funny… i have no idea whether this was a contrived spot, it does seem plausible it could have been an accident, but none the less it has that Blair Witch/Cloverfield panicked “attack of the crabs!” feeling to it… and it’s a fun friday video (embedded on the next page for your viewing pleasure!)… So what do you think? And does it work? Behind the scenes footage of Discovery Channel shows are definitely fascinating… this one of the Crab accident is from the Discovery Channel show, Deadliest Catch.
After seeing .org #10303, i was smitten by the adorable Creature Comfort Critters, doing there thing in 10 spots on “going green” for the Animal Planet on their microsite, The Animals Save the Planet. And the animation and graphics were so beautiful, i couldn’t resist featuring the wallpapers and calendar here as well! See them all on the next page…
On more packages to play with upon returning to LA… Here is the Sorapot unboxing that i’ve waited 3 years to do (i first read about it over on Cool Hunting in 2005)! Joey Roth was actually my first NOTCOT reader i ever met, and i’m ecstatic to finally see his masterpiece in my hands (and not on a computer screen!). So amidst all this u-haul unloading, unpacking and playing 3D tetris with boxes… here’s a quick unboxing of this beautiful new teapot. So industrial, yet elegant… and i even have
… I have yet to brew my first sorapot of tea - more to come on that later… But for now - check out the freshly launched official Sorapot site! On the next page see the unboxing of it out in Topanga Canyon… a few sneaks peeks for you of the factory in the making… and a refresher diagram of the making of the Sorapot and how this is a testament to the power of design blogs to help small designers get out there!
I giggled when i first saw these “Command” posters on Swiss Miss… and then as i read them all a bit more, i couldn’t help but think it would be awesome to have Somebody Save Me From These Fools above my seat in a conference room… as well as the Please Do Not Copy, Create Something New! Ahhhh, they are all so relevant for our day to day work. Also check out the Close Your Eyes and Open Your Mind on the next page. You can order the three set from My Little Underground for $12.